Westlake Boys High School

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Living arrangements for International Students

At Westlake Boys High School, our students may live with one of the following:

Parent

Some parents accompany their children to New Zealand. If students are living with a parent, then the parent has full responsibility for the pastoral care of the student outside school hours.

Designated Caregiver (DCG)

A Designated Caregiver is a person / family that the student’s parents have chosen to take care of their child while they are in New Zealand. The parents take full responsibility and accept the decisions made by their DCG about the day-to-day requirements of their child. Even though the parents have chosen this family, the school has a responsibility to check that the home is suitable for the student and approve the accommodation arrangement.

Homestay

Most of our international students live with a host family while they are in New Zealand. All homestays are carefully selected by our Homestay Manager.   We understand how important it is for the relationship between each student and the family to work well. Students’ needs and requests are always considered when making placements, to ensure they are placed in a family environment which works best for them.  We have wonderful host families, who give each student the chance to experience the Kiwi way of life, as part of a caring family, and help them to develop their language skills.  

Full board (breakfast, lunch, after-school snack and dinner) is provided by our homestay families.  All our homestays are within walking distance or a short bus ride from the school. Each student will have their own room and there is Wi-Fi in all our homestay accommodation. 

Every member of the home, over the age of eighteen years, is required to have a police check and we visit each home regularly to ensure that our standards are met.

Students may NOT live alone, or in accommodation shared with friends, even if they are over 18.

Are you a local family who would like to host an International Student?

Have you ever considered hosting an international student?  

Hosting a student is a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to enjoy learning about another culture. Opening your home to a student will benefit them enormously and we know that you and your family will also be enriched by the hosting experience.                   

Hosting can be for a short-term visit of a few weeks, or longer: one term, two terms or full academic year periods.

Families are reimbursed $320.00 per week for students under 14 years and $300.00 per week for students over this age.                       

 

What kind of families are we looking for?

We are looking for families who will provide a warm, welcoming, safe, positive and healthy home environment for our students.   

We want our students to feel supported and integrated into your family’s life.

We are seeking a place that our students can call their “home away from home”.


Interested in learning how you can support our international students as a host family?

Please read our Homestay Guidelines to learn more about this role, or call our International Director:  Julia McGahan, Phone: 09 410 8667 ext 5764