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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2013
50 australia: the education destination LOTs OF FRIENDs ‘My older sister and i are boarders at st catherine’s school, Waverley; we’re from Hong kong and i’ve just completed Year 8. i love having my sister around, she gives me all her books. Mum and dad keep in regular contact with us through skype. ‘i’ve made lots of friends here at st catherine’s. here i am with some boarding house friends. the teachers help me focus academically and boarding staff are very caring.’ Ka Wing Wai, st Catherine’s school, Waverley, NsW BoardinG scHools: sAFe And suPPortiVe Most independent schools have boarding facilities on campus, providing a safe, supportive living environment for international students. Independent schools usually have boarding facilities on campus or near the school. Boarding schools offer excellent supervision and care, with staff living on campus and available to students at any time. supporting students In this warm, secure environment, students are supported in their academic and social needs. Tutors are on hand to assist with school-work and there is a set ‘prep’ time in which students complete their homework. Boarding houses may also have a nurse (‘matron’) to care for students when they are sick. The social and physical well-being of all students is constantly monitored. In co-educational schools, the girls and boys have separate boarding facilities. Students are provided with meals to cater to all tastes. The boarding house also has common lounge- rooms and entertainment facilities. In a boarding house, students are supervised at all times. strong Friendships Students have their own desks and internet access. often, younger students will share a dormitory or room. Final year students tend to have their own rooms. Living with classmates leads to strong friendships. Students may come from other cities, regional areas or other countries. Many boarders have lifelong friendships from their school days. Independent schools also have ‘day pupils’ who live locally and return home each afternoon. Boarders often make friendships with day pupils and visit their homes in the local area. Activities And excursions Living at school means using the school facilities on weekends. Students may be able to use the school tennis courts, swimming pool, gym, basketball court, cricket field or music rooms outside of school hours. Schools often take their boarders on excursions to local recreational areas, to the beach or cultural events. They give their students a balance of academic work, relaxation and exercise for a well-rounded education and home- away-from-home experience. • In this warm, secure environment, students are supported in their academic and social needs. ’ ‘
Australia The Education Destination 2012