International Students

Dear Ms Crowley, Ms Shabbot and Ms Lee

CHAN, Ho Yan (Crystal)
Year 3 Room 5

It is Crystal’s last day in your school today! Thank you for all your support and guidance extended to our daughter.

Crystal is loving your school/class and is learning so much every day. She is fully embracing life in New Zealand through the school. On her first day of school in Baverstock Oaks, she told us that she made some “best friends”. I related it to Ms Crowley’s statement on the school website that “We value inclusivity and warmly welcome all new families to our school”. We truly felt that from all the staff and students in the school, especially from our direct interactions with yourself, Ms Shabbot and Leanne. We hope that other members of her class are also enjoying learning a different culture. We never know, one day we may be fortunate enough to meet them in Hong Kong because of a friendship established in Year 3!

Again, we really appreciate your efforts in accepting Crystal into your school/class on a short notice and for a short period of time. We attach a photo that was taken with Ms Crowley last week. Goodbye from Crystal and her little sister Amber!

Take care and best regards
Jennie & Rocky

Jenny Cho

Baverstock Oaks is a relatively new, state of the art, multi-cultural, co-educational school for years 1-6 (5-11 years old) that has around 700 students representing over 35 different nationalities.  We opened on 1st February 2005 and have 4.1 hectares, with large playing fields for cricket, softball, soccer, and rugby, etc.  We have two outdoor table tennis tables available at all breaks and lunch hours.  Our school hall is available for gym activities and school events.

The school is situated in Flatbush, which is a brand new suburb in Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.  We have great community resources, transport services, libraries and shopping centres to cater to everyone’s needs.  We are 10 minutes drive from lovely local beaches.

We strive to be a friendly and receptive place, approachable to parents and sympathetic to the individual needs of children.  The sense of family is of paramount importance to us.  It is imperative that we all work together for the positive benefit of the children in our school.

What we stand for

  • QUALITY learning and teaching
  • Developing strength of character by promoting positive VALUES
  • Fostering a sense of BELONGING and COMMITMENT
  • Promoting a BALANCE and educating the WHOLE CHILD
  • Valuing UNIQUENESS

We Value

  • The sense of “family” and learning partnerships
  • A High Quality Learning Environment
  • The Power of thinking and reflection
  • Questions, feedback and feedforward
  • The diversity of our community
  • The well-being of the “whole” person

We have attracted a dynamic team of high quality educators so that we can offer the best learning opportunities for your children.  International students have full access to our innovative and comprehensive curriculum and are encouraged to integrate into all aspects of school life.  The school has excellent, modern facilities and is very well resourced with computer technology.

Baverstock Oaks School is close to other excellent schools for international students when they graduate from here.

Visit Somerville Intermediate website

Visit Botany Downs Secondary College website

Curriculum Programme

  • Programmes at Baverstock Oaks School commonly feature the following:
  • Learning activities in which students investigate issues and solve problems of interest to them.
  • A balanced curriculum which emphasises discovery and exploration; and encourages higher order thinking as keys to successful learning;
  • Opportunities to see the relevance of learning by applying it in a practical way to solve real problems;
  • Learning activities and experiences (both in and outside school) which enable all students to succeed regardless of previous achievement;
  • Schemes that are not so prescriptive that they stifle creativity and the opportunity to capture the teachable moment.
  • Teachers adapt the programme to the students to ensure the curriculum focus for each student is on personal development as well as on academic achievement.
  • We focus on educating the whole child, emotionally, intellectually, socially, personally.  Students are challenged with opportunities to participate in a range of academic, cultural, sporting and technology programmes.

English Ability

As all teaching is in English, it is important for us to gauge a student’s level of English undertaken in their home country.  Supporting evidence of a student’s English language ability is required.  This may be in the form of a report from their current school, translated in English, or a certificate of English language ability from a private institute.


  • Students in all year levels must wear a school uniform  – see our School Uniform page on this website for more information.
    We have a range of uniform items.  A combination of any parts can be worn at any time of the year.
    Sun hats are compulsory during our summer season – Term 1 and Term 4.

Classroom Programmes

  • English – Oral, Written, Visual
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Health/Physical Education
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Library Information Skills
  • Specialised E.S.L. classes

All classes offer programmes in all areas of the New Zealand Curriculum.  Details of the curriculum can be found on the Ministry of Education’s website

Safety and Security

  • High standards for education and behavior
  • A strong philosophy of Family and Learning Partnerships
  • Promoting family and community friendships

School Facilities

  • Small class sizes
  • Enthusiastic, high quality, passionate teachers
  • Sporting opportunities –  including netball, soccer, rugby, hockey, athletics, dance, cheerleading, swimming lessons
  • Cultural groups – Pasifika dance, Kapahaka Group
  • Computers in every classroom as well as ‘Bring your own device’
  • Library and information centre with dedicated full time librarian
  • Quality before and afterschool care programmes and holiday programmes
  • Year 5 and Year 6 annual school camps
Cost Includes
One Calendar Year $10,800 including GST $500 Administration Fee (non refundable)
$400 Ministry of Education Fees
One Term (10 weeks approx) $4,000 including GST $500 Administration Fee (non refundable)
$100 Ministry of Education Fees
Two Terms (20 weeks) $7,000 including GST $500 Administration Fee (non refundable)
$200 Ministry of Education Fees
Up to 10 Weeks $400 per week including GST $60 per week Administration Fee (non refundable)
$10 per week Ministry of Education Fees

All fees are payable in advance.

Please note, there is no guarantee of a place at Baverstock Oaks School until fees have been paid in full, even when there has been an official offer of place.

Procedure for Enrolment of International Students

  1. International Application received with the following areas checked and completed
  • Students details (contact information, photo, passport information, expected start date and time to be spent at BOS)
  • Parents details (contact information – own country and New Zealand, passport information)
  • Medical Information (current information, insurance company, policy number)
  • Students previous education (report in English, level of English, previous English language Education, schools attended)
  • Tuition Agreement (signed)
  • Refund Policy Explanation – School Fees (signed, name, address)
  • Application Checklist (ticked, signed and dated)
  1. Letter of Confirmation of Placement sent out
  1. Visit to school office by interested party to collect/complete enrolment pack and pay school fees and organise start date.
  1. Offer of Place to an International student sent out to parents (this is also for student/visa/permit).
  1. On start date the student will be taken, as normal procedure, to their class. The ESL department will see the student within the next few days to orientate within our environment.  Testing will also be undertaken to determine placement within ESL programmes as required.

How to Make a Complaint

Click HERE If you have concerns or questions about your child at school

For more serious concerns……

NZQA will be the first point of contact for all complaints about the Code and will investigate complaints about suspected breaches of the Code. NZQA also has the authority to apply sanctions to schools where breaches are found to have occurred.

Raising a complaint with NZQA will not adversely affect the immigration status of students. Students can download the Complaint Form. Completed complaint forms, along with supporting evidence, can be sent to:

The Complaints Officer

New Zealand Qualifications Authority

PO Box 160

Wellington 6140


email or scan the completed form along with scans of any supporting evidence to [email protected]

For more information on the complaint process, students can contact NZQA on 0800 697 296.

Furthermore, there is a student-focused information on How to Make a Complaint. This brochure should be easily accessible to international students.


The other alternative for making a complaint if it cannot be resolved with the school or NZQA is  ….iStudent Complaints 

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