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The Tasmanian Government provides schooling for students from Kindergarten through to year 12. Students begin their education in Primary school (ages 4-11). Students then change schools in Grade 7, Junior High School (ages 12-15). The next two years are Senior High School (ages 16-18). This is when students obtain the nationally recognised Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE).

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Upon completion of Senior High School, students can choose to continue their studies. Most students choose either university or vocational education.
 
Students can enroll throughout the year. However, students wanting to qualify for the TCE in year 12, must complete the full academic year of Years 11 and 12.
 
Students under 12 years of age (Grade 7) must be accompanied by a guardian.

The School Environment

Tasmania is proud of its excellence in education and teaching. The Australian Curriculum ensures the national quality standard of education is guaranteed.
 
Tasmanian Government Schools offer high-quality learning environments. Each school offers modern IT, science facilities, and excellent sporting facilities. Our schools have developed a range of programs to meet the needs and goals of each student. International students are made to feel welcome, with high-quality education in a safe and supportive setting. 
 
Government schooling in Tasmania is leading the way in preparing young people for life in the 21st century. There is a strong emphasis on building students’ academic strengths and critical thinking skills.

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2021 Tasmanian Government Schools Brochure

2021 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 Department of Home Affairs 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 temporary residents 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 13 – 16 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 practice 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)

98% of graduates from Tasmanian Senior High Schools receive an offer from an Australian university after applying. This is higher than any other Australian state.

Tasmania’s Government Senior High Schools are structured differently to some other Australian states. 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 an Additional Language (EAL) 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 EAL 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 practice 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.

IELTS 5.0 in all bands is a requirement for direct admission into Senior High School. Please see the Entry Requirements section below.

Entry Requirements

Senior High School

Commencing in February 2022, Tasmanian Government Schools require IELTS 5.0 in all bands for direct entry into Senior High School (Year 11-12). Students who have not yet achieved this level will be required to complete our 20 week English Preparation Program before progressing to Senior High School.

This standard applies to all students who wish to complete their Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) and gain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR) by completing Years 11 and 12. These qualifications are critical to gaining admission to an Australian university. The IELTS 5.0 standard is not required for short term students (less than one year) who do not plan to obtain a qualification by studying at a Senior High School.

If you do not already have an IELTS, PTE or TOEFL test score, we can provide you with a free online English test once you have submitted your application.

Further information on the Tasmanian Government Schools English Preparation Program can be found here:

 

Junior High School

There is no minimum English language level required for entry into Tasmanian Government Junior High Schools. All that we ask is to see your most recent school transcript.

Temporary Resident (Dependant) Program

If you are moving to Tasmania to study or work on a temporary resident visa, your children (referred to as dependants) are very welcome to study with us.  The Temporary Resident Program (TRP) helps a significant number of students on temporary visas enrol into our Tasmanian government schools.

The Visas at a Glance document provides a comprehensive list of visa subclasses with the most commonly seen subclasses appearing on the front page. This document lists permanent and temporary visas and whether or not tuition fees and school levies are to be paid.

Parents granted a visa to stay and work or study in Australia can use this list to identify if their child (referred to as a dependant) MUST receive an Authority to Enrol (AtE) letter before enrolling in a Tasmanian Government School. Government Education and Training International (GETI) issues the AtE on behalf of the Department of Education.

The Department of Home Affairs requires that students looking to study in Australia apply for a relevant visa.  For more information on the student visa application process, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website www.homeaffairs.gov.au

What are the enrolment requirements?

In order for TRP students to enrol, a parent MUST:

  • Apply for their child prior to enrolling at a school
  • Complete the online Temporary Resident Program Student Application Form
  • We recommend using Google Chrome to complete this form
  • Receive GETI approval, who will then issue an ‘Authority to Enrol’ letter.

Noting:

The school must see your Authority to Enrol letter before your child can be enrolled.

When can I enrol my child?

The Temporary Resident Program (TRP) enrols school-aged children at any time during the year. Our school year consists of four terms (refer to term dates) and caters for the following year groups:

  • Primary school – Kindergarten to Year 6
  • Secondary (High) school – Years 7-10
  • Senior Secondary (College) – Years 11-12
  • The compulsory school starting age in Tasmania is five years on or by 1 January.

Dependants of temporary residents MUST hold a valid visa and meet the general conditions of enrolment before enrolling in a Tasmanian Government School.

Where can I enrol my child?

Just like Australian students, TRP students normally study at the government school that is nearest to their Tasmanian residential address.

What fees must I pay?

Most TRP students are required to pay tuition fees for their time in Tasmanian government schools, but the fees and the application process are different to that of full-fee paying international students.

Whether or not a TRP student is required to pay tuition fees is determined by the visa held by the student.

The tuition fees are to be paid in full prior to enrolment.

Fees for Kindergarten:

  • Full year – AU$3,750
  • Per term – AU$937.50
  • Per week – AU$110*

Fees for Schools (Prep to Year 12):

  • Full year – AU$7,500
  • Per term – AU$1,875
  • Per week – AU$220*

*Weekly tuition fees only apply if a student is not enrolled for a complete school term.

491 and 494 visa holders pay 50% of the tuition fees above. 

Please contact GETI directly if you have any questions regarding your child’s tuition fees.

Levies

School levies are not the same as tuition fees. All TRP students are required to pay school levies.  School levies are approximately AUD $300 – $750 per year and are charged by the school directly. For further information please refer to fees and levies.

Note: Children temporarily living in Tasmania on a visitor visa may study up to 12 weeks, but must enrol as an International Full Fee-Paying Student (FFPS).

Will my child receive English language support?

All TRP students will receive English language support if they are assessed as requiring assistance. A needs assessment will be conducted by the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Service eal.service@education.tas.gov.au

What are my responsibilities to GETI as a parent?

While your child is enrolled in a Tasmanian government school on a temporary or provisional visa, you must inform GETI if your child:

  • changes address
  • is granted a new visa
  • intends to transfer to another Tasmanian Government School
  • intends to leave school

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Temporary Resident (Dependant) COVID-19 Fee Relief May 2020

Due to COVID-19 we understand that you may be experiencing changes to your financial circumstances. We acknowledge this and are here to help. We are pleased to confirm that all temporary resident visa holders, who have children studying in our government schools, will be offered:

  • A 25% discount on tuition fees for Term 2 and
  • A 25% discount on tuition fees for Term 3.

Over the two terms this discount is $937.50 per child for Prep to Year 12 students and $488.75 per child for Kindergarten students. The discount for 491 visa holders over the two Terms is $468.75 per child for Prep to Year 12 students and $234.37 per child for Kindergarten students.

If you have already paid tuition fees for Terms 2 and 3, the discount amount will be applied across any future tuition fee invoices.  During Terms 2 and Terms 3 any outstanding fees will not be pursued during this time. However, outstanding fee and payment processes will return to normal in Term 4.

GETI will be sending out adjusted tuition fee letters in the coming weeks.

Please refer to the residents On Temporary Visas (TRP-Visa-Subclasses) document to check whether you are eligible for this fee relief.

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