International Students


General Information


Wakaaranga Primary School has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Minister of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at


Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website at

Eligibility for Health Services

Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at

Accident Insurance

The Accident Compensation Commission provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at

Medical and Travel Insurance

International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand.


School Hours

8:50 – 10:30 am Morning Programme

10:30 – 10:50 am Interval Break

10:50 – 12:30pm Morning Programme

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:00pm Afternoon Programme

Students are assessed on entry to Wakaaranga using a variety of assessment tools. They are then grouped according to their ability and needs to ensure their programme selection is suitable, and their progress is meaningful. An ongoing assessment programme will be maintained, to closely monitor individual achievement and progress.

Transition Programme

Long term students attend a transition programme in our ESOL room where they have a total immersion in an English-rich environment. Concentrated English is taught by fully qualified ESOL trained teachers to small groups to ensure each student receives individual attention. Lessons are designed at an appropriate level to meet the needs of each individual student.

Attendance in the ESOL room enables the student to:

  • Achieve a level of competency in both oral and written English

  • Gain self confidence in a safe and friendly environment

  • Understand the requirements and expectations of Wakaaranga Primary School

  • Experience a different culture perspective

  • Gain an understanding of the New Zealand Educational System

  • Gain skills in listening and oral language to help integration into the mainstream classes

  • We also facilitate a buddy system, which allows our International Students time to build a one on one relationship with a New Zealand student, and have an opportunity to interact with their buddy’s peers.

Mainstream Programme

This programme is a fully integrated programme in a mainstream New Zealand educational setting, covering all aspects of the New Zealand Government Curriculum.

Areas covered in the New Zealand Curriculum

  • Oral language

  • Written language

  • Listening skills

  • Conversational skills

  • Spelling

  • Handwriting

  • Vocabulary extension

  • Functional language

  • Visual language

  • Phonics

  • Reading

  • Drama

  • Art

  • Music

  • Dance

  • Physical Education

  • Information and Communication Technology

Enrolment Information

Wakaaranga Primary School offers opportunities for short-term [from four weeks] and for longer periods of study.

All International Students enrolling in Years 1 to 6 of a Primary School must live and continue to live with a parent, except in the case of Group Students, as per the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students [2003].

Application Requirements

All forms and a schedule of current fees are available from the school office or you can email to check availability and obtain forms

  • Student Enrolment Form

  • Copy of Passport Title Page

  • International Student Application and Contract

  • Verification of Travel and Medical Insurance or completed Insurance Application

Enrolment Application Procedure

  • Complete Wakaaranga School Enrolment form and the International Student Application and Contract

  • Return completed forms to the school office with a copy of passport

  • Once the application has been approved and payment of fees is made, a receipt is issued with a letter to the Immigration Department for the processing of a Student Visa

  • Once Student Visa has been obtained a copy of this, along with details of medical/travel insurance cover should be provided to the school office

Conditions of Acceptance

  • Wakaaranga Primary School accepts International Student from Year 0 to Year 6.

  • All International Students must be living with a parent at the time of enrolment and continue to live with a parent for the duration of their enrolment period

  • International Students will only be accepted if there is sufficient space available for International Students, at the relevant year level, in the school

  • All International Students attending Wakaaranga Primary School must have Travel and Medical Insurance cover for the duration of their enrolment period