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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 NPO Future Speech Contest

In 2017, Roncalli played host to the EDICM/NPO Future School Speech Competition. This marked the first time the speech competition has been held in New Zealand since 2004 and the competition’s debut in the South Island. EDICM, a Japanese study exchange company, was offering two winners a 12 day cultural exchange to Japan. In this time, the winners would spend 2 nights in Tokyo (including a trip to Tokyo Disneyland) before travelling to Kōfu, capital of the Yamanashi Prefecture, and spend time with a host family while attending a Japanese sister school.

The competition saw Year 12 student Anne Newmarch give a 7 minute speech on the topic, “What have you learned about your heritage that you want to pass on to future generations?” Anne gave an emotionally stirring and delicately balanced speech on her family fleeing Zimbabwe when she was an infant, forging new roots in a strange country, and what it may mean to never return to your homeland to be buried alongside your ancestors.

Anne, who competed against 6 students from Years 10-12 in the South Canterbury and Otago region, was awarded first place.



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