International Student Information
“Welcome! We are very happy to welcome you to Waitaki Girls’ High School.”
To help you understand what will happen in the first few weeks, you may like to read the following outline.
If you arrive a few days before school starts, you will be able to meet with the International Student Director, Mrs Hellier, and talk about your course of study.
Waitaki Girls’ having a beautiful school uniform and our students all wear it with great pride. Mrs Hellier will liaise with the hostel supervisors and school administrative staff who will help you buy your uniform so you will look like a Waitaki Girls’ pupil from the start of the year! All of the uniform items are able to to be purchased from our on-site Uniform Shop and you can choose from new or second-hand items. . You will also be helped to set up a bank account either by the hostel supervisors or Mrs Hellier.
English Language Leaners (ELL) Programme
When ELL students arrive at the start of the year, they are placed in an Orientation Programme where they are familiarised with the school, our procedures and courses available to them. Courses are finalised after diagnostic testing and discussion about future goals. The testing covers the skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening to English, grammar and vocabulary.
Students are encouraged to work towards qualifications for ELL such as OCESOL (Oral Communication in English for Speakers of Other Languages), a qualification of the NZ Speech Board, IELTS or TOEFL. The OCESOL exam caters for different levels so students can be successful and gain oral confidence at the appropriate level.
Those studying for longer than a year at Waitaki may also gain credit towards NCEA in ELL and other subjects.
All programmes are based on real-life situations, using authentic vocabulary. Students develop skills in oral, aural, writing and reading English as well as understanding grammar concepts and increasing their vocabulary knowledge.
New Zealand Curriculum
The school year runs from the end of January until mid-December and is divided into four terms. The New Zealand Education System is summarised below:
- (Age 5-12) Years 1-8
- This may include Intermediate School (Age 10-12) Years 7-8
- (Age 13-18) Years 9-13
- Year 9 & Year 10 = Junior school
- Year 11 – NCEA Level 1
- Year 12 – NCEA Level 2
- Year 13 – NCEA Level 3 & Scholarship
- NZ Universities & Polytechnics
- Qualifications: Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates
Those choosing to study for longer than a year at the school may be working towards National New Zealand qualifications in NCEA.