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The presence of our international students enriches the College community and we value this cultural diversity.


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Welcome to Roncalli College

At Roncalli we offer our students the opportunity for academic excellence within a small, friendly and caring environment.  The presence of international students at the College enriches the College community and we value this cultural diversity.  Students have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of extra curricular activities including music, sport, drama and our excellent outdoors programme.

For a well rounded education in an environment which fosters excellence,
Roncalli College is your first choice!

Key features:

  • Excellent academic results
  • Small, friendly and safe school (500 students)    
  • Culture of care for students and community
  • Accredited to offer New Zealand Curriculum Framework courses
  • School of first choice for many New Zealand and International Students
  • Outstanding 25 year record in hosting International Students
  • Limited spaces (35) for international students and therefore, more opportunity to get to know New Zealand students! Buddy system available!
  • Well resourced school with computer facilities available to all students
  • Variety and diversity of subjects
  • Extra tutorial assistance available through weekly “Homework Club” and IELTS after school programmes
  • ESOL tuition for all international students
  • Co-educational Catholic Secondary School from Years 9 to 13
  • Live with caring New Zealand families
  • Quality support staff and systems
  • A leader in Outdoor Education –“Winners of Outdoors New Zealand Best Outdoor Education Programme”
  • Wide range of sporting and cultural activities

Roncalli College invites you to become a part of our school and community.  Experience the difference!

Pastoral Care at Roncalli College

Our International team who care for our International Students are Mr Bryce Caird, mentor for our international boys, Mary- Jane Konings, ESOL teacher and Cathy Shearer, Director of International Students.

In addition to these people the College has an extensive guidance network involving a Counsellor, Careers Advisor, Deans at each year level and House Group teachers.

For information about our International programme please contact Mrs Cathy Shearer c.shearer@roncalli.school.nz.

Follow the link for the International Department Facebook page

NZ Code of Practice

View the NZ Code of Practice

The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016
Caring for International Students - The Code of Practice

When you come to New Zealand to study as an international student, education providers have a responsibility to ensure that you are well informed, safe and properly cared for.

In New Zealand we call this ‘pastoral care’. You are entitled to be treated well, at all ages and at all levels of education.

To support this, the New Zealand government has developed the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 which is linked to this page.


View NZ Code of Practice

EDICM and NPO FutureSchool Speech Contest

Roncalli College has been pleased to be part of this prestigious contest and we are delighted that two of our Roncalli College students have been successful, in 2017 Anne Newmarch and in 2018 Abhirami Bharathan.

In the first weekend of the holidays, Abhi Bharathan travelled to Dunedin to represent Roncalli College in the EDICM and NPO FutureSchool Speech Contest.  

EDICM (Educational Information, Consulting and Mentoring from Japan) have more than 18,000 students studying abroad and they established  NPO FutureSchool in 2002 to support, among other objectives,  international students who want to visit Japan. The competition is offered to students from Roncalli College, Craighead Diocesan School, Otago Boys’ High School, John McGlashan College, St Hilda’s Collegiate School and Columba College.

Two winners of the EDICM/NPO Future Schools Speech Contest each receive a 10 day trip to Japan in December (including homestay, sightseeing and visiting a Japanese high school).

The topic for this years speech was 'A life less ordinary' and Abhi's speech was titled 'In Limbo'   focussing on what it was like growing up as a Christchurch-born New Zealander with Sri Lankan and Indian heritage. Abhi was accompanied by Cathy Shearer our International Student Director who stated that the emotion behind Abhi's speech and Abhi's wonderful personality made her speech come alive and really stand out from the others.  

Anne Newmarch, the 2017 winner also travelled to Dunedin to support Abhi and report about her experience in Japan. A copy of Anne's amazing presentation is attached to this article. 

Abhi acknowledged Miss Allan, who teachers her Drama and English, for the help she received. 

We would like to congratulate Abhi and thank Makiko Kashikura, EDICM & NPO FutureSchools President  for their continued support.

If you would like to read the Timaru Herald article about Abhi's success, please follow this link.