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City College International 
...the school with heart 



Welcome to the International pages of Wanganui City College.

Please browse and read stories of previous International Students and feel free to contact us if you have any queries. We are very interested in hearing from you and hosting you in the future. Our school symbol is 'Te Kura o Te Manawa, the school with heart.' This reflects our school philosophy; students and their families are central to the school community. We care for and nurture every international student in our school and encourage all students to participate in extra-curricular activities such as sport, music or cultural groups. We pride ourselves on our warm and friendly school, and on providing a safe and welcoming environment for all new students. We are a proudly bicultural, co-educational school of approximately 400 students.

Our ethnic profile is New Zealand Maori 63%, New Zealand European/Pakeha 29%, Asian 4% and Pacific 4%. We have a purpose-built whare, (traditional Maori meeting house), with intricate carvings, which has been designed to represent all of the cultures within the school community.
Kapa-haka (Maori performing arts) is very strong within the school and we welcome you to come and participate with our team. Maori language and culture is an important part of our school life and is integrated into everyday activities.


Long-term international students are encouraged to sit the New Zealand Qualification, National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). We offer the usual New Zealand range of academic subjects, plus Outdoor Education (from 2013). Interestingly, we are one of the few schools in New Zealand that offer a specialist Military Academy for students interested in pursuing careers in the armed forces. ESOL classes are available if needed, including IELTS preparation classes.

Able students can excel in our school. Wanganui is a small town, located on the Whanganui River, on the West Coast of the North Island. Wanganui was one of the earliest European planned towns in New Zealand. Europeans came to Wanganui from around 1840 as it had an accessible port and was a planned settlement. Today, we are blessed with a wonderful heritage main-street from that era. The Wanganui Region is fortunate to have easy accessibility to the coast, mountains and river landscapes. Therefore, a wide-range of outdoor activities can be offered.

Our homestay families are carefully selected and they are looking forward to hosting you. A new, warm family on the other side of the world awaits you. You will have your own bedroom and typically homestay brothers and/or sisters. Your host parents would probably work locally in town in a range of businesses and professions. We also offer accommodation in our on small, on campus co-educational hostel, Millennium House, which is run by a husband and wife team.

Sport and cultural activities are central to our school. Challenge yourself in the a wide range of activities we have on offer, including rugby, judo, karate, basketball, volleyball, hockey, football. Brass band is strong in our community and we have had a number of past students who have been national brass band members. Rock bands are also popular and we also have a school choir. If there is a particular activity you are interested that the school does not offer, we will help enrol you with a local club.