Full Fee Paying Overseas students
At Firbank we believe in inclusiveness. We value diversity of experience, knowledge and opinion and we know that a more open school helps to create a more open society. Education is about expanding students’ thinking by providing a range of experiences and cultural diversity is a vital component in this process.
Therefore, we welcome and value overseas students to study in Australia. They are encouraged to hold onto and share their cultural integrity, while adapting to Australian education and making life-long friends at our international school.
We recognise that overseas students require specific support structures. Our International Student Co-ordinator, looks after your child’s orientation, boarding/homestay and visa requirements and communicates directly with parents and guardians regarding her progress and welfare.
Prospective international students from non-English speaking backgrounds wanting to study in Australia are required to undertake the Australian Educational Assessment Services (AEAS). The subsequent report gives our international school valuable information to assess whether entry to the School will be appropriate and, if they are offered a place, assist in the student’s orientation. At all levels, English as an Additional Language (EAL) is taught across the School in small classes conducted by specialist teachers.
Our overseas students may choose homestay or become boarders at the School. The International Student Co-ordinator monitors Homestay arrangements and the Head of Boarding looks after the boarder’s Wellbeing. The School must approve Homestay living arrangements.
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Arriving in a new city can sometimes feel daunting. At Firbank, we have a long tradition of working closely with relocation agents to ensure a smooth transition into the Firbank family. We understand that the school experience for students and parents can give families a sense of belonging to their new community. Our Parent Associations at each campus have representatives who specifically welcome relocation families and assist in their orientation into the School community.
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