Wanganui Collegiate School - Your Pathway to Leading Universities Worldwide

Wanganui Collegiate School - Your Pathway to Leading Universities Worldwide

Wanganui Collegiate School - Your Pathway to Leading Universities Worldwide

Wanganui Collegiate School Your Pathway to Leading Universities Worldwide Wanganui Collegiate School Private Bag 3002 Wanganui 4540, New Zealand Tel: +64 (0)6 349 0295, Fax: +64 (0)6 349 0296 Email: admissions@collegiate.school.nz www.collegiate.school.nz Copyright © Wanganui Collegiate School, 2012. H&A Print

Wanganui Collegiate School - Your Pathway to Leading Universities Worldwide

Welcome to Wanganui Collegiate School... Contents 2 Our School 3 Our Campus 4 Our Location 6 Our International Students 7 Our Facilities for Study 8 English Language Programme 9 Years 8, 9 & 10 Courses “Teachers encourage students to be confident and motivated learners.” “Teachers are fully committed to the students’ education in and out of school hours.” “Students exhibit a sense of belonging and care for others.” “Individual students’ all round development is closely monitored and those needing extra tuition or extension are identified and supported.” “Teachers effectively promote very high levels of achievement in NCEA and CIE.

Success rates are considerably above national comparison levels.” What others think of us Source: The New Zealand Government Education Review Office 2011 Report on Wanganui Collegiate School 10 Senior High School: Years 11, 12 & 13 12 You will graduate from Collegiate with... 13 Boarding 14 Extra-curricular Activities 17 The Academic Year & Guardianship 18 Admission Procedure 19 Registration Form

Wanganui Collegiate School - Your Pathway to Leading Universities Worldwide

Welcome to Wanganui Collegiate School... Contents 2 Our School 3 Our Campus 4 Our Location 6 Our International Students 7 Our Facilities for Study 8 English Language Programme 9 Years 8, 9 & 10 Courses “Teachers encourage students to be confident and motivated learners.” “Teachers are fully committed to the students’ education in and out of school hours.” “Students exhibit a sense of belonging and care for others.” “Individual students’ all round development is closely monitored and those needing extra tuition or extension are identified and supported.” “Teachers effectively promote very high levels of achievement in NCEA and CIE.

Success rates are considerably above national comparison levels.” What others think of us Source: The New Zealand Government Education Review Office 2011 Report on Wanganui Collegiate School 10 Senior High School: Years 11, 12 & 13 12 You will graduate from Collegiate with... 13 Boarding 14 Extra-curricular Activities 17 The Academic Year & Guardianship 18 Admission Procedure 19 Registration Form

Wanganui Collegiate School - Your Pathway to Leading Universities Worldwide

1 ‘Wanganui Collegiate School stands apart from other New Zealand schools for its traditional British-style boarding environment and the consistently high academic performance of its students’ Founded in 1854, Wanganui Collegiate School has consistently been at the forefront of innovative educational development in New Zealand to ensure that it meets the challenges of a rapidly changing world and the growing aspirations of its students. Our School is a multicultural and diverse community that provides a caring and supportive environment for all. While the majority of students are New Zealand residents, we guarantee our international students a very warm welcome.

A Greeting from the Headmaster As Headmaster, I would like to introduce you to our School, one of New Zealand’s most prestigious boarding schools. We have been welcoming international students into our community for many years. Initially, these came from the Pacific Islands, but more recently they have come from countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region and even Europe. Collegiate was one of the first private schools to be founded in New Zealand in 1854. This was very early in the country’s recent history and it was built on the famous English model for independent schools. Indeed, its physical appearance and ethos still remains very much in that tradition.

Today, Collegiate is a thriving modern school with recent examination results ranking against the best in New Zealand. The students are purposeful, happy and fully involved with every aspect of life in a busy boarding school. I have been closely involved with international students over my whole teaching career, firstly as a Housemaster and then as Headmaster. I believe that the skills that students acquire through living and learning together in a multicultural community like that at Collegiate, which promotes tolerance and understanding, are essential for a young person’s future success in the global community in which we all now live.

I hope that you find this brochure informative and that I will have an opportunity to personally welcome you to our school.

Tim Wilbur

Wanganui Collegiate School - Your Pathway to Leading Universities Worldwide

2 Wanganui Collegiate School is fully committed to the boarding ethos traditionally associated with elite British boarding schools. We continue to offer a full seven-day programme of classes and organised activities both on weekdays and over the weekend. Our teachers, all of whom are highly qualified and experienced specialists in their respective academic areas, come from a number of English- speaking countries, and many have taught in schools in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, as well as schools in New Zealand.

We have a long tradition of academic excellence and this continues today.

A good example of this is the outstanding performance of our students in New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), the country’s national examination system. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Wanganui Collegiate School was ranked the top co-educational school in New Zealand. At all three levels of the NCEA, the results of our students surpassed those of other leading boarding schools in the achievement of Merit and Excellence awards.

Each year, over 80% of our graduates go on to leading universities in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, or in their home country. The majority of those choosing to study in New Zealand gain entry to one of the country’s world-class universities, such as the University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, or the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. However, the pursuit of academic excellence is but one part – albeit a very important one – of the student experience at Wanganui Collegiate School. Our philosophy also places great importance on developing ‘the whole person’, and to this end we offer - and encourage - our students the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extra- curricular sporting, cultural and other activities during the course of the year.

When our School was founded some 160 years ago, it was as a boarding school for boys. We are now fully co- educational and provide equal opportunities for both boys and girls to develop intellectually, emotionally and socially in a friendly yet challenging and stimulating environment. Whilst the School is proud of its Anglican foundation, it has evolved into a multicultural community that welcomes all students irrespective of their faith. Our School

Wanganui Collegiate School - Your Pathway to Leading Universities Worldwide

3 Our impressive private campus is guaranteed to make a lasting impression on visitors, with buildings old and new that reflect both the proud history of the School and also the requirements of the modern age in which we now live.

It is the ideal environment in which young people can live, study and enjoy their leisure time together in complete safety and harmony. The spacious campus provides our students with access to some of the finest educational facilities to be found in any boarding school in New Zealand or elsewhere. It offers them many opportunities to pursue their existing recreational and sporting interests and to explore new ones. Naturally, all such activities are carefully supervised by School staff who are all enthusiastic, knowledgeable and suitably qualified.

Our Campus

Wanganui Collegiate School - Your Pathway to Leading Universities Worldwide

4 The Wanganui Collegiate School campus is situated in Wanganui, a small vibrant city of just 45,000 people on the south west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Offering fresh air and a healthy, outdoors-oriented lifestyle, the city provides the ideal environment for young people without the potential distractions to be found in other large cities in New Zealand and elsewhere. The town has a wide range of facilities for shopping, banking and leisure activities that fully provide for the everyday needs of our students. As the city is popular with tourists during the summer months - November to March - there is a wide variety of accommodation available to parents wishing to visit.

Unlike many of New Zealand’s bigger towns and cities, Wanganui does not have a large international community. Therefore, our international students are exposed at all times to the English language, both on and off the School campus, and have every opportunity to practise and improve their English language skills. Our Location

Wanganui Collegiate School - Your Pathway to Leading Universities Worldwide

5 Auckland, where most international flights to New Zealand arrive, is less than one hour away by air from Wanganui. There are frequent connecting flights available from Auckland to both Wanganui Airport and to the airport at Palmerston North nearby.

The School provides a ‘meet & greet’ service for all new students arriving at Auckland to assist them with their transfer from the international to the domestic terminal. Transfers are arranged for all students between the School and the airports at Wanganui and Palmerston North at the start and end of each term.

New Zealand, with a mild year-round climate, a rich cultural heritage and a welcoming multicultural population, provides an ideal study destination for young people. New Zealand is renowned for the hospitality given to visitors and we are delighted to extend an invitation to all prospective students and their parents to visit our School. You will also find much of interest to explore in the region around the School, and we are happy to recommend local hotels that offer special rates to our parents and visitors. Wanganui Auckland New Zealand North Island Palmerston North Wellington I like living here because it gives you a healthy, happy school life.

Siripong Jianphinitnan, Year 10, Thailand

Wanganui Collegiate School - Your Pathway to Leading Universities Worldwide

6 Our International Students Age (Years) Junior/Senior High School System NZ Year Secondary System Wanganui Collegiate School Curriculum for International Students Junior High School 12 to 13 Year 7 - Junior High 1 Year 8 Last Year of Junior School in NZ 13 to 14 Year 8 - Junior High 2 Year 9 First Year Secondary 14 to 15 Year 9 - Junior High 3 Year 10 Second Year of Secondary or take Level 1 of NCEA and go onto IGCSE in Y11 Junior HS Graduation Senior High School 15 to 16 Year 10 - Senior High 1 Year 11 NCEA Level 1 or IGCSE 16 to 17 Year 11 - Senior High 2 Year 12 NCEA Level 2 or Cambridge International AS Level 17 to 18 Year 12 - Senior High 3 Year 13 NCEA Level 3 or Cambridge International AS & A2 Level Senior HS Graduation Progress to University in New Zealand, Australia, North America or the UK We warmly welcome international students who wish to continue their education at Wanganui Collegiate School and see our School as their chosen pathway to leading universities in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom or elsewhere.

The language of instruction at Wanganui Collegiate School is English and our School has its own English Language Centre, staffed by highly qualified and experienced teachers trained in the Teaching of English as a Second Language (ESL). We carefully monitor the progress of all our students and provide parents with a full written report of their progress and achievements at the end of each term.

We adopt a flexible approach to integrate our international students into mainstream classes. Our secondary programme covers Years 9 to 13 of the New Zealand curriculum, and we place students in the most appropriate class for their respective language ability and age. We can also accept international students into Year 8, the final year of Junior School in New Zealand. During Years 11, 12 & 13, our students have the option of either following the New Zealand National Curriculum that leads to the nationally awarded New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), or the highly regarded Cambridge International Examinations that lead to the award of the widely recognised IGCSE and A-level qualifications.

Both awards, the NCEA and the A-level, are recognised by universities world-wide as qualifications for entry to their undergraduate degree courses.

Wanganui Collegiate School - Your Pathway to Leading Universities Worldwide

7 Our Facilities for Study Our specialist classrooms and laboratories are equipped to the highest standards. Moreover, our commitment to continual investment in these facilities ensures that our students have access to the very latest equipment and that they are familiar with and accustomed to using the most up-to-date technology. Throughout the School, our classes rarely exceed 25 students and are frequently smaller. This ensures that all students receive a high level of individual attention from their teachers. Teaching is student-centred and students are encouraged to take an active part in the learning process.

There is considerable emphasis on practical work in the subjects where this is most appropriate – the sciences, the creative arts, and technology.

Our students have access to our well-stocked library, and campus-wide wireless internet access enables them to source the information that is most relevant to their studies. We are particularly proud of the following: The Prince Edward Auditorium. A professional standard performing arts facility, with seating for 500, and named after HRH Prince Edward who was a tutor at the School in 1982-83. The Foundation Music School. This excellent recital and music facility provides both practice rooms and a dedicated performance area.

The Izard Sports Centre. The centre includes a multi- purpose gymnasium, two squash courts and a teaching area for physical education.

The Design & Technology Centre. This includes a computer- aided design suite, with state-of-the-art resources, where students can use digital technology to design and implement projects.

8 English Language Programme Our English Language Centre is situated at the heart of the campus, and provides intensive English tuition and support, appropriate to each student’s individual need. We adopt a flexible approach to language teaching. Some international students may spend the majority of the school day at the Centre, whilst others attend regular classes and come to the Centre for just one or two lessons. Our skilled and experienced teachers aim to integrate each student into regular classes as soon as they have achieved proficiency in each of the essential English skills – reading, writing, listening, and speaking – along with the vocabulary the student will need to fully participate in regular classes.

These teachers may, should there be a specific need, attend particular classes with the student to ensure that they fully understand both the vocabulary and the subject content matter of that class.

Teaching in the Centre may be on an individual or small- group basis, and a range of teaching materials and techniques are used. Classes rarely exceed ten students and are usually smaller. The Centre has its own computer suite. Our aim from the beginning is to encourage the students to develop the confidence to use and become fluent in the language for both academic and social purposes, and to enable him or her to quickly adapt to, and become familiar with, the student-centred learning style used in most subjects at the School.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Age: 12 to 17 Years English Level: Beginner upwards Length: One to Four Terms Start Dates: January, April, July, October Examinations: Cambridge English Examinations and NCEA

9 Wanganui Collegiate School accepts international students as boarders from the age of 12 years upwards. For direct admission to mainstream classes alongside local students, we expect boys and girls to have English language skills equivalent to lower intermediate. Boys and girls aged 12+ join the final year of ourJunior School programme and will be accommodated with local students of their own age in one of the School’s boarding houses. Boys and girls aged 13+ and 14+ years join classes with local students of a similar age. In Year 9, they are introduced to a range of specialist subjects such as Science, Technology, and Art and Design.

In Year 10, students have the opportunity to join courses that lead to the Cambridge IGCSE exams the following year, or continue with the national NCEA curriculum.

Classes at Wanganui Collegiate School rarely exceed 25 students, although most are smaller. This enables our teachers to adopt our philosophy of student-centred learning and to devote a considerable amount of time to each individual student. Year 8, 9 & 10 Courses ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Age: 12+ for Year 8, 13+ for Year 9, 14+ for Year 10 English Level: Lower Intermediate Start Dates: January & July Examinations: Cambridge International Junior Maths & Science Certificates (Yr 8), Cambridge English Examinations and NCEA. The School’s English Language Centre provides on-going support for all students in Years 8, 9 & 10 to ensure that their English Language skills continue to develop in preparation for the Level 1 NCEA or IGCSE English examinations in Year 11.

10 Senior High School Programme Years 11, 12 & 13 In New Zealand, the academic year commences in January and this is the most convenient time for an international student to join the classes at Wanganui Collegiate School. However, we do recognise that many international students prefer to complete their final year of Junior High School in their home country before joining us. Therefore, in addition to our normal NCEA and Cambridge International Exam programmes that commence in January, we offer a special High School programme to accommodate such students as shown in the table below: Term 1: September Term 2: April Term 3: July Term 4: October Notes Year 11: January Entry Year 11 NCEA Award or Cambridge IGCSE Three Year High School: July Entry; Session 1 EFL & Academic Orientation Programme Year 12: January Entry Year 12 NCEA Award or Cambridge AS Level Three Year High School: July Entry; Session 2 Year 13: January Entry Year 13 NCEA Award or Cambridge A2 Level Entry to University in New Zealand Three Year High School: July Entry; Session 3 Three Year High School: July Entry; Session 4 Cambridge A2 Level Entry to University in the UK The teachers are organised and help the International Students when they have any problems.

Hyeon Ho Park, Year 12, Korea

11 Students on the Senior High School programme who wish to continue their education at a university in New Zealand or Australia would complete Session Three of this programme in December, and then enter university the following January. Those wishing to continue their education in the UK or in North America would continue with Session Four of the programme until the following June, and then enter university in September. English language support will continue to be provided for international students by the School’s English Language Centre throughout Years 11, 12, and 13.

To meet the university entrance requirements for international students, a course leading to the IELTS examination is provided for students taking the Cambridge A-level examinations and also for students taking the NCEA who wish to study outside New Zealand. The average class size in Year 11 is 22 students, whilst in Years 12 & 13 this reduces to around 14 students. However, in some subjects there may be as few as 6 students in a class. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Age: 15+ Year 11, 16+ Year 12, 17+ for Year 13 (NCEA only) English Level: Year 11 - Lower Intermediate, Year 11, 12, & 13 - minimum of Upper Intermediate (IELTS 5.5) Length: One, Two or Three years Start Dates: January, July, Examinations: Cambridge IGCSE (Yr.11), Cambridge A-levels (Yr.12 & 13); NCEA (Yr.

11, 12 & 13) Living in a boarding house in WCS gives us more chance to improve our English because there are not too many Chinese students in each house. Marco Yuen, Year 11, Hong Kong

12 You will graduate from Collegiate with... Cambridge International Examinations New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement The Cambridge International IGCSE and A-level examinations provide our students with qualifications that have international recognition and are accepted for entry to universities worldwide. Both the IGCSE and the A-level courses are two-year courses. It is not possible to directly enter the second year of either of these courses. Subjects available for both IGCSE and A-level include English, Mathematics and the Sciences. For A-level, students follow courses in either three or four subjects.

In each subject, there is an intermediate examination (AS) at the end of the first year, and a final examination (A2) at the end of the second year. These examinations normally take place in November, although A-level examinations are also available in May for those students remaining for the final session of the three-year high school programme. Students following the NCEA curriculum take courses in six subjects each year. Students wishing to enter a New Zealand university have to meet both the required minimum levels in NCEA, and also any specific entry requirements of the individual university.

English and Mathematics are compulsory NCEA subjects for all students. Wanganui offers a broad choice of NCEA courses and the teachers will advise students which are the most appropriate courses for the subjects they wish to study at university and their subsequent career. Assessment for NCEA is based upon a combination of assignments completed during the course of the year, and a formal end-of-year examination that takes place in November.