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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2013
australia: the education destination 45 44 australia: the education destination there are three types of schools that offer a quality education to meet the individual needs of students. 1. Government schools (also known as public schools) 2. Independent schools (also known as non-government or private schools) 3. Catholic schools. Government schools are run by the department of Education in each State and Territory. Independent schools often have a religious affiliation and are controlled by a school board. Most international students attend independent schools. government schools These schools are under the authority of the State department of Education and are regulated by a centralised government body. Government schools offer a strong education without a religious denomination. Most government schools are co- educational (both boys and girls). only a few schools are single sex (boys only or girls only). Some government schools are selective, which means students must pass a test to apply for the school, or they specialise in a particular field like drama, music or science. While there are government schools in most towns across Australia, only certain schools are approved for international students. These schools have the infrastructure and support systems to ensure international students settle into school and excel. Government schools provide modern facilities for their students, including computers, library resources, science laboratories, individual and group learning areas, art and music studios. They also have sports grounds and equipment for physical education and activities. The classroom teaching is interactive and exciting. Students take part in discussions and ask questions. QualitY scHools sector In the Australian school system, there are three types of schools. All schools must meet the high regulatory standards of the Australian Government. International students are supported at government schools through a range of dedicated programs and friendly staff members to guide students through their new school experience and life in the broader community. Schools monitor student academic progress and liaise with parents. Government schools can also assist with English language training. independent And cAtholic schools Independent schools are non- government schools. Many independent schools provide a religious or values- based education. others promote a particular education philosophy or interpretation of mainstream education. The majority of international students attend independent schools in Australia. An independent school operates separately from government administration – while in accordance with government standards and regulations. Independent schools include small and large day schools, boarding schools, co-educational, and single-sex schools. Above: Each type of school offers a quality education to meet the individual needs of students. Image: Tourism Australia. FIND OUT MORE Government schools www.studyinaustralia.gov.au independent schools council of Australia www.isca.edu.au national catholic education commission www.ncec.catholic.edu.au Independent schools are not-for-profit institutions founded by religious or other groups in the community and are registered with the relevant State or Territory education authority. Many independent schools operate along religious lines, including: christian schools; Lutheran; Jewish; catholic; Islamic; Uniting church; Presbyterian; and Anglican schools. other independent schools are not affiliated with any particular religious philosophy. The independent schools sector makes up about 40% of the overall non-government school sector. The catholic sector makes up the remaining 60%. Some catholic schools are also independent schools. Independent and catholic schools are located across Australia, covering metropolitan, regional and rural and remote areas. Parents choose a particular school because they believe in the school’s ethos and educational philosophy and they believe it is best for their child. catholic schools have been a major component of Australian education for over 175 years. They offer a broad and comprehensive curriculum, providing quality teaching and learning outcomes for all students. Independent and catholic schools have excellent resources and facilities for their students. They provide high quality teachers, who are focused on helping their students strive for academic excellence and progress to university. Independent schools offer a broad range of co-curricular activities across the arts, music, drama and sport. They often have exceptional sporting grounds on their campuses and school teams playing in a variety of weekend sporting competitions. Students are given every opportunity to learn new skills or hone their existing talents. International students are welcomed and supported throughout their school lives. Many independent and catholic schools have boarding houses, which care for students from across Australia and the world. The schools stay in regular contact with parents across all matters. Students are encouraged to excel, to be challenged and to develop academically, personally and physically. Whichever type of school you choose, you can be assured that it will provide a high quality education for your child. • Young women from around the world have benefited from Meriden’s outstanding academic, pastoral and cocurricular programs. This includes strong ESL subject s and suppor t to enable our international students to become fluent in English. Meriden has a record of consistently strong academic per formance and our students proceed to universities to under take a broad range of studies. Meriden is located in Strathfield, a highly-regarded professional suburb 15 minutes by train from the city centre of Sydney. The school is only a few minutes walk from the train station. To find out more visit w ww.meriden.nsw.edu.au inspiring young minds Schools provide high quality teachers, who are focused on helping their students strive for academic excellence and progress to university. ’ ‘ primAryAndsecondAryschools
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