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International students

English as a second language (ESL) learners are students whose first language is a language other than English. Some come from overseas and some have been born in Australia but speak their parents' native language.

The ESL students at Newtown come from a variety of backgrounds, including Islander, immigrant and refugee backgrounds. Families move to the region for a variety of reasons. Some, for example, have come as part of Australian migrant work programs.

Currently Newtown State School has students from Brazil, Ghana, Sudan, Kenya, Liberia, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. These students add a wonderfully multicultural dimension to the school.

Students with a first language other than English need to develop a high degree of competence in Standard Australian English to succeed in our Queensland school system. The ESL program provides English language support to these students. The program aims to develop these students' language skills to enable them to participate fully in mainstream classrooms and to enhance their learning outcomes.

Students arriving from overseas or starting school in Year 1 are eligible for three years of Government-funded ESL support. At Newtown State School, support is offered through the services of an ESL specialist teacher, Mrs Rosie Gwynne, and through Teacher Aide hours provided by the ESL program in schools.