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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
92 >AustrAliAn EducAtion 2012 living with an Australian family Many international school students live in a ‘homestay’, sharing a house with a responsible local Australian family. ‘chAngEd mY liFE’ Claire Cao is a student at Stella Maris College in Sydney, NSW. An Australian education has increased her confidence and changed her life. ‘I came to Australia when I was 16. Back then, I was really shy and was not an outstanding student back in China. At Stella, there are passionate and highly experienced teachers in every subject whose enthusiasm has boosted my interests and motivation. In addition, Stella also has a pastoral care teacher to look after us in a personal and spiritual way. I know I always have the full support of my teachers with managing any problems and difficulties I have living in Australia. ‘I have made a lot of Australian friends at school and perform with them in the school choir and assemblies. Studying at Stella Maris College has totally changed my life and increased my confidence.’ School students must either live in a homestay, in a boarding school or with relatives. Australia has rules in place for international students under 18 years of age to ensure suitable arrangements for their accommodation, support and general welfare. Homestay is living with a local Australian family for a fee. Homestay has many benefits. It means security as your child is living in a family environment with responsible adults. It gives students the chance to experience the Australian culture and practise their English skills. Many students form a friendly relationship with their homestay parents and consider them their ‘second family’. All homestay individuals are carefully checked for suitability. Each student is matched with an appropriate homestay family, to meet their specific needs. ArrAnged by your school Your school will help arrange a homestay with a family that suits your child. All government schools use homestay arrangements and each Department of Education has a homestay coordinator or accommodation officer. They will organise a homestay in an area close to the school. Some independent and Catholic schools also provide homestay arrangements. Each school has a coordinator who will liaise with you about the requirements for a homestay placement. Schools monitor the satisfaction of students during their homestay and help solve any queries or problems. Students can receive full board, which means breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each student has a bedroom and lives in a friendly, supportive family environment. The homestay family will help your child adapt to the Australian culture and provide a stable environment in which to study and learn. ● Above: Homestay gives students the chance to live with a friendly local family and experience the Australian culture. ‘Your school will help arrange a homestay with a family that suits your child.’
Australia The Education Destination 2011
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