Seyeon was a Korean Year 7 Student at Horizon School. Here is what her mother says:
Hello, I'm J.
I recently talked to the school principal about my positive experience with Horizon School.
Seyeon and me, we will never forgot Horizon School.
We love the school
Horizon School is...
1. Non competitive culture 비경쟁적 문화
2. Religious purity 종교적 순수성
3. Uncomplicated environment 복잡하지 않은 환경
4. Family atmosphere 가족적인 분위기
5. Pure children 순수한 아이들
6. Due to small class, receives a lot of attention from the teachers 선생님들의 많은 관심
7. Beach is close to the school. 바다가 가까운 매력
We are thankful to have met Horizon School.
Horizon School is a full primary school, providing education with a Christian perspective to students aged 5-13 years of age.
We are situated on a most beautiful peninsula with many bays, beaches and islands which wait to be discovered. Our community is a short 50 minutes north of Auckland city.
The Mahurangi Peninsula is a magnet for tourists who wish to get away from the city and experience marine reserves, fisheries, wineries, markets, semi-rural regional parks, horse riding and water sports. Several local regional parks give an almost rural feel to the area.
In New Zealand, schools are given a rating depending on the income and education level of the people located in the surrounding areas nearby. This "Decile" rating, ranges from 1 (lowest income districts) to 10 (highest income districts). Horizon School has a Decile rating of 6, which suggests that residents of this area generally enjoy a good standard of living.
Horizon School is a signatory to the Ministry of Education's Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, and is approved to host international students.
If you have any queries regarding study at Horizon School please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Code of Practice
Our 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 on request from this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website athttp://www.minedu.govt.nz/goto/international.
Conditions of Acceptance
In addition to the conditions listed here, all conditions that are part of the contractwith parents, the fees refund policy and other school policies also apply.
- Although an elementary level of English is desirable no student will be refused acceptance due to their level of English, as all levels of English proficiency are catered for at Horizon School.
- Students and parents/legal guardians must accept and abide by rules regarding behaviour and conduct that apply to all students. Unacceptable behaviour may result in the termination of tuition.
- Students must observe the laws of New Zealand. All disputes will be dealt with in New Zealand law.
- Students must observe the conditions of their Visa and Student Permit. If a student breaks the terms of the visa/permit, the school will report the fact to the New Zealand Immigration Service, which may result in the student having to leave New Zealand.
- Because class placements are decided on the evidence of assessment after arrival in New Zealand, all information given before enrolment about placement on courses and in classes is provisional. The school reserves the right to adjust placements and individual programmes at any time, if it is in the student’s interests to do so.
- The student will attend the school on all occasions when it is open unless prevented by illness or other urgent cause.
- Tuition may be terminated if the student fails to comply with the school rules or breaches the conditions of their visa.
- Tuition fees will be paid in full before enrolment, or before enrolment is renewed (whichever applies). All additional costs (as outlined in the school prospectus) will be paid promptly, as required.
- The conditions of the Fee Refund Policy will be accepted.
- All students are required to have travel and medical insurance for the duration of their period of enrolment. The school can arrange insurance unless students choose to make their own arrangements, in which case proof must be provided that the insurance purchased is adequate. The school will keep a record of the policy number.
- All international students must live in one of the following types of accommodation:
- With their parents or legal guardians (proof of legal guardianship must be supplied).
- With a designated caregiver chosen by their parents / legal guardians. All accommodation offered by designated caregivers must be approved by the school, as required by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. An indemnity must be signed by parents giving the designated caregiver authority.
- With a school-approved homestay family.
- The school's complaints procedure for international students will be used to deal with grievances.
- The student and/or parents will provide academic, medical and other information that is relevant to the wellbeing and course placement of the student.
Parents must inform the school of their address, telephone numbers, fax number and e-mail address. The student and/or parents will advise the school of any change type of accommodation (eg. a change from living with parents to living with a designated caregiver) and any change in the contact details of the student and/or parents.
Our Curriculum Programme
We are focused on developing students who
- establish a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy
- have a depth of understanding in a broad range of learning areas that both cultivates wonder and equips them for application of that knowledge
- develop a repertoire of higher level thinking skills and dispositions
- develop effective social and cooperative skills
- develop attitudes, values and skills to pursue life long learning and prepare themselves for the world of tomorrow
- gain a strong sense of cultural identity, belonging, contribution and well-being
- are active participants in their own learning
- are able to take risks in a caring environment
- value the progress and development of their own skills, achievements and abilities
- are confident users of information and communication technology
- have happy and positive memories of their school experiences
- are encouraged to develop faith in God through Jesus, and character that reflects a respect for God, others and the environment
- begin to see themselves as agents of God's love in the world
Horizon School offers programmes in all areas of the New Zealand Curriculum, including
English (oral, written, reading, visual, and listening), Technology, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (history and geography), Music, Health, Visual Arts, Physical Education and Languages
In natural ways through the teaching of all subjects, we seek to help students to understand God’s love for the world and its people.
Details of the NZ curriculum can be found on the Ministry of Education’s website http://www.minedu.govt.nz
Our Orientation Programme
At Horizon School we care for our students and provide them with good support to ensure a happy and memorable stay.
The Principal and the Teacher Responsible for International Students are together primarily responsible for the orientation of the students and their on-going welfare within the school community. This will be done in close liaison with the classroom teacher.
The Orientation Programme will include
- On the first day he/she will be met by the school principal and administrator and shown to their classroom. All students will be mainstreamed immediately upon arrival with a small group withdrawn for further orientation, English testing, and teaching as required. Assistance with academic planning is given, if required.
- The classroom teacher will be responsible for ensuring the new student has a buddy group consisting of two or more other students whose role is to help the new student with daily routines, timetables, and activities during the breaks. He/She will also ensure the student knows where to find the sick bay, library, toilets etc.
- Orientation will include school layout, rules and regulations, counseling, support systems and resources available.
- The Principal will continue to monitor the student during the first few weeks while the student settles into the class and the school. The teacher will also be available for support of the students, the classroom teacher, and the parents/caregiver.
- Once the initial period is over, the Principal will continue to monitor the student and his/her progress through informal meetings, ESOL teaching times, and where necessary through formal meetings with the student, the classroom teacher, and/or the parents/caregiver.
- Translators will be made available where necessary. These may be another student or an adult, depending upon the situation and the requirements.
- Horizon School has an ‘Open Door’ policy. At any time students or parents may make an appointment to see the classroom teacher, or the Teacher Responsible for International Students to discuss any queries or concerns.
Horizon School requires that all international students live in one of the following types of accommodation.
- Students in Years 1-6 must live with their parents or legal guardians. (A legal guardian is someone who has full rights and responsibilities for the student, as approved by a Court of Law, following the death or other inability of the parents to provide proper care for the student. Proof of legal guardianship must be supplied.)
- Students in Years 7-8 may live with a designated caregiver chosen by their parents / legal guardians, subject to approval by the Ministry of Education. All accommodation and designated caregivers must be approved by the school, as required by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.
- An Indemnity Form must be signed by international parents stating that the designated caregivers are 'bona fide' relatives or close friends of the student's family. Should there be an emergency that the parents or caregiver must place the child into another home situation the school must have written documentation stating where the child is going and how long it will be for. Normal vetting practices will be followed and checks carried out.
- In a homestay only with the approval of the “Administrator”. All homestays must be approved by the school, as required by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students and application must be made to the “Administrator”.
- For all enquiries about accommodation, please contact the Principal on 09 425-6878 ph/fax or email: email@example.com.