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  • HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

    STB Australia helps students find and settle into their new school.
  • HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

    The relaxed lifestyle and high quality education makes it a great place for school.
  • HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

    STB provide onshore support before and throughout the High School program.
  • HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

    Australian schools focus on both academic and practical skills subjects.
  • HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION

    High school programs in Australia are characterised by strong cultural diversity.

HOST FAMILIES

Many Australian schools place students in host families with whom we are connected.

SUPPORT

We provide onshore support before and throughout the High School program.

ALL YEARS

The High School program is offered for students ranging from Year 7 to Year 12.
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Advantages of the High School Program in Australia

Academic work combined with practical skills.

Studying in Australia may be different to what most students experience in their country. Australian schools provide focus not only on the academic work but also on practical skills subjects. By being exposed to a wide range of possible professions, students find easier to determine career paths to be taken in the future.

High Schools Programs in Australia are characterised by strong cultural diversity. Students relate to local and international students coming from all parts of the world. This diversity is highly appreciated by the entire school community as it provides students and school personnel with a greater understanding of global cultures.

Usually most schools in Australia have between 200 and 3000 students enrolled per year.

Many Australian High Schools also offer vocational training, giving students the opportunity to earn further qualifications while undertaking their high school certificate.

General Requirements

To be considered as a suitable applicant the student must:

  • Age between 14 and 18 years old
  • Be attending a school in his/her country
  • Have excellent physical and mental health
  • Agree to attend classes and maintain satisfactory standards of work and behavior
  • Have good English skills - if the student`s English level is not satisfactory the school can require the student to have English lessons before attending the mainstream classes. In this case, extra costs may occur.
  • Be responsible and follow the school, the host family and STB Pacific`s rules and respect the law.
  • Be prepared to adapt to a new culture with different values and to live in a family with different life style and/or social economic level that he/she may be used in his/her own country.

Australian Educational System

 

 

The Australians receive formal education free of charge up to the "senior secondary school". The government subsidizes the public schools through tax payers. The international students that do not live in Australia have to pay for their studies, since they do not pay taxes. With the payment received from the foreign students, the schools invest in new resources and facilities for the students. In the case of private schools, even the Australian students have to pay for their education, since they are not subsidized by the government.

Studying is compulsory up to the tenth year. After completion of year 10, domestic students can opt whether to continue studying or not in order to obtain a qualification that will guarantee admission to a University.

Secondary Level Apprenticeship

Australia holds a vast range of secondary level apprenticeship schools (also referred to as high schools or grammar schools), which can be public or private schools, offering a large variety of technical and practical subjects. 

The majority of the secondary schools in Australia are public, which means financed by the government. Most of them are "co-educational" (mixed), but there are a few schools exclusive for boys or girls, known as "single-sex schools".

The private secondary schools are, in general, affiliated to religious organizations and show an educational history and more traditional principles; therefore, more restrict in any conduct discipline. In general, the Australians who opt to study in a private school intend to enroll in a university.

School Academic Year

The school year starts at the end of January or beginning of February and finishes at the beginning of December and is divided into four terms of 10 weeks per year. Between terms there is always a two-week break. The breaks are in April, July and September.

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  • Term I is the best time to start the program to get the most out of the academic year
  • Classes begin around 8:30 / 8:45 am, ending around 3:30 pm.
  • Each class lasts approximately 1:15 hr, with a ten minute interval and a forty-five minute break for lunch.
  • The class you are going to attend will be determined by the school, in accordance with your age and level of education you completed in your country.
  • You will study from five to six subjects. The availability of places to study a given subject will vary in accordance with each school. For the subjects of practical study - such as photography, carpentry, horticulture and others - you could be asked to give proof of former knowledge in the corresponding area, for the vacant places are limited and students which arrive in the middle of the year have less chances to find them.
  • It is part of the program for the foreign student to take the "ESL" (English as a Second Language subject). This subject is studied by the foreign students who need a push in the learning of the English language.

Host Families

Most of the schools place students in host families. In some private boarding schools, there is also the option to live on campus/dormitory; however due to very limited spaces, this option is not available all year long.

  • Host families are carefully chosen by the schools in order to meet the needs of each individual student.
  • Home Stay Coordinators undertake interviews and random visits to host families and they must present Police Checks issued by the Australian Police of all family members.
  • STB maintains excellent relationship with a large number of home stay families who have hosted our students throughout our 10 years of operations in Australia.

Our team of coordinators travel around Australia every semester to visit host families and catch up with our students.

It is the host families’ obligation to provide a safe environment for our students with a private bedroom, breakfast and dinner and full meal on the weekends. In Australia, dinner is the main meal of the day and we do encourage our students to be home for that.

In Home Stays, international students experience the real Australian family lifestyle and have the best opportunity to practice their English conversation skills. It is very common for students to establish life long relationships with their Australian host families which endure even when they are back in their home country.

Host Families Profile

Every student enrolled with STB Pacific will receive the host family profile before departing your country.

There are no maids in Australia so students are expected to help with some house chores and to keep their room tidy.

The host families can be composed of both parents or solo mothers/fathers with children or no children at home. It is also common to have host parents from different nationalities because Australia is a young and multicultural country. Some host families host more than one international student but we do not place two students from the same country in the same family unless it is a special request from parents.

Australians love animals and most host families will have a pet. In special circumstances (for the students with allergies) a family without pets can be arranged.

OUR COORDINATORS KEEP IN REGULAR CONTACT WITH THE HOST FAMILIES AND HOMESTAY CO-ORDINATORS FROM THE SCHOOLS TO HELP THE STUDENTS TO ADJUST.
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STB HAS A TEAM IN AUSTRALIA

We're here to help you have a safe and enjoyable experience
whether you choose to study, work, or improve your English.

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