TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROGRAMME AT ST. PIUS X SCHOOL
Prior to the student accepting the placement the school must have provided the student/parents with all information pertaining to our programme as outlined in the "Code of Practice" part 1: 1-8. Marketing, recruitment and enrolment of international students.
St. Pius X School offers full immersion into an age relative class with respect to being able to experience and interact within New Zealand culture and the English language.
St. Pius X will offer orientation into the school environment and community on a personal level and/or with a buddy or in a small group situation. This will be undertaken during the first week of the student's arrival and/or attendance at the school. Students will be introduced to school staff and familiarised with school facilities. An outline of mainstream class procedures, timetables and term dates will be provided during this time.
Final placement into a mainstream classroom will be determined after an English language assessment has been completed. Assessment will take place after the student has been studying at the school (between 3-6 weeks) and again at the completion of the contracted study period or after two (2) school terms which ever is the sooner to determine progress.
Students will receive ESOL support as considered relevant, by the staff of St. Pius X School, for the level of English language the student is recognised as having, after our assessment is completed.
Full payment for term of study is to be paid to the school office or can be made directly into our school bank account with a reference of students name included. This amount is to include tuition fee for full period intended study, cost of medical insurance, full payment covering total number of weeks for the full school term and uniform costs if being arranged by the school. Any staggered payments are at the discretion of the Principal. A detailed invoice will be provided itemising costs and showing full amount owing in New Zealand Dollars.
All student fees and associated costs are to be paid in terms of the Policy and Guidelines. Such payment is to be made ten working days prior to the start date of any student.
St. Pius X School operates a no refund policy for withdrawal from the programme during the contracted period. However reserve the right to consider written application for a refund to the School Board of Trustees. Any withdrawal is to be notified in writing to the school. For students unable to take up offered placement NZD500 will be deducted prior to reimbursement.
Fee protection is offered to studying students under the terms and conditions stipulated in "The Code of Practice: Part 3: Contracts and Indemnity: 11.4." St. Pius X School Board of Trustees give a Personal Guarantee to provide "Fee Protection" for all International Students fees paid to the school for the contracted time of placement at the school.
Receipt of funds will confirm placement. A receipt will be issued as required for the New Zealand Immigration in order to issue the appropriate student study visa. A copy of this visa is required.
A copy of the passport showing New Zealand immigration status for either the parent(s)/legal guardian's or designated caregivers, one of who the student is being cared by while studying in New Zealand is required by St. Pius X School.
For visa free countries like Korea (South) application for a study permit can be requested on arrival in New Zealand after 3 months as a visitor.
Immigration: "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 http://www.immigration.govt.NZ"
St. Pius X School Co-coordinator of International students or a representative will be available for the student to contact for any reason and/or at any time during or outside of school operating hours.
The student's academic progress, general behaviour and welfare will be regularly monitored. At any time, considered necessary by the school, contact will be made directly with the parents / legal guardians to discuss any arising issues.
Behavioural issues will be handled under the jurisdiction of school policy. If further action is required it will be implemented as stipulated in the "Code of Practise" Part 5, Students under 18, section 15.4.
St. Pius X School can engage the services of an interpreter for our Korean Students to help with monitoring progress and to offer community support for these students and or their parents/legal guardians. If any concerned party requires the use of an interpreter arrangements can be made through the school.
All information for each student, including a current photo taken by the school, will be kept as a separate record in the office. This will be in addition and separate from the relative records required for enrolment and attendance at an Integrated Catholic School.
Any health concerns or known medical conditions are to be advised to the school. This information needs to be held by the school. Carrying of any medication at school is prohibited. Any medication that is required to be taken during school time is to be held and administered by the school office in terms of our school policy.
Health and Travel Insurance: "Most students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand unless they are:
A resident or citizen of Australia; or
A national of the United Kingdom in New Zealand; or
The holder of a temporary permit that is valid for two years or more.
If you do not belong to one of these special categories and you receive medical treatment during your visit, you will be liable for the full costs of that treatment. We strongly recommend that you have insurance that will cover the cost of medical treatment in New Zealand for the duration of your stay in New Zealand. We also strongly recommend that you obtain insurance to cover your travel to and from New Zealand."
· Student's passport and medical insurance as in 6.1 must be sighted by the school office on arrival and verified copies including photo of student shown on passport along with any entries/visa and permits pertaining to study rights in New Zealand.
· St. Pius X School retains the right to terminate any contracts entered into pertaining to the student studying at their school. This could result if the student is considered not be making progress or is deemed in need of special educational services, to assist with mainstream learning over that currently offered by the programme. If required an independent assessment will be undertaken and the cost of this will be deducted from fees prior to any reimbursement on termination of study at St. Pius X School.
· If a student leaves and ceases to study at St. Pius X School for any reason New Zealand Immigration will be advised.
· St. Pius X School Board of Trustees has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Minister of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at http:///www.minedu.govt.NZ
The union meeting planned for this Wednesday has been postponed. Our union decided that it is important for teachers to be with their children this week, particularly those in Christchurch. It will be school as usual on Wednesday. Thank you.