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International Students

We are signatories to the ‘Code of Practice of International Students’. International programmes exist in the school involving students attending from a wide variety of countries, within Europe, North and South America and Asia. We have links with many recognised exchange programmes as well as with organisations in Japan.
 
The school has a history of both hosting and sending exchange students. A trip to Japan occurs every two years; we have a Japan trip coming up this year. An Arts and Culture trip to Europe – Greece, Italy, France and Spain is a tri-annual excursion and a UK football trip.
 
English as a second language is provided when required in preparation for internationally recognised examinations such as IELTS.

Fees and Charges (Effective 1 January 2025)

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All fees quoted are in New Zealand Dollars and include Government taxes (GST).

International Homestay

Selecting a homestay for our international students is very important.

Hosting is an important part of our international student’s time away from their family, friends and country.

 

You will be our international student’s “kiwi’ family to help them through the challenges, changes and the cultural differences while living in New Zealand.

 

Interested in hosting an International Student?

 

If you wish to discuss any matter relating to a student, or the guidelines below, please contact the school.
 

Contact Person: Kerry Lawrence

Office Hours Tel: 07 3088159

Email: international@trident.school.nz

Further Information:

Code of Pastoral Care

Guidelines for Hosting an International Student

Taxation Status of Homestay Requirements – Compliance is the responsibility of the Host – not the responsibility of Trident High School.

FAQs

  • DO I HAVE TO LIVE IN ZONE?
    Please contact international@trident.school.nz to discuss.
  • CAN I LEAVE MY STUDENT HOME ALONE OVERNIGHT BY THEMSELVES?
    No! Your student must never be left home overnight without a contracted host (or pre-approved adult) present. If in doubt, speak to our Homestay Manager.
  • CAN MY STUDENT TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE LOCAL AREA BY THEMSELVES?
    Independent travel is always a case by case situation. The student must come and speak with the international staff at least one week prior to their desired travel. There will be times when independent travel is not allowed. If in doubt, please ask us.
  • DO I NEED TO SHOW MY STUDENT ALL OF THE LOCAL TOURIST SITES?
    No, however what we do ask is for you to show them around Whakatāne and other areas if you are able to. We do expect that you have family outings which include your student and expect that the homestay payment allows for you to do this once a month or so. The students will have the opportunity to participate in school organised trips during term time, and organised tour group trips during holidays and some weekends. They must speak to the international department staff if they wish to take part in these activities.
  • HOW DOES MY STUDENT GET THEIR SCHOOL UNIFORM?
    We ask that you take your student to NZ Uniforms, The Strand, Whakatāne, to purchase their full, correct, school uniform prior to their first day.
  • WHO PAYS FOR EXTRA ACTIVITIES?
    If your student is going on a school camp or activity, they will be responsible for this payment. If you have invited your student to go to a family activity eg the Luge in Rotorua, away for a trip etc, we would expect they are included as part of your family however, you must discuss this with them if you expect them to pay. Please ensure this is made clear prior to the trip so that they can decide if they wish to participate or not. You will need to ensure you have school approved alternate plans if you are out of town and if the student is not able to attend with you.
  • WHEN AND HOW DO WE RECEIVE PAYMENT?
    Homestay payments in 2025 are $350.00 per student per week. The school holds the student’s homestay amount in trust and then forwards this to host families. This amount is paid weekly by direct credit into your nominated bank account.
  • AM I ABLE TO GET AN ADVANCE HOMESTAY PAYMENT?
    No.
  • WHO PAYS FOR MOBILE PHONE TOP UPS?
    The student is responsible for any mobile phone use.
  • CAN I ASK MY STUDENT TO BABYSIT?
    No. Students must not be asked to ‘babysit’ other children as this can compromise their student visa status and is not part of their enrolment contract.
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