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Rangi Ruru Girls’ School welcomes small numbers of International Students from a number of different countries. We enjoy having them as part of our school family, with the opportunity for students and staff to learn more about their cultures and beliefs.

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About Us

  • Rangi Ruru Girls’ School has been providing excellent education to girls from 1889 – an old school by New Zealand standards
  • We have an outstanding academic record and are considered one of the top schools in New Zealand
  • We offer our students quality facilities, excellent teaching staff and small class sizes
  • International students may live with a school-approved New Zealand homestay family or in Rangi Ruru’s modern, on-site boarding house (limited places are available)
  • Rangi Ruru has a broad curriculum and extensive co-curricular activities including over 40 different sports; a wide range of musical opportunities, speech, drama and dance
  • Rangi Ruru has a strong pastoral care network and we are able to offer our international students any additional support they may need while they are in New Zealand.

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What Rangi Ruru Offers International Students

In addition to the extensive range of classroom subjects and out of school activities offered to all students, Rangi Ruru offers the following additional support to international students:

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Tuition
    ESOL help is available for all international students, on a one-to-one or small group basis. Students usually have two or more hours of English help a week, depending on individual needs
  • Personal Development Plans (PDPs)
    All students have a PDP interview in Term 1 to discuss goals for the year with their Tutor. Parents or Student Guardians are also invited to attend. Two follow-up interviews are held during the year and the school also issues two detailed reports annually.
  • Guidance and Support Services
    Rangi Ruru has a strong guidance network and help is available from tutors, year level Deans, Boarding House managers, Guidance Counsellor, and the Dean of International Students. The Dean of International Students is employed solely to work with international students and maintains close links with students, families, caregivers, guardians, deans, class teachers and Boarding House staff.
  • International Club
    Rangi Ruru has an International Club where students of all nationalities, including New Zealanders, meet and plan activities and outings throughout the year.
  • Orientation
    At the beginning of each year (or term, if appropriate) there is a special orientation programme for international students. All new students and either their parents or Student Guardians must come to this.


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Enrolment Process for International Students

If you are interested in enrolling your daughter at Rangi Ruru, please complete our online enrolment process here.

We like to interview all applicants whenever possible, and believe it is important for students and parents to visit the school, meet staff and view our facilities.
Please advise when you may be visiting Christchurch so that we can arrange a meeting and tour of the school. We do, however, realise that it is not always possible for you to visit and are happy to arrange a Skype or telephone interview instead.

If you have any questions about international enrolment contact Louise Stanton, Dean of International Students on +64 3 983 3722 or

English Language Assessment

Students who do not have English as their first language will usually be required to sit an English assessment test before they can begin classes at Rangi Ruru. All international students at Rangi are placed in mainstream classes and they must be able to understand lessons, join in classroom activities and complete homework tasks.

Sometimes it may be necessary for students to attend intensive high school English preparation classes at a local language school before attending high school. The Dean of International Students at Rangi Ruru stays in regular contact with the language school during this time and closely monitors students’ progress.

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New Zealand Education System

New Zealand’s education system is first class and its NCEA qualifications are recognised by universities around the world. Rangi Ruru students are actively sought after by top universities in New Zealand and other countries.

  • The New Zealand school year is divided into four terms, beginning at the end of January and finishing early/mid December.
  • Rangi Ruru has a three week break at the end of Terms 1 and 2, and a two week break at the end of Term 3.
  • Students in Years 11, 12 and 13 who wish to gain a national NCEA qualification in that year will need to begin at Rangi Ruru in Term 1 of that year or earlier.

Beginning study in New Zealand in Year 9 or Year 10 is highly recommended if students want to achieve well in senior examinations.

New Zealand Year Level USA & Australian Grade Level equivalent Native Speaker Ages* National Examinations / Qualifications
Primary School (Years 1 – 6) 5-10 years
Intermediate School – Year 7 6 11 years
Intermediate School – Year 8 7 12 years
Secondary School – Year 9 8 13 years
Secondary School – Year 10 9 14 years
Secondary School – Year 11 10 15 years Level 1 NCEA
Secondary School – Year 12 11 16 years Level 2 NCEA
Secondary School – Year 13 12 17 years Level 3 NCEA


* International Students who do not have English as their first language can expect to be one to two years older than New Zealand students.

Rangi Ruru follows the New Zealand Curriculum but, because it is an independent school, it is able to adapt programmes to suit student needs.

For more information on the New Zealand curriculum, go to the New Zealand Curriculum website.

For more information on the New Zealand Education system visit the Ministry of Education site at

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Fees for International Students

International fees are higher than New Zealand nationals (residents) as international students are not eligible for the government contribution toward their education and there are additional compliance requirements in hosting international students such as additional pastoral care services.

Annual Fees

Tuition fees for Years 7 to 13
NZ$42,000 (GST inclusive)

2021 Estimated boarding fees for Years 7 to 13
NZ$15,000 (GST inclusive)

The full year’s tuition fee for international students is payable in full one year in advance as part of the New Zealand Government’s Student Visa requirement.

Sibling discount

For International Students a discount of 5% per annum of the NZ citizens tuition fee is offered for your second daughter and 10% for the third daughter when concurrently enrolled and prorated on fees actually paid.

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Christchurch Educated

Christchurch Educated is a membership based incorporated society that represents international education in Christchurch and Canterbury. Its core values are about recognising you as an international student, welcoming you as part of our community and ensuring that you have a world class education experience. We are passionate about our international student community and aim to deliver the best education experience possible.

As an International student coming to Christchurch you are welcomed with open arms and open minds. Studying at a Christchurch Educated school is the beginning of many lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories. Choosing a Christchurch Educated school means that you can be confident of:

  • Student and family first
  • Highest standards of care and education
  • Clear pathways from school to tertiary to employment
  • Innovative study options

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Education Code of Practice 2016


Rangi Ruru Girls’ School is bound by The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016.

The purpose of this code is to support the Government’s objectives for international education by—

(a) requiring signatories to take all reasonable steps to protect international students; and
(b) ensuring, so far as is possible, that international students have in New Zealand a positive experience that supports their educational achievement.