The welfare of our students is of the utmost importance to us. We have an International Student Coordinator (ISC) onsite to assist students during their orientation and ensure they are well supported, comfortable and happy during their time with us. The ISC works together with the comprehensive Tintern Pastoral staff network, including Heads of Schools, Year Level Coordinators, Pastoral Mentors, subject teachers, Head of Learning Enhancement, Director of Studies, Head of Careers, VCE Coordinator, Director of Student Welfare Services and the Chaplain, to ensure our international students thrive at Tintern Grammar.
Our Homestay program allows students who don’t have relatives with whom to live, to be accommodated in a safe and caring environment. Homestay families are carefully selected and approved by the International Student Coordinator and are located within a short distance to the school or with access to convenient transport. Many international students find their homestay experience rewarding and a valuable way to experience Australian culture and way of life, and many remain in contact with their homestay families after they leave school.
In line with Australian legal requirements, all international students who are unaccompanied by a parent or an adult relative in Australia are required to have an appointed bilingual local support carer. The support carer provides support including, arranging medical appointments, ensuring the student is participating fully in the school’s academic and co-curricular programs, notifying the school of any absences, attending school functions including parent/teacher interviews and meetings with school staff, as well as regularly updating parents on academic progress and translating reports, they are available to discuss any area of the students’ welfare.