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Bethlehem College the complete overseas education package Spiritual >> provides a Biblical Christ-centred education for the preparation of students for effective service and leadership, while aiming for excellence in all educational and personal endeavours >> is an integrated, inter-denominational, Christian school >> opportunities in service with mission trips, both in NZ and overseas >> offers NZ living arrangements with friendly, experienced, host families


Academic >> has a decile 10 rating >> high academic expectations proven by its excellent NCEA results >> specialist ESOL classes, IELTS classes and after-school English classes >> a Literacy programme for University Entrance >> options of pathways to tertiary studies >> a caring, supportive and disciplined learning environment


Sport & Culture >> has many sporting and cultural activities >> has modern spacious facilities; multi-media, performing arts centre, sports centre, turf facilities >> sporting and cultural activities are incorporated into the curriculum and all students are expected to participate

Location Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand >> a beautiful, coastal city with a mild, pleasant climate >> 2½ hours drive south of Auckland, or 35 minutes by air >> a top holiday and tourist destination with a population of 100,000+ people Bethlehem College: Years 1 - 13 >> 20 minutes drive to Mt Maunganui Beach >> 10 minutes to the city >> Situated on 46 hectares/140 acres of land


Lynn Nicholls Director


Oversight of the International Department, school requirements, pastoral care Del Miller Director’s Assistant

Administration support, applications, visas, insurance, timetables, general enquiries Loretta McCready Homestay Co-ordinator Overseeing needs and requirements of student accommodation placement and liaison to host families

Esther Blears Academic Dean

ESOL and IELTS teacher

Ngaire Reimers Student Services Co-ordinator Student banking requirements and account services, health needs, travel arrangements and insurance claims

Bethlehem College welcomes students from different countries around the world. We believe it is essential for young people to experience ‘the complete overseas education package’ and have a well rounded education during their time with us. While we have high expectations for academic progress, we also encourage students to become involved in the many cultural, sporting and spiritual opportunities the school offers. We have a number of staff who are here to help students experience this. As Christians, we do our best to provide a caring, loving and supportive environment for them, not only at school, but also in their homestay families. We encourage you as parents to make at least one visit to New Zealand whilst your child is studying here. It would be a wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know the family your child is living with, as well as visiting the College and meeting the teachers and pastoral care staff. Thank you

Lynn Nicholls - Director, International SUPPORT >> Teachers, Office Staff and the Director are available to assist students at any time. >> 1st Language “Friends of the School” can help where needed. >> Qualified counsellors are available if required. The International staff are available 24 hours per day.


ACADEMIC International Student Entry Requirements To gain direct entry to Bethlehem College Secondary – international students must have an intermediate level of English or above, Years 7 – 10 IELTS level 4.5 Years 11 – 13 IELTS level 5.0 It is very important for students to be able to cope with the second language demands of studying mainstream subjects. Upon arrival all students are assessed for their language competency and are placed in an appropriate course level. Assistance will be given with subject choices. There is a range of subject options available such as: hospitality, marine studies, photography, physical education, sport science, textiles technology. If a student does NOT meet the criteria for direct entry, an intensive english language programme may be completed at the Bay of Plenty English Language School (BOPELS). Upon successful entry into Bethlehem College, students are encouraged to prepare for NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3. NCEA Level 2 University Entrance Literacy is offered as part of the Year 13 International Course. Advanced students may choose to prepare for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination which takes place twice a year. Guidance and advice is available to students to help them gain the necessary qualifications to continue with a tertiary education. ESOL is one of the subjects offered by the College for Years 11 – 13. Support is available to assist students in Years 7 – 10 in their subject areas should this be required. At Bethlehem College, academic reports are completed in Terms 2 & 4. Copies of these reports are forwarded to parents or agents.













Social Studies

Technology Options



Maths Level 1

Science Level 1

Social Studies

Technology Options



Enterprise Studies



English Level 1

Maths Level 1

Science Level 1

Geography Level 1

NCEA Level 1

ESOL Level 1

Maths Lifeskills Level 1

Alternative Science Level 1

History Level 1

Materials Technology (Wood) Level 1 Home Economics Level 1

Agriculture and Horticulture Level 1

Textile Technology Level 1 Computer Studies Level 2 Graphics Level 1


English Level 2

Maths Level 2

Biology Level 2

Geography Level 2

NCEA Level 2

English Literacy Level 2

Maths Extension Level 2

Chemistry Level 2

History Level 2

ESOL Level 2/3

Maths Lifeskills Level 2

Physics Level 2

Classical Studies Level 2

Science Level 2

Tourism Level 2

Agriculture and Horticulture Level 2

Materials Technology (Wood) Level 2 Textile Technology Level 2 Catering and Hospitality Level 2 Graphics Level 2 Computer Studies Level 2 Electronics Level 2


English Level 3

NCEA Level 3

Literacy for ESOL Level 3

Maths with Calculus Level 3 Maths with Statistics Level 3

Biology Level 3

Geography Level 3

Graphics Level 3

Chemistry Level 3

History Level 3

Computer Studies Level 3

Physics Level 3

Classical Studies Level 3

Science Level 3

Tourism Level 2 / 3

Agriculture and Horticulture Level 3

Textile Technology Level 2 Materials Technology (Wood) Level 3 Catering and Hospitality Level 3

Unity In Diversity




Visual Art

Physical Education and Health


Music Drama

Visual Art Music

Physical Education and Health

Music Level 1

Sports Science Level 1

Enterprise Studies


French Level 1

Accounting Level 1

Japanese Level 1

Economics Level 1

Te Reo Maori Level 1 (Correspondence)

Drama Level 1

-Painting and Sculpture -Design -Photography

Thinking Skills

Te Reo Maori (Correspondence)

Music Technology Level 1

Visual Art: (all level 2)




Christian Living “Impact Studies”

Te Reo Maori


Visual Art Level 1


Sports Science Level 2

French Level 2

Accounting Level 2

Japanese Level 2

Economics Level 2

Christian Living “Impact Studies” Level 2

Te Reo Maori Level 2 (Correspondence)

Music Level 2

Automotive Engineering Level 2

Early Childhood Education Level 2/3

Music Technology Level 2 Drama Level 2

Visual Art: (all level 3) -Painting -Sculpture -Design -Photography Music Level 3 Drama Level 3

Sports Science Level 3

French Level 3

Accounting Level 3

Japanese Level 3

Economics Level 3

Te Reo Maori Level 3 (Correspondence)

Christian Living “Impact Studies” Level 3 Early Childhood Education Level 3/4 Marine Studies Level 3

SPORT Bethlehem College has a good reputation for providing a wide range of sporting activities and a proven success record at both regional and national levels. The location of coastal Tauranga, offers many water sport opportunities. Turf Facilities >> Athletics > Football >> Beach volleyball > Hockey (Astroturf) >> Cricket > Rugby >> Cross country Events Centre / Gymnasium / Outdoor Courts >> Basketball >> Badminton >> Fencing >> Netball

> Rock climbing > Tennis > Volleyball

Water Sports >> Multi sport >> Rowing >> Sailing >> Surfing

> Surf Life Saving > Swimming > Underwater Hockey

Other >> Equestrian >> Golf >> In Line Hockey >> Skiing / Snowboarding NOTE: all sports are subject to team number availability


CULTURE The fabulous new Performing Arts Centre at Bethlehem College provides students with learning, practice and performance opportunities in theatrical dance, drama and music. Drama >> Cultural Funk Group >> Kapa Haka Group >> School Productions >> Stage Challenge (secondary school) >> Theatre Performances

MUSIC Performing College Choirs >> Animoso (audition choir) >> Barbershop Groups >> Con Brio (all comers choir) College Bands & Ensembles >> Consort Band >> Flute & Saxophone ensembles >> Jazz Band >> Jazz Combo >> Percussion ensemble >> String ensemble All students can access private lessons in a range of band and contemporary instruments, as well as vocal coaching.


SPIRITUAL While studying at Bethlehem College, international students have the unique opportunity to serve schools both within New Zealand and overseas where there is a need. Help is given by assisting with teaching, activities, resources, school maintenance and/or building projects. Overseas opportunities are organized by teachers and staff of Bethlehem College and generally take place during school holidays. In 2010, the opportunities have been: Tonga Strong links have been established over the past seven years, with the people of Tonga. This is a 16-day experience working with primary and middle schools in Tongatapu and will include a visit to the island of Ha’apai where Bethlehem College students will serve in the local schools. Kenya A link has been made with a small rural school. Staff and students will be visiting to explore the possibility of establishing a long-term ongoing relationship. Solomon Islands A team of staff and students will be helping at a boarding school in Su’u.


ACCOMMODATION & SERVICES Bethlehem College is a signatory to the Ministry of Education’s Code of Practice and the pastoral care of all our students is a high priority. In our department we have a Student Services Co-ordinator and a Homestay Co-ordinator. Our Student Services Co-ordinator looks after the day to day need of our students including: banking, flight details, uniforms, medical visits and insurance claims. All students not living with their parent/guardian, are placed in Homestay Accommodation. Our host families are carefully chosen, interviewed and monitored by our Homestay Co-ordinator and vetted by the New Zealand Police, with the safety and welfare of all students being of paramount importance. All families are personally selected to cater for the individual needs of each student, with an expectation that the family will care for them as they would their own son or daughter. This arrangement benefits both the family and the student as it creates an opportunity for friendship, and encourages the mutual understanding of cultural differences. The student is exposed to the NZ culture in a natural setting and enables them to practice their English in a supportive environment. Along with clearly defined boundaries and communication, the host family provides a good foundation for personal growth and maturity. We encourage all members of our community to work together to form strong relationships amongst the staff, students, host families, parents and agents, to deliver first-class quality care.


MINISTRY OF EDUCATION Bethlehem College has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Ministry of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at

Summary Code When students from other countries come to study in New Zealand, it is important that those students are well informed, safe, and properly cared for. New Zealand educational providers have an important responsibility for international students’ welfare. What is the Code? The Code is a document that provides a framework for service delivery by educational providers and their agents to international students. The Code sets out the minimum standards of advice and care that are expected of educational providers with respect to international students. The Code applies to pastoral care and provision of information only, and not to academic standards. Who does the Code apply to? The Code applies to all education providers in New Zealand with international students enrolled. The Code is mandatory to these providers and must be signed by them. What do I do if something goes wrong? If you have concerns about your treatment by your education provider or by an agent of the provider, the first thing you must do is contact the principal, the international student director, or another person who has been identified to you as someone that you can approach about complaints at your institution. The Code requires all institutions to have fair and equitable internal grievance procedures for students and you need to go through these internal processes before you can take the complaint any further. If your concerns are not resolved by the internal grievance procedures, you can contact the International Education Appeal Authority (IEAA). What is the International Education Appeal Authority (IEAA)? The IEAA is an independent body established to deal with complaints from international students about pastoral care aspects of advice and services received from their education provider or the provider’s agents. The IEAA enforces the standards in the Code of Practice. How can I contact the IEAA? You can write to the IEAA at:

International Education Appeal Authority Private Bag 32 001 Wellington 6146 Phone: (04) 462 6660 Fax: (04) 462 6686 Email:

The Code also establishes the IEAA and the Review Panel to receive and adjudicate on student complaints.


The Code sets standards for education providers to ensure that: >> high professional standards are maintained >> the recruitment of international students is undertaken in an ethical and responsible manner >> information supplied to international students is comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date >> students are provided with information prior to entering into any commitments >> contractual dealings with international students are conducted in an ethical and responsible manner >> the particular needs of international students are recognised >> international students are in safe accommodation >> all providers have fair and equitable internal procedures for the resolution of international student grievances Full details of what is covered can be found in the Code itself.

Accidents & Emergencies Bethlehem College is responsible for all emergency procedures during school hours and all emergency procedures outside school hours while the student is in homestay accommodation. In the event of an accident or emergency, the Homestay Co-ordinator or the Director will be contacted immediately. The appropriate action will be taken and where it is necessary to contact the parents, this will be undertaken by the Director of International or the College Principal on the emergency contact number provided on the Application for Enrolment form. If your child has had an accident the Director of International or the College Principal may need to consent to urgent medical procedures on your behalf.


Guidelines & Criteria The Ministry of Education requires that schools will protect the fees of all students. Course fees and homestay fees will be paid into the Bethlehem College Investment Account for Foreign Fees. For all other money, the International Department arranges for all overseas students to place their personal spending money in a Bank of New Zealand Account in their own name. This account belongs to the student. The funds in this ‘holding’ account can only be withdrawn through automatic payments / direct debits arranged by the student and the International Office, or by a withdrawal signed by the student and a designated International staff member. Homestay fees will be paid from this account by automatic payment fortnightly in advance directly to the homestay’s account. The school operates a ‘cash management system’, thereby reducing bank fees for the students when withdrawals are made from their accounts. An amount of no more than $50.00 is transferred weekly to a second account in the student’s name. This is the ‘pocket money account’ and is operated solely by the student. The student is issued with an ATM money card and can make withdrawals at most shops, supermarkets or ATM machines throughout New Zealand. Bank statements are issued from the Bank of New Zealand every month. A copy of the statement is sent to parents and a copy is also available for the student. The ‘holding’ account must be kept in credit at all times. Agents or families are advised of the expected requirements on enrolment and/or in June and December each year. These include pocket money, bus fees, uniform costs, and a contingency fee to cover items such as doctor’s accounts, books, travel, clothing, telephone accounts, etc. Any money remaining in the student’s accounts at the end of the student’s time at school is returned to the student’s family. Bethlehem College believes this system is beneficial to the student, teaching them stewardship and budgeting. The banking system allows parents to see exactly how their money is being spent. Should a student require money for a large item, eg: computer, radio, bicycle, etc, contact is made with the parent, and their permission sought and a request made for further funds before the money is withdrawn from the bank.


VISA REGULATIONS For students applying for entry to New Zealand secondary schools Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website at Visa extensions can be applied for in New Zealand. The fee for this is NZD $200.00 which is paid to Immigration Services. A preparation fee of $70 is also charged by Bethlehem College International. In order to be accepted for a study visa at a New Zealand Secondary School, a student must submit: >> a completed and signed application form >> a recent passport size photograph >> the application fee >> a passport (must be valid for at least 3 months past the date you plan to leave New Zealand) >> evidence of financial support while in New Zealand · a completed Financial Undertaking for a Student or · evidence of NZ$10,000 per year (and provision for an airline ticket) or · evidence of NZ$1,000 per month if studying for under 36 weeks >> an Offer of Place from the school they will study at >> evidence of a guarantee of accommodation >> a Receipt for payment of fees, stating duration of study paid for If applying for a further student permit, you must also provide copies of: >> evidence of previous student performance >> evidence of attendance showing satisfactory progress Character Requirements If students are aged 17 or over and intend being in New Zealand for 24 months or longer, they must provide a police certificate from their country of citizenship (unless they can provide satisfactory evidence that they have never lived there). All Police Certificates must be less than 6 months old when the application is made. Health Requirements: For people studying for more than 6 months and less than 12 months, you will need to submit: >> a completed Temporary Entry Chest X-ray For people studying for more than 12 months, you will need to submit: >> a completed Medical and X-ray Certificate High School students in Years 12 or 13 who have a Student Visa, may apply for a Variation of Conditions to their Student Permit to allow them to work for up to 20 hours in any given week during the academic year and any holidays within the academic year – provided they have written permission from the school and written parental consent.


Schedule of Fees - 2011 Fees Enrolment Fee



Paid by students enrolling for the first time


Course Fees Administration Fee Tuition Resource Fee

Administration Fee, Student Services, Pastoral Care NZ$ 3,250.00 per term - per year Text book and stationery charge – per annum TOTAL

$1,700.00 $13,000.00 $100.00 $14,800.00

Homestay Fees Homestay

NZ$ 210.00 per week The student will have a room of their own. This amount is for full board including three meals each day (a prepared lunch on school days). If a student requires more than one change of homestay, a fee of one week’s homestay ($210.00) may be incurred. 46 weeks - TOTAL


Personal Living Expenses Airport Meeting Fee

First time students attending Bethlehem College are met on their arrival at Auckland International Airport and brought to Tauranga by road.

Pocket Money

Maximum amount per week for students


Compulsory for overseas students – per year BC recommends Uni-care Premier Cover for Student Visa / Permit holders


Bus Fees

$105 per term


Other Expenses

These vary according to the individual and are not covered by the tuition fee. These may include: > Entry fees to external examinations (IELTS / NCEA) > Uniforms > Trips out of school > Subject Fees (where extra materials required) > Sports > Telephone/Internet Charges > Shuttle/Transport Fees > Extra out-of-school tuition > Visa Renewal

Estimated financial requirements per semester (6 months)

The estimated personal expenses for overseas students, per semester, including the above is:




- per year


2011 School Term Dates & Holidays Term Start

Term Finish

Half School Holidays Days

Term 1

Tuesday 1st February

Friday 15th April


Monday 18th April to Monday 2nd May

Term 2

Tuesday 3rd May

Friday 15th July


Monday 18th July to Monday 1st August

Term 3

Tuesday 2nd August

Friday 7th October


Monday 10th October to Tuesday 25th October

Term 4

Wednesday 26th October Tuesday 13th December


Wednesday 14th December

These term dates comply with Ministry of Education requirements - open for instruction 380 half-days in 2011

Term 1

Tuesday 1st February to Friday 15th April 2011

108 half days

New Staff Induction Day

Wednesday 26th January

All Staff Only Days

Thursday 27th & Friday 28th January

Statutory Holidays

Sunday 6th February - Waitangi Day

11 weeks

Friday 22nd April - Good Friday (during holidays) Mon 25th April - Easter Monday/Anzac Day (during holidays)

Term 1 School Holidays: Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Monday 18th April to Monday 2nd May

Tuesday 3rd May to Friday 15th July

104 half days

Staff Only Day

Monday 2nd May

Statutory Holidays

Monday 6th June - Queens Birthday

Term 2 School Holidays:

Monday 18th July to Monday 1st August

Tuesday 2nd August to Friday 7th October

98 half days

11 weeks

10 weeks

Staff Only Day

Monday 1st August

Statutory Holidays

Monday 24th October - Labour Day (during holidays)

Term 3 School Holidays:

Monday 10th October to Tuesday 25th October

Wednesday 26th October to Tuesday 13th December Staff Only Days

Tuesday 25th October

Statutory Holidays


70 half days

7 weeks

Term 4 Christmas Holidays: Commence Wednesday 14th December


ENROLMENT Bethlehem College has places for approximately 50 international students from Years 7 to 13, less than 5% of the total school roll. Primary placements advised upon application. Mainstream Course:

High School Studies and English as a Second Language

Intake Date:

Beginning of February (Term 1) or at the beginning of Term 3, only if places are available at the requested year level

Length of Course:

1+ Years minimum of 1 Semester (being 2 terms / 6 months)


New applications should be sent between June and September, prior to the intended year of study

ORIENTATION PROGRAMME All new students to Bethlehem College are involved in an orientation programme to ensure a smooth transition into studying and living in New Zealand which includes the following; >> staff introductions >> tour of school >> tour of Tauranga (Terms 1 & 3) >> cultural differences >> homestay information >> subject selection >> sport and cultural opportunities >> general school information >> NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) >> other important contacts



Private Bag 12003, Tauranga 3143, New Zealand Phone: +64 7 579 1856 Fax: +64 7 579 1755 Email: Director: Lynn Nicholls Mobile: +64 21 832 579


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