The International Program has profoundly enriched the day-to-day lives of all students and the contribution of International Students to the College is welcomed, celebrated and recognised.
Our International Students enjoy the full time support of a dedicated International Student Co-ordinator who is responsible for providing ongoing personal assistance and welfare support to the students. The International Student Co-ordinator organises everything from airport reception and pickup to quality home-stay accommodation with carefully selected local families and an extensive, personalised orientation of Mill Park Secondary College.
In addition to the practical and emotional support of our International Students, at Mill Park Secondary College we pride ourselves on the individualized, academic assistance and guidance provided to students. Throughout their studies, International Students receive ongoing assistance with study skills as well as course and career counselling.
At Mill Park Secondary College, we are fortunate with the quality of our staff and the breadth of their multi-cultural experiences. The students benefit from access to excellent facilities including extensive IT resources, state of the art Sporting facilities as well as a dedicated English Language Centre.
Students applying to Mill Park Secondary College will need to demonstrate academic results in excess of 70% for the past two years of school. Students will also be required to undertake an interview either in person or via Skype / We Chat / Viber not only to gauge their level of oral proficiency, but also their suitability to live and study successfully away from home.
International Students who are required to undertake an intensive English Language Program are able to do this on site, ensuring a smooth transition into mainstream classes. To assist with the adjustment of living and studying in Melbourne, students are involved in an extensive, personalised Orientation Program.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTRE
At Mill Park we have our own English Language Centre located on the Senior Campus. Your son or daughter can spend up to two terms developing their English language skills under the direction of dedicated teachers, skilled in working with international students.
Having the language centre on site provides an opportunity for international students to form friendships with local students and to get to know their future teachers. Their familiarity with the College also helps ensure they have a natural transition into classes on completion of their English language course.
Students enrolled in Victorian Government schools have a range of obligations as set out in the Victorian Government Schools website.
NEWSLETTER: International Student News – May 2017
International Student Coordinator: Ms Marilyn Pridmore
Mobile: +61 (0) 438 681 125
Senior Campus Principal: Mr Colin Burke
Mobile:+ 61 (0) 409 405 614
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ENROLMENT PROCESS:
All applications are processed through the International Education Division.
Please refer to their website: http://www.study.vic.gov.au
Follow the links for applying. Note: Information can be read in Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean
Alternatively, you can contact the International Education Division through http://www.study.vic.gov.au/deecd/en/contact-us.cfm
Department of Education and Training (DET)
GPO Box 4367
Melbourne Victoria 3001
Tel: +61 3 9637 2990
Fax: +61 3 9637 2184 / +61 3 9651 4424
Department of Education and Training (DET) Victoria CRICOS Provider Code 00861K.
www.naati.com.au – National Accreditation Authority Translators & Interpreters (NAATI)
http://www.tisnational.gov.au or Phone 131450 – Translating and Interpreting Services (TIS)
http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au – Department of Home Affairs (Visa and Immigration)
LOCAL AREA INFORMATION LINK
The City of Whittlesea is approximately 22 kilometres from Melbourne CBD. Suburbs in the Whittlesea area include Mill Park, Epping, South Morang, Lalor, Mernda, Doreen, Thomastown and Wollert.
Mill Park Secondary College has two campuses. The Middle Years Campus is located in Mill Park and the Senior Campus is 3 Kilometres away in the neighbouring suburb of Epping.
Whittlesea is a rapidly expanding community, with many young families moving into the area because of the excellent modern facilities. Everything is within a short distance and easily accessed.
There are hospitals and medical services, cinemas, shopping centres, cafes, restaurants as well as sport and recreation facilities.
Living with a Homestay provides students with the best possible way to experience Australian culture and improve their English language. Homestay is full board and accommodation offered by a family or couple of any nationality, for which a set weekly fee is charged (approximately AUD $300)
Families are carefully selected following a rigorous selection process according to International Division guidelines. (Refer to: www.study.vic.gov.au). This includes interviewing the family, carrying out “Working with Children” checks and inspecting the home. At Mill Park Secondary College our homestays are visited and monitored by the International Student Coordinator, enabling close relationships to form between families and the school. Although homestay homes can vary in size and location, they are all appropriate for the individual needs of the student.
STUDENT WELFARE, CARE AND SUPPORT SERVICES
The welfare of every student is a priority at Mill Park Secondary College. We recognise that international students have differing needs and require extra support to enable them to be settled and happy in a new environment. Our students have access to a range of support services which includes Student Welfare Coordinators, youth workers, medical professionals, careers teachers, Year Level Coordinators and Home Group teachers.
To help students adjust to living and studying in Melbourne they will be involved in a personalised Orientation Program which will include information on:
- the College and its programs
- our local area
- using public transport
- general support services
- health care and well-being
- accommodation arrangements (including homestay)
- Australian culture and
- key policies relating to enrolment at a Victorian government school.
Other services we provide include:
- Caring homestay placement close to the College
- Close monitoring of students’ welfare
- Student Welfare Counsellors
- Strong bond developed between family and school
- Learning in a nurturing environment
- Homework clubs
- Intensive Orientation Program
- Intensive English Language Program available in the College’s on site English Language Centre
- On-going English language assistance
- Regular parent reports translated into your language
- Course, subject and career counselling
- Recreational and social activities
STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT TO CHILD SAFETY
CHILD SAFE DOCUMENTS LINK
Mill Park Secondary College is committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children.
We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our policies and procedures.
We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are concerned about a child’s safety.
Mill Park Secondary College is committed to identifying, and where possible, preventing child abuse by following established processes and protocols. As such we have regular training and education of staff around child abuse risks.
We have robust human resource management systems and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers.
Mill Park Secondary College supports and respects all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.