Most of our international students stay with a local family – this is called a Homestay.

Sacred Heart Girls' College Homestay Host family

Homestay Host family

A Homestay experience is a wonderful opportunity for your daughter to further develop her English language skills and experience our Kiwi way of life. Students often comment that their Homestay hosts have enhanced their stay in New Zealand in a way that a boarding house or hostel could not. Our girls often keep in touch with their New Zealand family long after their return home. You can read about two of our homestay families’ experiences  (PDF – 2740 KB) and another article here about a homestay experience and how homestay parents are encouraged to be aware of cultural differences and to make their host daughter feel welcome.

We will place your daughter in a safe, comfortable and supportive Homestay, and do our best to match her personality and interests with that of her host family.

You may prefer to arrange for your daughter to live with family or friends – i.e. designated caregivers. As part of our pastoral care (see below) we keep in regular contact with all Homestay families and designated caregivers.

For more information see our latest documents:

If you have any questions, please contact our Homestay Coordinator, Collette Tuioti:

Pastoral care and student support

In New Zealand, we have a Code of Practice for the pastoral care of international students.  It provides schools with a framework to care for and support students – to ensure your daughter lives in a safe environment and has positive experiences that support her educational achievements.  For more information visit:  We highly recommend that (for safety reasons) each student has a smartphone with a New Zealand Sim card.

Also, NauMai NZ has excellent information on life as an international student in New Zealand.

Go to: International Home page