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Bayfield High School




Bayfield High School is a Year 9-13 co-educational secondary school based in the university town of Dunedin, New Zealand.  We are located on one of Dunedin's most picturesque sites on the Otago Peninsula. We have extensive grounds, a well-equipped new gymnasium, an excellent library and well-resourced computing facilities. We have five science laboratories, music suite, art rooms, senior common rooms. a careers room, and a common room for International students. 

Bayfield High School was established in 1961 and has earned a reputation for academic excellence. We provide a friendly, supportive environment where students are encouraged to reach their full potential. We have special strengths in Science, Mathematics, Outdoor Education, Music, Art and IT. We are one of the top schools in Otago with our students gaining grades well above the average in National Examinations.

Academic programme

The school offers a wide ranging academic programme. We place emphasis on preparing students well for tertiary study. Subjects include: English, Mathematics with Calculus, Mathematics with Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Classical Studies, Economics, Accounting, Workshop Technology, Graphics and Design, Computing, Physical Education, Art History, Music, Art Printmaking, Practical Art, Art Photography, German, French, Home Economics, ESOL.

Wide variety of sporting and cultural opportunities

An extensive range of academic, cultural and sporting programmes are offered. These include sports such as rugby, soccer, netball, softball, tennis, basketball, fencing, orienteering, canoeing, sailing, swimming, skiing, canoe polo, underwater hockey, athletics, cross country, cricket, hockey, golf, badminton, triathlon, volleyball. We also have a wide ranging outdoor recreation programme including tramping, abseiling, canoeing, etc. Our Music Department produces an annual show and provides individual musical tuition, choir, orchestra, and a jazz band.

Specialist Outdoor Education programme for Year 12 and 13

The school provides a timetabled Outdoor Education subject for Year 12 and 13 students. Some places are available for Year 11 international students. 

Term 1 - Kayaking and Sailing

Term 2 - Outdoor First Aid, Mountain Biking and Rock Climbing

Term 3 - Skiing and Snow Boarding

Term 4 - Tramping and School Camp

Special relationship with overseas students and schools

We take great care of our international students, who come from around the world to join the Bayfield community.

We have a tradition of students coming from a wide variety of countries. These countries include: Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, France, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Vietnam, USA, Switzerland, China and Thailand. Students are welcomed from any country. We contact parents and agents to arrange a mutually agreeable contract on what each student is expected to achieve while at school. Students are met at Dunedin Airport and we transport them to their accommodation. We will also help with visa preparation.

Student welfare

We are recognised for providing outstanding quality care for our International Students. The latest report from the NZ Government Education Review Office stated; "Students receive high quality care and students value the care and attention school personal provide in responding to their needs.” We also offer help in arranging student finances, visas and medical insurance and support for students wanting to go on to tertiary institutions. We provide regular updates on each student's progress to parents.

More about Bayfield High School

A description of life at Bayfield High School from Van Minh Tran (an international student)

"Coming and learning in New Zealand is an interesting experience for me. Education in New Zealand is different from Vietnam both in the learning environment and lifestyle. With small classroom numbers, we students get to have better care from the teachers towards the individual. On top of being friendly, the teachers are very helpful as well; they don’t mind offering their own time to give us 1-on-1 tutorials, which  I found  played a significance role in my learning success. The teaching methods and flexible schedule allows students to develop their interests and find their own strengths. New Zealanders are approachable. The learning style also allows us to find people with our same mindset and interests who will become my lifelong friends. We have shared memories in classes, out of classes, on school trips, and even overseas. We are still keeping in contact and continuing to create more memories with each other every day.

Dunedin, where I live is a slow-paced city which has a lot of beautiful scenery and it also grants access to many different parts of this beautiful country as well. As a student the host families brought me  to see life in New Zealand through the scenery, in their families and I was lucky enough in their holidays to experience Christmas in the summer. All of these teachers, friends and families were a great part of my experience in New Zealand, they are my second family - New Zealand family."


Contact details


Bayfield High School
2 Shore Street
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Phone number

+64 3 455 0113
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