International

Welcome

Hamilton Girls’ High has always welcomed international and exchange students as a valued part of our school community. For many years, our roll has represented a wide range of nationalities and we appreciate the rich cultural diversity they bring to Hamilton Girls’ High School.

All students fall under the care of the School’s International Students’ department including arranging accommodation in a homestay with a New Zealand family or at our hostel Sonninghill.

The international staff are committed to meeting the educational, social and pastoral needs of our students. We aim to ensure your daughter’s transition to life in New Zealand is as seamless as possible.

  • Enrolment
  • Fees
  • Code of practice
  • Reflections
  • Accomodation

International Application Process

Thank you for your interest in applying making an application to our school.

Please read these IMPORTANT NOTES before commencing your application.

Check List

You must provide all information we need on the “Application to Enrol Check List”. Failure to do so may mean that an “Offer of a Place” cannot be issued to you, or it will delay the processing of your application. The standard time to process an application is around 1~3 working days. The processing begins from when we receive the CORRECTLY COMPLETED application form and other documents if applicable.

Medical and Travel Insurance

The Student must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. The insurance documents must be sighted and photocopied by the School before the application can be processed.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ)

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) promotes the use of an online tool for students to make visa applications. For more details go to: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/our-online-systems.

Student Visa/Permit

A current student visa/permit issued by the New Zealand Immigration Service must be sighted and photocopied by the School before the enrolment can be completed

PROCEDURES

The Student/Student’s Parent completes the Application for Tuition Form & Tuition Agreement and sends them to School. With the application please enclose, if applicable: – The signed and dated Application and Agreement and if applicable: – Enclose one recent passport sized photograph of the student – Enclose a copy of the student’s passport or birth certificate – Enclose English test result (eg, TOFEL, IELTS) or a letter from the student’s school confirming her competence in English – Enclose a copy of the student’s most recent school report (in English) – Enclosed a character reference from the Principal of the student’s present school

STUDENT SUPPORT

Coming to a new school can be challenging for both students and parents. To ensure a smooth transition for all concerned, we have integrated pastoral care, a support, academic network. We have an extensive network set up to ensure the help and support that is needed for students and parents is available.

INTERNATIONAL FEES

International Student Fee Advice

Tuition for full year

$15,000.00

Tuition for 3 terms

$12,000.00

Tuition for 2 terms

$8,200.00

Tuition for 1 term

$4,200.00

Payment made by Bank Transfer

ASB Bank  [BIC-number or swift code: ASBBNZ2A]

Hamilton Branch

Address: 500 Victoria Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton, 3204 NZ.

Account:“Hamilton Girls’ High School”

Account Number:12-3122-0346679-00

Please write student’s name on deposit form in reference/particulars section to assist with identification.

Please Note:

The tuition fee includes a New Zealand Government tax on tuition.There may be additional costs for: Extra-curricular activities (e.g. sport fees, music tuition, field trips)

External Examination entry fees: NCEA examinations for Years 11-13

Code of Practice

The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016

When students come to study in New Zealand, education providers have an important responsibility to ensure that those students are well informed, safe and properly cared for.

To support this, the New Zealand government has developed the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016, which replaced the 2010 Code of Practice.

The new Code of Practice was released in March 2016, and applied from 1 July 2016.

For more information see:

Pastoral-care-of-international-students.pdf (PDF, 508KB) Frequently asked questions about the new Code of Practice.

REFLECTIONS FROM PAST STUDENTS

Hi! I’m Skti Monge and I’m from Costa Rica. I’m an exchange student during this year here in NZ. I’ve been enjoying a lot this first month and I really like the country. At first, girls high school sounded scary for me but, now I’m starting to adapt to the system which is totally different. I liked the swimming and athletics days and there are lots of extra curricular activities. Also, it’s interesting having the opportunity to choose your own subjects and study what you want. I am trying to improve my English and learn new things this year.

– Sukti Monge

Hello, my name is Moe. I’m from Japan and I live with a Kiwi host family. I think New Zealander between Japanese are little different. For example, dinner and go to bed are very early. New Zealanders are very funny because my host family sometimes sing a song and the are kind to me. They speak slowly English because I can’t understand. They are always smiling. I like my host family.

– Moe Fukase

The options I take this year are ESOL, intenrnational English, computer studies, media studies and music. For me, the hardest subject is computer studies, because there are heaps of words I haven’t seen before, so I need to work hard on this course. ESOL and English classes help me to improve my English, I can ask about whatever I don’t understand, that’s good for me. ESOL classes are small and there are lots of teachers around to help.

– Eva Chang

I’m Soh-yuong Ahn. I’m from South Korea. I was in the 2005 Stage Challenge. It was so cool. I wore my traditional clothes and I danced with fans. We won and I couldn’t forget that exciting feeling.

– Soh-young Ahn

STUDENT SUPPORT

Coming to a new school can be challenging for both students and parents. To ensure a smooth transition for all concerned, we have integrated pastoral care, a support, academic network. We have an extensive network set up to ensure the help and support that is needed for students and parents is available.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ACCOMMODATION

ACCOMMODATION TYPES

As you will be under 18 years old when you start at Hamilton Girls’ High School, the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students says you must live in one of the following kinds of accomodation while attending the school:

A homestay
Sonninghill Hostel
with a Designated Caregiver
with your parents

You may not live in any other type of accomodation while you are under 18.

HOMESTAY

The HGHS Homestay Liaison Manager can arrange homestay accommodation with local families. A homestay carer is expected to provide a bedroom equipped for study: a bed and bedding, heating, lighting and storage space. The Homestay fee contributes to day-to-day expenses including meals, electricity and family activities. Transport to and from school may be provided by the family or by public bus.

Hamilton Girls’ High School assess the suitability of all homestay accommodation. All homestay providers are screened and police vetted and their homes visited to determine the suitability of the accommodation being offered in accordance with the provisions set out in the Code of Practice.

Where possible, students are also involved in the assessment of accommodation and may visit the proposed home beforehand.

Please Note:

The tuition fee includes a New Zealand Government tax on tuition.There may be additional costs for: Extra-curricular activities (e.g. sport fees, music tuition, field trips)

External Examination entry fees: NCEA examinations for Years 11-13

HOSTEL

International Students are welcome at Sonninghill Hostel. All enquiries about boarding at Sonninghill Hostel must be made to the Director of International Development.

Host Family Information

Hamilton Girls’ High School welcomes students from all over the world, and having the opportunity to live with a “kiwi” family is an invaluable part of their experience. Whilst providing an invaluable experience for the student, the host family also benefits from the experience of sharing their home with a student from another culture.

Our Expectations:

We require all our families to treat their students with care, kindness and respect. It is important that our student feels safe in the family we have placed them in.

All host families, either registered or intending to register, will agree to a Police Vetting Check on all persons aged 18 or over residing in the house, as required by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Full details of the Code of Practice can be found on the Ministry of Education website www.minedu.govt.nz.

INTERNATIONAL ContactS:

For any enquiries please contact [email protected]

Takako Smart

Homestay Coordinator

John Ho

International Students Director

Pauline Steele

Head of ESOL