This guide will help with questions you will have regarding your child attending St Mark’s Church School as an International student.

St Mark’s Church School is required under the Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students to provide information to students and their families. A link to the Code can be found below:

In summary, this Code sets the standards for educational providers in New Zealand to ensure that:

  • Professional standards are met
  • The recruitment of International Students is undertaken in an ethical and responsible manner
  • Information provided to International Students is comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date
  • Students are provided with this information prior to starting at St Mark’s Church School
  • The individual needs of International Students are recognised by the school
  • Students and their families have full awareness of the process when there is a grievance or complaint

This guide covers the process of enroling a child at St Mark’s Church School, orientation to Wellington and New Zealand as a whole, what will be avilable to your child as an International Student, and other valuable information.

Our Director of Admissions, Mrs Kate O’Brien is available to answer questions you may have regarding enroling your child.


An international student is defined as ‘a student possessing a New Zealand Student Visa or Student Permit but who is resident of another country, is from a different cultural and linguistic background to that of a New Zealander, and is in New Zealand for study purposes’.

Full details on how to apply for a visa or study permit are available from Immigration New Zealand and can be viewed on their website:

It should be noted that St Mark’s Church School cannot give advice or guidance regarding immigration for students.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

St Mark’s supports those children for whom English is a second or another language. Through collaboration with the class teacher and by ensuring cooperation within the class programme, the domestic ESOL teacher seeks to offer a programme which is advantageous to the student.

ESOL caters to students with little or no English and those with little control of English, and also those with a reasonable command of the language but with embedded errors.