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International Students

We are pleased to be able to offer international students the opportunity to experience the New Zealand curriculum and study at Kelburn Normal School in a high quality, caring and creative academic environment. We accept only small numbers of international students at any one time ensuring your child gets a personalised Kiwi learning experience. Our international students become part of our school family.


Our school has a wide range of subjects, taught by highly skilled staff. We pride ourselves on our academic success rates, creativity, and range of sports and cultural events. The performing arts are a key feature of our school. Students may join a school choir, orchestra, kapa haka, or band. There are opportunities to have private music tuition in piano, violin, singing, guitar, cello, recorder, flute, and drums. 



Our curriculum is based on the New Zealand National Curriculum. All staff involved in curriculum delivery are appropriately trained professional teachers registered with the Teaching Council of New Zealand.

Language assessment

Initial assessments for international students in English language ability are completed by our English language teacher in their first 2 weeks of school. Ongoing assessment continues over the term by both the English language teacher and the classroom teacher. Assessment covers competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The initial assessment will determine how much English language support is required. After 6 weeks at school the International Student Coordinator will provide a report to parents on the emotional, social and academic development of your child.

Class Placement

International students study with New Zealand students in mainstream classes. Classroom teachers are trained to support the student’s English language needs within the mainstream learning environment.

Depending on their English language needs, international students can also receive specialised English language tuition in a small group, up to four times a week. English language tuition is designed to meet individual language learning needs and ensures students are able to participate successfully in their mainstream classes.

Joelle Clark

our International Students Coordinator


Term Dates  2021

Term 1 - Thursday 4 February – Friday 16 April

Teacher Only Day: Thursday 1 April

NZ school holiday: Easter Tuesday – 6 April

Term 2 - Monday 3 May – Friday 9 July

Teacher Only Day: Friday 4 June

(just before Queen's Birthday)

Term 3 - Monday 26 July – Friday 1 October

Term 4 - Monday 18 October – Thursday 16 December

Teacher Only Day: Tuesday 26 October

(just after Labour weekend)

Contact Us


16 Kowhai Road

Wellington 6012 

New Zealand

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