Accommodation & General Information
Accommodation & General Information
International students are welcome at St Paul’s Collegiate School at all levels of the school.
When can I start?
Students may start at any stage during the year, especially students in Years 9 and 10. We prefer senior students to start at the beginning of the academic year (February) if it is possible. However, all applications are considered and some students do start part way through the year.
What subjects are available?
All lessons are in English and international students undertake a full course of study along with the New Zealand students. In Years 9 and 10 there is a core curriculum that all students study, and in Years 11 to 13 students choose 5 or 6 subjects they prefer. Both NCEA and Cambridge International Exams are offered. Subject choices are outlined in our Academic Section.
Is ESOL tuition available?
English as a second language tuition is available for those who need it. You will be assessed on arrival and placed in a class according to your level and ability. Classes are small and all students receive individual attention. Some IELTS (International English Language Testing System) tuition is available for Year 12 and 13 students. Arrangements can be made to sit the examinations if a student requires it.
Who looks after the student while they are in New Zealand?
The Director of International Students is available for enquiries, advice or support and parents and students are welcome to make contact at any time. The Housemasters of each of the boarding houses and day houses are also available for assistance, and contact is always welcome.
Guardian (NZ support person)
In the same way that we expect all local NZ parents to have a close relationship with the school, we require the parents of ALL International Students to appoint a Guardian to undertake this role for their son/daughter whilst he/she is a student at our school. (This is not a legal responsibility and is separate from the home stay parent role). The Guardian ensures the care of the student while living away from his/her parents. We feel it is important that the student has someone, apart from their home stay family whom they can meet with regularly and feel directly supported by, during their time at St Paul’s Collegiate.
It is also important for the school to have someone who can help support the student and to deal with the various personal and administrative matters which arrive. Our Guardianship rules offer another layer of protection for the student. International Students need to have someone who is responsible for their well-being and safety while they are living away from their parents. In the case of a medical emergency, the Guardian is required to make decisions on the advice of the medical practitioner.
What are the accommodation options?
St Paul’s caters for both boarding and day students. Boarding at St Paul’s is a very rewarding experience. Each House is staffed by a Housemaster, Assistant Housemaster, matron and tutors. There are three boys’ boarding houses and one girls’ boarding house. Structured and supervised prep (homework) each evening provides a strong academic support base.
Boarding places are in high demand therefore early notification is preferred. Homestay accommodation can be found until a place in one of our hostels can be found.
A student has the opportunity to experience living with a New Zealand family. This may be full time or simply during boarding Exeats, weekends and school holidays. All host families undergo a strict application process, assessment of suitability and are visited and approved by the school. Any members of the household 18 years or under are required to undergo a Police Vetting check (excluding International students).The school must be satisfied that the carer will provide a safe physical and emotional environment. The school expects the student to live by the rules of the household and as a member of the family.
Accompnaying Parent or legal Guardian
What are the fees?
The basic annual tuition fee is $31,840(NZ) for international students. There are other costs involved such as insurance, boarding or homestay fees, school uniforms, camp costs, stationery and personal spending. Please refer to fee schedule at the TOP of the page.
What do I do next?
We welcome any enquiries and would be very happy to supply you with further details or answer any questions.