The Bankstown Senior College, established in 1992, is a comprehensive co-educational senior high school, encompassing Years 10-12 and includes Sydney's only adult Intensive English Centre for students, newly arrived in Australia, sixteen years of age and over. The college caters predominately for mature age and re-entry students from a variety of cultural backgrounds including Arabic, Assyrian, Somali, Vietnamese, Serbian, Kurdish and Chinese. The curriculum is extensive and the college provides programs of study leading to the School Certificate and the Higher School Certificate. Intensive English courses are also provided to give students who lack proficiency in English, a firm foundation for undertaking further study. In 2002 over 30 different languages are currently spoken by college students.
School days and times
Monday 8:30 to 3:30
Tuesday 8:30 to 4:30
Wednesday 8:30 to 3:30
Thursday 8:30 to 3:30
The College does not operate on Fridays, to give the mainly adult student population the opportunity to work, make appointments, deal with family issues or bureaucracy.
English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
Dedicated EAL/D staff
- Certificate in Spoken and Written English (CSWE)
- Higher School Certificate ESL and EAL/D
- Intensive English Centre on site to cater for newly-arrived international students
Arabic • Chinese• Vietnamese • French Beginners
- Vocational education courses such as
- Information Technology
- Business Services
Student support services
- University students provide support to HSC students
- Digital Media Room
- Mentor and Learning support programs
- Learning centre for all the students
- Tiered learning and performance space
- Art rooms
- Photography studio with a darkroom
- Music rehearsal room
- Commercial kitchen
- Student car park
Local area features
Bankstown is located 25 kilometres from the Sydney central business district, approximately 30 minutes by train. A large suburban shopping centre is a 20 minute walk from the college and there is a regular bus service to the College. It is located within the State electorate of Bankstown and the Federal electorate of Blaxland.
I believe that success is determined by what a person does with the gifts and opportunities with which they were blessed. Our time at Bankstown Senior College has given us those gifts and the opportunity.
Abdul Wali Tahiri, Afghanistan