Sunshine College

The Department of Education and Training CRICOS Provider Code: 00861K

Principal:    Mr Tim Blunt
Principal Class Officer responsible
for the International Student Program
Ms Mona Raghdo
International Student Coordinator:    Mr Graeme Newman

Contact details for all enrolment details, support and advice.
School Telephone:    (03) 8311 5200
Fax:    (03) 8311 5209

School Type:  Multi Campus Secondary College (Five campuses)

The school operates a VCE campus for students in years 11 & 12 from Graham Street Sunshine as well as the Harvester Technical College for students interested in becoming high quality trades persons from Suffolk Road North Sunshine. Three junior campuses for students in years 7 to 10 operate from~

Lachlan Road West Sunshine
Northumberland Road North Sunshine
Allison Street Ardeer

** Sunshine College will have three new campuses in 2019, a 7 - 12 campus in Lachlan Road, West Sunshine and a 2 campus complex in Northumberland Road, North Sunshine. **


The Department of Education and Training
International Student CRICOS Provider Code:
Number of Students: 1000
Average Class Size: 18
Gender: Coeducational
Uniform: Compulsory
Cost of uniform (approx.): $225 (not including optional School Blazer@ $185)

Languages taught: Vietnamese and Italian, plus Victorian School of Languages operates on Saturdays from Senior Campus in Graham Street Sunshine.

International Students at Sunshine College:

Sunshine College is a multicultural and co-educational college located in the inner west of Melbourne, Victoria.
We are a multi-campus college with three junior campuses and a senior campus offering a wide range of courses.
All of our campuses are well served by public transport, especially the senior campus which is very near the
Sunshine train and bus station

Our college has strong academic and welfare values. We pride ourselves on our academic achievement and welfare support.
Our college community is a diverse one and we run a range of programs at all levels to support this.
Our motto is Creating Futures and we aim to provide successful pathways for all students.
We are well known across Victoria for our programs to develop literacy skills and mathematics.
Our senior program in supporting students gain tertiary courses has also won awards.
Our International Students are an important part of our college.
We have a very experienced team managing the program, with an experienced coordinator supported by two assistant coordinators; both Vietnamese speakers who work very closely with students and their families.

College Entry Requirements:

After long experiences supporting International students, we have found that students need excellent language and mathematical skills in order to succeed in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). Students who have a history of poor results in their country of origin are unlikely to be selected.
Where possible, we will contact families to discuss enrolment at Sunshine College to ensure families are aware of the demands of study in a foreign country.
We prefer students to arrive at the beginning of year 10.
Families of applicants need to understand that success in the VCE requires a supportive homestay environment.
In our experience, close relatives tend to provide the strongest levels of support and are able to maintain good relations with the family back home. We are more likely to select students who are planning to live with close relatives. All children, no matter what their age, need a lot of support. At Sunshine College, we spend a lot of time working with children who need family support.
In order to succeed in the VCE, a student needs to have a strong work ethic, have maturity, motivation and confidence.

Support for students:

Sunshine College supports students at all stages of their time in the College.

Homestay students are met and welcomed at the airport and helped to settle into their new support family.

Students are met once they have started at our college or on first attending the English language centre.

Families of the students are contacted, both those in Australia supporting students and the families living overseas.
Student progress at the English language centre is regularly monitored.
The program manager, Mr Graeme Newman, has close relations with teachers at language centres and the assistant coordinators, Ms Anh Le and Ms Bao Le, maintain close relations with families and guardians.

Once students start they are supported with an orientation program to settle in to our college. As part of our college all International Students are supported by class teachers, homeroom teachers, student support coordinators and welfare and pathways coordinators. Having four separate campuses students become known to all teachers. We promote our college and see ourselves as a very large family, where all are welcome and respected for their different contributions.

The following are examples of how students are supported:

Special facilities:

VCE campus, deaf facility, gymnasiums, special teaching unit, VCE cafeteria, computer pods & ICT classrooms, studio arts facility, drama studio, music complex, information resource centres, libraries, Harvester Technical College campus-winner of the World Architecture News award "Educational Building 2009"
Sunshine Secondary College offers vocational courses as part of a cluster of schools in our region.
Harvester Technical College allows students from many schools in our area the opportunity to enrol in a variety of vocational courses.

Before School Programs:

Breakfast Club operates at junior campuses.

After School Programs:

Homework club and VCE Tutorial Classes.