Pastoral Care

Taking great care of our students

A dedicated team of teaching and support staff assist our international students in the transition to secondary school in Australia and monitor their time at Yarra Valley Grammar. They understand how important it is for every student to feel safe and valued within the School community as well as instil a sense of independence and resilience in each student.

The International Student Coordinator along with the Director of Marketing and Admissions is responsible for the welfare of our international students from their first day of orientation until they complete their VCE studies. The International Student Coordinator has daily contact with students and communicates regularly with homestay hosts, parents and guardians to ensure that they have settled into their studies and life at Yarra Valley Grammar.

The International Student Coordinator also works closely with tutors, year level coordinators; Heads of School and the Head of Student Wellbeing to ensure students are achieving their personal best and when needed, develops collaborative support teams with parents or guardians to support students. Confidential personal counselling is available to students when needed.

All new international students are assigned a buddy or Australian friend on their first day at Yarra Valley Grammar to assist in the everyday activities of the School, such as finding their way to class, accessing facilities as well as being on hand to answer any questions they may have.

A preparation day is conducted on the first day of the school year which allows new international students to meet staff and fellow students and participate in activities that assist students in a smooth transition into Yarra Valley Grammar.