International Fee-Paying Students
We welcome students from many different countries. We cater for pupils in their first 8 years of schooling.
We deliver the 7 Curriculum areas of the New Zealand Curriculum, especially focusing upon Literacy and Numeracy.
We offer a wide range of learning experiences, including ICT (Apple) and STEM (Science and Technology).
We accept students who wish to immerse themselves in an English speaking environment.
All students will be assessed upon arrival as to the most suitable type of programme that will best suit their needs.
English language assistance is available to all International Students depending on their level of competence.
Whakarongo School provides intensive English language tuition. Students are withdrawn from their regular class as needed, for specialist English language instruction.
We believe that our International Students will make very good progress in learning to communicate in English.
Prior to acceptance students must indicate their level of spoken English. A letter of recommendation from their current school would be very useful.
Our International Student Team
At Whakarongo School we have an extensive team of leaders, teachers and support staff that all help to keep our school humming! Our teaching staff is well trained and very professional. They each bring a unique set of skills to our school e.g. music, sport, ICT, art.
We have a fantastic team in place to specifically support our international students and their families while at Whakarongo School.
Pastoral care is an important part of our International student programme. We have a dedicated staff member who ensures that students and families are well supported during their stay. Students and families meet with the pastoral care staff member when they first arrive at the school and then regularly throughout their stay. Our pastoral care staff member has regular contact and meetings with the families, meets the students weekly and ensures that the stay is a successful one.
Our International Students may be placed in homestay accommodation in the local community. Homestays offer a great opportunity for the student to speak English everyday, learn about the New Zealand culture and share the New Zealand lifestyle with a caring supportive family. Homes are carefully chosen and monitored by our Homestay/Pastoral Manager, Sheila Monaghan, throughout the year. All Homestays have been vetted by the Police and have regular visits by the Homestay Manager. This ensures the students receive pastoral/homestay support while at Whakarongo School.
Students may contact the co-ordinator at any time if they need help and advice. Each student can be met at the airport and introduced to their homestay family and the school by the homestay/ pastoral care staff member. The hosts will support the students while in their care, attending parent evenings, international functions and any other events arranged by the school.
While in a homestay, the students are provided with:
A room (individual or shared with the host student). A bed, desk or table, lamp, chair heater, wardrobe and drawers.
Bed linen, pillows, blankets and towels.
Three meals a day. Monday to Friday will be a packed lunch which may be prepared by the student or host.
Whakarongo School places a high value on the welfare and pastoral care of all our International Students.
Come and experience life with a Kiwi Family. Enjoy living in a friendly warm and welcoming family environment in beautiful homes close to school.
ESOL: English for speakers of other languages
We have a wide range of cultures at our school. International Students receive ESOL support, following an assessment of their English ability, with a trained ESOL teacher.
Students are supported either in their classroom or in a separate space to help them develop their English language skills.
The programme supports the classroom programme and students are encouraged to practice skills that are being taught in the ESOL programme.
Examples of International Student Learning
After School Activities
We have a range of after school activities that students can choose to do at an extra cost. Our Pastoral Care Manager, Sheila Monaghan, can work with families to help organise these.
After-School Programme (run by APlus)
Extra English Language tuition
Adult English tuition
In the Community
Adult English tuition
Tee-ball and Softball
Facilities and Opportunities
Airport (8-10 flights daily to Auckland and Christchurch)
Wildlife Recovery Centre
Vibrant café and restaurant scene
Sports venues (Rugby, Netball, Basketball)
Manawatu River Walk
Te Manawa Museum
NZ Rugby Museum
Massey University, International Pacific University and UCOL
Daytona Indoor Raceway/Indoor Bowling
Beach (30 minutes)
Bush walks and mountain walking tracks
Camping areas in reserves
Wellington (2 hours) – capital city
Skiing (3 hours) – Whakapapa & Turoa ski fields (Mount Ruapehu)
Wine region (2 hours) Martinborough
Fruit and wine region (3) – Hawkes Bay
Motor racing track
Owlcatraz Bird Sanctuary (30 minutes)
Staglands Animal Park (2 hours)
Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre (Mount Bruce)(1.5 hours)
Parent and Student Feedback...
"The classmates are very friendly and the kids felt very well settled."
"The teachers helped me a lot."
"The school were well organised and well prepared for our enrolment. Lots of support was provided for us when we first arrived. The Pastoral care staff member was very helpful," (International Parent from China).
"The Pastoral care staff member made contact with me lots of times and helped me out when I needed questions answered about school and outside of school things,"
It is important that students have a genuine desire to learn. They must have a good level of conduct, attitude and attendance at their current school.
Whakarongo School also welcomes groups of students for short stay visits. Please contact us for more information.
More information regarding the school and the fees are in the documents at the bottom of this page. Please feel free to download them.
For enquiries, please contact:
Jaco Broodryk, Principal