Glendowie College welcomes international students to experience the benefits of studying in a New Zealand co-educational school.
For several years, international students have been contributing to the special character of Glendowie College. We are a strong academic school that takes pride in the high achievements of its students and provides support and encouragement for them to succeed in their studies.
Glendowie College offers a wide range of national curriculum subjects including: English as a Second Language (ESOL), English, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Accounting, Mathematics, Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Economics, Business Studies, Classical Studies, Electronics, Graphics, Technology, Computer courses, Art, Music, Drama, Dance, Physical Education, Health, Outdoor Education, Hospitality and Food Technology.
International students are encouraged to take part in the many activities offered at the College. Drama, dance, debating, music and sport are strong features of the College. We offer individual musical instrument instruction, and musical performance groups (jazz band, orchestra, ensemble groups, choirs and school productions) are open for all who wish to participate. Students are encouraged to choose from the full range of individual and team sports and outdoor activities offered.
English Language Proficiency and Opportunities
Evidence of English Language proficiency is a requirement of enrolment. English Language Entry Level Requirements English as a second language classes are provided by trained and specialist teaching staff at all levels. Students are “mainstreamed” (that is, attend our usual classes) to study other subjects. Senior students are prepared for the English Literacy standards required for entry into New Zealand universities.
The Director of International Students, together with the House Deans, provides student support in all pastoral care matters. This includes enrolment, orientation, academic programmes, academic counselling, insurance, designated caregiver and homestay service arrangements. Regular contact is made with designated and extra care-givers and homestay providers.
Our College is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. To meet the Code of Practice Requirements and Standards, regular contact is maintained between the Director of International Students, the Homestay Director and each student and their homestay family. Guidance for international students in their own language is available if required.
At Glendowie College we recognise that our students live in a global, diverse and technologically advanced world.
Through their academic studies and extensive co-curricular involvment, our students gain confidence; learn to think and communicate effectively; and develop resilience - i.e. build a realistic view of the world, learn that life is meaningful, and develop the ability to improvise. These are the core skills or attributes for our young people to succeed today and tomorrow.
This success starts at school.
Our students enjoy a rigorous academic education. They are supported and challenged to achieve to their very best which is evident in our students' exceptional academic results in NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship, as well as success in other academic competitions.
Our students also participate and excel in the arts, sports and leadership. We have the highest participation rate of co-curricular schools in Auckland, and many students excel nationally and internationally. In the Arts we provide a wide range of opportunities such as music groups (orchestras), dance groups, debating and various drama opportunities such as school productions. We provide extensive leadership development across the school, including the very popular Duke of Edinburgh programme.
All of this is backed up by a superb pastoral care system. Through our four houses, form teachers, Guidance Counsellors, and school nurse ... the wellbeing of our students is closely monitored and supported.