International Students

Torbay School prides itself on offering International Students a comprehensive experience.

Torbay School is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students and all agents and Foreign Fee Paying students must abide the Code to be enrolled at our school.

Below you will find details about the Code of Practice and links to the relevant organisations that can assist you. Copies of the Code are available from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at

The process for enrolling Foreign Fee Paying students is as follows:

  • Before commencement of a full enrolment an International Inquiry Information form must be completed and submitted to the school. Email to
  • Once it has been determined that there is a place available for the student, the school will issue the full Torbay School Enrolment Form.
  • From these details an invoice is raised and upon payment of the invoice an offer of place will be issued.

Cost of Tuition

The Board of Trustees has set the International Student fee as follows:


For a full year the fee will be: NZ $11,500.00 + GST

Plus an Administration Fee of: NZ$330.00 + GST

Total: NZ$11,830.00 + GST


For a full year the fee will be: NZ $11,500.00 + GST

For 1 Term: $3,200 + GST

For 2 Terms: $6,200 + GST

For 3 Terms: $9,000 + GST

Short Term: $350+GST /week with a minimum fee of $1,400+ GST

Plus an Administration Fee of: NZ$330.00 + GST

This fee does not include:

Camp, EOTC and Waterwise, or the school uniform, which is available from Janbells Ltd, Mairangi Bay.

 Any activities not included as part of the curriculum will attract an additional cost.


Both student and parent/s must have current visas that entitle them to reside in NZ.  

You are required to notify the school immediately of any changes in your circumstances:

  • Contact details – email address; home phone number; cell phone number

  • Home address – if you move property

  • Immigration status

Further information regarding rights to employment and studying in New Zealand is available through New Zealand Immigration Service at


All Foreign Fee Paying students and their families must have current Medical and Travel Insurance and the school must have a copy of the policies on file.

Student Learning

Classrooms in the School are a combination of a single cell nature (1 teacher to 1 class) and FLE’s (Flexible Learning Environments).
Class programmes are designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum Guidelines which all New Zealand schools are required to follow. This includes instruction in the seven essential learning areas: English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Arts, Technology and Health & Physical Education.


In keeping with government legislation Torbay School will only enrol students who are living with a parent(s) for the duration of their enrolment at our school. This will also be a condition attached to the Student Visa issued by Immigration.


Torbay School does offer Homestay accommodation to International Families. If you would like to know more about this contact our International Director

Responsibility for Residential Caregivers

The residential caregiver must immediately inform the School of the following:

  • Any accident or illness involving students.

  • Any accident or illness involving other household members, which may effect students.

  • Any unexplained behaviour or changes in behaviour.

  • Change of address.

  • If a student leaves without prior notification from the school.


  • Students will be given an orientation on their first day of school. Orientation will include:
  • An introduction to the classroom teacher, the Principal or Deputy Principal.
  • An introduction to key Administrative staff and International Student liaison personnel.
  • Orientation to the school including the location of the health room and the toilets, where to hang school bags and where to eat lunch.
  • Introduction to the students’ New Zealand classroom.
  • Advice on school activities, including sports and music.

Special features

  • Students are mainstreamed in our general classes
  • Specialised English support programmes are provided by a trained ESOL staff
  • Support meetings for parents in your home language
  • Inclusive welcoming learning environments

A copy of our full prospectus, with a summary Code of Practise can be found here or should  you require further information or wish to apply for enrolment, please contact us .

We look forward to welcoming you to our school and community.