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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
96 >AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION 2012 Above: Canberra schools offer broad opportunities, helping their students strive for excellence. Image: Australian Capital Tourism CANBERRA, AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY For a small city, Canberra has a large number of schools – around 90 government schools and 45 independent schools. Each has its own particular advantages to offer international students. The ACT Department of Education and Training provides a range of support services for school students including pre-arrival information, intensive English language courses, interpretation services, and monitoring of academic progress. The Department employs officers responsible for international students in each government school, and multilingual officers can be contacted by students and parents 24 hours a day. Canberra has high quality secondary schools to educate students and prepare them for university entry. In the ACT secondary system, students attend high school from Year 7 to Year 10 and then move on to a different college for Years 11 and 12 (matriculation exams). Independent schools provide classes from Year 7 to Year 12. A number of schools now offer the International Baccalaureate curriculum. Canberra schools offer broad opportunities, helping their students strive for excellence in their academic studies and encourage participation in co-curricular activities from debating to science competitions to dragon boat racing. International students are warmly embraced into the school communities and cared for throughout their education. QUEENSLAND Queensland’s school system is made up of government and independent primary and secondary schools. The Queensland school system is divided into: primary school – Years 1 to 7; junior secondary education – Years 8 to 10; and senior secondary education – Years 11 to 12. Students sit a matriculation exam in Year 12 for further study at a vocational institute or university. Schools have an academic focus supported by co- curricular activities including music, arts and performance and sport. Nearly 5000 international students are studying in Queensland schools. Each school provides support for their students including English language assistance, pastoral care and study guidance. ‘Around 7000 international school students are enrolled in NSW schools.’
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