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At Western Springs College we welcome international students who want to experience a real Kiwi secondary shool with high standards and modern values. We appreciate the cultural diversity students from other countries bring to our educational environment and have systems in place to ensure international students integrate easily with our local students.

Overseas students who have studied at Western Springs College appreciate the wide range of subjects we offer, our no-uniform policy and the dedication of our teachers. They also like how easy it was to make friends with Kiwi teens.

If you’re interested in attending Western Springs College as an international student, please email admin.international@wsc.school.nz

Our Campus

Western Springs College is located in an attractive area of parks and reserves near the centre of Auckland and close to the Waitemata Harbour. The college is surrounded by museums, the Auckland Zoological Park (the Zoo), Western Springs Lakeside Park and roadside gardens. Within walking distance is a well-known kite and windsurfing beach (Pt Chevalier) and the CBD and harbour are just six kilometres away (a six minute drive by car or 10-minute bus trip).

About Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and main transport hub. The diverse landscape provide countless opportunities to get immersed in nature. In the west, lush native rainforest plunges down the hills to meet the sea on dramatic black sand beaches, while the east’s sheltered golden sand beaches are fringed with red-flowering pohutukawa trees. To the north the rolling hills of wine country meet stunning coastlines and in the south you’ll find picturesque country gardens, unspoilt forest and tranquil bays to explore.

Why choose Western Springs College?

  • Top NZ Decile 8 state secondary school and top (first or second ranking) Auckland region state secondary (Decile 1- 10) for seven consecutive years. Source: Metro Magazine 2016 and www.nzqa.govt.nz
  • Extensive curriculum providing excellent choice from a wide range of traditional and modern courses.
  • High level of pastoral care for international students, which has been commended by the Education Review Office (Page 4).
  • Centrally located in beautiful green surroundings only six kilometres from the heart of the city; within walking distance of the best windsurfing beach in Auckland; opposite Auckland Zoo, Museum (MOTAT) and a lakeside park.
  • An extensive range of extracurricular opportunities, including a regular windsurfing programme and a wide variety of other sports.
  • Medium-sized school (Year 9-13 / 13-18 years old) – 1450 students, including 100 international students from more than 10 nationalities.

International Contact Information

For any further enrolment information please contact:

Elles Hanepen (Enrolment Manager)
Western Springs College
100 Motions Road
Western Springs
Auckland 1022
New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 815 6730 Ext 752
Fax: +64 9 815 6740
Email: admin.international@wsc.school.nz

School Brief Profile

Principal School Type School Roll International Students Roll International Students Nationalities Uniform Requirement International Student Accomodation
Ivan Davis State Co-Educational 1430 110 15 No uniform Homestay

Western Springs College plans to provide the following subjects*: Accounting, Art (Art Painting, Art Design, Art Photography and Art History), Classical Studies, Dance, Drama, Economics, English, Environmental Sustainability, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), Geography, Health, History, Languages (French, Japanese and Chinese), Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Performing Arts Technology, Philosophy, Physical Education, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), and Technology (Graphics design, Hard Materials Technology, Fabric Technology and Food Technology).

*Some courses may not run due to small numbers of students choosing them.

Year level reference:

  • NCEA Level 3/Year 13: You will not to be enrolled at Year 13 unless you have studied Year 12 at another New Zealand high school; special exceptions may be considered.(Students’ average age: 17-18 years old)
  • NCEA Level 2/Year 12: (Students’ average age: 16-17 years old) .
  • NCEA Level 1/Year 11: (Students’ average age: 15-16 years old).
  • Years 10: (Students’ average age: 14-15 years old).
  • Year 9: (Students’ average age: (13-14).

Choosing subjects

All Year 11 (NCEA Level 1) students study English, Mathematics, Science and three other subjects. All Year 12 (NCEA Level 2) students study English and choose five other subjects. All Year 13 (NCEA Level 3) students have one study period and follow on from subjects that have been studied at Year 12.

Fee Information

Tuition Fee

  • 1 Year $NZ 17,000.00
  • Three Terms $NZ 13,250.00
  • Two Terms $NZ 9,000.00
  • One Term (Term 1, or Term 2, but not Term 3 or Term 4) $NZ 4,500.00
  • Administration Fee $NZ 1,500.00
  • Course Fee (Textbook & Workbook): $NZ 300.00
  • Contingency Fee (refundable, for trips or emergency) $NZ 500.00
  • NCEA Exam Fees (Years 11, 12, &13) $NZ 383.40
  • Homestay Placement Fee (or Accomodation Supervision Fee) $NZ 350.00
  • Homestay Accommodation ($NZ 290.00 per week) $NZ14,210.00 per year

Extra Curricular and Activities

Any student interested in sports (whether or not they take PE classes) can join the college’s sports clubs. Sports teams represent the college in 26 activities: tennis, volleyball, cricket, touch, water polo, athletics, swimming, dragon boating, softball, triathlon, waka ama, diving, cross country, netball, soccer, rugby, rugby league, hockey, basketball, lacrosse, table tennis, badminton, squash, orienteering, sailing and skiing. Different sports are offered during different seasons (i.e. winter and summer sports).

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