School Holidays Program

Are you staying in NSW during the holidays?

The DE International School Holidays Program offers a high-quality study program, day trip, and activities to help you make the most of your school holidays.

Don’t miss out on the chance to meet new people, learn new skills and give yourself a reason to get out of the house!

The DE International School Holidays Program is impacted by the stay-at-home orders in place in Greater Sydney. Please see below for the changes to each activity.

Who can join?

DE International School Holidays Program trips and activities are open to students enrolled in a NSW government school through the international students program.

Each trip or activity is open to international students in the year levels specified below:

  • The HSC Study Program is open to international students in Years 11-12.
  • The Sports fun and Environment Days are open to international students in Years 7-12.
  • The Day trip is open to international students in Years 9-12.

The program is not available to students enrolled through the temporary residents program.

What activities can I do?

Please check the eligibility criteria for each activity.  If you are in the correct year level you can choose to participate in any activity.  We will cross check each application to ensure that only eligible students are enrolled.  As places are limited, we encourage you to apply early to avoid disappointment.

What if I need to cancel?

If you apply and realise that you won’t be able to attend due to illness, injury or a compassionate reason, please be courteous and notify us as soon as you can so we can offer your place to another student. Students who cancel at the last minute or who fail to turn up to a confirmed event without providing a valid reason may be withdrawn from remaining school holiday activities and excluded from future programs.

HSC Exam Preparation – Deconstructing questions and answers

The HSC Exam Preparation program will proceed online for Year 12 students only.

Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 July 2021

Calling all current senior students for an intensive 2-day workshop on how to understand and respond to HSC questions in all subject areas. This workshop will be relevant to students preparing for assessment tasks in Year 11 or HSC trials and exams in Year 12.

Teachers will help you understand what each exam or assessment question is asking and how to structure a response to maximise your marks.

You will be encouraged to bring along past or current assessment task questions to be collated by teachers for group analysis.

Students will also have the opportunity to hear from our NSW Government Schools International Student Ambassadors, who will share their tips on preparing for HSC exams.

Eligibility: Open to international students in Years 11 and 12 only

Places: 40  

Location: Central Sydney Intensive English High School, 57-77 Mitchell Rd Alexandria  

9:30am – 2:30pm- Group workshop
2:30pm – 3:30pm – Limited opportunity for individual assistance, depending on demand. Otherwise, help will be given in small groups.  

Activity cost: Free  

Lunch is included on both days. Travel to and from Central Sydney Intensive English High School is at your own expense.

Sports fun & Environment Days at Narrabeen Sports High School

The Sports fun & Environment days will not take place these school holidays. Students have received an email notifying them of the postponement of both days.

Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 June 2021

Sport and Environment Days at Narrabeen Sports High School 

Join us at Narrabeen Sports High School for two exciting days of discovery, fun and games in Sydney’s spectacular Northern Beaches.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with other international students around Sydney and make new friends.

The days will be divided into morning and afternoon activities and will include a BBQ lunch on both days.

You will have countless activities to choose from over two days including two 1.5 - 2 hour guided scenic walks through the local area to experience its beauty and indigenous importance and story:

  1. A walk around Narrabeen Lake and the headland areas
  2. A walk around the headland and Narrabeen Beach.

In the afternoons, you can participate in a variety of organised games including badminton, table tennis, volleyball, soccer, tennis and video games on a 2.3m interactive screen.

You will also have the chance to hear elite athletes and current student-athletes talk about their experiences juggling the demands of school and sport.

Eligibility: Open to International students in Years 7-12.

Places: 60 - You can choose to attend one day or both as you can participate in different activities each day.

Time: 9am to 3pm.

Location: Narrabeen Sports High School -  10 Namona Street North Narrabeen

Activity cost: Free.

Notes: Sausage sizzle, fruit and water provided on both days.

Students can bring their own additional food or snacks if they prefer.

Transport: A free school bus with limited capacity will depart from Chatswood Station to Narrabeen Sports High School in the morning and vice versa in the afternoons which students will need to book in advance. Alternatively, students can arrange their own transport to and from the school via public buses that pass directly outside the school.

Day trips

The day trip will not take place these school holidays. Students have received an email notifying them of the postponement of the day trip.

Friday 2 July 2021 

Day Trip - Minnamurra Rainforest and Kiama Blowhole 

(The day trip is now full)

Minnamurra Rainforest is part of Budderoo National Park, almost 2 hours south of Sydney, in the foothills of Jamberoo Valley. We will walk through the breathtaking rainforest to a spectacular waterfall, stopping at numerous lookouts on the way. There will be opportunities to see plenty of wildlife hidden under the rainforest canopy and a prize will be awarded for the ‘best photo of the day’!

Next, a relaxing lunch at the picnic area before heading to the Kiama Blowhole for more photo opportunities and a leisurely stroll taking in the breathtaking beauty of the surroundings. Kiama's famous blowhole is the largest in the world and attracts almost 1 million visitors a year.  The 2.5 metre opening in the rock face has had its plumes of water recorded at heights of over 30 metres!  You really do have to see it to believe it!

We will then begin our journey back to Sydney travelling over the famous Sea Cliff Bridge in Clifton.

Eligibility: Open to international students in Years 9-12

Places: 35

Departure: Central Station at 9am

Return: Central Station at 5pm

Activity cost: Free

Notes - Please bring your own packed lunch on this day.  Travel to and from Central station is at your own expense.

How do I apply?


Download the DE International School Holidays Program Permission Form for your parent to complete.


Upload the permission form, signed by your parent, to the online application form by 6pm Thursday 17 June 2021.