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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
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
Phone: +64 9 815 6730 Ext 752
Mob: +64 22 6397002
Fax: +64 9 815 6740
I love New Zealand green and clean environment. Western Springs College is different from other schools. Here we don’t wear uniforms. Teachers are very nice. Although they didn’t force you to work hard, they always encourage students to do well. I like Environmental Science and Music very much
The highlight of my time at Western Springs College was performing in the International Student’s Rock Band. One of my roles was to help organise the band. It was fun and just so awesome. Of course Music is my favourite subject. I get to play it, create it and arrange it. I get lots of specialised assistance from my music teachers. I enjoy communicating with Kiwi people. I find I am able to relax more in this country. Music is my passion but it’s hard to make a living with it, so I will study English or Education.
The best things about Western Springs College are the sporting and drama opportunities. I am in the Lacrosse and Hockey teams. Each morning I get to relax in my form class before starting classes. This year I can study drama as one of my school subjects. In Soft Material Technology I have learnt to sew and create my own clothes, t-shirts, blanket and bags. I particularly like Māori culture and have learnt the haka and poi.
Students and staff at Western Springs College are friendly and helpful. I love that there is no school uniform. There are heaps of activities organised for International students (assemblies, sports). In Japan I was interested in Philosophy but could not study it. I am so happy it is one of my subject I am studying. Art is a subject I enjoy doing. What I like about New Zealand is that it is a multi-cultural country and I can learn about different cultures. The beaches are fabulous. I plan to go to university
While I am at Western Springs College I have the freedom to choose subjects I would not be able to study in Japan. I have had the opportunity to study economics and accounting, which are now my favourite subjects. Next year I will complete my schooling here and then I plan to study business at a university. In New Zealand people are so kind. The country is beautiful. Some say it is not so urban, but I like nature.
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).
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.
- 1 Year $NZ 17,000.00
- One Term (Term 1, or Term 2, but not Term 3 or Term 4) $NZ 4,500.00
- Two Terms $NZ 9,000.00
- Three Terms $NZ 13,250.00
- Homestay Placement Fee (or Accomodation Supervision Fee) $NZ 350.00
- Administration Fee $NZ 1,500.00
- Homestay Accommodation ($NZ 290.00 per week) $NZ14,20.00 per year
- NCEA Exam Fees (Years 11, 12, &13) $NZ 383.40
- Course Fee (Textbook & Workbook): $NZ 300.00
- Contingency Fee (refundable, for trips or emergency) $NZ 500.00
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).