Support for students

All international students fall under the pastoral care of the school’s Director of International Students.

The director, Helen Richardson, is available at all time for inquiries, advice or support. Housemasters of boarding and day houses are also available for assistance and contact is welcomed and encouraged.

All international students receive:

  • lessons in English
  • the option of taking part in ESOL classes which are available daily
  • an education learning plan (IELP) tailored to meet their needs
  • oral communication in English for speakers of other languages (OCESOL)
  • IELTS, TOEFL, SAT support
  • peer support.

The International Centre

St Paul’s has an International Centre, which is a space for students to receive support for their study, travel and time in New Zealand. International Centre staff assist with:

  • Arranging Insurance
  • Airport shuttles
  • Arranging to purchase the school uniform
  • Adjustment and settling in the school routine
  • Identifying and selecting guardians and host families
  • Monitoring academic progress
  • Pastoral care.


In the same way that we expect all local New Zealand 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 while he/she is a student at our school (this is not a legal responsibility and is separate from the homestay 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 homestay family, whom they can meet with regularly and feel directly supported by, during their time at St Paul’s.

If parents do not have an appropriate person to act in this role, the school can assist with this.