Government Schools

The Tasmanian Government provides schooling for students from four years of age. Beginning in Kindergarten, students continue their education through Primary School, Junior High School, and Senior High School. Tasmanian students must complete 12 years of formal schooling to achieve a nationally-recognised Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE).

Upon completion oLevel of Schoolingf Senior High School, students can choose to continue their academic studies at a university or vocational education provider.

As an international student, you can enter into any grade of the Tasmanian school system, however if you are under 12 years of age, then you must have a parent or legal guardian accompany you to Australia for the duration of your studies.

 

The School Environment

Tasmanian schools in the 21st century are amazing places, and are a great choice for international students.

Tasmania’s Government education system provides rich and rewarding learning experiences for all students. With a strong emphasis on teaching skills like literacy, numeracy and IT, Tasmanian schools also teach students to become independent thinkers who are informed and responsible citizens of a global society.

The Junior and Senior High Schools in Tasmania’s international program have been selected based on their high academic standards and exemplary level of student support. Only those schools with the enthusiasm and capacity to support the needs of international students are selected to be part of the international program.

2017 Tasmanian Government Schools Brochure

2018 Term Dates and Tuition Fees

Primary School (K-6)

Programs Available

Tasmania’s Government Primary Schools provides an enriching learning environment with a strong emphasis on basic skills in literacy, numeracy and IT. Teachers will also seek to work with children and their families to develop a student’s sense of self-worth and the values they need for life in a global society.

Primary Schools also have a focus on health and physical education, with regular sports including a ‘learn to swim’ program. Excursions, extra tuition and out of school activities are all made available.

Students will be in a designated class for the whole school year, with the same classroom teacher for most subject areas. This teacher will provide interactive lessons across all learning areas of the curriculum, including English, Maths, Science, Art, and History. Students may have a separate teacher for subjects such as Physical Education and Music. All learning is in English and international students are completely integrated with local students. English tuition will be delivered by the classroom teacher, with English and an Additional Language (EAL) and academic support also provided on campus by support teachers.

Students normally attend the Government Primary School that is closest to their residential address. If a different school is required, the guardian must contact that school directly to see whether or not they can be accepted.

International students are welcome to enrol in Tasmanian Primary Schools. It is a visa requirement, however, that Primary School students studying on a student visa must be living with a parent or legal guardian at all times, so therefore student must be accompanied to Tasmania by a parent or legal guardian. Please note: there are also visa restrictions on student visas from some countries which restrict the minimum age at which a student can study overseas. For more information regarding visas, please see the DIBP website.

Primary Schools also accept students wishing to study short-term for a Study Tour program. Students on a short-term Study Tour are not required to travel with a legal guardian, however a responsible adult must accompany the tour at all times outside of school.

Dependent children of international visitors who are in Tasmania for work or study can also be enrolled in Tasmanian Primary Schools.

Junior High School (7-10)

Tasmania’s Junior High Schools are for students in Years 7-10 (approximately 12 – 15 years of age).

The focus of Junior High School is to provide an environment in which you will further develop your skills in literacy, numeracy and IT, and also a broad range of interpersonal skills like planning, problem solving, time management and decision making. You will study a combination of compulsory subjects, with additional choices that match your individual talents and career ambitions. Each school also offers a range of extracurricular (enrichment) activities, including sport, music and excursions.

Schools Available

Hobart

Launceston

Devonport

Programs Available

Curriculum

In Junior High School, you will study a broad range of subjects, both academic and recreational. These school years are a really good time to work out which subjects interest you, and which subjects you would like to study further in the future.

In Years 7 and 8 you will study a range of compulsory subjects, including the core subjects Maths, Science, English, and Humanities, as well as recreational subjects such as Physical Education, Art, Computing, and Design and Technology.

In Years 9 and 10 you will continue to study the compulsory core subjects – Maths, Science, English, and Humanities – but you will get to select which other subjects you would like to study. For example, you may have a strong interest in Science and Computing, so you may elect to study Computing and Extended Science.

Please click here to view a subject list.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Tuition

All Tasmanian Government Junior High Schools offer English as a Second Language (ESL) tuition on-campus. The programs delivered in each school will vary, however all will teach you a range of important skills for improving your English Language level. You will receive English language tuition to suit your level of ability.

Your ESL tuition will be delivered alongside “mainstream” subjects, such as Maths, Science and History and Art. This means that you will get to attend classes with local Tasmanian classmates, which is a great way to practise your English language skills. Further English support is also provided on-campus by support teachers.

Assessment

The majority of Junior High Schools do not require students to sit examinations. Some do set exams, but the purpose of these exams is to prepare students for their further studies. Instead, you will undertake assessment activities throughout the school year, including assignments, projects, and tests.

Regardless of your results in Junior High School, you will be able to progress to a Senior High School. Your results in Junior High School will determine which “level” of a subject you can enter into at your Senior High School. For example, if you have achieved good results in Mathematics in Year 10, you may choose to study Maths at a ‘pre-university’ level (Level 3) in Year 11. If you did not do so well in Maths in Year 10, you may study Maths at Level 2 in Year 11, and progress to Level 3 in Year 12. For more information about continuing your studies at Senior High School, see our Academic Program details.

Uniform

If you are planning on studying in Tasmania for a long term, you will be required to wear a school uniform. Upon your arrival in Tasmania, your school will provide you with information regarding uniform requirements.

If you are only studying at a school for a short period of time, you may not have to wear a uniform, or the school may provide you with a uniform to borrow.

Senior High School (11-12)

Tasmania’s Government Senior High Schools are very unique. Students studying Years 11 and 12 (approximately 16-18 years of age) attend different campuses to those studying at Junior High Schools.

The structure of the Senior High Schools provides students with more independence and encourages them to develop a strong work ethic. The program is designed to help students develop a set of skills that they can apply to their tertiary studies and future employment.

Students are encouraged to ask questions, give their opinions and to participate in activities. The intention is to create students who can think and learn for themselves. If a student is having problems, they are expected to ask for help. Teachers are there to help and to make sure that every student passes, so extra tuition is always available.

The learning style in Senior Secondary Colleges may appear to be very casual, at first. Students do not wear a uniform and their relationship with teachers is largely informal, but respectful. They will often call teachers by their first name.

Tasmania’s Senior High schools offer a large variety of subject options, as well as a great choice of extracurricular activities, including special interest courses, sports, and excursions.

Schools Available

Hobart

Launceston

Devonport

Programs Available

Curriculum

In Years 11 and 12 you will be able to elect which subjects you study. It is compulsory to study ESL, however you can then select the subject areas that you would like to focus on. There are a wide range of subject areas on offer. Options include academic focussed subjects, such as Maths, Science, History, and Religion, but also recreational subjects such as Photography, Drama, and Outdoor Education.

Vocational training is also available at Tasmania’s Senior High Schools. Students are able to complete Certificate I and II in areas such as Hospitality, Tourism, Automotive, and Business, as well as many others. These courses connect into a pathway for further vocational training at TasTAFE.

Often the subjects that you select will be subjects that are relevant to your desired career.

Please click here to view a subject list.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Tuition

In Senior High School, you will be required to study an English subject, for example English as a Second Language, alongside your other elected subjects. If your English language level is advanced, you may choose to study an English subject with local students, such as English Communications, or English Writing. Additional English tuition and support will be available on-campus outside of this subject.

Assessment

Assessment in Senior High School will depend on which subjects you elect to study. For the majority of subjects, your assessment will include assignments, projects and tests throughout the school year, in addition to two examination periods per year. Generally around 70% of your final marks are generated internally (from assignments etc), and 30% are generated from exams. This means that if you get very nervous for exams, or find that you do not perform very well in exams, that you can still achieve a good result in your subjects from your internal assessment.

Uniform

As Tasmania’s Senior High Schools treat students as adults, and encourage you to develop independence and self-responsibility, you will not be required to wear a school uniform. You can choose what to wear to school, but typically students will wear casual clothing such as jeans, shorts/ a skirt, a jumper, and sneaker-style shoes.

English Tuition

All Tasmanian Government Schools offer English as a Second Language (ESL) tuition on-campus. The programs delivered in each school will vary, however all will teach you a range of important skills for improving your English Language level. You will receive English language tuition to suit your level of ability.

You will be taught how to:

  • read beginner and intermediate texts, such as newspaper articles, short stories, poems and novels
  • speak and listen through conversations, group work, interviews and speeches
  • improve your grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • increase your vocabulary
  • write responses to written texts, explain your ideas and express your opinion
  • write journals, news articles, stories and letters
  • manage your study and improve your study skills
  • conduct research
  • write job applications and resumes
  • use Information and Computer Technologies to create communications.

A range of in-class activities are used to make your learning engaging and interactive. These include:

  • class discussions
  • silent reading
  • journal writing
  • viewing and listening to movies and CDs
  • excursions to museums, historical sites and other places of interest
  • group work

The sorts of topics that you will explore in class include:

  • identity
  • family
  • everyday life
  • transport
  • likes and dislikes
  • eating and drinking
  • geography
  • careers and education
  • hobbies and interests
  • culture and tradition

In primary school English tuition will be delivered by the classroom teacher, and further English support provided on-campus by support teachers.

In Junior High School your ESL tuition will be delivered alongside “mainstream” subjects, such as Maths, Science and History and Art. This means that you will get to attend classes with local Tasmanian classmates, which is a great way to practise your English language skills. Further English support is also provided on-campus by support teachers.

In Senior High School, you will be required to study an English subject, for example English as a Second Language, alongside your other elected subjects. Additional English tuition and support will be available outside of this subject.

Entry Requirements

There is no minimum English language level required for entry into any of the Tasmanian Government Schools. The only requirement is that you have a basic level of English understanding; however no formal English test results will be required. All that we ask is to see your most recent school transcript.

Tasmania’s Government Schools support students with many different levels of English language skill. Each school provides English as a Second Language (ESL) tuition, so as soon as you arrive in Tasmania you can start attending your school, and receive as much English tuition as you require.

When you arrive in Tasmania, you won’t be required to complete an English Preparation course before you are able to attend classes with local Tasmanian students. This means that you get to study many subjects and spend lots of time with local students straight away.

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