Ivanhoe Grammar School is a truly International school and part of this international focus has been the School's participation in transnational education via the VCE Offshore Program which is offered in a number of schools around the world. Ivanhoe Grammar School has delivered the VCE in China for more than seven years and achieved some excellent results. Graduates of Ivanhoe's VCE in China program have successfully pursued tertiary pathways both within Australia and also internationally.
The VCE offshore program offers a range of benefits:
- Students are able to study the VCE and experience a western style of education in their home country.
- Students have the opportunity to be exposed to Victorian teaching and assessment practice.
- The VCE program has several layers of quality assurance to ensure the integrity of the qualification for all students who study for the certificate.
- Students gain an internationally recognised senior secondary qualification.
The School’s program involves Ivanhoe teachers in the area of EAL and Bridging EAL, Chinese FL, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematical Methods. During the year, Ivanhoe teachers may spend a month conducting intensive training at The Ridgeway Campus for the teachers from its partner schools to deliver the VCE in China. Once the teachers return to their home country, the mentoring role continues via electronic means throughout the academic year and formal school visits.
In December, Ivanhoe teachers in conjunction with Haileybury College, travel to China to facilitate a two-day conference with over 100 delegates in order to provide further professional development opportunities for the Chinese teachers. Following the conference, Ivanhoe teachers then visit partner schools to conduct professional development including team teaching, observing lessons, conducting demonstrations lessons, reviewing resources and assessing student performance.
Ivanhoe teachers involved in the program have expressed how it has allowed them to critically reflect on the way in which they teach in Australia and in particular, the practices which can further support the international students in their onshore classes. Teachers also have the opportunity to gain a world perspective of instruction and embrace the similarities and differences in culture not only to further inform and improve upon their teaching practices but also further increase cultural awareness and understanding.
The School’s current VCE Offshore model allows the students to enjoy the best of Chinese and Australian education by them completing preparatory studies and Units 1 & 2 of their VCE in Shanghai before coming to Melbourne to complete their VCE Units 3 & 4.
Ivanhoe Grammar School’s first cohort of students who transitioned from Shanghai in 2017 all completed their VCE in 2018 and are now very excited by the prospect of commencing their tertiary studies.
For further information about the VCE in China program please contact Leisl Bruhn at firstname.lastname@example.org