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 in Australia to live 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.
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 and they are available to discuss any area of the students’ welfare.
VCE: THE VICTORIAN CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION
The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is administered by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and is a two-year course. Apart from the study of English, no other subjects are compulsory. The VCE comprises a number of ‘Units of Study’, each designed to take one semester to complete. Units 1 and 2 are designed for Year 11 students while Units 3 and 4 are for Year 12 students. There is a great deal of flexibility within the VCE and Tintern offers an accelerated pathway from Year 10.
VET: VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Undertaking this course in VCE allows students to include VET within their senior secondary certificate. Students undertake nationally recognised training from either accredited state curriculum or national training packages which may contribute to their VCE and/or VCAL.
Tintern Grammar is proudly an open-entry school which caters to the needs of all students. In particular, Tintern is able to support academic needs of highly able students through our Horizon Program. It aims to enrich, extend and enhance the learning of highly able students who possess special talents and interests in a particular area of the curriculum.