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International Students

Waitākiri Primary School are awaiting our Code of Practice for International Students. Once this is completed we can begin to accept International Students and will update this website. We are hoping this will be from Term 3 2018 (23 July 2018).
Waitākiri Primary School opened in 2014. The state of the art school is designed for 650 children from Years 1-6 (5-11 years old) with low teacher pupil ratios and high levels of additional learning assistant (teacher aide) support. The school is designed to maximise the power of teacher collaboration and to enhance quality learning for children. Each of the six learning studios in the school has multiple break out learning areas, separate staff and student toilets, multiple learning zones within the studio, teacher and specialist teaching workrooms, full kitchens, art, technology and science areas and undercover outside learning areas.
Waitākiri Primary School has quickly gained a reputation nation-wide for excellence in teaching and learning with visitors coming from around New Zealand on a weekly basis to observe the school in action. The school is a leading innovator in collaborative teaching and learning with extensive research undertaken to ensure the best possible learning environment for students. The school has a focus on improving learning outcomes, student self-regulation and well-being (hauora).

Staff at Waitākiri Primary School have extensive experience and expertise with international students. Prior to the merger which created the new school Windsor School had an extensive and highly regarded International Student Programme. The staff involved in this programme are employed by the new school to ensure the best possible support for International Students. ERO comment: Children learn in focused, well-paced lessons within calm, settled environments. This will be the case for our international students who will also receive specialist personalised English language tuition together with the necessary support in the studio to access the curriculum and progress with their learning in New Zealand.

International Student numbers will be limited in each studio (maximum of 4 international students for every 110 local students) to ensure they have the necessary support and conditions to thrive. In addition to excellent learning opportunities in literacy, maths and science children will have learning opportunities in the studios in social sciences, technology and the arts.

All children participate in weekly specialist learning in Physical Education, Visual Arts, Music and Te Reo (Maori language). Furthermore, senior students have the opportunity to participate a wide range of additional learning experiences including: Choir, Dance, Rock Band, Jump Jam, French, Guitar, Ukulele, School Council, Librarians, Bankers, Road Patrollers, Playground Heroes, Building, Gardening, Environmental Group (Enviro Ferns), REAL TV (filming), Sports including rugby, netball, soccer, hockey, basketball, touch rugby, swimming, athletics and much more. Our students are never short of challenges!

International Student Fees
Full year $13,500 inclusive, or part there of if enrolled on a termly basis.
The minimum length of stay for an international student is one term, and they must be living with a parent.
To view the International Student Policies and Procedures, please click on this link:

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