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Hutt Valley
High School

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                             Hutt Valley High School has been at the centre of the Hutt
                                                                                                                                            SCHOOL OVERVIEW
                             Valley since 1926. Established on what was once a market                          Hutt Valley
                             garden site and adjacent to the harbour area, the school                                                       Hutt Valley High School is the largest secondary school in the
                                                                                                               High School                  Wellington region and is able to offer a wide range of subjects,
                             enjoys living the values implied by sustenance and security,
                             and honours the Te Ati Awa kawa embracing the area where                                                       including specialist classes taught by specialist teachers. The
                             we live. Our school values are “we are welcoming; we are kind;                                                 pursuit of excellence is reflected in the school’s continued
                             we persevere; we achieve”. These apparently simple statements                                                  success in local and national scholarships and awards and
                             reflect who we are. We are a diverse population - much                                                         we also take pride in the range of sporting and cultural
                             like New Zealand itself - and we celebrate our differences,                                                    opportunities offered to our students. Our goal is to produce
                             believing that we have nothing to fear from those who are
                                                                                                               MISSION STATEMENT            creative, well-qualified, confident and engaged students who
                             different from us and a great deal to learn.                                                                   understand the rights and responsibilities of good citizenship in
                                                                                                               TIROHANGA WHĀNAU             a modern society.
                             As a large school, we enjoy the ability to offer a broad range of
                             experiences inside and outside the classroom. Our curriculum
                             offerings include courses we have developed as a part of our                      Working together to          FACILITIES
                             learning philosophy which centres on student choice and                           prepare our students for     The school is a wireless campus, with free Wifi and data
                             on shaping the school to fit the student, not squashing the
                                                                                                               their future.                projectors in all classrooms, plus a wide range of facilities
                             student into a school-shaped box. That means our students
                                                                                                                                            including a library and information centre, modern computer
                             are at the heart of our systems. That places a responsibility on
                                                                                                                                            suites, three gymnasiums, school marae, year 13 common
                             them to work to achieve personal goals and to develop ways
                                                                                                                                            room, student centre, recording studio, science laboratories,
                             to deal with hardship and difficulty when they arise, so that                     To provide a safe,           careers library, canteen, medical facilities, modern art block
                             perseverance is part of their approach to life. When coupled
                             to clear goals and choices that are right for each individual,
                                                                                                               supportive and inclusive     with dedicated computer design facilities, modern dance and
                                                                                                                                            drama facilities and a horticultural unit.
“...we are welcoming; we     real achievement flows from a learning process that builds and                    place that builds
                             continues through and beyond school.
are kind; we preserve; we                                                                                      confidence and resilience.
achieve”.                    An education, we believe, is a great deal more than academic
                             grades, as important as they are. Our sporting programme                                                       The school has many distinguished alumni, including
                             is extensive, with over 1000 students in regular inter-school                     To inspire our students to   Commonwealth Games Gold and Olympic Silver medallist
                             teams, ranging from the purely social player to our 24 New                        discover their passion and   Nick Willis and Nobel Prize winner Professor Alan MacDiarmid.
“…our learning               Zealand sporting representatives. The breadth of offering in                                                   Professor MacDiarmid and his colleagues received the Nobel
philosophy centres on        clubs, societies and events is similarly large, and the school                    flourish in the world.       Prize for Chemistry in 2000, for their work on conductive
                             enjoys a particular strength in the performing arts. Whatever a                                                polymers. The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials
shaping the school to fit    student’s aptitudes, there will be an opportunity here to further                                              and Nanotechnology is a NZ Centre of Research Excellence,
the student, not squashing   existing interests and to develop new ones. We enjoy seeing                                                    located at Victoria University of Wellington and is named after
                             our past students at the heart of our community going about                                                    Professor MacDiarmid.
the student into a
                             the business of contributing to a modern New Zealand that is                                         
school-shaped box…”          vibrant, exciting and rewarding to each of us as human beings.
                             We are a school that sees itself as a microcosm of our country,
                             and one that celebrates the positive in humanity. That’s who
                             we are; Hutt Valley High School.

                             Ross Sinclair, Principal

                             Cover image - Back row from left: Hannah Stegenwallner (Germany),
                             Mario Sahid Giorgis (Brazil), Chanbopha Vat (Cambodia), Sachi Handa (Japan)
                             Middle Row: Corrine Xie (China), Parth Pal (India), Seo Young Mun (South Korea)
                             Front: Bee Nguyen (Vietnam)
                             Photography - (cover and profiles): Katy Cao (Vietnam), Year 12 HVHS student.
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International at HVHS

Hutt Valley High School has hosted international students
for over 20 years. During this time the school has gained
a reputation for providing an excellent environment for
international students to gain qualifications and have a
memorable student experience. Annually, HVHS welcomes
approximately 100 international students from 16 countries.

International students at HVHS have the opportunity to study
in the NCEA programme (National Curriculum of Educational
Achievement) or as a shorter term Study Abroad student.
Irrespective of what study programme students decide, they
have the same freedom of choice in their course selections as
any other student at school.

During the year, international students are able to attend some
memorable events, starting with the International Orientation
Camp in term one. Orientation camp is an opportunity for our
international students to get to know each other and staff
from the international office. Throughout the year students can
also attend a range of events culminating with the school ball
in term three.

In term four, there is a special programme for international
students who are not doing NCEA examinations. During the
month of November, the international office organises a
range of classroom activities, day and overnight trips, outdoor
education and community related activities, which provides
international students with a month of learning, fun and the
opportunity to have some unique experiences.

Hutt Valley High School is a uniform school and has wifi
available on campus. Students are encouraged to bring their
own laptops or chrome books to use in classes.

Term One: February – April
Term Two: April – July
Term Three: July – September
Term Four: October – December
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Lower Hutt,
Wellington, NZ
Hutt Valley High School is located in Lower Hutt, Wellington. The
greater Wellington City area provides an outstanding lifestyle
and environment and in 2017 and 2018 Wellington was ranked by
Deutsche Bank as the best city in the world to live in.

Lower Hutt is part of the Wellington metropolitan area and is
only 10 minutes by car from downtown Wellington. The city has a
population of 106,000 and is centrally located in the Hutt Valley,
which is dominated by the meandering Hutt River and densely
forested hills on the eastern and western flanks of the valley.

“In 2017 and 2018 Deutsche Bank
named Wellington at the top of a list
of 50 cities with the best quality of life”

Lower Hutt offers an enviable lifestyle, with beaches, rivers,
mountains and forests providing opportunities for adventure
activities such as fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, surfing and
hiking within minutes of the city centre. The city centre also has
many parks and recreational facilities such as swimming pools
and sports fields, plus art galleries, restaurants, cafes, museums,
community spaces and performing arts venues.
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English Language
                                                                                                          Hutt Valley High School
Hutt Valley High School is a leader in providing high quality                                             English Language Classes
English Language programmes, taught by highly qualified,
experienced staff. Students can enrol in as many as three
English Language classes as a part of their academic                  English Language Programme
pathway. All students have an English Language placement
                                                                      The programme is divided into three streams, Academic English (ELAC), General English
test during their enrolment and orientation.
                                                                      (ELAN) and Foundation (ELAF).
The junior programme aims at extending students’ English
language skills for social and academic purposes, with
                                                                      Academic English Language Classes              Foundation English Language Class
speaking, reading, writing and listening skills assessed               • Higher level NCEA classes                   This is an entry-level class with a focus on
throughout the year.                                                   • 4 hours per week                            basic language skills and vocabulary
                                                                       • Focus on achieving NCEA credits              • 8 hours per week
The senior programme offers English Language NCEA credits
                                                                                                                      • Focus on gaining entry to General English
at Level 1, 2 and 3 and supports students with academic study         General English Language Classes
as well as developing their literacy skills.
                                                                       • Focus on learning and improving English
                                                                         language skills
                                                                       • 4 hours per week
“Hutt Valley High School is a leader                                   • NCEA credits can be offered when
in providing high quality English                                        students are ready
Language programmes, taught by
                                                                                                                                13 ELAC
highly qualified, experienced staff”                                                                                            NCEA L3

In the English Language department we have two teachers
and three support staff. We focus on improving English
language through teaching about New Zealand life and
culture. There are several English Language classes at all levels
of proficiency from beginner to advanced. We also offer an
English Language NCEA programme for students who want                                                      12 ELAC
to gain entry to a New Zealand university. Help is available to                                            NCEA L2
support students with their English in other curriculum classes
such as Science or Geography.                                                                              12 ELAN

                                                                                       11 ELAC
                                                                                       NCEA L1

                                                                                       11 ELAN

                                                                    9/10 ELAN

                                                                                                                          Whāia te iti kahurangi
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CORRINE XIE                                                                                                             BEE NGUYEN
AGE: 18 | CITY AND COUNTRY: Hang Zhou, China | STUDY PROGRAMME: NCEA L3 (Yr 13)                                         AGE: 17 | CITY AND COUNTRY: Hanoi, Vietnam | STUDY PROGRAMME: NCEA L3 (Yr 13)
INTERESTS AND HOBBIES: Traditional Chinese drawing, photography and cooking                                             INTERESTS AND HOBBIES: Football, movies, alternative Vietnamese indy bands, making short films
FAVOURITE FOOD: Chinese | FUTURE PLANS: Study at University of Auckland.                                                FAVOURITE FOOD: Vietnamese food, anything that is going | FUTURE PLANS: Study at Victoria University of
                                                                                                                        Wellington, overseas travel, film maker.

My parents and I discussed the idea of me studying          School life here is quite different to China, with the      I have a family connection here in Lower Hutt, so        As an international student, I feel welcome and
abroad, and they were very keen on NZ as it is a            classroom more relaxed and the opportunity to do            when we discussed the possibility of me studying         connected with all students. I also have a good circle
safe country. When I first started at HVHS, I had the       internal assessments. In China there is a lot of pressure   abroad it was quite an easy decision. My parents also    of Vietnamese friends, so that is also very good. When
opportunity to go on some unique school trips, such as      and a big emphasis on memorizing information. One           thought that the NZ environment would give me some       I want Vietnamese food it is easy to find, but generally I
outdoor education and doing the Tongariro Crossing.         thing I love about being at HVHS is the relationships I     independence and opportunity to achieve some good        enjoy all food.
This was the first time I had such an experience and I      have developed, and the opportunity to indulge in my        results at school.
really enjoyed it.                                          hobby of photography. Overall I feel very welcome at
                                                            HVHS and have many international and kiwi friends.          My study programme here at HVHS is very interesting
Home life is also really great, as I am not far away from                                                               and I really enjoy PE and Economics. The classroom
school and lucky to live with a host family who are                                                                     culture is very different to Vietnam, as school there
partly Chinese, so I get to eat Chinese food every day.                                                                 has very strict entrance tests and a lot of homework.
                                                                                                                        I have found studying here has given me a lot of new
                                                                                                                        knowledge and perspectives and I have found the NZ
                                                                                                                        way of life quite easy going and open minded.
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                                                                                                       Curriculum Flowchart 2020
Academic Programmes                                                     Year 9                         Year 10                         Year 11                     Year 12                     Year 13
                                                                                                                                       NCEA Level 1                NCEA Level 2                NCEA Level 3

                                                                        English1                       English1                        English1 or                 English                     English
OVERVIEW                                                                                                                               English Modified            English Modified
Hutt Valley High school teaches the New Zealand national high                                                                          Media Studies               Media Studies               Media Studies
                                                                                                                                                                   Te Awakairangi              Te Awakairangi
school qualification-NCEA (National Certificate of Educational
Achievement), from year 9-13. NCEA is a direct pathway into             Mathematics1                   Mathematics1                    Pāngarau Waenganui1 or      Pāngarau Waenganui          Calculus
tertiary studies and is recognised worldwide. Students can enrol                                                                       Numeracy (Mathematics)                                  Mathematics with Statistics
in programmes with a duration of one-term to one-year, or                                                                                                                                      Statistics and Probability
longer. The school year has four terms, starting at the beginning
                                                                        Science1                       Science1                        Science                     Biology                     Biology
of February, beginning of May, late July and mid-October.
                                                                                                                                       Science Internal            Chemistry                   Chemistry
Students have a large range of subjects to choose from.                                                                                                            Physics                     Physics
                                                                                                                                                                   Electronics                 Electronics
                                                                                                                                                                   Senior Horticulture         Senior Horticulture
                                                                        Social Studies1                Social Studies1                 History                     History                     History
The NCEA programme is for students who want to complete                                                                                Geography                   Geography                   Geography
the national curriculum in New Zealand. Successful completion                                                                          Classical Studies           Classical Studies           Classical Studies
of NCEA at level 3 gives students direct entry to all New                                                                                                          Tourism                     Tourism
Zealand universities and tertiary institutions. Each student
                                                                                                                                       Economics                   Economics                   Economics
has an individual programme set up by the academic dean,
                                                                                                                                       Accounting                  Accounting                  Accounting
and depending on the year (i.e. year 11, 12, 13) students will be
                                                                                                                                       Business Studies            Business Studies            Business Studies
able to choose between a range of compulsory subjects and
optional subjects. Hutt Valley High School provides support             Physical Education & Health1   Physical Education & Health1    Physical Education          Physical Education          Physical Education
for all students seeking pathways into university and tertiary                                         Sport
                                                                        Art                            Art                             Art                         Art Painting                Art Painting
                                                                                                                                       Art with Photography &      Art Design                  Art Design
                                                                                                                                       Design                      Art Photography             Art Photography
STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMME                                                                                                                                                                         Art History
Studying abroad for 1-2 terms, or up to one year, is a great way        Dance                          Dance                           Dance                       Dance                       Dance
to add an extra dimension to your high school qualification.            Design and Visual              Design and Visual               Design and Visual           Design and Visual           Design and Visual
Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to try subjects that          Communication                  Communication                   Communication               Communication               Communication
you may not be able to take in your home country. In addition           Drama                          Drama                           Drama                       Drama                       Drama
to this, it is a great way to make new friends, travel abroad and
                                                                        Music                          Music                           Music                       Music                       Music
expand your cultural horizons by taking advantage of the vast                                                                          Music Performance           Music Performance
co-curricular sports and cultural programme available at                                                                                                           Māori Performing Arts
Hutt Valley High School.
                                                                        Digital Technology             Digital Technology              Digital Technology          Digital Technology          Digital Technology
                                                                                                                                                                   Computer Science            Computer Science
                                                                        Product Design Technology      Product Design Technology       Product Design Technology   Product Design Technology   Product Design Technology
                                                                                                                                       Furniture ITO               Furniture ITO               Furniture ITO
                                                                                                                                       Mechanical Engineering      Mechanical Engineering

                                                                        French                         French                          French                      French                      French
                                                                        Japanese                       Japanese                        Japanese                    Japanese                    Japanese
                                                                        Spanish                        Spanish                         Spanish                     Spanish                     Spanish
                                                                        Te Reo Māori                   Te Reo Māori                    Te Reo Māori                Te Reo Māori                Te Reo Māori
                                                                        English Language               English Language                English Language            English Language            English Language
                                                                                                                                       English Language Academic   English Language Academic   English Language Academic

                                                                                                                                       Employment Ready            Employment Ready            Employment Ready
                                                                                                                                                                   Gateway                     Gateway
                                                                                                       Food                            Food                        Hospitality                 Hospitality
                                                                                                                                       Tikanga                     Tikanga                     Tikanga
                                                                        Literacy Support               Literacy Support
                                                                        Numeracy Support

                                                                     = Compulsory
                                                                    Staffing and other forward planning may result in changes to the subjects scheduled above.
                                                                    For more detailed information, see
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The Hutt Valley High School sport programme offers a great
opportunity for students to be inspired and supported in their
pursuit of personal excellence and wellbeing and at the same
time have fun through physical activity. In order to provide a
full sports programme, HVHS has a sports department which
manages the provision of all major codes as well as whole
school sports events, school exchanges and representative


Athletics, Cricket, Cross Country, Dragon Boating, Futsal, Golf,
Ki-o-rahi, Lawn Bowls, Sailing, Archery, Softball, Tennis, Touch
Rugby, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Waka Ama, Triathlon.

Badminton, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby Union,
Table Tennis, Rugby League, Underwater Hockey, Waterpolo,
Skiing, Snowboarding.

Squash, multisport, AFL, Equestrian, Fencing, Gymnastics,
                                                                   HANNAH STEGENWALLNER
Cycling, Mountain Biking, Rowing, Swimming, Orienteering,          AGE: 17 | CITY AND COUNTRY: Berlin, Germany | STUDY PROGRAMME: 1 year study abroad (Yr 13)
Handball, Taekwondo.                                               INTERESTS AND HOBBIES: Athletics, cross-country running, skiing, hanging out with friends
                                                                   FAVOURITE FOOD: Pasta | FUTURE PLANS: Finish school in Germany.

                                                                   I have always been interested in experiencing a new         I have really enjoyed being at school here, as I feel
                                                                   way of living, so I discussed going on a study abroad       comfortable in my classes and do not feel so much
                                                                   programme with my parents. They were really supportive      pressure, compared to being at school in Germany. I
                                                                   and encouraged me to have an overseas experience,           have felt free to express my opinions in classes here and
                                                                   improve my English and have some fun.                       have not had to do as much homework as I normally
                                                                                                                               do. Being at school here is not too much different to
                                                                   Athletics is a big part of my life, so when I was looking   home, but there are subtle differences, like being able to
                                                                   at schools I wanted to make sure that I could continue      use your phone on campus, being able to obtain credits
                                                                   my athletics training. I have been a member of the          from internal assessments like essays and not having to
                                                                   Lower Hutt Athletics Club, focusing on middle distance      worry so much about being on time
                                                                   running during the summer and cross country running in
                                                                   the winter months. I have competed at regional, North       My favourite part of school is PE and calculus, but I also
                                                                   Island and National Champs while I have been at HVHS.       enjoy being able to study many different subjects here
                                                                                                                               with more freedom of choice. People are always friendly
                                                                                                                               and helpful and I enjoy everything about being here.
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Hutt Valley High School has a long and proud music group
tradition. The Music Department has some of the best
instrumental tutors in the country and a wide variety of
co-curricular groups on offer. There are opportunities for the
music groups to perform at a variety of concerts, festivals and
competitions in the school and the wider community, and also
to attend professional musical performances.

Barbershop, Chamber Music Ensembles, HVHS Class (Choir),
Concussion (Percussion Ensemble), Flute Choir, Guitar
Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, Orchestra, Pacifica Band, Rock
Band, Stage Band, String Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and
Ukulele Club.

We encourage all students to join a club. Clubs range from
volunteer groups to interest and hobby groups. Students can
also start their own club if they want to.

Anime, Board Games, Brainiacs, Creative Coding, Debating,
Duke of Edinburgh, Eco-fashion, Emergency Support,
Greenfingers Horticulture, New Kiwi, Origami, Philosophy,
                                                                     MARIO SAHID GIORGIS
Queer Straight Alliance, Robotics, Scribblers Writing, Science       AGE: 17 | CITY AND COUNTRY: Sao Paulo, Brazil | STUDY PROGRAMME: 6 months Study Abroad (Yr 13)
Technicians, Steps Spelling, Student Librarian, World Vision, Art,   INTERESTS AND HOBBIES: Soccer, guitar, hanging out with friends, family time
Astronomy, Baking, Book, Environment Group, Human Rights,            FAVOURITE FOOD: Japanese | FUTURE PLANS: 6 months further study in Brazil, then university. Goal is
K-Pop, Model UN, Nifty Knitters, Pacific Heart Culture Group,        to work in fashion.
School Radio Station, Golf, Minecraft and Aurecon Bridge
Builders.                                                            My primary goal with studying abroad was to study             The overall study experience here was quite different
                                                                     English. My parents were really supportive, and I had a       to Brazil, with a completely different timetable and
                                                                     choice of study options between NZ, Canada and the            study plan. In Brazil we have to study 14 subjects and
CULTURAL GROUPS                                                      USA. My cousin and his girlfriend came to NZ 10 years         sometimes start school at 7am, so academic life here
Hutt Valley High School offers a broad programme of                  ago and had a great time, so they recommended me to           was more relaxed.
performing arts, cultural groups, speech, debating, drama            come here. It was a good choice.
and film. Students have an excellent opportunity to find a
                                                                     My favourite part of studying at HVHS is the music
programme where they can grow and develop confidence, as             programme. I was able to meet a lot of other musicians
well as make new friends.                                            and joined a band that competed in the National Rock
                                                                     Quest, which is like a High School version of the Battle of
CULTURAL CLUBS INCLUDE:                                              the Bands. It was a unique experience
Kapa Haka (Maori cultural group), Nga Mana Korero (Maori
speech competition), Debating, Speech Competition, Pacific
Heart Cultural Club, School Talent Quest, Shakespeare
competition, Musical Theatre Production, Cheerleading, Hip
Hop Dance and Bollywood Dance.
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SEO YOUNG MUN                                                                                                             PARTH PAL
AGE: 17 | CITY AND COUNTRY: Yangju, South Korea | STUDY PROGRAMME: NCEA L2 (Yr 12)                                        AGE: 16 | CITY AND COUNTRY: Gurugram, India | STUDY PROGRAMME: NCEA, L2 (Yr 12)
INTERESTS AND HOBBIES: Reading | FAVOURITE FOOD: Hash browns | FUTURE PLANS: University study in NZ.                      INTERESTS AND HOBBIES: Target shooting, art and painting, playing the guitar
                                                                                                                          FAVOURITE FOOD: Indian street food | FUTURE PLANS: University study in the USA.

For a number of years I have travelled with my family     I have found it easy to get used to school here, as I do        Initially, my parents suggested that I might like to go to     School here is quite different to India. Back home I would
to many countries around the pacific on vacations, but    not have to study as many subjects as back home and             school in Lower Hutt, as my sister was living and working      have 8-10 classes per day and a lot of unnecessary
I wanted to experience a new culture, meet new people     whilst the school system is not as pressured as in South        there. From a young age I have done a lot of travelling        homework, but here I feel like I have more opportunities
and find something entirely new. I am lucky to have a     Korea, I do put a lot of pressure on myself. I do not           with my family, so the idea of studying in another             to try subjects I am really interested in and I don’t feel
local connection with my aunt and uncle living here in    feel like an international student so much, but feel just       country did not seem too daunting to me, but I was             under so much pressure. Another bonus is being able
Lower Hutt, so I discussed going to school here with my   like another Kiwi student, as I feel I can be myself and        excited by the challenge.                                      to walk or catch the bus to school, which gives me a lot
parents and they thought it was a good idea.              express my opinions easily in the classroom environment.                                                                       more freedom than back home in India.
                                                          I think this is a reflection of society here in NZ, as people   When I first started at Hutt High, I had the opportunity
                                                          are quite friendly and open minded.                             to join in with aspects of the term 4 programme. This
                                                                                                                          meant I got the chance to try a lot of things I had never
                                                                                                                          done before, such as paddle boarding, surfing, camping
                                                                                                                          and other extra-curricular activities. These activities took
                                                                                                                          me outside of my comfort zone, but I really enjoyed it
                                                                                                                          and I was able to make a lot of new friends.
Student Support
At Hutt Valley High School we ensure that students are happy,
successful and safe. We listen carefully to the reasons for each
student being here in New Zealand and do our best to help
them achieve their goals. International students have full time
staff dedicated to caring for their needs, including pastoral
care, homestay management and support. We have a 24/7
phone contact in case of emergencies, and offer a free airport
pick up service.

Our international students are hosted by local families. Most
of our home-stay families have had long term connections
with the school. The families will either have students currently
attending, or recently finished at Hutt Valley High School. New
Zealand homes are generally large and spacious with outdoor
areas and pets. Home stay accommodation includes 3 meals
per day and unlimited internet access.

We can assist students with their student visa renewals or
changes of visa status. Hutt Valley High School is also part of
the Immigration New Zealand Pathway Visa Pilot Programme.
Full information can be found at            SACHI HANDA
                                                                    AGE: 17 | CITY AND COUNTRY: Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan | STUDY PROGRAMME: 1 year Study Abroad (Yr 12)
BUDDY PROGRAMME                                                     INTERESTS AND HOBBIES: Dance, hanging out with friends | FAVOURITE FOOD: Cheese, especially blue cheese
The best way to start your programme at Hutt valley High            FUTURE PLANS: One more year at school in Japan, then university. Long term plan to be a flight attendant.
School is to have a student buddy help you with your
introduction to the school. Buddies are an important part of
student orientation as they can assist you with all aspects         I chose to come on a study abroad programme, as I        Since I have been here I have been busy with all my
of school life as well as providing mentoring and new social        want to improve my English and have a cross-cultural     subjects, including hip-hop dance. Compared with
connections.                                                        experience. My goal is to become a flight attendant,     studying in Japan, I have more freedom to choose my
                                                                    so becoming fluent in English and understanding more     subjects, less homework and generally school life is less
                                                                    about other cultures is really important for that job.   stressful. I especially enjoy the Tourism class, as it is a
MEDICAL AND TRAVEL INSURANCE                                                                                                 good subject for increasing communication with others.
                                                                    I decided to come to HVHS, as my agent said it was       Overall I feel just like a regular student, as other students
Insurance is compulsory for international students at Hutt          a good school which had a good dance programme.          are friendly and welcoming.
Valley High School. Information about our insurance can be
found at

Hutt Valley High School has agreed to observe and be bound
by the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students)
Code of Practice 2016. Copies are available from the NZQA
                                                                                                                        The application form includes the homestay application
                                                                                                                        and can be found on the HVHS international webpage
                                                                                                                        or you can enrol online at

                                                                                                                        STUDENTS NEED TO SUPPLY THE                                 RECEIVE OFFER LETTER
                                                                                                                         1. Filled out International Student Application form
                                                                                                                         2. Certified copy of passport
                                                                                                                         3. Certified copy of school report
                                                                                                                                                                                  PAY FEES AND GET RECEIPT
                                                                                                                        ALL APPLICATIONS SHOULD
                                                                                                                        BE SENT TO:

                                                                                                                                                                                 APPLY FOR STUDENT VISA AND
                                                                                                                                                                                        PLAN TRAVEL

                                                                                                                                                                                 RECEIVE PRE-DEPARTURE PACK

AGE: 18 | CITY AND COUNTRY: Kandal, Cambodia | STUDY PROGRAMME: NCEA L3 (Yr 13)
INTERESTS AND HOBBIES: Listening to music, exercise and working | FAVOURITE FOOD: Spicy Cambodian food
FUTURE PLANS: University study in NZ, run my own business.                                                                                                                        RECEIVE ORIENTATION AND
                                                                                                                                                                                  ENROLMENT INFORMATION
My decision to come to NZ, was partly from my own             Next year I intend to go to university in Wellington to
desire to study English, but my parents were also keen        study business, and hope to own my own business one
for me to study here as they like the general way of life     day.
and culture in NZ. My Aunt lives in Wainuiomata (Lower
Hutt), so that made the decision much easier and it also                                                                                                                           TRAVEL TO WELLINGTON
meant I could have Cambodian food most days.

I enjoy being at HVHS, but I have had to work hard on
my English and still occasionally come across language
barriers. However, compared to studying in Cambodia,
where I had to study 11 subjects, the structure and way                                                                                                                               ENROL AT SCHOOL
of learning here is less stressful. In Cambodia, the school
curriculum has a lot of focus on national history, so it is
good to be able to change focus to business studies and
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