International Students




Kew High School is a high performing coeducational government secondary school in the leafy eastern suburbs of Melbourne with an enrolment of 1100 students and about ninety of them are   international students. Over the past fifteen years the school has developed a very successful International Student Program that has been evident in our high level of enrolments of international students as well as in their high academic achievements.


All our international students go on to tertiary studies after they finish the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) studies at Kew High School.   The University of Melbourne, Monash University and RMIT are popular tertiary destinations for our students.   Three of our recent international students have been School Dux, all scoring an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) above 99.00.   In recent years over fifty per cent of our international students have achieved an ATAR above 90.


We offer our international students strong welfare support, a broad and challenging curriculum, extra-curricular activities and services in a safe and secure environment to ensure that our students have a rewarding and memorable experience. We have outstanding support staff with Ms Junling Yang, fluent in both English and Mandarin, co-ordinating the international student program, Mrs Daveen Valentine managing homestay arrangements and Ms Catherine Reid leading the English Language Centre (ELC) program.  Our Vietnamese students can be assisted by our staff who are of Vietnamese background.   Our caring and experienced coordinators lead a team of teachers who guide, educate and encourage our students to settle into their new school and achieve their goals.  Students are monitored and supported throughout their time at Kew and parents are regularly informed of their child’s progress and well being.


We have our own on-campus ELC which allows students to study English intensively within the school and eases their transition into mainstream classes. The school’s impressive facilities also include a senior centre, gymnasium, theatre, library, art gallery, music and performing arts centre.   In addition, there are more than 600 computers, notebooks and netbooks available to students.


Kew High School is close to a range of facilities such as supermarkets, pharmacies, medical centres, cafes, recreational centres and parks and is about 10 kms from the centre of Melbourne, well serviced by public transport with trams and buses all passing in front of the school gates.  International students at Kew High School attend a high performing Victorian Government school with excellent access to all the services that make Melbourne one of the most livable cities in the world. 





Areas of Special Interest


A Comprehensive Orientation Program

The program has been designed to assist international students with key information to help them with pre-departure preparation, transition into mainstream classes, settling in a new environment and moving into tertiary studies.   The orientation starts from the day the student is accepted and continues throughout their stay with us.


Academic and Language Support

At Kew High School additional academic and language support is provided through English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, Foundation English classes designed to assist VCE international students to consolidate their language skills, Chinese First Language Units 3&4 studies and a Maths homework club before school hours.  International students are encouraged to undertake a VCE language in their first language.


Careers Counselling

Our Careers Officer designs a career plan for the student which includes advice about the most suitable tertiary courses according to the students’ skills and preferences and consequently, the most suitable subjects to study for those courses.   Careers counselling ensures students meet pre-requisite requirements for tertiary courses.



International Student Leadership


All international students have the opportunity to participate in the school Student Leadership Program to develop and practice their leadership skills. Our International Student Captains are an integral part of the Senior Leadership Team. They represent the international student body and enhance the status and profile of international students in the school community.



2018 International Student Captains


International Students also have the opportunity to take up other leadership roles within the school. In 2016 the elected student for Student Representative Council (SRC) captain roles, Quyen Linh (Ryan) Le, is also an International Student. Ryan was voted into his position by his peers and the School Leadership Team.


Nguyen, Le Minh Hien (Terri)




Zheng, Shanyin (Anna)



Co-curricular Activities

Students are offered a range of camps and excursions.   Y12 students start Y12 each year with a study camp where they have the opportunity to listen to some of the best guest speakers in the country.   The Year 11 Biology Camp is a highlight for students studying biology, spending two days at Queenscliff Marine Study Centre to study the marine environment as part of their field study work. 


Throughout  the school year, students are offered exciting excursions or incursions in the Arts, ESL, Physics, Chemistry, Legal Studies, Media and Theatre Studies, just to name a few.   Swimming Carnival, Athletics Day, Music Festivals and other sporting and musical events are just other avenues where our students showcase their talents and get involved in a vibrant school life.


Homestay Families

All students stay with homestay families unless they live with parents or nominated third parties.   Homestay families that provide accommodation to Kew High School international students have been thoroughly screened and briefed to meet the standard of accommodation provision stipulated by the International Student Division of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.  


The families live near the school and provide a supportive environment where students feel safe and welcome.   They provide practical and emotional advice to the students.   Student homestay families are visited twice a year by our homestay coordinator.








For general information about the International Student Program at Victorian government schools, please go to



For further information about Kew High School’s International Student Program, please contact


Ms Junling Yang

International Student Coordinator

Tel:  61 3 98598652/90927515

Fax: 61 3 98197880



Ms Pamela Dunstall

Assistant Principal

Tel:  61 3 9859 8652

Fax: 61 3 9819 7880





Student  and Parent Testimonies




  “My experience at KHS for the past two years has been great!  I learnt new things, made new friends and I feel fortunate to be here.”


                                            Tuan Quoc Nguyen (Y12 from Viet Nam)




  “Kew High School provides a friendly and harmonious environment for my study in Australia. It helped me develop my potential and gave me the chance to strive for my future.”


                                            Zhican He (Y12 from China)




“What an amazing year we have had in Year 11, rich and unforgettable!”


                                            Gaoyuan Li (Y11 from China)




 “The highlight of the year was the Biology Camp, during which period I became really close to my friends.   I love Kew High!”


                                             Pham, Thi Lien (Y11 from Viet Nam)



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