We Support our International Students to Feel Welcome and Safe While they are Away from Home.

Our dedicated staff inspire our international students to be future-focussed, lifelong learners who have a strong sense of identity and realise their potential.

International Student Director

Cathi Fourie

I love interacting with our international students each day.

In my role as the Director of  International Students, I enjoy  providing ongoing support for our international students to ensure that they are enjoying their life in New Zealand and realising their potential at school.  I place importance on keeping in regular contact with agents, parents and homestays.

t:  +64 7 573 9769  ext 220
e:   cathi.fourie@tepuke.school.nz

International Student Administrator & Homestay Manager

Sherralee Barton

I really enjoy catching up with our international students regularly; they often pop in for a chat during their break times.  It’s always great to hear about their latest kiwi experiences and helping them queries and issues.

In my role as the International Student Administrator & Homestay Manager, I select and manage the homestay families and look for friendly, active, warm and caring families who love hosting international students and will provide them with a great kiwi experience.

t: +64 7 573 9769  ext 221
e:  sherralee.barton@tepuke.school.nz

In addition, Te Puke High School provides the following specialist support for our International Students.

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Support

  • English language support is available to all international students if necessary.
  • ESOL classes are small and cater for all levels of English.
  • Support and preparation is provided for IELTS’ (International English Language Testing System) examination if needed.


  • International Students participate in an Orientation Programme on their arrival.
  • This programme provides information to help international students learn more about life in New Zealand, the school system and living with their homestay.
  • Our Careers Advisor will help create an individual academic programme to best suit the student’s needs.

Ngā Puna

  • Each international student is placed into a Ngā Puna with New Zealand students.
  • Each Ngā Puna is made up of approximately 16 students from Year 9 to Year 13, with a member of staff who is their leader.
  • The purpose of the Ngā Puna is to foster a strong sense of student belonging and develop meaningful relationships with staff and students focused on improving student learning and achievement.

Heads of House

  • We have five Heads of House who are responsible for overall pastoral care of the students within their house.

Academic Advisors

  • We have two Academic Advisors who are responsible for providing overall academic care of our students.

Careers Advisors

  • We have a dedicated Career Advisor for our International students who is responsible for providing advice and guidance for our students on their education whilst they are in New Zealand.

Guidance Counsellor

  • We have two full time Counsellors who are responsible for providing counselling services for our students.

Health Nurse and Doctor

  • We have a full-time trained nurse providing a confidential, free service for students. We also have a doctor who is available one day a week and office staff who are trained in first aid.