We have a small programme. Currently we have 7 students; 3 from Japan, 1 each from Germany, Brazil, Italy, and Switzerland . We have a policy of a limit of 6 from one country.
We provide monthly reports on the student – from the host, student, and homestay assistant. We carefully monitor integration, safety and academic progress.
ERO checked our procedures recently and we received excellent feedback. They confirmed we are offering a quality service.
We have German students who aim for New Zealand University Entrance. This will enable them to attend university in Germany on their return. We have had two students who have achieved this qualification to date.
Westland has a very temperate climate. It is located in a rainforest region – so, yes it does rain, and quite heavily at times. However the number of days when it rains is not that different to Auckland (Hokitika - 168; Auckland - 145). The heaviest rainfall is in Spring (September). Winter on the other hand is mild – often with clear blue skies. Summer is temperate. Westland is the least windy region in the country.
The Hokitika weather has contributed to a beautiful ecosystem; this part of New Zealand gives you the chance to experience unspoilt, lush rainforest, and some of the most breathtaking glaciers in the world.
Hokitika is located on the coast. The beach has opportunities for body boarding.
All outdoor activities are close by – and one of the special factors for us is that the students in the outdoor education programme can take part in abseiling, rock climbing, kayaking etc – and be back for the other classes.
We offer ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) for beginners and advanced students. IELTS is available for students wishing to take this qualification. Grammar is included in one section of the Year 13 English course. Because we have a small international programme there is plenty of opportunity to make NZ friends and improve your English conversation.