Kia ora, Welcome to PHS

Papanui High School

Established 1936

We have a long tradition of welcoming and educating International Students, with over 30 years' experience. Come and see the creativity, compassion and diversity of Papanui High School for yourself.

What a year 2020 and 2021 have been with Covid 19! Hopefully 2022 will bring more joy. We have been really proud of our students and of all New Zealanders in the way we have all managed the pandemic crisis. We are especially proud of our Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern and Dr Ashley Bloomfield for their excellent leadership.

In 2020 we had an exciting start to the year with the arrival of 21 new international students bringing our total to 58 but since March 2020 we have had no new international students with our borders being closed.

The 2020 enrolments were from Austria, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Norway, Thailand, Vietnam and USA. and this was similar to our yearly international roll. This year in 2021 though, we started with 11 international students who are from Brazil, China and Japan and increased to 12 with an enrolment from a student from Korea, changing schools. Let's hope that 2022 brings us a return of our beloved international students who add so much to our school culture. All the best for our 2021 graduands!

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I have been impressed with the way the students are looking after each other and have settled into the school routines quickly. Some students are now fully involved in club activities. I would like to thank our Year 13 students for their commitment to leadership.

Students come for a variety of reasons: to learn English, to gain New Zealand high school qualifications and to experience another language and culture and all add to the cultural mix of our school. Papanui High School is a global village. Students stay for different lengths of time depending on their goals and can begin their studies at the beginning of each term.

We offer a wide range of subjects and we aim to meet the learning needs of each student by providing each student with an individual timetable. We also have an intensive English course for those students who do not have intermediate level English to join mainstream classes. The students are always impressed with the kindness of the teachers and students.

There are lots of opportunities to play sport and/ or do a cultural activity. We encourage all students to become involved in the school community. Please see the school website for more information

We are very proud of our reputation of providing academic excellence and quality pastoral care. We have an experienced and dedicated staff of 4 in the International Department and have been looking after international students for over 30 years now. We have many years' experience. We can find you a homestay family where you will be included as one of the family. The homestays are closely monitored by the school.


All students take part in an orientation programme when they arrive. Buddies are organised for their form and subject classes. Orientation is ongoing throughout the year with weekly meetings and staff try to ensure that students settle quickly and easily to the new school and life in New Zealand.

Please come, study hard and enjoy your Papanui High School and New Zealand experience.