As part of strengthening the community and developing a global understanding, our College has introduced an international education focus through creating connections with China and increasing the number of classes in Chinese language.
Students’ interest in studying Chinese has been developed by our wider program of Chinese immersion. Students have travelled to China each year since 2014, as part of the Victorian Young Leaders to China program. There they undertake a 6 week study tour, staying in a Chinese school, learning the language and developing an understanding of the Chinese culture. The Victorian Young Leaders to China program is a life-changing opportunity for students and teachers, combining language and cultural learning with personal development and leadership skills.
To facilitate this international focus further, VUSC has also established a sister school relationship with the High School Affiliated with Yangzhou University, in the Jiangsu Province, China. Each year we welcome a visit from Chinese students and teachers from our sister school to both our Junior and Senior Campuses for a week long visit.
Students from all year levels are also invited to travel to China for two weeks at the end of Term 3 each year for a reciprocal visit. The students have the opportunity to participate in cultural and immersion activities, visit our sister school and stay with host families.
Our sister school relationship is a fundamental part of the College’s teaching and learning strategy for internationalising education, and we will continue to strengthen this relationship so that students are provided with the knowledge, skills and attributes required for a globalised world.