The Intensive English Centre (IEC) is staffed by specialist teachers and is an essential part of the school’s culture. It caters for newly arrived non-English speaking students who will study English as a Second Language for 12–24 months in an intensive language environment before returning to their local schools. Students enrolled in the IEC at Beaconsfield Primary School come from countries within Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and South America. Students come from migrant or refugee backgrounds and bring with them a diverse range of languages, cultures and religions. The school community values and welcomes students and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and endeavours to build positive relationships with families who are new to the school.
Students may enrol at the IEC as soon as they arrive in Australia. Once enrolled, students are entitled to approximately twelve months intensive English language instruction. Students may be given additional time in the IEC, however the need for an extended program will be determined by the class teacher and Deputy Principal.
An appointment with the Deputy Principal must be made when enrolling a student. Enrolments may take several hours and where necessary, interpreters are provided. Parents/caregivers should provide:
- original passport documents
- birth certificates (for students born in Australia)
- child immunisation documents
- previous school reports
IEC classes are organised into broad age groupings:
- Junior: 6 – 7 years
- Middle: 8 – 9 years
- Senior: 10 – 12 years
The Intensive English Centre works closely with IEC families and other agencies (where applicable), to support families through the transition process involved in settling into a new school and culture.
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