Aquinas College welcomes international students from a range of countries around the world. We strive to treat each student as a unique individual and really appreciate the part they play in the school community.
A special feature of Aquinas College is the values-based philosophy and close-knit community of the school. This is evident through the six key ‘touchstones’ of the College – Scholarship, Family, Truth, Service, Prayer and Joy.
With a school roll of 750 students across seven year levels, international students thrive in our supportive family atmosphere. We accept a small number of students from each country, which helps them to fully immerse into school life and form lasting friendships with New Zealand youth.
We have high expectations for how our students behave while part of our school family. This is to make sure every student has a safe, happy and productive learning experience.
Aquinas College has an outstanding academic record with annual NCEA pass levels well above the national average for decile 8-10 schools. International students can choose to study from a wide range of curriculum subjects and are offered extra English (ESOL) to support them in their learning. Many opportunities exist in the areas of music, sport and culture to extend all students strengths and abilities and help them reach their full potential.
Our international students enjoy the total educational experience of Aquinas College. They achieve academic results to be proud of and create lasting memories to treasure.
International Students are immersed into mainstream classes and are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the New Zealand Curriculum. English support (ESOL) is offered to all international students with English as their second language. Students can enter for national examinations (NCEA) in Years 11, 12 and 13. NCEA Examination Entrance Fee: $385 (per year). Upon graduation, students are supplied with one set of leaving documents including School Reports and Attendance Records. Reprint of these official documents costs $30.00.
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