Ashfield Boys High School

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International Students

Ashfield Boys High School is an inner city boys' high school located in a cosmopolitan area 10 km west of the Sydney city centre.

It is situated close to excellent public transport by bus and train. The school offers a curriculum which is varied, challenging and addresses individual student needs. A strong emphasis is placed on academic success and student achievement within a personalised and caring atmosphere. The philosophy of the school provides a variety of teaching strategies that cater to a range of learning styles. The school's purpose is to engage all students in effective learning and to prepare them for the challenges of tertiary study and career development.

The school offers special programs for gifted and talented students, students from non-English speaking backgrounds and students with learning difficulties. Class sizes are small and a team structure is a feature of the organisation of the junior school. Senior school courses cater well for both academic and vocational pathways.

English as a second language (ESL) programs

  • Special ESL programs taught throughout the school from years 7 to 12.
  • A bridging course with a practical English focus in term 4 each year assisting international students with integration into the school.
  • Certificate of spoken and written English III offered in the fundamentals of English course in year 11.
  • ESL assistance in Science and Mathematics for international students.
  • Homework centre with free tutoring two afternoons a week.
  • A senior study centre (SSC) that is fully staffed with specialist teachers. Individual ESL and language support is available for students with a dedicated ESL teacher in the SSC.

Languages taught

  • Spanish
  • Chinese for background speakers

Special programs

  • School bands
  • Music tuition
  • Debating
  • Student leadership group
  • Interschool sports
  • Extension classes
  • Drama productions

Sports and extra-curricular activities

  • All competitive and non-competitive sports; for example soccer, basketball and table tennis.
  • School leadership, gifted and talented enrichment programs.

Student support services and programs

  • Full-time welfare coordinator.
  • Full-time international coordinator.
  • School counselors.
  • Full-time careers adviser.
  • Year coordinator for each year.
  • Peer support program.
  • Student leadership group encouraging students to participate in the life of the school.
  • Study skills seminars.
  • Special programs for overseas students which explain life in Australia and the NSW school system.
  • Excursions for international students to sites around Sydney.

Special facilities

  • 120 computer workstations in the school's 3 computer labs.
  • Teacher and student access to curriculum and internet services, multimedia devices and individual hard disk space.
  • Well-equipped science laboratories.
  • Modern gymnasium and outdoor playing fie.

Features of local area

  • Ashfield Boys High is located close to Ashfield train station and a shopping mall with many international restaurants, including Chinese, Italian, Indian and Turkish cuisine.
  • There are many residential and apartment properties for rent and the area has many parks and recreational facilities.
  • The University of Sydney and TAFE NSW Sydney Institute are less than 10 km from the school, approximately 15 minutes by bus or train.
  • The school offers an academic bridging program for overseas students to assist with HSC subjects. Tutoring support is provided after school through the homework centre.
  • Social programs for overseas students are also arranged.

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