The wellbeing of students at school and in homestay is of paramount importance to the staff at Wellington Girls’ College. There is a team of four staff working with the girls and host families on a daily basis to ensure students have a happy and successful time studying at our school. The International House is the hub of our international programme and provides a home base for students to come and ask questions at any time, to check emails or just to relax with friends. It is always a hive of activity as well as the focal point for English language learning.
Code of Practice
Wellington Girls’ College 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 http://www.minedu.govt.nz/goto/international
Medical and Travel Insurance
International students must have appropriate and current medical travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. Details of the policy (available in several languages) used by most Wellington Girls’ College students are available at
Wellington Girls’ College can help to organise this insurance.
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 http://www.moh.govt.nz
The Accident Compensation Corporation 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 http://www.acc.co.nz
Exclusion of Students from School
An International student once enrolled at a school has the same rights as a domestic student and cannot be excluded from school other than in accordance with the stand-down and suspension provisions of the Education Act. However the school reserves the right, as agreed to by the parents in signing the Contract, to withdraw an Offer of Place from any student whose misbehaviour in the Homestay means that the school can no longer ensure her safety.
The decision to terminate tuition of an International student will be made by the Principal on the grounds of gross misconduct or continual disobedience either at school or in the Homestay.
Persistent absence from school is also grounds for exclusion as the student will be in violation of her Student Visa.
In cases of unacceptable behaviour:
- The International Director and/or Assistant Principal (Student Co-ordinator) will counsel and discipline the student and note the incidents in the student's file. She will raise the matters at the regular IFPS meeting.
- If the student does not respond to this level of intervention she will be issued with a First and then a Second Warning Letter. The agent and parents of the student will be notified of the matters causing concern.
- After the Second Warning Letter a further violation will result in the Offer of Place being withdrawn. The parents and/or agent will be notified immediately.
- Depending on the circumstances the student may be given the option of enrolling with an alternative provider in New Zealand.
- The Principal's decision can be referred to the Board of Trustees where the student has been suspended or removed from the Homestay.
- The student has the right to attend the hearing and to be represented as provided for in the 1989 Education Act.
- In the event of the student leaving the school before the term of her Student Visa the Director of International Students will notify Immigration.
- At all times in this process the safety and welfare of the student will be of paramount concern.