International Students


Kelburn Normal School is a community that reflects and celebrates the diverse beliefs and backgrounds of the individuals that make up our school community. We appreciate the opportunity to have International Students as members of our school community and recognise the richness that students from other countries add to our understanding of the world.

We offer International Students not only an excellent education, but also an opportunity to become a member of our school family. We are pleased to be able to offer International Students the opportunity to study in a caring, academic environment.

Kelburn Normal School has been offering excellent education to primary students for over 90 years - an old state primary school by New Zealand standards.

We have an outstanding academic record and are considered one of the top schools in Wellington. We offer our students quality facilities, excellent teaching staff and a wide range of extra curricular activities.

Education at Kelburn Normal is broad-based and information on the curriculum can be found on our curriculum page. In addition to the curriculum, students have many opportunities to pursue many other interests including different sport codes; a wide range of performing arts interests (voice, instrumental and composition); drama and dance.

We accept only limited numbers of International Students at any time. In this way we believe that we are able to offer our international students the additional support they may require, including the ‘New Zealand experience’ that many students say is a reason they have chosen to study abroad. 

For more information on Kelburn Normal School and any updates to this information please contact the Enrolment Officer with any further enquiries you may have.

Located in the beautiful capital city of New Zealand – Wellington – Kelburn Normal School is situated on a prime, sunny site, within short distance of the city, Victoria University of Wellington, and the Botanical Gardens.

We welcome international students at all year levels. Our policy is that international students make up a maximum of 3 students for any one class of the school’s roll. Students under the age of 11 years must live with their parents except those enrolled at the Samuel Language Academy. Students aged 11-13, not living with their parents, must live with a designated caregiver, in a homestay, or be staying at the Samuel Language Academy. The school enrolment form for international students must be signed by the student’s parents, or the designated caregiver if applicable.

The school operates during the standard New Zealand school terms, starting from early February through to mid-December each year. There are four terms in a school year. Short term international students are also welcome to enrol at Kelburn Normal School. All international students are offered extra English as a Second Language (ESOL) support. The Principal is the Director of International Education. The school also has a dedicated supervisor of international students.

Tuition Fees Under Code of Practice

The tuition fee is $12,000+GST per year; this includes the Ministry of Education levy (agency fees are charged separately). This fee also includes stationery, day trips, and a KNS-branded uniform item. Students do not wear a uniform.

In addition to the tutition fee there is a one off non refundable $350 administration fee for all enrolment applications.


Kelburn Normal School is approved as a signatory to accept Years 7 and 8 International students to live without a parent. This means the student can live with a Designated Caregiver (DCG) or in the Samuel Language Academy licensed hostel. (Section 17.4 of the Code)

Kelburn Normal School has an established support infrastructure for accommodation providers that supplies them with advice and information on best practice so they can provide high quality residential services to international students.

Pastoral Care

Kelburn Normal School promotes the welfare of international students in accordance with the Ministry of Education’s “Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students”

A copy of a translated summary of the Code of Practice is provided in the marketing pack.  For further information about the Code go to

Communication with Parents

Kelburn Normal School will communicate regularly with parents of international students via telephone, fax, and/or email (in English) and report on:

  • social and emotional development
  • English language learning progress
  • academic progress (via the Kelburn Normal School Report which is sent home to all parents twice yearly)

Parents are encouraged to contact Kelburn Normal School with questions and concerns at any time:


  (International Student Co-ordinator

Tel:     64 4 4759351

Fax:     64 4 4756288

After Hours Cell phone: 027 519 0801


All new students participate in an intensive orientation programme, in the beginning weeks of school.

Orientation covers:

  • Familiarisation with the school layout, systems and resources
  • School rules, procedures, counselling and support systems
  • Getting to know the staff
  • Curriculum and timetable information
  • How to talk to other students and make friends
  • On-going orientation includes familiarisation with NZ laws, culture and learning
  • Orientation handbook is provided

Student Behaviour

As part of the enrolment process, international students will sign a tuition agreement which outlines the school’s obligations and the applicant’s obligations.

Further information on Kelburn Normal School’s expectations for student’s behaviour can be found in the “Kelburn Kids Can” brochure.


Initial assessments, in English language ability, are completed by the ESOL teacher in the first 2-3 weeks of school.  Reports that highlight areas of strengths and language learning needs are passed to classroom teachers.

Ongoing assessment continues over the term by both the ESOL teacher and the classroom teacher.

Assessment covers competence in listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar.

After 4 weeks at school the classroom teacher will report on the emotional and social development of the student:

  • How are they settling in to school
  • Have they made friends?
  • How is their behaviour?
  • Are they participating in class activities?
  • A summary of assessment results will be e-mailed to parents.

    Class Placement
  • International students study with New Zealand students in mainstream classrooms.
  • New students are placed in age appropriate class levels and participate fully in classroom programmes.
  • Classroom teachers are trained to incorporate and support the ESOL student in the mainstream classroom.
  • International students will leave the classroom, for periods of 45 to 60 minutes, at least 3 times a week, to receive specialised ESOL tuition in a small group.
  • ESOL tuition is designed to meet individual language learning needs and ensure the student is able to keep up with mainstream classroom workloads.


Kelburn Normal School’s curriculum is based on the New Zealand National Curriculum sourced from the Ministry of Education.  All staff involved in curriculum delivery (educational programmes), are appropriately trained professional teachers registered with the New Zealand Teachers’ Council.

Farewell for departing students

  • Final English language assessments will be completed by the ESOL teacher.
  • All international students are farewelled in front of the whole school at school assembly.  Speeches are given by the classroom teacher and the principal.  Students receive an official Kelburn Normal School Leaving Certificate.
  • Homeroom classes may choose to have a class party in the form of a shared lunch for leaving students.
  • In ESOL class students can choose to have a small party, or plan and participate in an interactive activity like making pizza or kim bab, invite NZ friends to ESOL class to play language games, or go on a short field trip.  The students themselves are involved in planning and implementing the activity.


Immigration: “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

International Student Enrolment Information

How to enrol at Kelburn Normal School

Please read the Enrolment information. Complete the application form (translated into English). Please send as much information as possible. Click here for a copy of the enrolment form. English Language Entry Requirements

International students who do not have English as their first language are welcome to enrol at Kelburn Normal School. International students are placed in mainstream classes, alongside New Zealand students. Their learning is supported by a specialist English language teacher who provides extra English tuition. The New Zealand school year is divided into 4 terms, starting the beginning of February and finishing mid December.

Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students

Kelburn Normal 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 the school or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at

Health and Travel Insurance

School fees do not include medical costs. International students must have appropriate and current health and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand and for travel to and from New Zealand. Students must provide evidence of their medical and travel insurance. A record of the type of cover the student has will be recorded on entry and kept by the school.

Eligibility for Health Services

Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at Accident Insurance.

The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at

Kelburn Normal School Fact Sheet