If you choose Australia for your GST experience, you will be placed in or near Sydney. The schools offered to GST participants are private schools. Many have church affiliations such as Catholic or Anglican. Most schools are co-educational, but there are some for boys or girls only. The curriculum follows the standards from New South Wales (NSW) or Victoria, however there are a few that offer special programs, such as the International Baccalaureate or Walker Learning.
Australian school terms are 10 weeks with a two-week break between terms. Term 1 begins the end of January. Placements in Australia are made for 10 weeks, but longer terms can be negotiated. However, placements longer than 10 weeks must take into account the two-week (non-teaching) break period.
The following are a few of the schools where students have been placed:
The IGS campus is located in inner-city Sydney near the University of Sydney, the Sydney Institute of Technology and the University of Technology. It is a co-educational secular school. The theme for the school is Unity through Diversity.
The facilities for the preschool to Year 12 students include science labs, computing rooms, libraries, music and visual arts rooms, and outdoor terraces. They have a rooftop garden and rooftop basketball court.
St. Aloysius’ College is a Catholic independent day school for boys from Year 3 to Year 12. It is located in Milsons Point, a suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, situated in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The Lakes Grammar is located in Warnervale, NSW, a rapidly growing town approximately 95 km north of Sydney. It is west of Tuggerah Lake, a large shallow coastal lake, and just north of Wyong. Most of Warnervale’s population commutes to Sydney for work. Warnervale’s train station provides convenient transportation to Sydney.
Lakes Grammar is an independent co-educational Christian school, providing education for students from Kindergarten to Year 12. The campus is on a twelve-hectare site a few minutes’ walk from Warnervale Railway Station and is serviced by buses covering a wide area. There is a Junior School Campus and a Senior School Campus.
MacKillop Catholic College is located in Warnervale, NSW, a rapidly growing town approximately 95 km north of Sydney. It is west of Tuggerah Lake, a large shallow coastal lake, and just north of Wyong. Most of Warnervale’s population commutes to Sydney for work. Warnervale’s train station provides convenient transportation to Sydney.
MacKillop is a Year K-–12 co-educational school. It is set in a semi-rural environment with extensive landscaping to maximize the natural beauty of the surrounding district. The College is divided into a Primary and Secondary campus with a number of facilities that are shared between the two levels of education. The facilities include multi-use classrooms, science laboratories and industrial and creative arts areas. The library is the center of the College and functions as a K–12 facility with areas dedicated to the needs of the various age groups which make up the College.
Mamre Anglican School is located in Erskine Park, New South Wales, a suburb of Sydney. It is 42 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district near Penrith.
Mamre is a co-educational school that offers the NSW Board of Studies curricula. The school provides programs in all Key Learning Areas from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12.
Over the last four years Mamre has grown rapidly. The school develops full classes and then breaks them down into smaller groups, which makes room for further growth. Essentially the school is still on a path of growth so that the actual number in a class cannot be stipulated until that growth is complete.
MLC School is located in Burwood, a suburb in the inner-west of Sydney, 12 kilometers west of the Sydney central business district.
MLC is an independent day school for girls from pre-kindergarten through Year 12 with an enrollment of 1250. It is a Uniting Church of Australia school. Founded in 1886, MLC School was originally known as the Methodist Ladies College and primarily prepared students for entrance to the University of Sydney.
Currently, MLC School is registered and accredited with the New South Wales Board of Studies and therefore follows the mandated curriculum for all years. In Year 10, students are prepared for the School Certificate and in Year 12, the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or the International Baccalaureate (IB).
To support their “Programs, People and Partnerships” learning philosophy, new learning spaces are called Learning Clusters. Each Cluster contains light, comfortable, flexible and agile spaces for collaborative and individual tasks and is equipped with appropriate technology, multi-media equipment, and relevant learning tools. They are spaces where big ideas and connections between subject areas can be explored and shared between student and teacher. View their Learning Cluster concept.