International students are welcome at Marlborough Boys' College in Blenheim, New Zealand. Blenheim is a safe and affordable education option. We have a rich history and pride in serving the Marlborough region of the upper South Island. Blenheim is a beautiful boutique town in the midst of wide open spaces. Living here you will enjoy many sunshine hours. There is an abundance of outdoor activities and Marlborough is world famous as NZ’s largest grape growing and premium wine producing region. Our province enjoys stunning scenery and a variety of tourist attractions. Blenheim is only a short flight or drive from three main centres, Nelson, Wellington and Christchurch, therefore opportunities for travel and exploration are great.
The school is a single-sex secondary school that caters to approximately 1000 boys from Year 9 – Year 13 (Age 13 – 18). We have strong connections with our sister school Marlborough Girls’ College which is just a 15-minute walk away and have some combined specialist subject classes, as well as a senior formal, productions, musical performances and activities.
Our teachers are committed to providing a high-quality, balanced education to students and emphasise the importance of achieving personal standards of excellence in academic, sporting, cultural and recreational activities.
Every effort is made to make international students stay in a happy and worthwhile experience. We recognise and appreciate the contribution they make to our school community.
Our international programme is small in scale (maximum 20 students). We have students from a variety of countries and provide a supportive and challenging environment. Our curriculum allows students to access a wide range of learning opportunities and multiple learning pathways. The school hosts students for year-long programmes of study and also has a number of short-stay international students at times during the school year.
International students live with local homestay families and this allows students greater opportunities to experience our culture and improve their language skills. Our homestay families are carefully selected and NZ Police vetted.
Our teaching staff work with the students in classroom situations as well as on a one-to-one basis to help non-English speakers progress to a point where they can integrate fully into the school curriculum. We have staff who are responsible for International Student Academic Programme and Monitoring Oversight and Homestay Coordination to give extra support to students when they first arrive in NZ. Students are taken through a school-wide orientation programme on arrival. The pastoral care of our International Students and assisting them to make the most of their time at Marlborough Boys’ College is foremost in the minds of all.
English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes are scheduled for all International Students after they have been tested.
The school has recently been reviewed by the Education Review Office (ERO). The Report noted “The Principal and International staff collaborate well to ensure the international programme is effective and international students were well-supported and integrated into all areas of the school.” The school is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (the Code) established under section 238F of the Education Act 1989.