International Students at Waiheke High School

ABOUT WAIHEKE ISLAND

Just a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, Waiheke Island is in the Hauraki Gulf and is a special and beautiful place to live. It has golden sandy beaches with stunning scenery and blue clean water. Dolphins, and occasionally whales, are spotted in the waters around Waiheke.

The most popular leisure activities revolve around the sea, for example: swimming, kayaking, fishing, snorkelling and sailing.

Regular fast ferries run every half hour between Waiheke Island and downtown Auckland. This means that students can live in a beautiful environment in a small friendly community, yet still have access to New Zealand’s biggest city.

Waiheke Island is a famous tourist destination where people from around the world come to enjoy the Island.  Beaches, shopping, cafes and vineyards are some of the attractions on this island.

The Island is very safe and prides itself on being a caring community. The population is about 9000.

ABOUT WAIHEKE HIGH SCHOOL

Waiheke High School is a co-educational school and has approximately 515 students from Year 7 (11 years old) to Year 13 (17/18 years old).

Waiheke High School provides a quality educational experience, and has high expectations of academic excellence. There is a wide range of subject choices. Teachers are highly trained and qualified.

The School’s student support systems ensure that international students are well cared for during their time on Waiheke Island. Student welfare is a high priority. Our Deans of International Students provide individual academic and personal support to each student. Advice and guidance is given to those students who wish to study for the formal New Zealand school qualification, the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).  There is also opportunity for some students to study subjects that may not be available in their own schools.

For students who need extra help with English, Waiheke High School has a quality ‘English for Speakers of Other Languages’ (ESOL) programme.

Waiheke High School has a strong sense of community and there are several events in which the whole school participates. In summer there is ‘Beach Sports’ day where all the students go to the beach and students participate in a range of fun activities, from swimming and kayaking races to sand castle building competitions. Matariki is another significant event for the School. Matariki, which celebrates the Maori New Year, is held in June. These special events are often highlights of International students experiences in New Zealand.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The school has around 25 international students from Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland and the USA.

 

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please email international@waihekehigh.school.nz for an application form or click on this link.  If you would like to use an Agent or Organisation in your area who has an agreement with Waiheke High School to introduce students, we can provide this information.

ACCOMMODATION (HOMESTAYS)

All international students are required to be in accommodation approved by Waiheke High School.  Most students choose to be in homestay accommodation arranged and monitored by the school.

The homestay experience is a very important part of an international student’s experience. Students are welcomed as part of a New Zealand family to experience the New Zealand way of life. Waiheke High School selects families carefully for their friendliness, lifestyle, and the quality of care they offer to students.  Many of our Homestay families continue to remain in contact with their students and return visits from students and their families back to New Zealand are not uncommon.  Some of our homestay families have also had the opportunity to visit their students in their own countries.

Homestays on Waiheke Island are located near a beach. Homestay parents are usually professionals who either travel to work in Auckland City, or work on the Island.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FEES 2018/2019

All fees are in New Zealand Dollars and include Goods and Services Tax (GST) if any.

Fees per term 2018 2019
Tuition fees $3,500.00 $3,600.00
Administration fees $300.00 $350.00
Sea Sports/Outdoor Education $900.00 $950.00
Fees per week    
Homestay fees $260.00 $275.00

Included in the fees are:

  • All tuition fees
  • All subject costs except for Sea Sports/Outdoor Education
  • Airport pickup
  • Student ID card
  • 5 return ferry tickets to Auckland
  • Term 4 Activities programme.

Not included in the fees are:

  • Stationery (approximately $30-$80)
  • School uniform (approximately $300-$500)
  • Sports uniform for students taking a sports subject (approximately $70)
  • If sitting New Zealand’s external NCEA examination (approximately $390)
  • Camp/field trip fees (varies)
  • Subjects studied by correspondence if required
  • Insurance (if arranging own insurance an English translation is required)
  • Sea Sports PADI Dive Course (approximately $800 to $1,000)
  • Departure expenses

2018 TERM DATES

Term One:     Tuesday 30 January – Friday 13 April          (Orientation day: 26 January)

Term Two:    Monday 30 April – Friday 6 July                   (Orientation day: 30 April)

Term Three:  Monday 23 July – Friday 28 September       (Orientation day: 20 July)

Term Four:   Monday 15 October – Friday 7 December  (Year 11 – 13)

or Wednesday 12 December  (Year 7 – 10 – to be confirmed)

2019 TERM DATES

Term One:     Tuesday 29 January – Friday 12 April          (Orientation day: 25 January)

Term Two:    Monday 29 April – Friday 5 July                   (Orientation day: 29 April)

Term Three:  Monday 22 July – Friday 27 September       (Orientation day: 19 July)

Term Four:   Monday 14 October – Friday 6 December  (Year 11 to 13)

or Wednesday 11 December   (Year 7 – 10 to be confirmed)

  • Please avoid flights arriving after 5:00pm or flights arriving on Orientation days.
  • Student departures should be arranged for the first week after the end of term to avoid crossover with new student arrivals into homestays.
  • Students for Years 11-13 will not normally be accepted to start in Term 4.

 ACADEMIC SUBJECTS

Year 9 and 10: English, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education and Health plus two option subjects each semester chosen from Art, Business Studies, Design & Visual Communication, Drama, Food, Maori Cultural Studies, Music, Spanish, Technology Hard Materials and coding.

Year 11: English (or ESOL), Maths, Science or Applied Science plus 2 option subject choices.

Year 12: English (or ESOL) plus 4 option subject choices.

Year 13: Students choose 5 subjects.

Option Subjects: English or ESOL, Art, Painting, Photography, Music, Drama, Maori Performing Arts, Maths & Statistics, Statistics, Calculus, Physical Education, Sea Sports/Outdoor Education, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Viticulture, Geography, History, Business Studies, Building & Construction, Hospitality, and Design & Visual Communication

Note:  Students staying 2 years or more may choose 6 subjects from Year 11, depending on ability.

SUBJECTS SPECIAL TO WAIHEKE HIGH SCHOOL

 Sea Sports including other Outdoor Education activities

Sea Sports is a course that makes the most of the School’s unique location, and provides interesting, fun and challenging ways for students from other countries to experience New Zealand. This course is available to International students in Years 11, 12 and 13.  This course has an extra cost as per our fee schedule.

Sea Sports is an outdoor education course that is focused on the marine environment. Students participate in weekly practical and theory lessons. Practical activities include snorkelling, sailing, stand up paddle-boarding, sea kayaking and fishing.  As well as practical skills, students study safety management, marine weather, marine biology and marine related careers. Formal qualifications offered to students include the Coastguard Day Skipper Certificate and an International Marine Radio Licence.

In 2018 Sea Sports is being revised to include other outdoor education activities.  Planning is continuing and confirmation of activities will not be available until the end of 2017.  The course will include the best of Sea Sports as well as other activities.

Viticulture

The Waiheke High School Viticulture course offers a unique experience to learn about the science and production of grapes for wine making. Waiheke Island is home to over 40 vineyards, and the University of Auckland also operates a Wine Science programme on the Island.

Students will gain first-hand knowledge and experience caring for the vines that produce some of our award winning local wines. Students research and analyse the production and marketing of locally produced grapes and olives. They assess environmental issues, learn how to plant grapes, carry out basic canopy maintenance and pruning, and participate in the annual grape and olive harvest.

There is a mixture of both practical experience in a variety of different vineyards, and theory lessons. Waiheke High School uses local vineyards and expertise to provide a unique and enjoyable course.

SPORTS OFFERED

A variety of sports offered include football, rugby 7s, running, netball, basketball, badminton and volleyball. Students are also welcome to participate with the waka ama team, a traditional Maori racing canoe sport. Other clubs on Waiheke that welcome international students include martial arts, tennis and sailing.

 EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Waiheke High School has a wide range of performing arts opportunities, which includes Kapahaka, Maori Performing Arts, and Music that includes vocals and instrumental.

ORIENTATION:

All students will be given an Orientation (and issued with a folder of information) which includes information on Waiheke, Auckland and New Zealand, information on school routines, a tour of the school, subject choices, uniform, island transport (buses and ferry),homestay guidelines and Dispute Resolution Scheme.

ESOL

For students who need extra help with English, Waiheke High School has a quality ‘English for Speakers of Other Languages’ (ESOL) programme.

END OF YEAR ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME (four weeks)

Our Term Four end of year activity programme involves four weeks of a wide range of activities, both on Waiheke and in the wider Auckland region. This programme is designed for students not sitting external NCEA examinations. These activities might include water sports, Maori culture, and adventure activities and workshops about a range of topics including cooking, photography and music.

FACILITIES

Gymnasium (shared with Community who have use outside school hours), Hall/Theatre, specialist subject classrooms, Library/Information Centre, Computer laboratories, 2 football and 1 rugby field, and basketball and tennis courts.

NCEA

NCEA is New Zealand’s national qualification for senior secondary school. NCEA is recognised by employers, and is used to gain entrance to tertiary education (including university) both in NZ and overseas.  Further information will be provided at Orientation.

 

  1. Subjects/Courses: At Waiheke High School each year students study 5 subjects (with the possibility of a 6th subject if students are at school for at least 2 years). Each subject is assessed against a number of nationally moderated ‘Standards’.

 

  1. Standards: These are two different types:
  • Unit Standards: students either ‘achieve’ or ‘not achieve’. These are commonly used by different industries to assess skills. They are not recognised as part of achieving Level 1, 2 or 3, but these subjects are not University approved subjects.
  • Achievement Standards: students can ‘not achieve’ or if they pass the standard it has three different levels of achievement: Achieve, Merit, Excellence.

Each standard is worth a certain amount of credits (commonly 2 -5).

 

  1. NCEA Recognition in your own country: Some countries have an arrangement with NZ where they will officially recognise your NCEA Certificate and you can use this to gain entrance to a University in your own country. Different countries have different requirements. If you are aiming to do this, tell the Dean of International as soon as possible, so we can ensure you are taking an appropriate programme of study.

TUITION FEES REFUND RULES

All tuition fees are to be paid prior to commencement of course. Payment of fees is confirmation and acceptance of a contract with Waiheke High School.

Waiheke High School will refund tuition fees under the following rules:

  1. Refunds will only be made in exceptional circumstances. Circumstances deemed to be exceptional are: the death or serious illness of a parent or the student concerned; a special family hardship; a failure by a student to obtain a student visa.
  2. If an application is made before the commencement of the course, fees will be refunded in full less a NZ$500 administration fee.
  3. If an application for a refund is made after the commencement of the course, in determining any refund the School will take into consideration the special circumstances of the withdrawing student and – the costs to the School in providing tuition costs incurred in employing staff and providing facilities, payments made to the New Zealand Government and commission paid to agents if applicable.
  4. Any unused portion of fees paid to the homestay, or fees for services not yet delivered or used maybe refunded.
  5. Any application for a refund of fees must be made in writing to the Director of International Students outlining the reasons for the refund.
  6. All refunds will be made to the person who paid the fees i.e. the parent, guardian or parental representative.
  7. No refunds will be made:
  • If a student voluntarily withdraws from the School.
  • If a student transfers to another school part-way through their course.
  • If a student acquires permanent residency after the commencement of their course.
  • If a student’s enrolment is terminated by the School on the grounds of serious misconduct or unacceptable behaviour.
  1. The Principal reserves the right to refund fees beyond those required under the policy.

FEE PROTECTION

The school is required to ensure that all students’ fees are protected in the event that the School is unable to continue to offer tuition to International Students or in the event that a student is required to return home.  The student fees will be placed in an Income in Advance account and transferred to the School’s operating account on a monthly basis.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION SCHEME

The school has a formal complaints procedure which is outlined at Orientation and a copy of the procedure is in the student’s orientation folder.  Waiheke High School is a restorative school and with good communication and following a restorative process we expect to resolve every complaint.

If, after following the complaints procedure your complaint is not resolved, you can contact the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) by phone on 0800 697 296 or email qadrisk@nzqa.govt.nz.

Or, if it is a financial or contractual dispute, you can contact FairWay Resolution by phone on 0800 77 44 22. More information is available on the FairWay Resolution website (click on this link).

ERO REPORT 2014

For the latest Education Review Office report on Waiheke High School please click this link.

 

INTERNATIONAL STAFF

Trudie Jamieson

Director and 24 hour emergency contact

+64 27 372 5191

email: international@waihekehigh.school.nz

 

Bridget Compton

Administration and Accommodation Co-ordinator

email: international@waihekehigh.school.nz

 

Bill Godbout and Te Ao Marama Hau

International Deans

godboutb@waihekehigh.school.nz

haut@waihekehigh.school.nz

 

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