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Rathkeale College




Rathkeale College is a Christian boarding school for boys. 

International Experience

Rathkeale College has a long tradition of hosting International Students. The College prides itself on how it integrates these young men into the New Zealand way of life and its education system. This is a small school where class sizes are kept small so that individual students are well-known and cared for by the teachers, boarding house masters and matrons. Overall care is provided by the Director of International Students who keeps in close contact with parents and assists with insurance, flights and other day to day issues.

Mixing with the Local Boys

The International students stay in one of the three Boarding Houses on the school site. This gives them the opportunity to meet and mingle with the local boys and assists in increasing their proficiency in the English language. Boarding provides a wonderful first step away from home towards the independence and self-discipline required to succeed at University. For many students, opting to become more proficient in the English language in an English speaking environment, while learning the social skills necessary to succeed away from home, is the right choice to make at an early stage in their education. Rathkeale College provides this opportunity for its international students. International Students attend the Senior College on the Rathkeale site in Years 12 and 13.


More about Rathkeale College

Rathkeale College’s greatest facility is the 66 hectares of grounds on which it is located. So impressive is the forest and playing fields that rather than take our students to paintball they come to us! On-site there is a swimming pool, gymnasium and weights room, state of the art music and art suites, a squash court, library and computer suites. The 750 seat auditorium is one of the best in the region and in the past has attracted some very big names to Rathkeale including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Sport and cultural activities play a major part in Rathkeale’s curriculum. All students participate in singing and have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Sport is compulsory and the boys must participate in both a winter and summer activity. In addition to weekend sport activities which usually take the form of competition games, the full boarders also have the opportunity to participate in weekend activities. Recently these have included rafting, caving, camping, karts and paintball.

International students stay with host families for Exeat weekends when they are required to leave the Boarding House twice each term. During the holidays they can go to English language schools with other International Students or even go on one of the Discover New Zealand trips that are organised by companies in New Zealand specifically for students from overseas.

Many of the International Students choose to take part in the ESOL programme which delivers a curriculum specifically for these students and will allow them to achieve the English qualifications required to attend University in New Zealand, Australia or elsewhere. The programme offered gives students a wide exposure to the English language in spoken and written forms and in comprehension. This gives students a much broader understanding than some of the alternative courses that are offered.


Contact details


Rathkeale College
217 Willow Park Drive
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Phone number

+64 06 370 0175
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