International Students

"I am writing to tell you how very much I enjoyed my time at Wheelers Hill Secondary College. Although I only studied at Wheelers Hill Secondary College for one and half years, everyone was friendly to me and very happy to help me. I am extremely grateful to all the teachers for their kind support and liked their vibrant and interesting classes. My teachers were happy to help me if I had questions after the class. My good results at the end of VCE were because my teachers helped me a lot.

Thank you to both the students and staff at Wheelers Hill Secondary College.

Yours sincerely,

Wan Da Chao


Wan da Chao

International Student and College DUX, 2016

 

Wan Da has shown the benefits of being a part of our International Student Program!

 

For over 20 years, Wheelers Hill Secondary College has been and accredited and successful provider of a quality International Student Program, educating students from all across the world.

 

Please see our video links below for further information:

  

https://youtu.be/q5OUVVNqWxY

 

https://youtu.be/ErX6m15snMI

 

Wheelers Hill Secondary College is a Year 7-12 co-educational college, which seeks to empower students to achieve success in a caring environment. Located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, close to public transport hubs, major shopping centres, Monash University and Holmesglen TAFE and within easy proximity to the city centre, the College offers a broad, engaging curriculum as well as a range of activities outside the classroom. Some of these include an extensive camp program including the World Challenge program; English, Maths and Science competitions; inter/intra school sport; instrumental music; IT across the curriculum; a performing arts program; VCE formals and VCE Valedictory evening; study skills seminars; student leadership programs and debating teams.

 

As well as the above the College offers:

  • State of the art science, arts, food and IT facilities
  • A modern library with internet and intranet access
  • A specialist VCE centre
  • Email facilities available in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese

 

International students adapt not only to the different educational environment of an Australian classroom, but also acclimatise themselves to a different way of life in Australia and to living in home stay accommodation. Not living in their own families brings different challenges as they no longer have their parents to share their day with. Older students may be required to do some of their own cooking, cleaning and shopping as well as keeping up to date with their schoolwork. All this, and they must acquire a second language at the same time! We provide a very supportive environment and team to assist with these challenges.

 

We offer you:

  • Airport pick up by a staff member from our College who will take you to homestay and assist you in settling in
  • An International Student Coordinator who maintains regular contact between students, homestay providers and parents.
  • Experienced homestay providers who provide individual, safe and secure accommodation for students.
  • Assistance from multilingual aides and EAL teachers in the class rooms
  • A friendly, safe, and welcoming environment that encourages academic excellence
  • Thorough preparation for tertiary study and a range of career options
  • Personal attention from staff who are working to ensure that your educational experience is rewarding
  • A caring educational environment to make sure that your visit is a happy one
  • Links to additional academic support, if necessary

 

Student Wellbeing

We understand that students need to feel supported if they are to achieve their potential. This is especially important for international students living a long distance from home. The wellbeing of our students is an important focus of our educational approach. We offer support through the expertise of student wellbeing leaders, psychologists, social workers and mentors.

 

Our teaching and support staff are always caring in their approach, and our multicultural aides and bilingual teachers are on hand to help international students quickly adapt and succeed in their new environment.

 

Further support is provided:

  • The International Student Coordinator is able to assist with all in-school and out of school needs.
  • International students’ families are encouraged to contact the Coordinator with concerns.
  • Students are assisted with placement in home-stay accommodation with nearby families. These homes are regularly monitored to ensure that students are well cared for.
  • Students are met at the airport by the coordinator, taken to their home-stay accommodation and to their English Language School for enrolment.
  • Regular contact is maintained with students’ families and home-stay providers.
  • Course selection, counselling and advice is provided for all year levels.
  • Semester reports are translated and sent to each family
  • Each student’s progress is carefully monitored from the time they enter English Language Schools.
  • Multicultural Aides assist students in the classroom

 

Enrolment

If you would like to enrol at Wheelers Hill Secondary College, you should contact the Australian Embassy in your country. The Embassy deals with all initial enquiries for enrolment at Australian Government Schools and they will provide you with the necessary forms. Applications for enrolment as an International Student must be made through the International Student Unit of The Department of Education and Training, Victoria, Australia.

 

Students wishing to attend Wheelers Hill Secondary College should nominate us as their preferred Secondary College. When this enrolment is submitted, students will receive confirmation from the International Student Unit.


Student Leadership

The College provides our students with many chances to be involved in leadership activities. Our international students are encouraged to participate and currently participate as

  • College Leaders
  • Sporting Leaders
  • Student Representative Leaders
  • Community Leaders
  • Performing and Visual Arts Leaders

 

Careers Advice

Students will be supported with careers advice across all levels. They are also assisted with their subject selections and applications for tertiary study.

 

Uniform

Uniform is compulsory. New students will be assisted with the purchase of uniform on arrival. Black leather shoes must be worn with our uniform and these may be purchased prior to arrival.

 

First Language Study

Students can study their first language at one of the Victorian School of Language centres located near our school.

 

Transport

We are serviced by an extensive and reliable train and bus network, making it easy for students and the wider community to attend events, activities and attractions both locally and in the greater City of Melbourne.

 

Homestay

When students arrive in Australia, our staff meet them at the airport and take them directly to their homestay family. We ensure students have access to homestay accommodation that is safe, comfortable, and within close proximity to the school and community facilities.

 

We closely screen all host families. Our International Student Program Coordinator personally organises and monitors each of our student placements to ensure the highest levels of care are continually given to our international students.

 

Working with our host families, we ensure that our communications concerning our international students are timely and ongoing with their overseas parents. Furthermore, all our overseas parents have access to our online management system, COMPASS, which provides regular updates on student progress. Attendance and academic reports can be accessed from this system together with information relating to various school activities and programs.

 

"We have been homestay parents for many years to quite a few international students. We get so much out of being a homestay family because it broadens our understanding of different cultures. We love to see students grow as they gain confidence in doing things that we Australians take for granted. In some cases, we have interacted with the students' parents, and this has always been a positive experience." (Homestay Parents - Geoff and Tenney Taylor)

 

More Information

Overseas students’ families should contact Ms Ashton as@whsc.vic.edu.au, the Wheelers Hill International Students' Coordinator on +613 9561 5811 or the International Student Program Unit at the Department of Education & Training (international@edumail.vic.gov.au) or www.study.vic.gov.au

Department of Education and Training, CRICOS Provider Code:00861K

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