Attendance expectations are the same for all students at Christchurch Boys’ High School. Regular computer checks are made of attendance, and parents or guardians are notified of any unexplained absences by either the Dean or Director of International Students.
If an International Student was not attending school, he would not be fulfilling the requirements of his Student Visa and therefore he may be removed from the school roll. New Zealand Immigration would be notified and he may lose his right to study in New Zealand.
International Students’ progress and welfare is overseen by the Director of International Students, who is always available to students. Regular communication is maintained with guardians, as well as parents overseas. The school’s Guidance Counsellor is available to all students of the school.
If an International student or parent of an International Student wishes to make a complaint related to their recruitment and the welfare and support they have received from the School, he should first contact the Director of International Students. If the problem is not resolved, the parent or student may write to the Headmaster, explaining fully their complaint. If there is not a satisfactory resolution after 10 days, they may write to the Board of Trustees.
If the dispute is not resolved within 14 days of the Board receiving such a complaint, the complainant may write to the New Zealand International Appeal Authority, c/- Ministry of Education, Private Box 1666, Wellington ("the IEAA") seeking their assistance in resolving the dispute.
Christchurch Boys’ High School has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Ministry of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at http://www.minedu.govt.nz/.
All new International students are required to sit an English language proficiency test. Because you will be studying in mainstream subject classes, and in the senior school entering for national qualifications, you must have a proficiency level which enables you to cope with academic study. This equates to Intermediate level English language skills.
If you, on arrival at Christchurch Boys' High School, have not reached an Intermediate level of English, the school may request that you attend a Language School for intensive full-time English language tuition. In this case, all or part of funds held in account for you by Christchurch Boys' High School would be remitted to either you or the language school in order to help you meet the costs of language school tuition.
Please Note: Christchurch Boys' High School has the authority to modify your course placement/program of study after orientation and initial testing in New Zealand. It is important to us that you are placed in a course where you have a high chance of success. Previous academic success and English language ability will be used as guides for course entry.
Four hours timetabled ESOL classes are available to all International Students, with extra individual or small group tuition provided if you require it. Year 11, 12 and 13 students may study Unit Standards in ESOL and English. Year 12 and 13 students may study an IELTs course. You may enter mainstream English classes if your English competence reaches a suitable level.
It is important that Christchurch Boys' High School has accurate records of contact details of students and guardians in New Zealand, as well as parents overseas.
The school must be notified in writing immediately of any changes of address and/or contact details. It is very helpful to have e-mail contact with parents overseas, so please ensure the school has e-mail contacts where possible.
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 on their website at www.immigration.govt.nz