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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
>AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION 2012 99 ‘International students are warmly embraced into the school communities and cared for throughout their education.’ International students can choose a school in a location to suit their needs, from the city to the mountains across Australia. Images: (top) St Paul’s College, Cranebrook, NSW; (top right) Whitsunday Anglican School, Queensland, (above) St Catherine’s School, Sydney, NSW. International students are supported through well-being programs and ongoing assistance. Each Victorian Government School has an International Student Coordinator to meet the individual needs of international students. Schools aim to achieve academic excellence and a well-rounded student on graduation. WESTERN AUSTRALIA Western Australian schools provide high quality education for children and young people throughout Western Australia to help them reach their full potential. WA has around 800 public schools, 155 independent schools and 160 Catholic schools. The majority of independent schools are in the capital city, Perth. Twenty independent schools in WA provide boarding houses, 14 of these are in Perth. International students are supported in settling into their new school and looked after throughout their time in Australia. The WA school system is divided into primary (Years 1 to 7) and secondary (Years 8 to 12). Most government schools are either primary or secondary, while the majority of independent schools provide classes all the way through from early schooling to matriculation. Each government secondary school has an Overseas Student Coordinator to help international students with any academic and personal matters. Schools also have a Student Services team who can assist. SOUTH AUSTRALIA South Australia has a system of government and independent schools. Many of Adelaide’s schools, both public and private, have developed their own speciality focus, such as music, sport, science or the International Baccalaureate. Adelaide’s International Baccalaureate program is one of the largest in the world. More than 2000 international students are enrolled at government schools, where the staff/student ratio, at 1-26, allows individual attention. South Australia’s Catholic schools have around 300 international students and the 36 independent schools enrol 500 international students. Fees at these schools are surprisingly affordable: in fact, the cost of an Adelaide independent school education is significantly lower than in Sydney. These schools are particularly strong in academic subjects. Around 90% of students graduating from independent schools gain university entrance. Independent schools usually provide boarding houses for their students. For students at government schools, the SA Government Schools International Student Program has a Homestay Program in which students are hosted with caring families across Adelaide and South Australia.
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