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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2013
46 australia: the education destination dedicAted suPPort Australian schools provide dedicated support services to help their international students settle into their new environment. dedicated counsellors help students settle into their new school. ’ ‘ Australian schools welcome international students and care for their educational and personal development. they have dedicated support services to help international students of all ages adjust to their new school and home-away-from-home. As part of Australia’s strict requirements for education, by law, schools that accept international enrolments must have proper support services. All schools have an international student adviser to help students adjust to life in Australia. The adviser is a continuous point of contact within the school for any issues. Schools also have general counsellors to help students on social and welfare issues. Teachers and school counsellors provide information to parents on their child’s progress, academically and socially, through written reports, telephone calls, meetings and other communication. Parents have open access to information regarding their child’s progress and well-being. support on ArrivAl Schools offer orientation programs for their international students to help them understand the school system, Australian culture, and general issues associated with living in a new country. often a school will also assign a ‘buddy’ to a new student to help them settle into their classes. Their buddy is another student, usually in the same year with a good academic and behavioural record. This provides new students with an immediate friend to help them build a network of friends and deal with issues of homesickness and loneliness. developing english skills Many schools provide English language classes for students from non-English speaking backgrounds. These classes focus on developing students’ proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening, and developing study skills such as note-taking, report writing, research and information technology use. cAring For students Schools care for their students. They supervise students on school grounds before and after school and in extra-curricular activities such as sports training. Students living in boarding houses are supervised at all times. In addition to the specific services for international students, schools also have general social and sports events and other activities which will help all students make friends and settle into their school life. • Above: Australian schools care for their students. Image: Oliver Strewe, Tourism Australia. St Catherine’s School Waverley overlooks Sydney’s world famous eastern suburbs beaches, not far from the grand Centennial Park and one of Australia’s leading universities, the University of New South Wales. With Olympic standard coaches many girls compete at state, national and international levels in a variety of sports. The school has five Junior School music ensembles, 16 Senior School music ensembles as well as clubs and choirs. There are extensive curricular and co- curricular opportunities in drama and performance. Find out more St Catherine’s School Waverley 26 Albion Street, Waverley NSW 2024 Australia WEB www.stcatherines.nsw.edu.au EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org TEL +61 2 8305 6200 Outstanding school in world-famous setting how she learns. An innovative positive psychology program means girls can build resilience through identifying and exploring their individual key strengths and attributes. Inclusive school community Because St Catherine’s is genuinely comprehensive, girls mix with students of different backgrounds, faiths and abilities, but are educated according to their intellectual needs. Their academic studies are complemented by strong co-curricular programs in sport, music, performing arts and service education. St Catherine’s offers an extensive range of Junior and Senior School sporting activities from rowing through to snow sports. This prestigious day and boarding school for girls was founded in 1856 and offers academic challenge and academic care for every student, from Kindergarten to Year 12, in a caring, Christian community that welcomes and values all faiths. Boarding at St Catherine’s offers a unique living environment where respect for others, integrity, trust and responsibility are nurtured. With 70 boarding places in a well appointed homely environment, each girl has the privacy of her own living space. Boarding students enjoy outstanding school facilities as well as cultural, sporting and entertainment activities. St Catherine’s girls are secure in their character, confident in their abilities, respectful in manner and equipped to make their unique contribution to the school and the wider world. Academic challenge in a caring environment There are two striking characteristics of a St Catherine’s education – its academic challenge and its academic care. Staff work hard to ensure that they raise the academic bar to the right level for every girl. This is done through streaming lessons, mentoring, extension classes, a gifted and talented program, and a comprehensive academic support program. ICT skills are integrated fully in the teaching programs with ready access to technology in each classroom. Interactive whiteboards, laptops, slate PCs and desktop computers are well utilised to facilitate learning across the school. Our one-to-one ICT for Learning program commences in Year 5. Relationships are at the heart of what we do. To ensure that each student in our care is nurtured and inspired in the pursuit of academic excellence, teachers seek to know each girl: her strengths and relative weaknesses; her character; and Academic challenge Academic care An Anglican day and boarding school for girls, Kindergarten to Year 12. Founded in 1856. CRICOS provider no 02322K St Catherine's full page NOV12.indd 1 8/11/2012 3:06:51 PM
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