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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
80 >AustrAliAn EducAtion 2012 schools >ovErviEW Young women from around the world have benefited from Meriden’s outstanding academic, pastoral and cocurricular programs. This includes strong ESL subjects and support to enable our international students to become fluent in English. Meriden has a record of consistently strong academic performance and our students proceed to universities to undertake a broad range of studies. Meriden is l ocated in Strathfield, a highly-regarded professional suburb 15 min utes by train from the city centre of Sydney. The sch ool is only a few minutes walk from the train station . To find out more visit w w w.meriden.nsw.edu.au inspiring young minds ‘To ensure students gain an education that meets their academic and personal needs, schools have an extensive array of sports, arts and co-curricular activities.’ studYing in A sAFE, supportivE EnvironmEnt Australia is a safe multicultural society which welcomes international students and people from all over the world. Schools have dedicated support to help new students adjust to the learning environment and the Australian culture. Australian schools give their international students the necessary support, encouragement and the opportunities to succeed throughout their schooling and into the future. Quality assurance in schools is undertaken in a number of ways, including through the Australian Qualifications Framework and the Education Services for Overseas Students Act. Schools undergo rigorous quality checks to ensure teachers, teaching materials, curricula and facilities are of the highest standard. Australian schools benchmark all subjects, teaching practices and resources, including technology, against international best practice. This ensures students are prepared for future study anywhere in the world. investing in schools The Australian Government is continually investing in its schools. It is implementing a new national curriculum over the next two years and has almost doubled funding to schools since 2007. The Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett has said: ‘The Australian Government believes in the power of education to transform lives and is committed to making every school a great school to help ensure our kids get a world-class education and the best start in life’. Additional funds have recently been provided for the planning and delivery of programs and lessons, counselling and better access to expert advice to help improve the educational experiences of students with disabilities. Top-performing teachers are being rewarded under a new National Rewards for Great Teachers initiative. ‘ We want to reward those teachers who are making a real difference to the lives of their students,’ Mr Garrett said. ●
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