Kardinia International College manages a fully monitored and coordinated Homestay Programme where our international students live with local, Australian families. Our Homestay Programme has the advantage or providing our international students with a rewarding Australian cultural experience and also improving their English language skills.
All our international students are encouraged to speak English whenever possible to improve their Australian social and study experience. Academic success is strongly linked to English language skills. We recognise that for students with limited English skills, this can be a challenging! We support our overseas students with English as an Additional Language (EAL) subjects and extra English sessions at lunchtime, as required.
The College has a full-time Homestay Coordinator whose sole responsibility is the welfare of overseas students in our Homestay Programme. There are strong College connections between the student, family, Homestay family and the College. This support involves:
- An orientation programme for homestay students.
- Regular meetings with the Homestay Coordinator who communicates regularly with homestay families and the student’s parents and overseas agents.
- Cultural outings during the school year and some holidays for overseas students.
- The Homestay Coordinator is Mrs Jenifer Tippett. She has had extensive experience with overseas students in boarding schools and Homestay Programmes. To contact Mrs Tippett, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Students who are 13 years of age or older are able to be enrolled at our College and live with our approved homestay families. Due to Australian Government regulations, Junior or Primary School overseas students must live with, or be cared for by a parent or close relative.