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.
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.
Caring for international students at Firbank
Our aim is to ensure our international students have safe, comfortable, and welcoming accommodation throughout their time at Firbank so that they can focus on their Firbank learning journey.
We also have a legal obligation, outlined by the Department of Home Affairs, to ensure the welfare and safety of our students. Students must either live with a parent (who also holds a guardian visa) or in Firbank’s Boarding House. Students must also be supported by an approved local support person (not their legal guardian), and that those people helping care for students have Working with Children Checks.
Mode of Study
Face to face classroom teaching is the predominant mode of delivery. All study is supervised on campus and supported by excursions, incursions, camps, and a range of experiential learning activities.
Supporting our students
Each international student at Firbank is supervised and supported by the International Student Coordinator: Wellbeing, and her Mentor in conjunction with subject teachers, class teachers, the House Coordinator, Wellbeing Leaders, Head of Junior School, and the Deputy Principal.
If the international student is also a boarder, the Head of the Boarding House will liaise with the above staff, thereby ensuring an integrated approach towards the student’s progress both academically and socially.
In addition to the above the Director of Wellbeing and the Director of Curriculum can provide support and advice when relevant. Teachers, parents, and the local support person can contact the International Student Coordinator: Wellbeing in the first instance to discuss matters regarding the welfare and progress of the student. The Head of Junior School, Principal and Deputy Principal are also able to discuss matters of concern. All these services are provided at no extra cost to the student.
Supporting relocating families
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 relocating families and assist in their orientation into the School community. Firbank also offers WeChat to families to assist with connecting to the community.
Preparing for entry into Firbank
Prospective international students from non-English speaking backgrounds wanting to study at Firbank Senior School 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.
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CRICOS registration details
Firbank is a CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students) Registered Provider and as such has undertaken to actively keep up to date with and comply with the requirements of the National Code of Practice. The National Code’s purpose is to provide nationally consistent standards for CRICOS registration and for the conduct of CRICOS-registered providers.
CRICOS Provider Number: 00140K
CRICOS Course Name: Primary P-6
CRICOS Course Name: Secondary Years 7-12
All Girls, Secondary Years 7-12
51 Outer Crescent
BRIGHTON 3186 VICTORIA
Tel: +61 3 9591 5188
All Girls, Primary Years ELC to Year 6
51 Outer Crescent
BRIGHTON 3186 VICTORIA
Co-ed, Primary Years ELC to Year 6
45 Royal Avenue
SANDRINGHAM 3191 VICTORIA
Ms Jenny Williams
Director of International Operations
Mrs Wendy Grant
International Student Co-Ordinator Wellbeing
Mr Yu Tang
Director of Admissions
Ms Donna Galloway