Whanganui High School's International Department has about 65 international students (maximum 5% of the school roll) who take part in the school's ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) programme. Our students come from a variety of countries including Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Brazil, Pacific Islands, Germany, Italy, France, Finland, Norway and the Peoples Republic of China.

International students select Whanganui High School for their education when they want to be away from the distractions of the big cities and concentrate on learning English and studying to qualify for university. Whanganui High School limits the number of students from any one country so that students can have more opportunities to speak English.

All our international students are placed in homestays (which have been visited and assessed by Whanganui High School in advance), as this means they are speaking English all day and they have parents to look after them and care for them. The international student becomes a member of the family.

The homestay fees cover all food and living expenses. Each student has their own bedroom and there are no other students in the same homestay who speak the same language.

Whanganui High School's ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) programme prepares students for the IELTS examinations so they qualify for entry into any university.


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

You may also be able to find a copy of the Code of Practice in your language at this link Details of our refund policy, insurance and immigration requirements and conditions of acceptance are to be found on our International Application Form.

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Term Dates

Public Holidays

The school will be closed on all public holidays.

Parents will be notified if students are not required at school for any extraordinary reason.

February 6, 2019 Waitangi Day
April 19, 2019 Good Friday (within school holidays)
April 22, 2019 Easter Monday (within school holidays)
April 25, 2019 Anzac Day (within school holidays)
June 3, 2019 Queen's Birthday
October 28, 2019 Labour Day

Term 1

Start Dates

January 28, 2019 Year 9 and Year 13 students, and new students from all other year levels.
January 29, 2019 All year levels.

End Dates

December 4, 2019 Whole School.

Term 2

Start Dates

April 29, 2019 Whole School

End Dates

July 5, 2019 Whole School

Term 3

Start Dates

July 22, 2019 Whole School

End Dates

September 27, 2019 Whole School

Term 4

Start Dates

October 14, 2019 Whole School

End Dates

November 5, 2019 Year 11
November 6, 2019 Year 12 and 13
December 6, 2019 Year 9 and 10

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