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Enrolment Information Pack


International Students Enrolment Information Pack

“REAL Heroes making REAL CHOICES”

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Waitākiri Primary School is a government state school for girls and boys aged 5 to 11 years old to study in Years 1 to 6.  Our school has approx 580 full time students.

We are dedicated to providing our international students and their families a warm and welcoming environment for the whole family.

Our school motto is “REAL Heroes making REAL CHOICES”

This means children who:

Respect self, others and the environment

Encourage others

Achieve to the best of their ability, and are...

Lifelong learners

Children who display these values are REAL Heroes!

Staff planning learning experiences for children want to make sure they have REAL Heroes making REAL CHOICES.

This means considering and planning for:

Community involvement wherever possible,

Hauora (well-being), learning experiences that will enhance the well-being of our children,

Opportunity, children will be given opportunity to lead their learning and become confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners

Innovation, children will be given the opportunity to innovate through their inquiries and research into areas of interest

Collaboration and creativity, children will be encouraged to collaborate to solve problems, inquire into their world and communicate with others, they will be encouraged to think critically, creatively and use metacognitive processes to make sense of their world

Enjoyment, children learn best when they are in a challenging and supportive learning culture- where they are enjoying learning

Sustainability, the future of our world depends on sustainable practices, Waitākiri children will be encouraged to show respect for the environment. Waitakiri School is an Enviroschool.

A school of REAL Heroes making REAL CHOICES means children will have a say in their learning. At times they will have choice about what they are learning, where they learn, who they learn with and they will be involved in decision making about how their learning space and their school is run. They will make REAL CHOICES!

We encourage our families to use the REAL Hero concept at home with their children.


Christchurch and Canterbury - what it has to offer
Christchurch is considered “The Garden City” and sits on the Canterbury Plains with a backdrop to the South Alps to the West and Port Hills to the South.  There is so much to do and see in Christchurch and Canterbury, whether it be indoors or out. In our local Burwood area we have a variety of golf courses just minutes away, The Palms Shopping Mall 5km, New Brighton and Waimari Beaches 5km, walking tracks and mountain bike tracks in the Burwood Forrest 3km plus much more. There are mountains to ski on 1 hour away and so many outdoor activities to choose in Canterbury.  Take a look here to see what to do in Christchurch and Canterbury.

Christchurch International Airport is a 20 minute drive from Burwood.


Code of Practice
Waitākiri Primary School has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students as published by the New Zealand Ministry of Education.  Copies of the code are available on the website and are available in many different languages.


Education Review Office (ERO) Report
Please read our latest Education Review Office Report 2016 ERO Report

The following links are also useful forms of information:

Medical/travel insurance are the responsibility of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and must be New Zealand recognised (ie Southern Cross or UniCare).  This is to be paid on the same day as the Tuition Fees. We are able to organise insurance for the student if required through UniCare.

All students must have insurance to cover the length of the visa (most students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand). Full details to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, resident and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but international students and their families may still be liable for all other medical and related costs.  For more information go to

Student visa
A student visa is required for international students coming to New Zealand to study for more than three (3) months. Study must be the main purpose of the visit. Parent(s) and/or guardian(s) may also require a visa.

For students whose study period is less than three (3) months, they may enter under a visitors visa.

You can find further information at Immigration New Zealand.  


Homestay families
All international students under 10 years of age enrolled at Waitākiri School must live with a parent(s) or legal guardian(s).  This applies to long term, short term and group enrolments. For students 10 or 11 years of age, students may choose to live with a New Zealand homestay family (subject to availability) who host international students in their homes. These families are staff members or families at our school and look forwarding to welcoming students into their home. They will usually have children of their own and most live locally. All families have thorough police and property checks with regular home visits, and must comply with the Code of Practice.

We will attempt to mediate and resolve any issues as they arise and keep families informed of progress. If a residence is deemed inappropriate or unsafe the international student will be moved immediately to an appropriate home. We have staff members available and willing to host students at short notice in this situation. All relevant parties will be kept informed.

New Zealand laws to note:

Care of Children Act 2004

Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1989

Useful Links:

Police vetting service

Vulnerable Children Act 2014

Children’s worker safety checklist, as part of the supporting material provided under the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014:

Oranga Tamariki Children’s Team

Tenancy Services

Disputes Tribunal

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment  for International Fee Paying Students
The following terms and conditions must be read and accepted prior to the Application Form & Enrolment Agreement being completed and signed. It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure they understand these.

  • Waitākiri Primary School reserves the right to decline any applications of enrolments.

  • Application procedures must be complied with.

  • All tuition and accommodation fees must be paid in advance

  • All students must have a study visa for the duration of their study period

  • All parents must have Guardian visa with the same conditions as the student

  • International students attending under 10 years old are required to live with parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

  • The Student Application Form must be signed by the parents, which indicates acceptance of the terms and conditions set down by the school.

  • All parents and students are required to abide by New Zealand law during their stay.

  • It is a requirement that Waitākiri Primary School will visit homes to ensure the living environment of the student meets the Code of Practice.

  • The school must be notified immediately by the parent if a student’s living arrangements are changed.

  • All students must abide by the school Behaviour Policy. Failure to meet the requirements of the school may result in the student’s place being withdrawn.  Immigration will be notified should this be the case.

  • Parents must notify the school if they intend for the student to travel home during the school holidays (if not living with parent(s) or legal guardian(s)).

  • The requirements of the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Student apply only while the student is in New Zealand during the time-frame specified on the Offer of Place.

  • Waitākiri Primary School will not be liable for any situation, accident or injury involving or affecting students.

  • Medical and travel insurance are compulsory.


Application Procedure
Step 1 - Family can approach school directly or family can go through an agent

Please include in your application:

  1. Proof of student’s identity (photocopy of passport)

  2. Living arrangement:  

  1. Students aged under 10 years old must live with parent(s) or legal guardian(s). For this option parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have total responsibility for the student.

  2. Students aged 10 and over attending in Year 5 or 6 can live with extended family, guardian or homestay (upon availability).  It is desirable for an International Student to live in a ‘kiwi’ homestay. This option has shown to be extremely helpful to assist with English language development.

  1. A translated copy of the student’s most recent school report.

  2. Letter from parents supporting student (if aged 10 or over and living with a homestay parent)

  3. Medical and travel insurance to be paid before the student attends school (if and when accepted).

  4. A student visa must be obtained prior to studying at Waitākiri Primary School.

Applications should be sent to:
Andrew Barker, Principal
Waitākiri Primary School
170 Burwood Road
Christchurch 8083
New Zealand

Email: or

All applications will be acknowledged within 5 working days.

Step 2 - Offer of Place
If the application is accepted, Waitākiri Primary School will forward a conditional offer of placement, this will include:

Step 3 - Return of signed documentation with fee to secure placement

Step 4 - Issue of receipt, details regarding conditions, offer of placement stating students start and finish date, year level and all fees paid confirmation

Step 5 - Apply for Student Visa

Full details of visa requirements from

If you have any complaints, please contact the appropriate person at Waitākiri School in the first instance for this to be resolved. If you feel your complaint is not being actioned by the school, you may contact NZQA.  Raising a complaint with NZQA will not adversely affect the immigration status of students. A Complaint Form can be downloaded from NZQA

Completed complaint forms, along with supporting evidence, can be sent to:

The Complaints Officer
New Zealand Qualifications Authority
PO Box 160
Wellington 6140
or email the completed form along with scans of any supporting evidence to

For more information on the complaint process, contact NZQA on 0800 697 296.