St Maroun’s College acknowledges the challenges faced by International Students when studying in Australia. The College seeks to provide student support to assist international students in adjusting to study and life in Australia through age and culturally appropriate orientation program and ongoing monitoring.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT COORDINATOR (K-12)
The International Student Coordinator (ISC) is the primary contact person at St. Maroun’s College. The ISC is responsible for the orientation program, the first contact during the enrolment interview and first day at school, help to answer any and all questions regarding courses, study, subjects, rules and expectations.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MOBILE (24HRS)
The International Student Mobile is rotated amongst the College executives to be a point of contact for all international students available 24/7 on 0424 230 280.
A trained Psychologist is available onsite for all international students to help with issues about relationships, homesickness, finance, legal, health and emergencies.
The welfare team consists of the Principal, Assistant Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, Welfare Coordinator, Year Coordinators and ISC. All personnel are available to assist all international students in various issues and offer assistance and guidance at all times. The Wellbeing Coordinators will provide ongoing support in areas of health, safety, wellbeing, legal services, adjustment and transition.
The Curriculum Coordinator is available to give one-on-one career advice regarding post-school pathways. The ISC can also provide information on international student requirements for the ATAR, university preparation and entrance.
The College library is open before and after school including during recess and lunch for access to computers, internet, photocopiers and educational resources.
LANGUAGE AND LEARNING SUPPORT (EALD, SPECIAL NEEDS)
The College has an ESL and Special Needs support staff member in the primary and secondary school. All international students are to partake in a minimum of one lesson a fortnight in the ESL room.
The Enrichment Program is available to meet the needs of the gifted and talent international students within the College.
All new international students partake in an orientation program to help adjust and integrate into the unique Australian education system of St. Maroun’s College. The program includes fortnightly informal “catch up” meetings with the ISC and the student.
HOLIDAY STUDY LESSONS
The dedicated teaching staff of St. Maroun’s College frequently give recess, lunch and after school study sessions in all KLA’s. For the Year 12 students, teachers offer holiday study lessons at no additional cost
SMS TEXT ATTENDANCE
The College assists international students by contacting parents, guardian and students via mobile SMS texts of non-attendance to ensure compliance to DIBP Visa regulations and to ensure the safety of all students.
MERIT/DEMERIT AND AWARD SYSTEM
The College assists international students to monitor their daily and weekly behavior through the merit and demerit system. With an accumulation of merits, students begin progressing up the award system towards Principal Award. Students who are late or demonstrate misbehavior (welfare/academic) are given demerits which can result in a Friday afternoon detention. This is in each student’s College diary and is a way for the College to communicate course progress or raise any concerns with parents/guardians/homestay carers.
The International Student Coordinator will also use the merit/demerit system to monitor and intervene when necessary to provide support to international students.
MONITORING SHEETS/WARNING LETTERS
The ISC will intervene and provide students with fortnightly monitoring sheets to examine effort, punctuality, organisation, homework and any other relevant aspects of the student’s course. This acts as a support tool to ensure students meet academic outcomes and course progress.