Viewbank College International Student Program - Department of Education and Training - CRICOS Provider 00861K
Viewbank College is a co-educational government secondary college approximately 17 kilometres from the Melbourne city centre. Located close to a range of native flora and fauna reserves with attractive school grounds, the college is close to Latrobe University, shopping centres, banking, medical and entertainment amenities. The school is serviced by regular train lines and bus routes with easy access to Melbourne.
Our College has excellent facilities including home rooms for Year 7 classes, state of the art ICT network and quality support for the 1:1 laptop program. Viewbank College has recently completed a major building project - a flexible performing arts centre which has both music and drama facilities for classroom teaching, as well as new mathematics classrooms and a total new fit-out of the mathematics/science area and the arts area which encompasses a “maker’s space” for our STEAM program. Viewbank also has outstanding facilities, including the Banyule Theatre and an impressive oval, basketball courts and soccer field, which enhance the opportunities for students to perform at their best.
With an enrolment of over 1300 students, we are only able to allocate places to 30 International Students across the school. Our program is largely academic, with most of our students planning to continue their studies at university.
Applicants for Year 10 would require an IELTS average score of 5.5. All applicants will be interviewed by the International Student Coordinator to determine their suitability for our program. We do not generally accept new students commencing at Year 11. Students under 15 years of age will only be considered if they live with a parent or a DHA approved relative. All applications start with the International Education Division of the Department of Education and Training. The website contains all the information and processes for application. www.study.vic.gov.au
Prior to entering mainstream classes, students, where required, will study an Intensive English Language course at an English Language centre located 4 kilometres from Viewbank College.
Students have the opportunity to study their first language as part of their VCE course. They can choose to enrol at the Victorian School of Languages (VSL) or at a registered third party provider. (2019: New Chinese Language and Culture School) These classes are held outside of normal school hours.
We provide special programs offering:
- Advanced mathematics and science opportunities
- Access to a range of STEAM programs
- Extensive instrument music program
- ICT and media studies
- Access to external Vocational Education Studies
- Japanese and German languages
- Strong English as an Additional Language support Program
- Homework clubs in Mathematics/Science and English/Humanities/Commerce
- Student leadership program
- Pastoral care and student counselling support
- College Nurse
Extracurricular activities include
- Work Experience Program
- Musical instrument tuition and performance
- College production and drama performances
- Sporting Program
- Debating and public speaking
- Lunchtime Activities program
- G’Day USA overseas trip
- Sister school exchange trips to Germany and Japan
We have a number of families offering homestay to students who have applied to come here without family. Generally we would expect students to remain in homestay until the end of their course at Viewbank College. Strict regulations ensure the safety of students, we monitor homestays and conduct regular checks. Families who might be interested in providing homestay for a student can email Kaye Mackenzie (see below) or the International Student Program Assistant, Jeanette Maxwell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students requiring airport pick up will be met at the airport by the International Student Coordinator and taken to their homestays. They will be assisted to set up a bank account, to obtain a mobile phone, uniform, books and so on, before the start of school.
English Language Support
Our International Students join mainstream classes for all their studies. We have found this the best way to help them quickly improve their English and to become part of the Viewbank College community. However, students receive an additional 2 lessons per week of EAL (English as an Additional Language), where they work in small groups. Here they can work on developing their language skills and they can be assisted with classwork.
There are also homework sessions run by teachers after school. Students can attend these sessions for help with their work in English, Humanities, Maths and Science and Commerce subjects
SOME USEFUL LINKS
COST OF LIVING –www.study.vic.gov.au – (Cost of living tab)
EMERGENCY AND HEALTHCARE SERVICES – www.study.vic.gov.au/en/living-in-victoria/health-and-safety/Pages/default.aspx (tabs for Safety Health and Emergencies)
INFORMATION ABOUT MELBOURNE – http://whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au
LOCALITY –SERVICES INFORMATION: www.banyule.vic.gov.au – translations available
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY – www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
PUBLIC TRANSPORT – www.viewbank.vic.edu.au (enrolment tab/transport)
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES – www.fairwork.gov.au for employment and jobs information
VICTORIAN REGISTRATION AND QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY -VRQA - www.vrqa.vic.gov.au
WELLBEING:www.viewbank.vic.edu.au ( student learning tab/wellbeing resources)
Student Health and Support Line available 24/7 : Telephone : 1800 887 283 with interpreters
We are very proud of our International Student Program. Students take on an enormous challenge when they leave home to study in another country and we offer them all the support they need to be successful. Viewbank College is a Child Safe environment in accordance with the Victorian Government guidelines, with a Child Safety Code of Conduct. (See ‘Child Safe’ under About Us)
However, if you have an enquiry relating specifically to Viewbank College, you are welcome to email the International Student Coordinator, Kaye Mackenzie: email@example.com
Rosanna, Victoria 3084
Half way into Term 2 and already our students have been busy with study and other activities.
Congratulations to Bill and Daylan who, along with their Year 10 class, were involved in preparing for the Drama/Food Technology cross curricular event. ‘Dimboola’ was presented in our Performing Arts Centre, with a matched dinner reflecting the period.
Nhu was a member of the successful Intermediate Badminton Team, winning their way into the next round. Good luck girls!
The Autumn Brunch and Autumn Music Night events saw several of our students involved.
Phillip Island this week and we look forward to hearing about their experiences. Next week is ‘Heads Up’ week for Year 8, looking at wellbeing and mental health support.
Last week, we got together for an informal pizza lunch. Thank you to Katie McGinty who is helping out in the International Student Program while our regular assistant, Jeanette Maxwell, is on leave.
Year 10 and 11 students will sit exams very soon and then the Year 10s will be off to Work Experience in the last week of term.
International Student Coordinator.