Students are assessed on commencement at Whitefriars College to ensure that their needs are met and they are enrolled in the correct program from the beginning. While students may start at various times of the year, it is preferable that commencement is at the start of Terms 1, 2 or 3. The Term dates are as follows:
Term 1 31 January (Years 7 and 12), 1 February (all other Year levels) – 28 March
Term 2 17 April – 29 June
Term 3 17 July – 22 September
Term 4 8 October – 7 December
The Bridging Program is specifically designed to meet the needs of international students as they commence their life and study in Australia and at Whitefriars College. Students usually spend their first 20 weeks at the College in the Bridging Program before they enter mainstream classes.
The program enables international students to:
• Receive full orientation to the school, study programs and services
• Learn about Australian life and culture
• Work closely with the Bridging teacher, an experienced EAL professional
• Participate in a tailored program of intensive English language learning
• Meet their Pastoral Care teacher and class mates
• Discuss subject choices and study goals with Careers Counsellors and Coordinators
• Receive full support for transition to mainstream classes/subjects
• Address any concerns they may have as they start school
• Meet other international students of similar ages.
Years 9 – 12
Whitefriars offers EAL classes at Year 9, 10, 11 and 12, depending on student numbers. Each year level offers:
The Reading and Study of Texts
Students read and study newspapers, short stories, novels and films to be able to think about and respond to the people, places and ideas within the text.
The Craft of Writing
Students are taught to write in a variety of styles. Some examples are letters (personal), and essays where students create their own stories (creative). Students also learn to think about different issues in society and write their opinions of those issues (persuasive).
Students are taught how to talk effectively to small and large groups of people.
Year 11 and 12
At Year 11 and 12 students also study media texts to be able to understand and respond to current events in today’s world.
EAL Support is available in a variety of ways:
• The EAL teacher goes into the classroom and assists students with classwork
• Students come out of the classroom to work with the EAL teacher on a one-to-one basis
• Individual students can make an appointment with the EAL teacher for assistance.
EAL Support for students gives them assistance with:
• The special and unique words and ideas of different subjects
• Developing and organising classwork
• Researching for assignments
• Developing and organising assignments
• Exam preparation
• Oral communication.