Whanganui Collegiate School

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Whanganui Collegiate School offers German students a traditional boarding school education set in a small coastal city. Academic standards are very high, and our examination results are some of the best in the country.
International students board on site, sharing a room with a New Zealander. With three adult caregivers in each boarding house, our pastoral care is second to none offering complete peace of mind for our international parents. We expect English to be spoken in class and the House.
Playing sport is compulsory and we offer musical instrument lessons, speech and drama classes and debating clubs all of which help to develop English. We run an extensive outdoor education programme.


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Welcome to Whanganui Collegiate School

3 reasons to choose our International Student Program

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We are a 7 day a week school so everyone - NZ and International - stays for the weekend. Everyone plays sport so Saturdays and Sundays are as busy as Monday to Friday.

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Boarding means that you make friends for life as your boarding house becomes your extended family while you are here in New Zealand. Your room-mate will be a new Zealander.

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Our outdoor education programme means that you see lots of New Zealand during your stay. We can arrange adventure and/or movie tours of both the North and South Islands.

Offerings & Activities

School Facilities

We are a campus based school. We have six boarding houses (four boys and two girls).
We have an outdoor pool, a sports hall, a music school, 500-seat theatre, our own hockey turf, five hectares of playing fields and our chapel all on site. Our dining hall prepares over 1000 meals per day and we have a cyber cafe.
Our new Science block has been recently refurbished and we have a 3D printing suite.

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Subject Options

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Year 10

Students study five core subjects the whole year. These are English, Maths, Science, Social Studies and PE.
In addition students study a Language (Spanish or Maori) and an Arts subject (Art, Drama or Music). Students take a rotation through three technology subjects (Textiles, Wood Materials and Product Design).


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Year 11

Students study six subjects. English, Maths and Science are compulsory with three more subjects chosen from the list below.


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Year 12

Students study six subjects. English is compulsory with five more subjects chosen from the list below.


Music / Performing Arts

Over 200 of our students play a musical instrument. We have a Music School (including a recording studio) on site and lessons can be arranged in any instrument. We have a formal choir and a fun barber shop singing group. Next to the music school we have our 500 seat theatre. We hold a drama production or music concert every term - open to all students. We have Speech and Drama lessons available and we have a thriving debating club and Model United Nations Society.

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Sport is compulsory with all students playing at least one summer and one winter sport. Coaching is provided either by our teaching staff or by external coaches. We compete at national level in all sports. Our website lists the various sports on offer together with the associated costs.

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Details & Facts

School Type: Boarding

Gender: Co-ed

Qualifications: NCEA

Year Levels: YEARS 9-13

Religion: Christian

We are an Anglican School. This is our Special Character and students attend chapel twice per week.

Total Enrolment: 440

Total international students year 9 - 13: 65

Program Established: 1990

International students accepted for: 9,  10,  11,  12

Foreign Languages: Spanish,  Latin,  Maori,  ESOL

Info: We can arrange private tuition for French, Latin and Ancient Greek.

Entrance Dates: Term 1/January,  Term 2/April,  Term 3/July,  Term 4/October

Length of stay: 2 Terms,  3 Terms,  4 Terms,  until graduation

Application Deadlines: Rolling

Application Process: Enrolment Form,  School Reports,  Student Letter of Introduction,  Offer of Place,  Payment Receipt

Info: www.collegiate.school.nz/international/international-registration-fees-and-refund-policy/36/

Website: www.collegiate.school.nz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Wanganui-Collegiate-School-186843648021176/


Location: North Island , City

Info: Whanganui is a small and very safe city on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Population approximately 40,000. We are a one hour domestic flight from Auckland provided by Air Chathams which offers five flights per day. Whanganui is a coastal city with three beaches only a ten minute drive form the school campus. The Whanganui River runs through the city centre and we hold our weekly Saturday farmers market on the west bank. Whanganui Collegiate's campus is a 15 minute walk to the city centre.

Specialized Programs: Leadership,  Outdoor Education,  Trips

Info: Leadership opportunities are available for Year 13 students. We have House Prefects and Whole School prefect positions available. Responsibilities can be related to a particular subject area, a House, sports, culture or a wider whole=school portfolio for our senior leaders. We have an extensive outdoor education programme as per our online prospectus and international students are able to join in any subject and cultural trips.

Accommodation: Dormitory

Info: International students board in one of our six houses sharing a bedroom with a New Zealand student. Three caregivers live in each house providing outstanding pastoral care and offering complete peace for mind to our international parents. We provide a 'home away form home' with a great sense of community and loyalty in each house. Inter-House competitions happen throughout the year across a variety of sport and culture activities. Competition between the houses is intense! We provide all bedding and towels and all houses have wi-fi access so students can keep in contact with home from the comfort of their bedroom.

Student Services & Orientation & Counseling:

We have a Health Centre on our campus with the doctor visiting every morning. if a student is ill, the House matron organises an appointment. We have a full-time student counsellor as part of the teaching staff and appointments can be made via the Health Centre, The School's International Director is the Guardian during the stay and provides an extra level of care in addition to the staff in the boarding house. Orientation booklets are e mailed in advance and a full programme of orientation takes place during the student's first 48 hours.


Our Fee Structure

1 Term (Term 1 or 2 or 3) NZD N/A EUR -
2 Terms (Term 1 & 2 or 2 & 3 or 3 & 4) NZD 16,690 EUR 9858,82
3 Terms (Term 1, 2, 3) NZD 25,035 EUR 14788,23
4 Terms (Term 1, 2, 3, 4) NZD 35,105 EUR 20736,61
4 Terms (Term 3, 4, 1, 2) NZD 35,105 EUR 20736,61

Tuition Fees cover: Tuition & Boarding; Teaching and learning costs plus up to 10 hours of ESOL support if required.

Additional Fees: Please refer to the international pages on our website for additional costs.

Fees information available online: www.collegiate.school.nz/uploads/files/2020%20International%20Fees.pdf

Please calculate additional costs for
Airfare approx. Euro 1200 to Euro 1600
Visa approx. Euro 160
Pocket money approx. Euro 200 to 250/month
If applicable additional health/accident/third part liability insurance

Health Insurance: mandatory

Southern Cross Insurance

valid for school year 2020

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