International Students

Helpful information for parents of international students

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

Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students

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

In summary, this Code sets the standards for education 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


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.