Awatapu College's International Student Department delivers excellent 24/7 pastoral support services through:
- A warm, welcoming and supportive environment.
- Carefully selected homestay families close to the school.
- Regular communication with agents, support people and parents.
- Dedicated and caring staff.
Our international pastoral care system offers firm boundaries within a supportive and nurturing environment. The aim is for our international students to feel welcomed and connected for the duration of their stay. An intensive orientation programme starts on arrival at the airport and specific steps are taken to support our students through their transition into school life.
Orientation includes introduction to key staff and student buddies, and familiarisation with the school campus, facilities and procedures. English language and subject assessments are run to assist with subject selection. Short-term and long-term goals are discussed and set and relevant cultural aspects of New Zealand life are discussed. Students are integrated into mainstream classes within their first week accompanied by either a teacher aide or a peer buddy.
Awatapu College is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.
"Students are ... placed in well planned programmes. Effective teaching strategies ... increase students confidence and performance ... achieving success in English language development ... curriculum support assists students to achieve their academic goals. International students are involved and enjoy cultural, sporting and academic activities." (Education Review Office, National Education Review Report 2009)