International Students have the options of either living in the Sacred Heart College Hostel, or a homestay family which is arranged by the College. We employ a homestay co-ordinator who provides care and support to all International Students and their homestay families.
College Boarding Hostel
Boarding is an integral part of life at Sacred Heart College. The Hostel, located on site at the College, caters for 170 students from Years 9 to 13, of which up to 30 can be International Students. The Dean of Boarding allocates places for the best possible nationality mix to make sure International boarders are well integrated into the hostel environment, and undertakes the interview (in person, or by phone) with the Director of International Students.
Hostel staff attempt to cater for individual needs and create a warm, family environment.
Years 9 and 10 students share partitioned dormitories and have supervised study. Each Year 11 boarder has a study desk in their cubicle, with most of the Year 12 and all of the Year 13 have individual rooms. All students have access to Wi-Fi, common rooms with television. The Chapel, sports fields, Aquatic Centre and Gymnasium are also available.
The Hostel has its own catering manager and staff, with meals served in the spacious dining hall. All laundry is done on the property and boarders have access to dental and medical services as required. The matron and Hostel staff ensure that boarders have access to care or advice at any time of the day or night.
For further information about boarding at Sacred Heart College, please see our Boarding Hostel FAQs in the Resource panel.
Our Homestay & Welfare Co-ordinator carefully interviews and chooses suitable host families so that our students can live nearby or easily access to public transportation, local shops and amenities. The suburbs surrounding the College are spacious, safe and often the houses are modern and well-catered for. Host families take students into their family life, and provide support and care for them while they are in New Zealand.
Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) is provided by homestay families. New Zealanders typically eat British food, however, most people like eating a wide variety of food. Many rural areas of New Zealand are dedicated to farming so we have access to good quality meat and fresh fruit and vegetables.
When students fill out the Homestay Application Form, they put their reference so that our Homestay Co-ordinator matches students with a suitable family. Details about the host family are normally sent to the student before they arrive in Auckland. The students are normally greeted at airport when they come to New Zealand so they can start getting to know each other from the moment they are landed.
Homestay is an amazing part of the New Zealand experience and students frequently stay in touch with their host family for the rest of their lives.