Programs and extra-curricular activities
Specialised courses and programs
While all government high schools provide the same core curriculum, some schools provide a secondary education which focuses on a specific interest or talent.
The list of special interest schools 32KB is a guide to some of the schools offering special programs.
If you are interested in a specialist school or program, please contact the school directly, or access the school's website for their enrolment criteria.
The criteria for enrolment into special interest programs are coordinated by the high school. This may include an examination, performance or audition for special entry to the school in year 7.
Students can opt to participate in a number of activities in addition to the mandatory curriculum. These are designed to support learning and development and include:
- ANZAC Spirit school prize
- DreamBIG Children's Festival
- Premier's be active Challenge
- Premier's Reading Challenge
ANZAC Spirit school prize
The ANZAC Spirit school prize is a competition that the opportunity for a small number of year 9-10 students with the chance to participate in a fully funded international study tour to commemorate ANZAC Day. Since 2008 the study tour has visited Belgium, France, Singapore, Korea and Gallipoli.
More information, including previous winners and details on how to enter, are available at the Veterans SA site.
DreamBIG Children's Festival
The South Australian DreamBIG Children's Festival is a festival of arts performances, exhibitions and workshops for children and young people that is held every two years. Children and young people participate in a wide range of quality international, national and state arts experiences.
Premier's be active Challenge
The Premier's be active Challenge encourages reception to year 9 students to do 60 minutes of physical activity, at least five days a week, for at least four weeks. Students who achieve this are rewarded with a medal.
Premier's Reading Challenge
The Premier's Reading Challenge improves literacy skills by encouraging students from reception to year 9 to read more books and enjoy reading.
High school student exchange organisations
The high school student exchange program in South Australia is a reciprocal program where students from South Australia attend high school in another country and students from other countries study in South Australia. Student exchanges can be for one school term (approximately 12 weeks) up to one school year.
Organisations and schools in South Australia seeking to operate student exchange programs must be approved and registered by International Education Services (IES), Department for Education.
IES is responsible for:
- issuing guidelines to organisations and schools seeking registration
- registering and approving exchange organisations and schools
- maintaining contact with representatives of student exchange organisations and schools
- conducting annual surveys of registered exchange organisations and schools to ascertain details of their program operations and reciprocity balances
- de-registering organisations and schools that do not comply with relevant standards of operation.
Operation of exchange programs
All registered student exchange organisations and schools need to comply with national guidelines.
National guidelines for the operation of international student exchanges .
How to register
Your organisation or school can register as a student exchange organisation (DOC 128KB) if:
- They are registered by an Australian state or territory department of education or statutory authority providing secondary school programs for Australian domestic students.
- Your not-for-profit corporation, association or other legal entity is established or registered under either Commonwealth, state or territory legislation.
Management of student exchange programs
The following forms to assist in the management of student exchange programs are referred to in the National Guidelines 2011:
- Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Student (AASES) request form (PDF 113KB)
- Outbound student exchange notification form (XLSX 49KB
- Transfer interstate form (PDF 125.5KB)
- Change of program details form (PDF 375.6KB)
- Change of registered student exchange organisation details form (PDF 287KB)
- Student exchange evaluation form (PDF 220KB)
Adults working with children
All adults working or volunteering within a student exchange organisation and all adults residing at the home of a host family must undertake an appropriate child related criminal screening.
Student exchange organisations must adequately screen and select host families for all inbound and outbound exchange students.
On this site
International Education Services
Department for Education
Telephone: 8226 3402
Fax: 8226 3655