Welcome and First Day at School To help your child settle in to school, your child can look forward to meeting a New Zealand friend (class buddy) on the first day. They will help your child make lots of friends. A friend from your home country will also be there to help your child settle into class. These students will help your child form warm, caring friendships and this will help your child to improve their English.
New students receive a welcome pack. An orientation programme in their first language helps new students to understand about living in New Zealand and how Murrays Bay Intermediate School operates. If the new student lives in a homestay, we also give information about New Zealand homes and family culture.
International Students are encouraged to join in with the many sports, performing arts and technology activities.
English Classes International Students are integrated into classrooms with New Zealand students from the first day at Murrays Bay Intermediate School. International Students requiring extra support with their English are invited to join ELIP (the English Language Intensive Programme). As students make progress with their English, they move through the ELIP groups until they reach Stage 3 of the English Language Learning Progressions and graduate from the programme. Students attend ELIP classes 1-5 blocks per week and learn from trained English teachers. The units covered in ELIP aim to introduce students to New Zealand culture and support the English curriculum in the mainstream classrooms. International Students are invited to attend a number of outings during the year including a trip to Sheep World and Butterfly Creek. They are encouraged to join in ELIP events including the Moon Festival and the Cultural Assembly. Our ELIP teachers are kind and caring and support our International Students during their time at our school.
Please note ELIP is only offered to Long Term Students - one term or more.
Communication Our International Department welcomes direct communication from parents via phone, email or pre arranged visits.
Students Living with Parents Students living with parents must still be monitored by the School. At no time can a parent leave the student unsupervised overnight or for any length of time without first informing the School and seeking approval for a temporary adult caregiver to take their place. If students are living with a parent, then the parent has full responsibility for the pastoral care of the student outside tuition hours, and may be called up to the school at short notice on school matters.
If a parent leaves a student unsupervised in New Zealand that student will lose their place at the School and New Zealand Immigration will be informed. Parents must follow all the policies of the School at all times. Birth Certificates and copies of passports and visas are required to verify parent status.