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The Knox School CO-EDUCATIONAL | PRE PREP TO VCE

INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTUS


MISSION STATEMENT

“The Knox School enhances and develops the aspiring mind with a passion for life-long, local and global, discovery and learning.”

The Knox School CO-EDUCATIONAL | PRE PREP TO VCE

220 Burwood Highway Wantirna South Victoria, Australia 3152 PO Box 4508 Knox City, Wantirna Victoria, Australia 3152 Email: international@knox.vic.edu.au Web: www.knox.vic.edu.au Tel: +61 3 8805 3800 Fax: +61 3 9800 3509 +61 3 9887 1850 CRICOS Provider Code: 00151G The Knox School, Registered School No. 1841 ABN 16 095 158 222


Welcome........................................................... 3

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The Knox School Offers....................................... 4

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Location............................................................. 5

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Senior College (from Year 10).............................. 6

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Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)................. 7

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Middle School (Years 7 to 9)................................ 8

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Junior School (Prep to Year 6)............................. 10

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Key Support Staff.............................................. 11

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PEAK Program.................................................. 12

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Facilities & Enrichment Programs......................... 13

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Student Welfare................................................ 16

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Homestay......................................................... 17

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Admission Requirements.................................... 18

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How to Enrol (part 1)......................................... 19

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How to Enrol (part 2)......................................... 20

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Grievance Policy............................................... 22

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Welcome Mr Allan Shaw, Principal & Chief Executive

The Knox School is an independent, co-educational and international school catering for students from Pre Prep to Year 12. Our School is located on extensive and attractive grounds in Wantirna South, an eastern suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Since 1982 when The Knox School was established, we’ve welcomed students from all nations and backgrounds. We are a secular, values-based school, celebrating and appreciating all faiths. At The Knox School, students enjoy the benefits of a broad ranging curriculum, reflecting the different interests of our diverse population. Our core values are reflected throughout the curriculum and underpin all activities at the School. The values encompass the

The Knox School offers students a

celebration of diversity, tolerance of others, respect

safe, caring and secure environment

for human rights and care for the environment.

with a strong sense of community. It is not only a place of learning, but also a

At The Knox School, we pride ourselves in our

social platform where students can grow and

ability to prepare our young people for the many

learn about themselves and discover their individual

challenges of life. While emphasising formal

talents and potential.

learning, we also ensure our students acquire life skills. We endeavour to equip students with the

If you are seeking a positive learning environment

ability to embrace change and to remain positive in

with a global perspective for your children, then I

the face of adversity. Upon leaving The Knox School,

encourage you to consider The Knox School. We

students take with them the confidence and ability to

look forward to welcoming your children to our

build a productive and fulfilling future.

community. 3


The Knox School Offers The Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), awarded upon successful completion of Years* 11 and 12, is the qualification required to enter Australian tertiary institutions. The VCE is also accepted for tertiary entrance by universities in the UK, USA and Europe. Year 12 students are assessed using both school coursework and external examinations while Year 11 assessment is based on internal school coursework. All students at The Knox School undertake a balanced course of study with units selected from each of the following areas of study: English as an Additional Language (EAL), Languages (Mandarin Chinese, French, German), Mathematics (General, Further, Methods and Specialist), Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology), Information Technology, Visual and Creative Arts, Physical Education, Humanities/ Business Studies incorporating Business Management, Accounting, Economics and Legal Studies. After appropriate career education and guidance our students are best able to explore their options for further study. Students are advised to include prerequisite subjects for university entry in their subject selection during studies in the Senior College. Electives enable students to specialise in specific areas of interest. The Knox School holds a number of comprehensive information evenings for parents, guardians and caregivers of students. The information evenings are supported by individual tertiary, careers and subject counselling. The counselling process continues throughout Senior College. *Students who successfully complete an equivalent Year 11 program in their home country may qualify for credits in the VCE.

You can learn more about the VCE by logging on to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority website: www.vcaa.vic.edu.au 4


Location Location of The Knox School and surrounding suburbs

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The Knox School is located in Wantirna South, 25km from The city centre of Melbourne, Victoria.

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Senior College (from Year 10) Senior College has a strong record of achievement created by setting challenges for young people undertaking their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). A close working relationship between student and teacher is highly valued and essential for academic success. A wide range of subjects are available.

Year 10 Curriculum Core Subjects • English / English as an Additional Language

• Mathematics • Science

Elective Subjects • Commerce ÎÎ Accounting and Business ÎÎ Economics and Legal

• Literature • Sport Science • Theatre Studies (Unit 1 & 2)

• Drama (Unit 1 & 2)

• Music

• Food

• Photography

• History

• Visual Arts

• Information Technology

• Visual Communication &

(Unit 1 & 2)

Design (VCD)

• Languages ÎÎ Mandarin Chinese ÎÎ French ÎÎ German

Note: Subjects are only offered if minimum class size is achieved. Eligible students may elect to do one or more Year 11 (Units 1 and 2) subjects in Year 10. 6


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Year 11 and 12 Curriculum Accounting

1,2,3,4

Biology

1,2,3,4

Business Management

1,2,3,4

Chemistry

1,2,3,4

Economics

1,2,3,4

English/English as an Additional Language

1,2,3,4

Further Mathematics

3,4

General Mathematics

1,2

Health & Human Development

1,2,3,4

History

1,2,3,4

Hospitality (food and beverage) VET*

1,2,3,4

Hospitality (kitchen operations) VET*

3,4

Information Technology

1,2

Chinese First Language

1,2,3,4

Chinese Second Language

1,2,3,4

Chinese Second Language Advanced

3,4

French

1,2,3,4

German

1,2,3,4

Legal Studies

1,2,3,4

Literature

1,2

Mathematical Methods

1,2,3,4

Music Performance

1,2,3,4

Physical Education

1,2,3,4

Physics

1,2,3,4

Psychology

1,2,3,4

Software Development

3,4

Specialist Mathematics

3,4

Studio Arts

3,4

Theatre Studies

1,2

Visual Communication & Design

1,2,3,4

VET* (Vocational Education and Training) 7


Middle School (Years 7 to 9) The adolescent years offer a challenging time for many young people and our dynamic and unique Middle School has at its core a major focus on adolescent health and wellbeing. We aim to develop in our students greater social and personal development, confidence, resilience and self-esteem.

Curriculum Core Subjects • English • Mathematics • Science • Humanities

• Technology ÎÎ eLearning application across all studies • Health

ÎÎ History

ÎÎ Health

ÎÎ Geography

ÎÎ Physical Education

ÎÎ Economics

ÎÎ Pastoral Care Program

• Languages

ÎÎ Sport

ÎÎ German

• Music (Year 7)

ÎÎ Mandarin Chinese

• Visual Arts (Year 7)

ÎÎ French ÎÎ Assisted Literacy

Elective Subjects • Dance • Drama • Food • Digital Media • Music • Visual Arts • Visual Communication & Design (VCD)

EAL Support available in Year 7 Note: Subjects are only offered if minimum class size is achieved. 8


Year 8 Electives • Health and Phys. Ed.

• Science

• Fun, Games and Fitness

ÎÎ Robotics Engineering

• Safety and Survival Skills

ÎÎ Forensic Science

• Digital Media ÎÎ Programming • Commerce

Year 9 Electives • Outdoor Education • Information Technology ÎÎ Programming • Psychology • Craft of Writing

• Health and Physical Education

• Biomedicine

ÎÎ Advanced Games and

• Web Design

Fitness

• Commerce

ÎÎ Sport, Coaching & Leadership

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Junior School (Prep to Year 6) The Junior School develops skills in English and Mathematics to provide a solid foundation. A commitment to working with each child results in a range of varied and interesting programs. More information about the curriculum can be found on our website: www.knox.vic.edu.au

Prep to Year 6 Curriculum Classroom Subjects • English

• Humanities

• Mathematics

• Pastoral Care

• Science

• Information Communication Technology (ICT)

Specialist Subjects • Languages ÎÎ German (Prep to Year 6) ÎÎ Mandarin Chinese (Year 3 & Year 4) • Physical Education & Health • Visual Arts • Library

• Music ÎÎ Introduction to music through singing and percussion (Prep to Year 1) ÎÎ String Program: Violin and Cello (Year 2 & Year 3) ÎÎ Percussion and Voice (Year 4) ÎÎ Band and String Extension (Year 5 & Year 6)

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Key Support Staff International Student Coordinator (ISC) The ISC is the main contact through your entire stay at The Knox School. This person will help with your interview and enrolment process and address any problems you may encounter, both academically and personally. The International Student Coordinator cultivates intercultural relationships amongst students and staff and will liaise with your guardian and homestay to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable stay in Australia.

International Student Enrolment and Administration Officer This person will greet you on arrival, will assist in finding a suitable homestay and ensure your medical insurance is up-to-date. They will also ensure each student settles in well.

Counsellors All students have access to a psychologist and fully qualified academic, careers and personal counsellors. These counsellors can assist with any stress related to your studies or personal life. Help is always available in: • University entrance requirements

• Subject selection

• Career guidance

• Study skills

School Nurse A full-time nurse is available during school hours to treat ailments and to monitor the general health and wellbeing of all students.

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PEAK Program English Language Study (ELICOS) Personalised ELICOS At Knox (PEAK) The Knox School offers a full-time comprehensive intensive English language program (PEAK) which prepares students to join their mainstream classes with the required level of proficiency in English. Our PEAK program is Students must achieve 70% or higher in the PEAK examinations to be

accredited by NEAS

eligible to commence mainstream courses, subject to their previous academic qualifications and timing of the academic year. Entry to PEAK is based on students’ academic reports, an online interview and an English language test if they are offshore. They are required to take The Knox School pre-entry English language, Mathematics and Science tests if they are in Australia. Enrolment is available for programs ranging from 10 to 50 weeks in either Pre-Intermediate or Intermediate level, depending on the student’s current English language ability. All PEAK students are expected to graduate from the language course within 20 weeks.

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Facilities & Enrichment Programs Resource Centre (Library) The School library is open from 8.00am to 5.00pm on Monday to Thursday and 8.00am to 4.00pm on Fridays. A regular Homework Club, supervised by staff able to assist with academic problems, is available five days a week. The computer facilities in the library are available after school.

Multimedia Students can research, synthesise and then present work in a wide range of subjects. Creating graphics and images and making audio or visual recordings to enhance their multimedia projects is possible in the School’s multimedia production studio.

Music Our aim is to promote enjoyment through performance and music therefore making it available for all students from Prep to Year 12. An extensive performance program throughout the year enables all students to participate in a wide variety of concerts. Individual and class tuition is provided.

Art Art provides the opportunity to create visual forms and express individual ideas, perceptions and understandings through a range of visual media. Classes are conducted in painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and photography.

Co-curricular Activities International students are encouraged to join the co-curricular activities in the arts, sport, school productions, public speaking and debating.

Cultural Celebrations All students enjoy the celebration of cultural events at The Knox School including Chinese New Year, Moon Festival and international and local table tennis and basketball matches.

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Facilities & Enrichment Programs Sport A state of the art indoor stadium provides courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton and netball. Outdoors we have an Olympic size synthetic surface hockey field, extensive playing grounds and carefully maintained change facilities. Tennis facilities close to the campus are available for student use. The sport curriculum encourages students to achieve personal and team goals.

Leadership International students are represented in all aspects of the School and each year we appoint International Captains who perform leadership roles within the School.

Outdoor Education Outdoor Education camps are part of the Year 9 and 10 curriculum where students experience a sense of self-achievement as they tackle the challenges of the great outdoors and self-discovery. Students acquire knowledge, values and skills through safe access to adventure activities. The focus of all activities is team building.

Excursions International Students at all levels will participate in excursions to discover the beautiful city of Melbourne; tours of local scenic areas; restaurants; and bus tours.

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The Knox School PRE PREP TO VCE

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INFORMATION COMMON RECEPTION/ADMINISTRATION

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Student Welfare Emphasis is placed on the care and supervision of the international student to provide a safe learning and living environment. In relation to the care arrangements for students under 18 years of age, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) requirement states in part: Public Interest Criterion 4012A and visa condition 8536 apply to student visa applicants who have not turned 18 years of age and are not AusAID or Defence students (visa subclass 576). Such applicants must either: • reside in Australia with a parent, or a person who has custody of them, or a person nominated by either the parent or the person having custody of them, or • provide evidence that they will be going into care arrangements for their accommodation, support and general welfare approved by the education provider for the course in which they are enrolled. The Knox School requires all international students enrolled at the School, irrespective of age, to hae a guardian for the duration of their enrolment. Please note that The Knox School will not act as a care provider. However we are able to refer you to approved agencies providing this service for a fee on a yearly basis until students graduate from The Knox School. Full details of the DIBP requirements can be viewed on the website: www.immi.gov.au

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Homestay It is a DIBP requirement that all students under 18 years of age live in supervised accommodation approved by their institution. It is The Knox School’s policy that all students remain in a homestay environment during their entire course of study at Knox. The Knox School has a well-established database of carefully selected families who have been hosting our students for many years. All our homestay families have undertaken Working with Children checks. Current homestay guidelines are provided with your prospectus.

Airport Pickup We can arrange for students to be met at Melbourne airport and taken to the homestay. A charge is made for this service.

Upon Arrival After students arrive in Melbourne, caregivers/guardians provide assistance to establish a bank account and make contact with the School. The purchase of text books and school uniforms are required prior to commencing class.

Orientation A few days before the start of Term One and Term Three, orientation sessions are conducted to enable students to meet staff. Orientation provides information about the curriculum and school rules, and a tour of the School helps students become familiar with the campus. 17


Admission Requirements Academic COUNTRY

Entry to Year 7 - 9

Entry to Year 10

Entry to Year 11

Entry to Year 12

HONG KONG

Satisfactory school reports and online interview

Form 3* Form 4

Form 4* Form 5 (HKCEE)

Form 5* (HKCEE)

INDONESIA

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Form 5

MALAYSIA

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Form 3* Form 3 (SRP)

Form 4* Form 4

Form 5* (SPM)

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Secondary 2

Secondary 3

Secondary 4

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Year 10*

Year 11*

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Year 10*

Year 11*

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Year 10 (Gao Yi) or Year 11 (Gao Er)

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*Excellent results required for direct entry to this level

English Language for Mainstream Study Entry to Year 7 - 9

Entry to Year 10

Based on academic report IELTS 5 and online interview TOEFL 475

Entry to Year 11 IELTS 5.5 TOEFL 500

English Language for PEAK (ELICOS) Entry to Year 7 - 9

Entry to Year 10

Based on academic report AEAS 60 or above and online interview

Entry to Year 11 AEAS 60 or above

For entry to The Knox School, you must provide copies of your school reports and English Language results (if available) for assessment.

Procedure for Admission Requirements 1. Application forms 2. Past two years’ reports 3. Heads of School and ISC to review reports

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4. Online interview with the Head of School and ISC 5. Offer made


How to Enrol (part 1) Read the Prospectus carefully. If you have any questions, ask a local representative or speak to the International Student Enrolment and Administration Officer. Complete as many details as possible on the “Overseas Student Application Form for Enrolment in a Course” and sign the Application Form where applicable. Attach copies of your last two years’ school reports (where available) and any official examination certificates, such as: HKCEE, SRP, SPM, SMU, Cu San (Year 9), Gao Yi (Year 10), Gao Er (Year 11), etc. and evidence of your English Language Proficiency, such as AEAS, IELTS, TOEFL, ACER etc. Carefully read the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment and Refund Policy contained on the “Overseas Student Application Form for Enrolment in a Course”. Fax/email and then mail the original Application Form and copies of your school reports, examination certificates, English test reports to The Knox School for assessment or hand them to the local representative in your country. A copy of the “Overseas Student Application Form for Enrolment in a Course” is enclosed with this prospectus or may be downloaded from our website: www.knox.vic.edu.au

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How to Enrol (part 2) The Knox School will acknowledge your application promptly. The Knox School International Student Co-Ordinator and Head of School will organise an online interview. The Knox School will issue a Letter of Offer if your application is successful. The Knox School and/or your local representative will advise you from that point onwards to complete all formalities required to obtain a student visa. The first instalment of tuition fees, subject levies, enrolment fee and the Overseas Students Health Charge (OSHC) are payable at the time an enrolment is accepted.* The second and final instalment of the tuition fee and subject levies will be payable in June of the current year. *Students from Assessment Level 3 and 4 countries must not pay any tuition fees until they have completed Pre Visa Assessment and are advised by DIBP to proceed with their enrolment.

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Grievance Policy Policy for the Resolution of Student Difficulties and Grievances In the event of a dispute between an individual student and the School, procedures are in place to help resolve the dispute. A summary of these procedures follows:

Appeals All appeals are at no cost to the student. Once a grievance process is lodged it will be commenced within ten working days. Any appeal to a decision by the Principal which is taken to a body external to the School will be at minimal or no cost to the student. Enrolment will be maintained by The Knox School while complaints and appeals are in process. Each party may be accompanied and assisted by a support person at any relevant meetings.

Code of Conduct, Attendances and Discipline Students are required to comply with the terms and conditions of enrolment and the published rules and code of conduct of the School. Disciplinary procedures will be applied if there is a breach of these rules. All staff are expected to apply the School’s policy and rules fairly and without favour but if a student considers that this has not occurred, the student may refer the matter to either a Tutor or a Head of School or the Vice Principal. If the student is not satisfied with the decision, they may ultimately refer the matter to the Principal for determination. Independent external mediation may also be sought if the matter cannot be resolved within the School.

Service and Academic Programs In the event of a student complaint concerning the quality of the service or teaching provided by the School, the student will report the matter to a person in a position of authority within the School. The complaint may either be dealt with by that person, or referred to the Vice Principal or Principal for resolution. Ultimately, the Principal will confer with the parties in dispute, and the decision of the Principal will be final. This decision will be conveyed in writing to the parties. If the student remains dissatisfied with the outcome, they may seek independent external mediation.

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Contractual and Financial Issues Matters relating to the interpretation of the enrolment contract, or the payment or refund of monies, are stated clearly on the contract of enrolment. Any queries relating to fees, levies and supplementary charges payable to the School (or refund) will initially be dealt with by the Finance and Administration staff. If the student is not satisfied with the decision, together with a nominee of the student if the student so chooses, the matter will be referred to the Director of Business Operations of The Knox School Limited for determination. If either the action taken or the outcome does not satisfy the student they may write to the Principal of The Knox School Limited, 220 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South, 3152, Victoria, Australia who will then convey a decision in writing to the student. If the matter remains unresolved the student may take the dispute to Consumer Affairs, Victoria. Website: www. consumer.vic.gov.au The ESOS framework protects your rights. If you need to contact the Department of Education for your ESOS rights and responsibilities, you can visit their website: www.internationaleducation.gov.au or you can contact ESOS by calling 1300 615 262. Please be aware that the information provided by the student may be made available to Commonwealth and State agencies and the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) and the TPS Director, pursuant to obligations under the ESOS Act and the National Code of Practice.

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The Knox School CO-EDUCATIONAL | PRE PREP TO VCE

220 Burwood Highway Wantirna South 3152, Victoria Australia T: +61 3 8805 3800 – E: info@knox.vic.edu.au


The Knox School International Prospectus