Caring for Our Students
For many of our students, coming to our school is the ﬁrst time they have been away from home, travelled overseas or lived in a different cultural environment. It is important to ensure our students have the help and support that they need during their time with us.
Dedicated Student Services staff provide a full orientation on arrival for students. Orientation includes:
- Welcome to their accommodation, including demonstrations on using the washing machine, dryer, microwave, etc.
- Tour of the local shopping centres, post ofﬁce, etc.
- Help getting their ﬁrst groceries, opening bank accounts, getting connected with mobile phones.
- Brieﬁngs on Driving, Local Laws and Emergency Services.
- Surf Life Saving brieﬁng.
- Soccer Competition
Every year, the school holds a soccer competition. This is a highly enjoyable event, with everyone getting involved. With some dedicated, talented soccer players, there are hotly contested, competitive games. The perpetual soccer trophy recording the results each year, and resides in the building of the winning school.
There are a wide range of recreational activities available on the Sunshine Coast. There are also world class theme parks a short drive South at the Gold Coast, and World Heritage listed nature reserves to the North, including the Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef. Some of the attractions nearby include:
- Australia Zoo
- Go Karts
- Water Skiing and Adventure Park
Our South Australian base in Whyalla offers a breath of fresh air with many walking trails that unearth Whyalla’s natural wonders and coastal landscapes, giving spectacular views of Spencer Gulf and the distant Southern Flinders Ranges. Some of the local attractions also include:
- Hummock Hill
- Whyalla Maritiime Museum
- Ada Ryan Gardens
- Whyalla Conservation Park
- Shingle Beach Ridges
- Medical Insurance
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) provides a safety net for international students, studying under a Student Visa.
OSHC is insurance to assist international students meet the costs of medical and hospital care, pharmaceuticals (medicines), and ambulance services that they may need while in Australia.
At a minimum, each OSHC product must include cover for:
- the beneﬁt amount listed in the Medicare Beneﬁts Schedule (MBS) fee for out-of-hospital medical services (for example, a general practitioner).
- 100 per cent of the MBS fee for in-patient medical services (for example, surgery)
- public hospital shared ward accommodation
- private hospital shared ward accommodation
- day surgery accommodation
- some prosthetic devices
- pharmaceutical beneﬁts up to $50 per pharmaceutical item to a maximum of $300 a year for a single membership;
- and ambulance services.
OSHC may cover, depending on the type of OSHC product purchased, general treatment (ancillary or extras cover, for example dental, optical or physiotherapy).