International Student

To download our 2017 International Student Information click here

Welcome to Queenstown Primary School

Thank you for enquiring about our International Student Programme. Queenstown Primary School delivers a high quality, balanced education and is focussed on developing well-rounded, capable students who are life long learners.

The New Zealand Curriculum specifies 8 learning areas: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Learning Languages, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Social Sciences and Technology. Queenstown Primary School is committed to providing programmes and initiatives to both support and challenge our students. We recognise children’s diverse abilities, interests and ethnicity and aim to provide a wide-ranging programme that will meet all of their needs.

We believe that for schools to be successful, there must be a strong and dynamic partnership between family, school and the community.  We provide an inclusive culture and welcome families from all over the world.

  • If you would like to know more about Queenstown Primary School, information is available on the school website.
  • If you would like to know more about the New Zealand Curriculum, information is available on the Ministry of Education website. 

Facilities at school include:

  • Well resourced Library
  • 3 separate playground areas within the school
  • Extensive, well maintained school fields
  • School Hall and Multi Purpose Room
  • Music Room
  • Swimming Pool for junior classes
  • Wide range of ICT equipment available for classroom use (Apple Mac and PC based)
  • Wireless network throughout the whole school
  • Dedicated technology and science classrooms for Year 7/8

Extra Curricular features of the school:

  • Student Leaders
  • Student Librarians
  • House Groups and House Leaders

  • Enviro Group
  • QPS News
  • Tecki Experts
Kapa Haka Group

  • PALs
Rock Band

  • Peer Mediators

  • Winter programmes (Skiing, Snowboarding, Ice Skating)

  • Outdoor Education

  • Various sporting activities and school sports teams

Programmes and Support:

  • English as a second language (ELL) learning support programmes 
  • Gifted and Talented programme
  • Extensive Learning Support programmes
  • Reading Recovery
  • Specialist Physical Education (PE) teacher for all year groups
  • Specialist Science and Technology teachers (Year 7 & 8)
  • Swimming programme
  • Life Education programme
  • Perceptual Motor programme (PMP)
  • Outdoor Education Week (Term 4)
  • School camps

Prime Condition of Enrolment

Queenstown Primary School requires that all international students live with their parents for the duration of their stay.

Application Process

  1. Complete the International Student Application for Enrolment form.

  2. Send the completed enrolment form to Queenstown Primary School.

    • One enrolment form per student.

    • Include a copy of student’s passport.

    • Include a copy of parent’s passport.
  3. On receiving these documents Queenstown Primary School will issue you with an invoice for International Fees.
  4. Once the fees have been paid, a Receipt and Offer of Placement will be issued. You will then be able to apply for a student visa.
  5. Send a copy of both the student visa and the medical insurance documentation to Queenstown Primary School.
  6. Enrolment will be confirmed by email. An introductory appointment will be made for you to meet with the Principal and the International Student Coordinator on your arrival in Queenstown.

Fees and Associated Costs 

Tuition Fees (payable in advance)

NZ $330.00 (inclusive of GST) per week, of which $33.00 per week is non-refundable.

  • This fee covers classroom tuition, textbooks on loan and ELL (English Language Learning) if required.
  • Tuition fees will be paid in full before enrolment, or before enrolment is renewed (whichever applies).

Additional Compulsory Costs

There are other additional compulsory costs to cover compulsory activities such as class trips, swimming lessons, winter programmes, outdoor education programmes and school camps. These costs will vary according to the year group the student is in. All additional compulsory costs need to be paid prior to commencement of the school activity.  

School Uniform

Queenstown Primary School has a compulsory school uniform. Should the student be attending for more than one term, the purchase of this uniform will be an additional compulsory cost.  If the student is attending for less than one term, a loan uniform is available for the duration of attendance. 


General Information 

Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students

Queenstown Primary 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 or you can access this document from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website.

Eligibility for Health Services

International students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand unless they are:

  • A resident or citizen of Australia; or
  • A national of the United Kingdom in New Zealand; or
  • Is the holder of a temporary permit that is valid for two years or more

If you do not belong to one of these categories and you receive medical treatment during your visit, you will be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to public-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

Medical and Travel Insurance

International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand. This policy must cover the student for the entire duration of the planned period of study.


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

Grievance Procedures

If a student has any if the following problems at Queenstown Primary School:

  • Problems with subjects or teachers
  • Problems with school friends
  • Homestay problems

they should make an appointment to see the International Group Coordinator.

If they are still unhappy they should see their first language support person.

If they still feel their problems have not been resolved, they may contact the International Education Appeal Authority, whose address is:

International Education Appeal Authority
C/ Ministry of Education
PO Box 1666
Wellington, New Zealand

The student must be able to show that they have tried to get the school to act before they contact them. The Authority will consult the school to see if anything can be done to help the student.

If the student does have a problem they should ask for help while it is still a little problem. They should not wait for it to become a big problem. If they are not confident that their English is good enough they can always bring a friend who has better English, or their first language support person.

Conditions of Acceptance 

  • For the duration of their enrolment, all international students must have proof of valid student visa and have proof of travel and medical insurance.
  • Students must observe the conditions of their visa. If a student breaks the terms of the visa, Queenstown Primary School has an obligation to report this to New Zealand Immigration Service.
  • The student and/or parents will provide academic, medical and other information that is relevant to the wellbeing and course placement of the student. 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.
  • Students and parents must accept and abide by the school guidelines regarding behaviour and conduct that apply to all students.
  • Students must observe the laws of New Zealand.
  • Parents must inform the school of their address, telephone number, fax number and email address (whichever applies) and will advise the school of any changes with these throughout the duration of the study period.

Student Withdrawal – Student Termination 

If a student chooses to withdraw, Queenstown Primary School must be notified in writing by the parents prior to the student’s last day, giving the date of the final day of attendance and the reason for leaving. 

Queenstown Primary School may terminate the agreement in the following circumstances:

  • The student ceases to live with his/her parents.
  • False documentation.
  • Fees not paid in advance.
  • Expiry of required immigration status.
  • Breach of school guidelines for behaviour, conduct or attendance.

For any student withdrawal or termination, Queenstown Primary School will notify Immigration Service. The Refund Procedure for International Students shall apply.

Refund Conditions and Procedures

If a student withdraws from his/her course of study, he/she may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees. The following procedures and guidelines would apply:

  • Parents must apply in writing to the Principal setting out the special circumstances of the claim within one month of the last day of attendance.
  • If you are eligible for a refund, fees will be refunded less $33.00 per week for the duration of confirmed enrolment.
  • Additional compulsory costs that have been paid for in advance will be refunded in full.
  • If an international fee-paying family gains their residency or a work permit during the course of study, you will be be eligible for free education in New Zealand and will be eligible for a refund of the unused portion of the prepaid fees. Residency or work visa documentation must be provided within 14 days of it being granted.

Queenstown Primary School will make no refund:

  • When a student has been terminated.
  • Where a student returns home for any reason other than serious illness or death of a close family member.
  • When a family decides to take a holiday during term time.

In any dispute regarding the above, the decision of Queenstown Primary School is final.


Term dates for 2016:

Term 1 1 February - 15 April
Term 2 2 May - 8 July
Term 3 25 July - 23 September
Term 4 10 October - 16 December (TBC)

Code of Practice Information:

Queenstown Primary School has an ‘open door’ policy for all students and families.
If you have any queries or concerns at any time throughout the duration of your stay, please talk to the classroom teacher or the International Students Coordinator.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Contact Details:
20 Robins Road, Queenstown
Phone (03) 442 9120 Fax (03) 442 9543, email :