All students are cared for through a comprehensive individual care system. The Director of International Students, Mr Kitchin, and Homestay Co-ordinator, Mrs Brebner, has special responsibility for the welfare of International Students. Orientation programmes assist students to settle in, make appropriate subject courses, and ensure students meet the goals of their stay.
Students are accommodated with homestay families in the local community. The Homestay Co-ordinator, Mrs Brebner, manages the placement and supervision of homestay families and is available to students at lunchtime. Homestay families are expected to treat their students as if they are part of their family.
Havelock North High School has excellent host families who provide a New Zealand home for our international students. We are always keen to accept applications from people who are interested in becoming host families.
Families who approach this experience with enthusiasm and an open mind find the experience very rewarding and begin relationships that can last a lifetime. Many of our host families have been to visit their ex-students overseas or have had international students return to New Zealand for special events in their lives.
Our host families include single parents, families, couples, and retirees. We welcome applications from anyone in the local area who speaks English in the home, has a spare furnished bedroom and has a desire to share their culture with an international student.
Before accepting a host family we are required to police vet anyone 18 or over in the house and visit the house to do an inspection. We must also visit the house during the year to ensure that it is still a suitable place for a student.
To become a host family, please email Mrs Sue Brebner, Homestay Co-ordinator; email@example.com
We ask our host families to:
All host families are provided with a guidebook when our Homestay Coordinator visits for the first time. The school works with host families to ensure a successful hosting experience.
153 Te Mata Rd, Havelock North 4130 (view map)
PO Box 8476, Havelock North
Phone: (06) 877 8129
Fax: (06) 877 4079