International Department Staff

Sacred Heart College has had many years of experience hosting International Students from all over the world. The College is a signatory to the Code of Practice for International Students and takes the welfare and education of their students very seriously. The number of International Students is relatively small which enables students to be readily integrated into College life. Currently our International Students represent 12 different countries and regions.

The International Department provides comprehensive care for our International Students ranging from curriculum planning, to academic progress and reporting, language support, social and health support, career advice, as well as accommodation arrangements, holiday activities and travel insurance.

At the beginning of each school term, International Students participate in a comprehensive orientation programme designed to familiarise them with the school environment and to help them understand school expectations. International Students are integrated into regular classes, across Years 9 to 13 and, where appropriate, receive extra support in particular subjects.

The Dean of International Students and English Language Learners' Department assesses students' English ability on their arrival and provides English teaching in small groups, enabling them to give the students plenty of individual attention. The College is in frequent contact with universities, polytechnics, and Immigration New Zealand to ensure our students are studying in a safe yet relaxing environment, where each student can make most of his personal and academic progress.

International Department Staff

Mr Ting Xu - Director of International Students, responsible for international marketing and promotional strategy, management of the International Department making sure that the operation of the department is compliant with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. His role also includes working together with the Dean of International Students on students’ academic progress, welfare support and discipline.
+64 9 529 3660 ext. 882; +64 29 200 8993
txu@sacredheart.school.nz  

Ms Ngawai Hooker - Dean of International Students, responsible for the academic planning and progress, guidance, welfare and discipline of International Students at Sacred Heart College. She strongly encourages all International Students to participate in school extracurricular activities and take advantage of the sporting, music, art and cultural opportunities available at the College.
+64 9 529 3660 ext. 807
nhooker@sacredheart.school.nz

Mrs Marie Whineray – Homestay & Welfare Coordinator, responsible for homestay placement and monitoring of International Students with Sacred Heart College’s approved host families. She also provides welfare support to International Students in and out of school, and is the College’s 24/7 emergency contact person.
+64 9 529 3660 ext.748
+64 21 074 7433 (24/7 emergency contact)
mwhineray@sacredheart.school.nz

Mrs Cheryl Wrigley - International Students Administrator, responsible for the administration of International Student applications for Sacred Heart College, managing our student database, and assists in student visas and insurance while they are in New Zealand.
+64 9 529 3660 ext. 897
cwrigley@sacredheart.school.nz