English Language Proficiency
Students for whom English is an additional language are asked to provide a certificate of English proficiency. Tara recognises testing results from iSTARTOnline Assessment Testing Services and Australian Education Assessment Services (AEAS).
Students may also wish to better prepare by undertaking an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS). Satisfactory results need to be provided prior to commencement with Tara.
English Proficiency requirements at Tara are an AEAS (or equivalent) minimum result of Stanine,
- 4 – 5 for commencement in Years 4 to 6
- 6 – 7 for commencement in Years 7 to 10
- 8 – 9 for commencement in Years 11 to 12
To support students from non English speaking families, the School also offers a supportive English as an Additional Language (EAL/D) program during a student’s enrolment.
Applications will be reviewed when a completed application form is lodged with the following documentation, translated into English if necessary,
- birth certificate,
- student & both parent’s passports,
- immunisation history,
- two most recent school reports,
- English proficiency test results,
- a short self-introductory video made by the applying student, and
- arrange payment of the non-refundable $220 Application Fee.
Completed applications, reviewed as satisfactory by our Registrar, will be scheduled for a family Enrolment Interview, with both the student and parents. If successful following an interview, a place at Tara will be offered to the student.
Tara will lodge Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and, if applicable, a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) letter with the Australian Department of Home Affairs and provide you with a copy for VISA applications, only following Parent acceptance of our offer, including initial fee payments.
Accommodation and Welfare
All Senior School Overseas Students, who are not accompanied by a direct family member (approved by the Australian Department of Home Affairs), are required to board in Tara’s boarding facilities, Eggleton House.
Eggleton House is a safe and homely environment for students from Years 5 to 12. Boarding girls come from a mixture of overseas families, rural Australian and Sydney based families. Our Boarders enjoy the beautiful parklands and learning facilities on campus and take part in a range pastoral programs, competitive sports and cocurricular activities.
Overseas Students, who are Boarders, will require their family to appoint a Carer Guardian, who speaks the family’s home language, to act as a liaison between the School and the parents. All welfare arrangements require the Principal’s approval.
Junior School students need to be attended by a direct family member, who will reside with them locally, until boarding at Tara is a possibility in Senior School years.
It is important for families applying for enrolment from overseas, to know their rights and responsibilities. For more information visit the following;
Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Framework
Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act
Australian Government’s Guide to Study In Australia
Australian Department of Home Affairs – Exploring VISA Options