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By selecting this link you have opened a portal into a unique and vibrant educational institution totally dedicated to the settlement and English language development of recently arrived migrants from backgrounds where a language other than English is spoken.

Whatever the reasons for migration to Australia, as the children of business or skilled migrants, of students or as accompanied or unaccompanied refugees, all Milpera students will receive a high quality education designed to develop their English language skills and equip them for further study. Students who are very new to learning English learn basic interpersonal communication skills through highly contextualized language learning experiences in and out of the classroom. In the later phases of their time at Milpera our students develop the more cognitive academic language proficiencies necessary for their next phase of learning. Links are made to the Australian Curriculum subjects of English, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science and Health and Physical Education, forming the basis of the content based language learning that occurs at this stage.
The staff at Milpera are extremely dedicated and well qualified, with all English teachers having formal qualifications in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL). Camps and excursions in and around Brisbane form an important part of our settlement activities, building confidence and a sense of belonging in Australia through shared activities. Many creative art activities form an important part of our program, including art for relaxation, music and singing, dance and circus activities.
Teachers are supported by a range of support services including a Guidance Officer, Home Liaison Teacher and art and music therapists based in the school’s unique HEAL (Home of Expressive Arts and Learning) Centre. There is also extensive support from multi-lingual teacher aides and office, grounds and cleaning staff.
At the heart of the school’s learning environment is an attractive campus with excellent facilities, including well equipped classrooms, shady recreation areas, state of the art science laboratories and a modern E-Learning centre. Students are exposed to a wide range of learning experiences that will prepare them well for life beyond Milpera. At Milpera your child will develop their English language skills and sense of belonging in their new country in an environment of kindness, care and high expectations for academic success.

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