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Policy and Enrolment 

To ensure that International learners are able to fully engage with a meaningful and enjoyable time at our kura (school) we have developed a policy to ensure that all aspects of your stay with us are as they should be.

Below is an out line of what we offer onsite, conditions of enrolment, application process and other important information.

Course Details

The school offers a learning programme for Year 0-8 students. We have specialist teachers who will assist with tutoring English to non-English speaking students, who enter an ESOL (English as a Second Language) programme. Our most recent assurance visit (Education Review Office) report is available here

Outdoor Education and Sport

The school believes in the value of outdoor education to assist in personal and social development and has a number of sports academies as well as cultural activities (waka ama) to support this.

All students participate in Physical Education, sport and fitness programmes. Predominantly Years 5 and 6 students represent the school in Interschool sport, including netball, soccer, rugby and hockey. Sportsmanship is seen as an important part of sport participation.

Cultural Activities

Students have many opportunities to become involved in a wide range of activities. Some are included in class programmes and Year 5-8 students are often

invited to participate in extension and specialised groups. All student participate in kapa haka (singing and dance performance), in class waiata(singing) and karakia (cultural acknowledgements)

Code of Practice

Rotorua Primary School has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Minister of Education. Copies of the code are available from this institution or from the NZ Ministry of Education website here

Health and Travel Insurance

Students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand unless they are:

●  A resident or citizen of Australia; or

●  A national of the United Kingdom in NZ; or

●  The holder of a temporary permit that is valid for 2 years or more.

If you don’t belong to one of these special categories and you received medical treatment during your visit, you will be liable for the full costs of that treatment. We require that you have insurance from Southern Cross ( ) that will cover the cost of medical treatment in New Zealand for the duration of your stay in New Zealand. This policy also includes insurance to cover your travel to and from New Zealand. Further information available here


“Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed here


Including GST and the New Zealand Ministry of Education Levy, the tuition fee is NZ $14.500 per year including GST, or NZ$3,625 including GST per term. Short term student fees (for groups of 5 or more students only) please request information.

This includes a $500 administration fee. All students pay for their own stationery and school trips. They must have medical insurance and a school uniform - available locally at a cost of approximately $100

Should you be submitting an application to NZ immigration for permanent residency, it is recommended that fees be paid term by term, or per semester.

All international students attending Rotorua Primary School must have a current Uni-Care international student medical/travel insurance policy

Enrolment Procedures

Please complete the International Student Enrolment Form and email to

  1. The International Student’s parents complete the International Student Enrolment Form.

  2. The application is submitted for approval, to the International Student Committee from the Board of Trustees, consisting of the Principal and the International Manager.

  3. Once the application has been approved, a Letter of Acceptance of Application, (Offer of Place), together with ‘Current Fee Structure’ form, is forwarded to the student.

  4. A Tuition Agreement is signed between the School and the Student’s parents and payment of the fee is made. The amount of the fee is determined by the term of tuition chosen by the Student. A copy of this Agreement is given to the Student.

  5. Once payment of the International Fee has been made, a receipt is issued.

  6. The Student can now apply to the Immigration Office for a Student Visa, showing the receipt and Tuition Agreement to support their application.

    The visa or permit must be endorsed with the name of the school at which

    the student is seeking to enrol.

  7. Once the appropriate Visa is obtained, the Student is in a position to

    commence studies at Rotorua School on the date agreed to in the Tuition Agreement.


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