Frequently Asked Questions
What are the entry requirements for Westland High School?
You need to have basic English skills. However, if you wish to sit NCEA examinations in your first year you would need to have an intermediate level of English.
What happens when I arrive?
You will be met at the Hokitika airport by a member of the school and your homestay family. There will be an orientation at the school before you begin your classes.
Do I need insurance?
Yes it is compulsory for all international students to have travel and medical insurance. Westland High School can arrange this for you at a cost of approximately $600 per school year. You are welcome to have your own insurance but you must provide the school with a copy of the policy in English.
Do you offer special English classes?
Yes – English or ESOL classes are offered for all international students. We a class of four hours per week.
Do I have to wear a uniform?
All students must wear a uniform. You can either purchase new uniforms or the school has a selected of second hand uniforms.
Will someone help me choose my subjects?
Yes the International Director will help you choose your subjects. You will be able to change your subjects within the first two weeks if you feel you would prefer a different subject.
Can I enrol at any time in the year?
Yes, however Term Four is not good if you are a senior students as students have examinations for the last four weeks of the term and no senior classes run during this time. Students arriving after Term Three cannot sit NCEA examinations.
What if I am not happy in my homestay?
Our Homestay Co-ordinator tries very hard to place you in the best family but we do not always manage to do this. If you find you are really not suited to your host family then we will change you. Your welfare and happiness is very important to us.
Do I have to sit exams?
Many students who come to study at our school for one year only or less choose not to sit our national examinations but we do expect you to sit our school examinations and sit internal assessment work.
What sort of activities can we do at your school?
There is a wide choice of activities offered at our school in the sport, music and cultural areas. There are also lots of activities you can do within the community.