There are specific terms and conditions for international students relating to the following:
Health and Other Insurance
To obtain a student visa it is compulsory for full fee paying overseas students to have health insurance for the duration of their course. The School arranges health insurance cover through Medibank Private. The School includes the cost of the health insurance in the initial invoice and transfers these fees to Medibank Private.
The School does not carry insurance in respect of student illnesses or accidents, loss of equipment or personal belongings. The School does not carry insurance in respect of the non-payment of fees resulting from the death or disablement of a parent or guardian.
Withdrawal & Refund Policy
One full term's notice in writing to the Principal must be given to withdraw a student from the School, or one full term's fees (i.e. one quarter of the annual fee) are payable for the tuition fees and where applicable, the Howqua Residential and Activities Charge. To discontinue curriculum enrichment programs, four weeks' notice in writing wholly within a term is required or four weeks' fees are payable.
Refund provisions apply when a student does not start a course on the agreed date or withdraws before the completion of the course.
Before the student commences:
Lauriston will refund all payment, other than the registration fee, if a student does not successfully gain a visa to study at the school. The registration fee is currently $A300.
Where fees for an international student have been paid in advance and the enrolment is subsequently cancelled by the student, her parents or guardian, more than one term prior to the due commencement date, all fees paid will be refundable except for the initial registration fee.
After the student commences:
Note: This agreement does not remove the right to take further action under Australia's consumer protection laws or to pursue other legal remedies. The Schools' grievance procedure does not circumscribe the student's right to pursue other legal remedies.
Satisfactory progress and attendance
A condition of entry and continuation at Lauriston is for each overseas student to make satisfactory progress.
Student attendance is constantly monitored with any absences discussed with students. It is a requirement of the student visa that students attend school on a daily basis unless they are unwell. Unexplained or frequent absences may place a student in breach of student visa requirements.
The School is obliged to report any breach of student visa requirements to the Department of Immigration.
To ensure their well being all students, regardless if they are over 18, are required to have a guardian if they do not live with their parents.
Guardians have a vital role in ensuring the care and well-being of the student while they are away from the School. In essence, they assume the role of the parent and it is expected that they will provide the following services to the student:
- Regular contact with the student and visits once a fortnight
- 24 hour emergency contact
- Representation on behalf of the parents and the student in all matters relating to academic performance, including parent teacher/student conferences and authorising attendance at co-curricular and extra curricular activities
- Assistance in moving to the homestay accommodation
- Organise transportation to and from the airport (if appropriate)
- Assistance with living away from home e.g. setting up bank accounts
- Health and medical guidance and transport to and from medical practitioners at times of illness. Where required, the guardian is also required to provide authorisation for certain medical procedures
- Counselling support (in first language where necessary)
- Translation and assistance to parents in interpretation of school reports, fee payments and school procedures
The School currently uses the professional guardianship services of International Student Guardians www.studentguardians.com. The School can assist with establishing arrangement with the service provider.
International Students on a 571 visa do not have to pay for their guardian as Lauriston covers this cost. Students on a local visa that are not accompanied by their parents will need to pay the annual fee for the guardian.
The following information will help all international students understand the legislation which governs their enrolment in Australia.
Your privacy is important to Lauriston.
The School is bound by the National Privacy Principles contained in the Commonwealth Privacy Act.
Students must allow for additional living costs when considering living in Melbourne and studying at Lauriston. These costs include book and uniform costs, living expenses–including accommodation costs–and costs associated with other activities including school camps and other curriculum enrichment activities.
Camps & Other Curriculum Enrichment Programs
Year level camps are charged to the account holder. Optional camps/activities are advised in advance and charged separately.
Optional curriculum enrichment programs and fees are listed in detail in the Extra Curricular Handbook (download).
The booklist can be viewed online at www.jpbooks.com.au. Booklists for the upcoming year are made available from December 1.
The uniform shop is open Tuesdays and Thursday during the school term between 11.30 am and 4.30 pm (closed for lunch between 12.15 – 12.45 pm).
Second-hand uniform items can be purchased from the Lauriston Parents' Association Second Hand Uniform Shop. Opening times are advertised in the School's newsletter.
Students entering Prep–Year 5 will receive a loan device from the School to assist with their studies.
All students in Years 6 – 12 (except for Howqua) are expected to own and use a MacBook. It is highly recommended that MacBooks are purchased through the School. This ensures that all required software is installed on the computer. The MacBook is also fully maintained through the School's IT Department.
Students attending Howqua will have computers made available on campus.
The details of suppliers will be provided to families by the IT Department.