International Students

2023 Short Term Places are now full.

Please email applications and enquiries for long term study longer than ten weeks to

Course Details

The school offers a learning programme for Year 0-6 students. We have specialist teachers who will assist with tutoring English to non-English speaking students, who enter an ESOL (English as a Second Language) programme. Our most recent assurance visit (Education Review Office) report is available here;

Outdoor Education

The school believes in the value of outdoor education to assist in personal and social development.


All students participate in Physical Education, sport and fitness programmes. Predominantly Years 5 and 6 students represent the school in Interschool sport, including netball, soccer, rugby and hockey. Some field days give emphasis to participation and may even have mixed teams. Other events are competitive and we focus on skills. Sportsmanship is seen as an important part of sport participation.

Cultural Activities

Students have many opportunities to become involved in a wide range of activities. Some are included in class programmes and Year 5 and 6 students are often invited to participate in special groups. We have a School Choir which performs at a local Music Festival at Buckland Beach Intermediate, a Dance group and an Orchestra.

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Code of Practice

Pigeon Mountain Primary school has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Minister of Education. Copies of the code are available from this institution or from the NZ Ministry of Education website at

Health and Travel Insurance

Students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand unless they are:

  • A resident or citizen of Australia; or
  • A national of the United Kingdom in NZ; or
  • The holder of a temporary permit that is valid for 2 years or more.

If you don’t belong to one of these special categories and you received medical treatment during your visit, you will be liable for the full costs of that treatment. We strongly recommend that you have insurance that will cover the cost of medical treatment in New Zealand for the duration of your stay in New Zealand. We also strongly recommend that you obtain insurance to cover your travel to and from New Zealand.


“Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website at


Including GST and the New Zealand Ministry of Education Levy, the tuition fee is NZ $12,905 per year including GST.

This includes a $350 administration fee. All students pay for their own stationery and school trips. They must have medical insurance and a uniform which costs approximately NZ$250.

Should you be submitting an application to NZ immigration for permanent residency, it is recommended that fees be paid term by term, or per semester.

Short Term Individual Visits – 2023 places are now full – we can not accept any further applications

We have a minimum 4-week fee for students wishing to study at our school for a shorter period. Individual students must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian throughout their tuition period.

Short Term Group Visits – 2023 places are now full – we can not accept any further applications

We only accept groups of students of 5 or more for a minimum of 2 complete school weeks. For fees or information about tailored programmes, please request information directly through our school. Students studying at Pigeon Mountain School in a group must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian OR stay in approved homestay accommodation with appropriate police/vetting checks. We suggest contacting NZ Student Care who are a local company providing approved accomodation options for international students

All international students (both individuals and groups) attending Pigeon Mountain School must have current medical insurance.

Please contact us through email or WeChat if you have any enquiries or questions about our International Student programmes.

Enrolment Procedures

Please complete the International Student Enrolment Form and email to

  1. The International Student’s parents complete the International Student Enrolment Form.
  2. The application is submitted for approval, to International Student Committee from the Board of Trustees, consisting of the Principal and the International Manager.
  3. Once the application has been approved, a Letter of Acceptance of Application, (Offer of Place), together with ‘Current Fee Structure’ form, is forwarded to the student.
  4. A Tuition Agreement is signed between the School and the Student’s parents and payment of the fee is made. The amount of the fee is determined by the term of tuition chosen by the Student. A copy of this Agreement is given to the Student.
  5. Once payment of the International Fee has been made, a receipt is issued.
  6. The Student can now apply to the Immigration Office for a Student Visa, showing the receipt and Tuition Agreement to support their application. The visa or permit must be endorsed with the name of the school at which the student is seeking to enrol.
  7. Once the appropriate Visa is obtained, the Student is in a position to commence studies at Pigeon Mountain Primary School on the date agreed to in the Tuition Agreement.


International Enrolment Form

Conditions of Acceptance

  • Pigeon Mountain Primary School accepts International students from Year 0 to Year 6.
  • Parents must be willing to sign the Tuition Agreement and abide by the School’s rules as they apply to all students, including International Students
  • The School reserves the right to place the student in the appropriate year level based on the student’s age and academic competency.
  • Students will only be accepted if there is sufficient space available in the school.
  • All applications will be approved by the Board of Trustees or their elected committee.

Refund Conditions

  • To be eligible for a refund of the International Fee, an application must be made in writing to the Board of Trustees by the parent or legal guardian of the student stating clearly the reason for withdrawal of the student.
  • If the withdrawal is made prior to the student commencing school, a full refund shall be made, less $350.00 administration fee.
  • There will be no refund if a request to withdraw is made after the student has reached the mid point of his/her contract except in exceptional circumstances, e.g. a Breach of the Fair Trading Act or Consumer’s Guarantee Act.
  • In determining any refund, the Board of Trustees will take into consideration the special circumstances of the withdrawing student and –

– The costs to the school in providing the tuition

-Costs incurred in employing staff and providing facilities

-Payments made to the New Zealand Government.

-Any other costs already incurred by the school.

No refund will be made to a student who –

  • Transfers to another school or educational institution
  • Is asked to leave because of misbehavior, poor attendance or violation of the contract with the school.
  • Becomes a permanent resident after the 1st of March (in any year) if enrolled in the school prior to the 1st of March.

CPPCIS – 5.2.6

Fees Protection

The Board will not spend International School Fees until the tuition has been provided. All international fees will be kept in a separate deposit account.

The Board will always have sufficient reserves to be able to return to students their fees in the event of a student refund being required, or because the school is unable to continue to provide tuition.

This policy is in keeping with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral care of International Students.

Disputes and Complaints