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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.

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.

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.

For further information please read:

Introducing St Bede’s College

Pre-departure Brochure or view the Pre-departure Information Video

For enquiries contact:
Mr Robert Tappenden
027 635 7324 (+64 27635 7324)

Student Support

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
  • International Student Leader

Code of Practice and ERO

We are obliged under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students to inform you of the most recent review of St Bede’s College by the Education Review Office, a NZ Government Department and also of the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.


(from International Student Policies, Procedures and Guidelines Document)
Students and parents may experience a range of problems and difficulties. This is normal. Any problem should firstly be taken to the International Director or to Guidance staff. Serious problems should be taken to the Director, Mr Robert Tappenden. The College adheres to the New Zealand Code of Practice. The College welcomes direct communication from parents via phone, email, letter or visits.

If you have a complaint about St Bede’s College breaching the Education Code of Practice 2016 (Pastoral Care of International Students), follow St Bede’s College’s formal complaint process first. You or your parents can write to the School Rector, Mr Boyle, or the School Board of Trustees. For a summary of how to make a complaint go to: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/assets/Providers-and-partners/Code-of-Practice/int-students-make-a-complaint-updated.pdf If this does not resolve your complaint, you can contact the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) by phone on 0800 697 296 or email qadrisk@nzqa.govt.nz. Or, if it is a financial or contractual dispute, you can contact FairWay Resolution by phone on 0800 77 44 22. More information is available on the FairWay Resolution website.


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. The photo below left, shows a student helping with gardening – a typical Kiwi Saturday morning activity.

On occasion, the International Office organises an excursion, such as to Quail Island, a local landmark or an in-house activity eg. cooking; the middle photo below shows students preparing an International style meal in the boarding house kitchen. 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 in the great outdoors.
There are a number of golf courses close to the College and ski fields are less than two hours away. The photo above right, shows a student taking part in a weekend guided walk.


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.