The revised NZ Curriculum requires students to be aware of societal issues, not only locally and nationally, but on the world stage. At East Otago High School, students are encouraged to consider themselves as members of a much larger community and therefore we welcome international students into our school.
At East Otago High School we celebrate our own bicultural heritage with a focus on Te Reo in our Year 7-10 language classes, our Kapahaka group and other community events.
Currently, we do not have any international students but we are exploring ways to grow our International Department through exchanges with other countries. Students who come to our school are fully submerged into everything to do with New Zealand and will be forced to interact by speaking in English. Some see this as a distinct advantage.
Specialised English language tuition is provided where required, however, a significant part of the student learning programme is accessed through regular classes where they build strong relationships with our own students.
International students at East Otago High are busy people, getting involved in all aspects of the school. We encourage our overseas students to do the same and experience what it is like to live as a ’kiwi’ student. This includes involvement in the sporting and cultural life of the school.
The strength and uniqueness of our international programme exposes students to rural life in New Zealand as well as Urban life in Dunedin 35 minutes away. This helps our students to appreciate and celebrate diversity and prepares them for future possibilities throughout the world.