Alfred Deakin High School

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Alfred Deakin High School's Sister Schools

We have established Sister School relationships in three countries:
Indonesia - SMP Negeri I Bogor
China - Beijing 21st Century International School
Japan - Tomioka Higashi Junior High School

The purpose of the Sister School Programs are to:

  • to strengthen relationships, understanding and appreciation between people overseas and Alfred Deakin High School
  • to increase cultural awareness and respect for each other's cultures
  • to provide opportunities for students and teachers to develop skills which enhance relationships between our countries
  • to develop ties of friendship through regular communication
  • to build an international perspective within the school
  • to develop students into citizens who are globally engaged, comfortable with diversity and posess the skills to operate effectively across cultures with different world views and belief systems

International/ EALD Students

Canberra is a wonderful place for children to live and go to school.  It is a clean, safe and quiet city with a good public transport system.  As Australia's capital city, it is home to many important cultural institutions such as Parliament House, The National Library of Australia, The National Archives, The Museum of Australian Democracy, The National Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery, The National Museum and The National Science and Technology Centre (Questacon).  Such easy access to these institutions provides opportunities to enrich students' education.

Alfred Deakin High School (ADHS) is in Deakin, a central suburb of Canberra and the heart of the Diplomatic precinct. We are a proudly multicultural school with 10% of our students coming from English as an additional language or dialect (EALD) backgrounds. At ADHS, EALD students are placed in single-grade, dedicated EALD English classes in a dedicated EALD classroom, rather than a single composite class. These smaller class sizes allow our fully qualified EALD teachers to give each student the time and support they need in order to progress effectively with their English language development. For all other subjects, EALD students are placed in mainstream classes and are supported via the Griffin Program, which provides small group tuition in any subject required. A large number of our 221 Language Background Other than English (LBOTE) students receives assistance through individual support from classroom teachers if required and through our Griffin program. There is an even spread of LBOTE students across the school year groups.

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