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Helpful Information

Code of Practice
The New Zealand Government has a legislation to ensure the safety and highest possible care of International Students and their families is undertaken during their time in New Zealand.

Waitākiri Primary School is a Signatory to the Code 2021 and complies with all government legislation.

The New Zealand Pastoral Care of International Students Code of Practice 2021 is available to read in a range of different languages.

Immigration and Visas
An International Student may enrol for up to 3 months on a visitor visa and must hold a student visa for longer study.  New Zealand Immigration has helpful information about applying for visitor and student visas. Visas must be obtained prior to the student studying and can be obtained once an Offer of Place is received.

All International Students must have insurance prior to the student studying. Insurance must include unlimited medical care including repatriation and expatriation. 

There are a range of medical organisations where insurance can be obtained online. 
Southern Cross Travel Insurance
Orbit Protect

International visitors must also be aware of our health system and entitlements.
Ministry of Health

Behaviour Policy
Managing behaviour relies on consistently applying both our school's behaviour plan and strategies to promote positive student behaviour. At Waitākiri School staff maintain positive learning environments and relationships with students and we make a clear statement of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour known to all staff, parents and students. Parents will be given a Behaviour Policy upon acceptance to sign.

Accommodation for families
For families there are many accommodation options in our area:
Garden Hotel and Restaurant - ask them about discount rates for Waitākiri School
Christchurch Homestays
Trademe Rentals
Christchurch Holiday Houses Burwood

Educational Pathways
Waitākiri School belongs to a Cluster of Learning (CoL) called Kāhui Ako where schools work together for a common goal of student achievement and well-being.  We are a contributing school to Intermediates and High Schools that also host International Students.
Chisnallwood Intermediate
Avonside Girls High School
Shirley Boys High School

Adult English Language tuition
Ara - Institute of Canterbury
Hagley College
Alpha Educational Institute

Home Language and Community Support
New Zealand China Friendship Society
Korean Society of Christchurch
Vietnamese Society of Christchurch
Thai Society of Canterbury

Additional helpful websites
Driving road rules in New Zealand and Driving Guide for Tourists
NZ Police - keeping chiildren safe
Care of Children Act 2004
Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1989
Child discipline New Zealand
Tenancy Services
Disputes Tribunal
Uber Christchurch