The International Program at Blackwood High School welcomes students from all over the world. We currently have over 50 students from countries including China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Belarus, Vietnam and France.
We are very responsive to the needs of our overseas students and work together with them to support them in achieving their goals. We provide an orientation program and have a buddy system to ensure students feel welcome and comfortable when they arrive at our school. Buddy students assist International Students in moving around the school and understanding the school routines and expectations. International Students are supported by a Coordinator, their Care group teachers and Student Counselors. They receive counseling to ensure their social, emotional and educational needs are met and receive advice on tertiary entrance requirements. Students are also encouraged to take part in a wide range of co-curricular activities.
Blackwood High School enrolls students into a number of programs designed for students from overseas. These include:
Intensive Secondary English Course (ISEC)
This course is designed to prepare students for study in mainstream classes. The course assists in developing the students’ oral and written English skills, their knowledge of Australia and Australian lifestyle and is offered in a learning environment that nurtures social cohesion and intercultural perspectives. Students study in a group of no more than 14 students and may study the course for 1, 2, 3 or 4 terms.
High School Graduate Program
Years 8- 12 students choose this program if they wish to complete their secondary school studies in South Australia. In Years 8 – 10 students study the IBMYP curriculum, an internationally accredited program that aims to develop internationally minded people. The IBMYP has three underlying fundamental concepts, Holistic Education, Communication and Intercultural Awareness. In Years 11 -12 students study towards gaining their SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education).
High School Study Abroad Program
Students may choose a 1, 2, 3 or 4 term course of study and this may includes 1 term in the ISEC class. This program provides the experience of studying in an Australian high school with a range of course options available to students, depending on their English proficiency and the purpose of their study.
Schools may negotiate with International Education Services (a branch of the Department for Education and Child Development) to have a two week program at Blackwood High School. This program includes English classes, experiential programs of mainstream lessons and excursions in and around Adelaide.
Blackwood High School values the unique opportunity for our local students to develop a positive relationship with a young person from another country and culture by studying together with students from overseas.
For more comprehensive information on enrolment, please refer to:
International Education Services
Department for Education and Child Development (DECD)
GPO BOX 1152
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: +61 8 8226 3402
Fax: +61 8 8226 3655