Bendigo Senior Secondary College has a sister school relationship with Nanning No 3 Middle School (Nanning, China), Yucai Experimental School (Nanning, China), Dongzhou Middle School (Haimen, China), Katharien Gymnasium (Ingolstadt, Germany) and SMA Negeri 2 (Makassar, Indonesia).
We have a strong focus on our relationship with China as most of our international students are from China. International team members visit Chinese sister schools and students’ parents every year. We have also established the Confucius Classroom program with Dongzhou Middle School, Haimen, Jiangsu. The Confucius Classroom has become a learning centre of Chinese for 10 primary and 2 secondary schools. Dongzhou Middle School sends teachers to us to support our fast growing Confucius Classroom program. There are cultural and language exchange programs between our two schools. Students at our college have the opportunity to go to Dongzhou Middle School to participate in a curriculum based program for three weeks, in November/December each year. Teacher exchange programs have been regular between both schools to enrich cultural and teaching methodologies.
BSSC enjoyed hosting students and staff from our Nanning No.3 sister school in China in August 2013
Bendigo Senior Secondary College has been enjoying a very positive exchange program with Katharinen Gymnasium for many years. Each year a group of students and staff from Ingolstadt spend six weeks in Bendigo. Students attend school with their host student and improve their English skills. In November each year, German language students from Bendigo visit Ingolstadt and spend an extended time staying in a German home, attending classes at Katharinen Gymnasium and improving their German language skills.
Each alternate year, our friends from SMAN 2 Makassar, visit BSSC and experience the Australian way of life for 2 weeks. BSSC students have the opportunity to host an Indonesian student for the duration of their stay in Australia, which is a fantastic experience and improves understanding of Indonesian culture and language. We look forward to being able to reciprocate with students and teachers from our college visiting SMAN 2 Makassar in 2013.