Whanganui Girls College

Enjoy easy accessibility to mountains, river and sea...
Quality homestay and hostel options available...
Become part of the strong school spirit...
Challenge yourself in the many sports and extra-curricular activities on offer...
Participate in a unique Academic + programme...
Solid Academic mentoring...
International Students

Welcome International

Whanganui Girls’ College International

Welcome to the international pages of Whanganui Girls’ College.

Founded in 1891, Whanganui Girls’ College has been devoted to the education of young women for over one hundred years.  Recognising the challenges awaiting young women in the 21st century, the school develops the skills they need to build the businesses, careers and communities of the future.  Whanganui Girls’ College provides a physical, social and intellectual environment which promotes achievement and personal growth.  The mottos ‘Ad Astra’ and ‘Poutamatia’ are words of encouragement to all girls to ‘aim high’ and to strive for excellence in everything they do.

We acknowledge that international students enrich our school and our community socially, culturally and academically; attributes that encourage all students to be global citizens.

A comprehensive orientation programme is completed upon the student’s arrival at school. Within the first week students have their English skills assessed to establish the appropriate academic placement level.

Long-term international students are encouraged to sit the New Zealand Qualification, National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). ESOL classes are available where needed.

The Dean of International Students works closely with each student to ensure they settle into their classes and have support available. We encourage all students to participate in extracurricular activities such as sport, music or cultural groups. We pride ourselves on our warm and friendly school, and on providing a safe and welcoming environment for all new students.

Whanganui Girls’ College offers an extensive orientation programme and students are provided with support if they have difficulties adapting to school life. The following support services are also available to students:

  • Information and advice on accommodation
  • Information on driving laws, driver licensing and road traffic safety, including pedestrian and cycling safety in New Zealand.
  • Advice on welfare facilities, including personal health services, mental health services, drug education and counseling, and problem gambling.
  • Advice on accessing information on sexuality education, health promotion, and sexual and reproductive health services.
  • Information and advice on relevant New Zealand laws, including laws on the sale of alcohol and tobacco products. Information and advice on addressing harassment and discrimination.

Full academic reports are issued twice a year and all international students are supported by staff in our international department.  Agents and parents receive progress reports as required as well as copies of formal reports.

Please browse and read stories of previous international students and feel free to contact us if you have any queries. We are very interested in hearing from you and hosting you in the future.