INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Moerlina School welcomes international students from 3 year old Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6.

Moerlina School is registered for full fee paying overseas students in the years Pre-Primary to Year 6 with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS), CRICOS No: 02527G.

As a private school, Moerlina School Inc. is also registered by the Department of Education Services. As a registered provider for full fee paying overseas students we undergo a rigorous process to ensure staff dealing with overseas students are aware of their responsibilities under the National Code, The ESOS Act and any relevant State requirements.

The school also welcomes short-stay students who are visiting Australia for less than 3 months and would like an immersion experience in a unique, progressive city school.

Primary School in Western Australia

In Western Australia primary school runs from Pre-primary to Year 6.

Pre-Primary is the first year of compulsory schooling and is for children turning five years old by 30 June of the year they start Pre-Primary.

The school year runs from February to December with a long summer break over Christmas and January. The school year is split into 4 Terms (approximately 10 weeks each) with breaks in between.

 

Learning at Moerlina

The Moerlina curriculum is compliant with the WA Curriculum and the Australian Curriculum. There are 8 learning areas, some of which include more than one subject:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • The Arts
  • Technologies
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages

The curriculum at Moerlina includes a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy, specialist art, dance/drama and music, sport, outdoor education and Chinese language and culture. The humanities and sciences are covered through integrated units that develop deep learning and higher order thinking. The school is well-resourced with interactive whiteboards in each learning area, a school library, safe outdoor play equipment, natural play areas and a school bus.

As a small community school Moerlina is committed to providing a quality, structured education in an open, joyous, flexible and supportive learning environment. Moerlina nurtures each child’s cultural, physical and cognitive development. The school embraces the richness of opportunity offered by the diversity of our families and staff.

In the primary school, children are often grouped in multi-age classes. The school maintains small class sizes and a high teacher to student ratio. Staff are well-qualified and selected through merit procedures. On-going professional learning is a high priority at the school.

Classes operate from 8.45am to 3.10pm daily, five days per week.

 

Assessment

At Moerlina we use a range of assessment strategies for children to demonstrate their achievement of outcomes. Assessment is both formal and informal. Assessment strategies include observations, checklists, standardised testing and International Assessment tests. We believe that assessment of a child’s learning must be a non-threatening and enlightening process that informs teaching, learning and goal setting. Student assessment focuses on what a student can do, what they know and how they are progressing against a set of standards and learning benchmarks. All students at Moerlina in years 3 and 5 take part in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), which is an assessment of all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 across Australia. The tests assess reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

Families receive three formal learning reports each year – a Learning Behaviour report in Term 1 and 2 semester reports. A 3 way interview involving each child, their teacher and parents is held mid-year.

 

Enrolment procedures for international students

Enrolment procedures will be outlined to applicants in full detail including information about fees, refund policies and procedures.

Students enrolling at the school are expected to have some English proficiency, but we accept all levels of proficiency. Students with lower standards of English may require one on one sessions for language development with an Education Support Teacher available to assist ESL (English as a Second Language) students – this is discussed with each family individually. Initially these may be intensive, withdrawal sessions but where possible students are further assisted by participating in our fully inclusive program, with a buddy student and high levels of personal support by staff. The extra support in their class assists to build social English as well as English for learning.