International Students

TIMARU GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL provides accommodation in either Homestay accommodation or the school boarding hostel which is available for all students Year 9 – 13. Hostel students will be placed in homestays for the school holidays.

Private Accommodation

Timaru Girls' High School does not encourage students to live in accommodation that has not been approved by the school. If parents/guardians arrange their own accommodation they must:

a) supply the school with the full contact details

  • name
  • address
  • phone number – fax number
  • email
  • letter from the parents stating that they consent to this arrangement and that they take full responsibility for the placement

b) supply the school with the name and full contact details of the adult guardian in New Zealand who will take responsibility for the student.

c) sign a declaration stating that the school is not liable or responsible for any adverse effects to the students health, safety, education or well being arising from their accommodation arrangements.

d) accept that the homestay co‐ordinator will follow the same procedures in regard to the placement as for a school homestay placement, e.g., home visits, police vetting.

Homestay Co‐ordinator is: Mrs Sarah Shaw
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. inspects prospective homestay accommodation. ‐ interviews hosts and checks their references and supplies her telephone number to parents, students and homestay families so they can contact her at any time.

She attends international student meetings and is available to talk to students who may have issues or concerns. She makes regular visits to homestays and the hostel and makes every effort to ensure students are settled and happy. Mrs Shaw co‐ordinates and meets with the hostel staff and students
Homestay provides:
fully furnished rooms complete with individual study tables, all their meals and laundry,
Local telephone calls are free but national or international calls cannot be made unless the charges are reversed.
Internet use must be agreed between the student and the homestay parent.


It is a safe, comfortable, boarding house, located within the school grounds. It provides:

  • accommodation during the school term.
  • bedrooms, fully furnished with beds, desks, chairs, drawers and lowboy.
  • common rooms with television, snack and drink making facilities.
  • recreation room with piano practice rooms.
  • computer access.
  • laundry facilities for personal laundry.
  • access to school facilities such as swimming and library.
  • all meals, in the hostel dining room.
  • close supervision.
  • laundered linen.
  • free local calls but national or international calls cannot be made unless calls are reversed or a phone card used
  • pool, squash courts, computer rooms
  • interaction with New Zealand students

Hostel Handbook/Prospectus:
This is given to students on arrival. Students should read it carefully and ask the matron if they have any questions or concerns. Students will receive introductory assistance. A compulsory telephone call will be made to parents on arrival.

Hostel Boarding Fees:
The boarding fee is $305 per week.
The fees are paid to the school, to cover both holiday weeks in homestay and term weeks in the hostel.
Fees must be paid at least one term in advance, no later than four weeks before the student first arrives in New Zealand.

Homestay Fee:
Students are placed in homestay during the April, July and September school holidays and in long weekends when the hostel closes.
Homestay fees are $240 per week and will be paid to the homestay hosts by the school, from the fees paid in advance by the parents/guardians.

Refund of Hostel Boarding Fees:

If a student does not come to New Zealand, and the school is informed at least two weeks prior to the expected arrival, only an administration fee of $500 will be retained by the school. All other weekly boarding fees will be refunded.
If a student withdraws within two weeks of arrival two weeks board ($480) will be retained to compensate the hostel for inconvenience and costs incurred.
If a student withdraws from the hostel, once they have taken up residence, they must give three full weeks notice of their intention to leave, or make a payment of three weeks board in lieu ($915). All other weekly boarding fees will be refunded.

Moving from hostel boarding:
Students may not move from the hostel without prior permission.
Students wishing to move must discuss the issue with

  • the Matron/Manager
  • Director of international students
  • the School Principal

Issues about hostel boarding should be raised as soon as possible so they can be worked through or because it may take time to find a suitable host family.
Parents/guardians will be kept fully informed in regard to issues on any changes of accommodation.
The school does not permit students to move out of the hostel and into private accommodation (e.g. flatting) because it has not been found to be in the best interests of the student's education or welfare.
Parents/guardians wishing to change their daughter's accommodation must contact the school, as soon as possible.

  • Application for Accommodation
  • Hostel Boarding Contract
  • Medical Record
  • Travel and Leave Permission (required for each student)

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NZ Qualifcations

sidebar Qualifcations 2017Students who attend Timaru Girls' High School may work towards the following awards: Year 9, Year 10 All students follow a compulsory "core" consisting of English, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, Physical Education. There will also be some electives, differing from one school to another.

  • Year 11 National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA)

  • Year 12 National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA)

  • Year 13 National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) and University Entrance

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