Marcella’s South Australian Experience

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About my family, I changed  my family the first month, it was the best thing that happened to me. In my current host family, I have a mother, a father, and two children, a 10 year old and girl and a 12 years old boy. The best thing is to have a child in the house, because of the animation in the day to day. What I wanted most was to live near the beach, and now I live, when this sun goes to beach or sometimes I only open the window of my room that has incredible view and I watch the sunset! My family and this time I stayed in Australia was amazing! Lifetime experience.

About my school, I study at an international school, most of the students come from Asia, studying at this school I realized how different the nationality are. It was a different experience.

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Hello, my name is Giulia

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Hi, I’m Giulia.I’m an exchange student from Italy and I have been in Australia for four months now. My first purpose coming to Australia was to improve my English. After this period that I spent here at Seaview High School I can actually say that I have learnt more than just English. I met amazing and friendly people from this country and from all over the world sharing moments that I will never forget.

I had the possibility to study having kind and nice teachers who were always present to help me if I needed. Being a student at Seaview High School here in Adelaide gave me the opportunity to live incredible experiences as for example skiing at Falls Creek & being part of the School Open Girls volleyball team.

I really would like to have more time to spend here next year as part of this community, an experience that I would recommend to everyone.

Giulia – Adelaide, Seaview High School


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High School in Adelaide by Julie

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My experience in South Australia was very unique. I grew up a lot and learnt so much. To live with people that I didn’t know before I came stressed me out a lot. But I met a lovely family that made me feel like part of their family really fast. We enjoyed sharing all about our personal culture and had long chats at dinner time. They always help me and give me some advice about everything. But the best moments we had were when we cooked dinner because everyone is in the kitchen helping. It’s at this moment that we have chats and many laughs. I have a little brother too and I really love him. He is 3 years old but brings so much to the family by animation. I’m so lucky to have them because I think without a good family base, we can’t enjoy really this kind of experience.

Something I enjoyed in my school is some interesting subjects that school in Switzerland doesn’t have. For example, before I came I didn’t know cooking and thanks to school lessons I now know how to make some different things. I also really like the subject Society and Culture because I learn some interesting things about life and culture in Australia.

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Hamilton Space School has students reaching for the stars

Hamilton Secondary College, in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, officially opened its space centre at a ceremony during the 68th International Astronautical Congress  at the school on September 28, 2017.

The Space School facility has three main areas created for its space science programs – a simulated Martian crater and landscape, a Mission Control Room and Briefing Room.

Designed to provide a unique extra-terrestrial learning experience, students will role play space scenarios with teams taking turns to operate as astronauts collecting samples on the Mars surface, and scientists monitoring data and problem solving in the Mission Control Room.

The facility’s Martian landscape has been designed to mimic a crater on Mars, with the surface built from rocks collected from all over Australia to map out 7 different geological areas. The design simulates real-life Martian explorations in the same way that NASA sends space probes to land in craters, as they are prime locations to gather samples.

The centre is based on the Victorian Space and Science Education Centre at Strathmore Secondary College in Melbourne.

Hamilton Secondary College has been the focus for South Australian Space School activities since 1997. Hamilton Space School will offer activities that incorporate a problem solving learning methodology and deliver integrated STEM activities based on the Australian curriculum.

The Hamilton Space School provides an authentic experience for students who will be able to participate in activities like communicating with astronauts in real time and use the very latest software.


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South Australian Government Schools A3 Posters

Did you know that we have developed some vibrant NEW posters that you can display in your agent offices or at exhibitions?

Here are a small selection of what you can order via the Marketing Collateral Order Form.

Click here for our full range of posters available.

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Angela attends the Tertiary Information Session

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“First of all, I want to say thank you for arranging this useful and organized information session for International students. I enjoyed it throughout.”

South Australian Government Schools recently held a tertiary information session specifically for international High School Graduate Program students. Students received valuable information on:

  • new courses and programs being offered
  • university pathways
  • international student enrolments
  • services, support and facilities offered by the institutions

“This is the first International information session I attended that involves so many secondary schools as well as tertiary institutions, which is unprecedented and wonderful! It assembled most of the tertiary institutions and delivered us compacted information, which enables us to compare them better. The session is also internationally [international student] focused, which provide helpful and related information. The structure of the session – presentation and then information booth is genius.

The length of presentations was appropriate, it is able to give a general briefing about what the institutions have to offer, their specialities and degrees available. The experiences from past or current International students are friendly and engaging to me, and prompted me to choose one institution over another. Multiple screens in the venue were very convenient, the acoustic was clear at the front, where I was sitting.

The information booth is very helpful. It provides me opportunity to ask in-depth and individual questions and interact with representatives from various institutions for the first time. I went to every single booth and made friends with the student representatives from University of Adelaide. The presenters are friendly and willing to help. They are experienced and ready to answer my questions.

Overall, the session was effective and helpful for International students. Considering the increasing number of International students currently studying in secondary schools applying for tertiary institutions, it is very supportive to have information sessions like this.”

Angela also provided some valuable ideas to improve the session for the future benefit of international students in our schools – thank you Angela!


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Lifelong friendships

Moe has returned to Japan on Saturday. Thank you for allowing us to share her time in Australia, even for the short time it was.

We tried to get as much fun in as possible, and I think Moe had a wonderful time.

We have made lifelong friendships with her, and have skyped her since she has returned home and will continue to stay in touch. We miss her very much.

Thank you again, it was as absolute pleasure to have her stay with us, and now join our family.



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Do you live in Victor Harbor?

International students coming to Victor Harbor practice their English, make new life-long friends, and experience the Australian way of life. Students enjoy Australia’s large open spaces, nature and wildlife and love experiencing everything that life in a close coastal community has to offer. This term, Victor Harbor High School welcomed 10 international students. Read about what these students have been getting up to so far!

Victor Harbor High School are always looking for more families to host international students.

If you are interested in hosting an international student, phone Victor Harbor High School on 8551 1900 or email

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Victor Harbor High School


Victor Harbor High School is located 80km south of Adelaide on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula. The township of Victor Harbor is a popular holiday destination with great sand and surf beaches, stunning scenery and unique wildlife. Victor Harbor High School has a strong academic program and has strengths in aquatics and marine studies.

International students coming to Victor Harbor practice their English, make new life-long friends, and experience the Australian way of life. Students enjoy Australia’s large open spaces, nature and wildlife and love experiencing everything that life in a close coastal community has to offer.


Read more about Victor Harbor High School’s welcome to its newest international students here.


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International Student Award

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Liwei left her home in Bejing, China to come to Adelaide to study as an international student.

Liwei has integrated very well into Norwood Morialta High School where, not only has she had excellent academic success, but she has participated in a variety of extra curricula activities. Liwei’s personal qualities have enabled her to flourish as a student at NMHS. She has a positive outlook on life and a genuine passion and interest in supporting and working with others for the greater good. Liwei has always shown respect, empathy and a willingness to represent the wider views of the school community.Soon after arriving at NMHS she became involved in the school musical production, “Annie”.

She attended rehearsals every Tuesday and Thursday so that she could improve her English and meet local students, gradually making many friends. She joined the school’s swimming and volleyball teams in order to keep fit during her spare time and has competed in Saturday competitions. To support her understanding in her Stage 2 subject of Legal Studies, Liwei participated in the Mock Trial competitions for the school.

This year, Liwei nominated to be on the Student Representative Council, and in her words, “it was a big honour” to be elected as Co President of the SRC. Her reasons for wishing to be part of the SRC were that she saw this as an opportunity to gain team and leadership experience. As the elected Co- President of the SRC she values the structures, processes and procedures of our system of governance to encourage student voice.

Liwei has continued to support all students of the school, as well as the international students. She has constantly provided assistance to students with their studies, helping them with interpretation of tasks, and also encouraging them to seek help from their teachers when required.

Outside of school Liwei has also volunteered her time at her local church, working as a teacher’s assistant, teaching the children Chinese language and dance.

Liwei has been excellent ambassador for the school in representing all students as well as International Students and is a worthy recipient of the International Student Award and the 2016 Rotary Club of Magill Sunrise Service Above Self Award. We wish her well in her future where she is contemplating a career the Legal field.

Liewi with Gov

Liwei, Norwood Morialta High School, International Student Award

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