St Mary’s College is a co-educational school proud to welcome international male and female students each year from all over the world. Our international students join the rich history and inclusive community that has been educating young people for over 140 years. St Mary’s College is a multicultural community, where students of all cultures, religions and backgrounds are welcomed and included. Formerly called Christian Brothers’ College St Kilda, the school changed its name to St Mary’s College as it became a fully co-educational school.
St Mary’s College staff and students are excited to be a part of our International Student Program, providing both domestic and overseas students with the opportunity to interact and learn from each other. Our International Student Program is fully integrated within all the College’s domestic year level programs and learning areas, affording our international students the opportunity to make strong connections with Australian students, and to further develop both their spoken and written English language skills.
We offer an innovative and challenging secondary (Years 7-12) curriculum, including our VCE qualification program. This allows students a wide range of subjects and flexibility in their choices, and prepares them for university entry applications. We also offer VCAL and VET options.
St Mary’s College offers international students:
Underpinning the St Mary’s College International Student Program is the need to assist the transition of our international students from another cultural environment and a different style of learning, to life and study in Australia. Along with contemporary classroom opportunities, implicit in the program is a strategy of wellbeing that connects our students with each other, with their classmates, with their learning and with the school, providing overseas students with a sense of belonging.
Our dedicated International Student Coordinator, Ms Naomi Chen, is committed to delivering an exceptional standard of support to our international students. She is the first point of contact for our international students, their families and agents. Ms Chen comes from a Chinese background and appreciates that the cultural needs of international students must be attended to thoughtfully and with understanding. She quickly develops a rapport with new overseas students and their families through listening to and identifying the individual needs of each student. This helps students settle in quickly to their new home and school environment.
Ms Chen has also developed strong links with our Homestay Provider families, facilitating a strong connection for international students between home and school.
Ms Chen welcomes new overseas student or homestay provider enquiries via email.