Auckland New Zealand
“Reach for the Highest”
Summa Pete
Papakura High School
• Founded in 1954.
• Large state co-educational school, situated in
Papakura, in the south of Auckland.
• Surrounded by 14 hectares of park like grounds.
• The student roll is approximately 1,330 students.
• Very popular Auckland school.
• Comprehensive international programme with
students from Asia, South America and Europe.
• Limit for international students of 5% of roll.
• Continuous improvement and
emphasises on academic
• To give all students have the
opportunity to reach their full
• Providing quality teaching
within a disciplined and
caring environment.
• Sporting, social and cultural
activities are valued highly.
Core Values
• A commitment to learning
• Self belief and self respect
• Community responsibility
• Respect and concern for others
“Reach for the Highest”
Summa Pete
• NZ’s largest city: population 1.8m.
• Beautiful beaches, parks, vineyards.
• Average temps: winter 12c, summer 25c.
• Lots of things to see & do: Theatres,
cinemas, restaurants, museums etc.
• Many sports available: sailing, bush
walking, rugby, cricket, basketball etc.
• Easy to visit other parts of NZ.
• Papakura is a suburb in Auckland.
• Population of 46,000, just 25
minutes drive from Auckland city
centre, 15 mins from Airport.
• Papakura has an Olympic pool.
• Surrounded by beautiful countryside.
• Close to beaches, cinemas etc.
• Many activities for students to do.
What Else Can You Do At
Papakura High School?
• A wide range of co-curricular activities are
offered including:
Cultural activities such as drama, cultural
dance groups, debating, band, choir, theatre
sports and music.
Sporting activities such as rugby, netball,
basketball, volleyball, soccer, hockey, softball,
cricket, touch rugby, tennis, swimming,
• International students are encouraged to take
Where Do Students Live?
• Students live in a home-stay with NZ
• Helps students to be happy and improve
their English.
• Most homes will be a stand alone house
with a garden. The student will have their
own bedroom similar to this.
• The student will become part of the family.
• Most home-stays will have a PC.
• The student will be able to walk to school or
take a short bus journey.
What International Students Say
About Papakura High School?
• “Everything is comfortable for
international students, school, home-stay,
everything is O.K. We love this school”.
Piyaphon, Thailand
• “You can make many friends from
different countries”. Naoko, Japan
• “I really like Papakura High School
because all the teachers they are very
kind to me. When I go back to my country
I will tell my friends come to New Zealand
to learn English in Papakura High”. Vy,
Excellent Facilities
Papakura High School is well resourced with
modern facilities to improve student learning.
Computer laboratories (6).
Well resourced library.
Drama studio.
Up to date science laboratories.
High technology audio visual and
media studies room.
New food and materials technology
Wharenui – a meeting house.
Spacious well resourced classrooms.
Two gymnasiums and a fitness centre.
Student common room / cafeteria.
Playing fields, tennis courts.
English Tuition
• The international department has
specialist ESOL teachers.
• Students English language skills are
assessed on arrival.
• Students receive intensive language
• Students work in small groups with
English teachers.
• Students have access to excellent
Academic Excellence
• Papakura High School has highly
qualified and experienced
teachers in all subjects.
• 80% of students sitting 4 or more
Bursary subjects gained entrance
to University.
• Students are encouraged to be
involved in national academic
competitions: English, science,
maths etc,
• Students can start to study for a
tertiary arts qualification.
The Unique Features Of
Papakura High School
• Respected and caring school with a
reputation for innovation and excellence.
• Set in large park-like grounds close to city
facilities, beaches and countryside.
• Friendly supportive staff experienced with
hosting international students.
• High quality, fully registered teachers.
• Harmonious relationships amongst a
range of different cultures.
The Unique Features Of
Papakura High School
• International students are special and
make up no more than 5% of the total roll.
• Excellent academic achievement with high
standards of behaviour expected of
• High levels of staff and student
involvement in co-curricular activities.
• Access to the school’s outdoor education
• A safe environment.
Pastoral Care For
International Students
• A comprehensive orientation programme.
• Full time International student manager
and counsellor.
• International student days.
• International students speaking at
assemblies and in classrooms.
• Special social activities and school trips.
• Extra study tuition available / Homework
classes after school
Papakura High School
New Zealand

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