International Students

Photo: Matthew Syres

The McDonald College encourages diversity and welcomes international students. The College often hosts students from New Zealand, Korea, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and the UK.

The academic courses at the College follow the syllabus of the New South Wales Board of Studies, from Year 3 to Year 12. Curriculum Guides are given to secondary students upon enrolment.

Qualifications gained are:

  • Year 12 Higher School Certificate


The curriculum taught is that prescribed by the New South Wales Board of Studies Registration and Accreditation Manuel – 2004. Teaching methodology and Assessment procedures are in accordance with the College’s Secondary School Assessment Policy.



The responsibility for assisting students from non-English-speaking backgrounds in learning English rests with all teachers and College personnel. The College offers a compulsory TESOL program for international students to enable students to develop their full potential, to gain the skills, knowledge and values needed to contribute actively and positively to the school environment and ultimately become an integrated and successful citizen. Taking part in the TESOL programme for overseas students with English as a second language is compulsory.


The delivery of TESOL lessons can take various forms such as:

  • Withdrawal from normal classroom activities for intensive tutoring in small groups or individually
  • Support within the mainstream classroom, or
  • Specialised TESOL support for the mainstream classroom teacher


Admission of International Students

  • International students applying to the College must provide reports and references to the Registrar as part of the admission procedure
  • The College enrols students with limited language skills from Year 3 to Year 10 only. Students in Year 11 and 12 are expected to have a minimum level of 5.5 IELTS or equivalent
  • The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has authorised The McDonald College to enrol a number of students on student visas for study in Australia. (The McDonald College Registered Provider Code 02293K)
  • An 80% attendance rate is a requirement of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship
  • Accommodation for students from Year 7 to Year 12 is available at the College’s boarding residence (girls only at present). Students not requiring boarding will be asked to give full details of accommodation and guardianship arrangements unless they are residing with a parent
  • It is the student or guardian’s responsibility to advise the College of any change of address
  • The primary contact for International Students or intending Overseas Students is the College Registrar. A list of key staff for International Students is detailed below


Mrs Erin Gerard


Mrs Gerard handles all aspects related to enrolling at the College including particular needs and requirements for overseas student. She manages student’s applications and enrolment processes and is an integral member of the team who manages Overseas Students

Mrs Maxine Kohler    


Mrs Kohler oversees all aspects of enrolment and the education programmes offered at The McDonald College

Mrs Meni Contos

Director of Curriculum

Mrs Contos oversees and monitors all students’ enrolments in Board of Studies Courses for ROSA and Higher School Certificate. She is the College’s primary academic advisor

Mr Peter Kraft

Director of Performing Arts

Mr Kraft oversees and monitors all student enrolments in the College’s Performing Arts programmes. He is the College’s primary Performing Arts advisor.

Mrs Kerry Thompson

Head of Boarding

Mrs Thompson manages and oversees the daily operation of the College’s boarding house

Mrs Suzanne Walker

Head of Pastoral Care

Mrs Walker Coordinates the College’s pastoral care programmes for all students, including Overseas Students. She co-ordinates the Year Coordinators who have particular pastoral responsibilities for each academic cohort from Years 7 – 12