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“The overall teaching style is not as intense as China - you're more encouraged by the teacher to express your opinions."

Migrant Xiaoping Ou moved to Melbourne, Australia from China with her parents who were business migrants. She shares her story about settling into a new country and what she loves about Melbourne.

Smaller class sizes and more individual support from teachers are key differences in education in Victoria, compared with China, according to Westhall Secondary College student Xiaoping.

Xiaoping said her family migrated to Melbourne in 2009 so that she and her brother could have more educational and career opportunities.

Her parents - Business Migrants, Meikai Liu and Juwei Ou -   established a wholesale business that supplies ceramic tiles, bathroom and kitchen fittings to the building construction  industry.

“The class size in China is a lot bigger and here it's smaller and the teachers are able to offer more support to individual students,” she said.

“The overall teaching style is not as intense as China -  you're more encouraged by the teacher to express your opinions. I actually find every day interesting because there's new stuff happening and new stories to tell people. Because this opportunity is not available for everyone, I value and treasure it.”

Mr Ou said the family was from the Guangdong Province, near Hong Kong.

“We heard that Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world, so we decided to choose Melbourne,” he said. “Life in China is totally different - Life here is quiet and relaxing.

“On the weekends we can enjoy ourselves and have a rest…we can go out and have fun and have barbeque as an example. But life in China is busier and relatively noisy. So, for people like us who enjoy quiet life, Australia is more suitable.”

Xiaoping’s mother, Meikai Liu, said Victoria’s education system has been very good for her children’s development.

“Australian education is different from that of other countries, which is more like learning by rote - here it focuses on what we call ‘essential-qualities-oriented education’, so it should benefit children in the future,” Ms Liu said.

“The teachers are nice and care for every student like their own children, so I think teachers here are really great. Schools are also very nice and they pay good attention to the health and study of every student. I think they are all very good.”

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