St Bede’s College welcomes International Students and is proud of its longstanding tradition in hosting students from many nations.
For many years the College has hosted young men from the Pacific Islands and more latterly Asia, and St Bede’s is pleased to bring these students into our community to share in their cultures and beliefs. It is our intention to diversify and encourage families and students from Europe and South America to consider international education at St Bede’s. Overseas students make a valuable contribution to our College, adding to the richness and diversity of our own cultures, and enabling us all to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of a variety of other cultures. Student Views
We have a fully resourced International Students Department and our staff is experienced in meeting the needs of international students. Our curriculum offers excellent educational opportunities and our grounds and facilities are first rate.
The College’s motto is Fide et Opere (By faith and work), and our aim to is produce young men who are hardworking and live their lives by a code of good values and consideration for others. Parents should be assured that St Bede’s College will look after their sons and looks forward to assisting parents as they make this most important decision. Interesting News Article February 2013
The Rector and the Director of International Students travel annually to Asia (Korea, Thailand, China), and intend visiting Europe, so that first hand information regarding school progress of their son can be given to parents. These meetings have been very favourably received, as has been demonstrated by the number of parents who have attended.
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The Pastoral Care of students at St Bede’s is very important to us. International students have many avenues of support available at the College including:
- Director of International Students
- Form Tutor
- House Tutor
- School Counsellor
- Nurse, on-site at the College
- Doctor, on-site every morning
- International Student Leader
More information on College Pastoral Care.
Code of Practice
St Bede’s College has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Copies of this Code are available on request from the College or from the Ministry of Education website at www.minedu.govt.nz.
There are many opportunities to participate in a broad range of activities at St Bede’s, with many organised sports teams, cultural groups and tuition and coaching available. Participation in College Special Character groups and community activities is also encouraged, where students are able to be involved with and give back to the wider community.
On occasion, the International Office organises an excursion, such as to Quail Island, a local landmark. International students are each accompanied by a Kiwi buddy as a means of assisting the integration of our community.
The location of St Bede’s also allows many opportunities.
There are a number of golf courses close to the College and ski fields are less than two hours away.
Students may board or live in a homestay situation if their parents are not living in Christchurch. It is necessary to have an English-speaking parent representative. It is the responsibility of the student and his family to make provisions for the term holidays and for mid-term breaks.
More information on St Bede’s College Boarding.