Mt Hobson Middle School

Pathway to Opportunity

The 2016 academic year is well underway - come and join us!!!

Mt Hobson Middle School (MHMS) and Villa NCEA Academy (VNA) has welcomed two new International students this term - one from Beijing and one from Shenzhen.

Having just celebrated Chinese New Year in the vibrant 'City of Sails' the students seem to have settled well into 'Kiwi life', working hard throughout the school day and enjoying afternoon sessions full of varied enrichments activities.

Thanks to the fantastic Auckland weather, the students have had ample opportunity to enjoy the sun, sea and sand in our beautiful city with both their class mates and homestay families.

Limited places remain available to International students for this year, with just the following spaces remaining:

* 3 in Year 11 (NCEA Academy)

* 3 in Year 10

* 2 in Year 9

* 3 in Year 8

* 2 in Year 7

International Manager Bruce Knox is available via phone, Skype or e-mail to assist and advise agents on the best opportunities for students wishing to study in Auckland, on a short or long term basis.

In addition, school holiday programmes can be written and facilitated for groups of students and families wishing to visit New Zealand to experience the education system and lifestyle or to develop English Language skills.

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What can we offer to International students

Mt Hobson Middle School and Villa NCEA Academy can offer 'tailor made' opportunities to International students. Three examples include:

Long Term places - students attend the school for a minimum of one academic year, living with a 'homestay family' and studying as part of a maximum class size of 12. Students will have full access to our academic programmes and examination options.

Short term study - students attend for a period of time chosen by their parent/agent. Students will be provided with uniform, stationery and a 'homestay family' (if required) and will join an existing class. This is a good 'taster' option to allow children to familiarize themselves with the school, its curriculum and Auckland, or as an option to 'boost' English language skills.

Holiday courses - we offer 'tailor made' packages to groups of International students wishing to study in Auckland short term. These packages can include English lessons, academic programmes, visits to local attractions and entertainment facilities and visits to surrounding areas. Hotels or 'homestay' arrangements can be made for children and their families.

To discuss your requirements, please contact Bruce Knox, International Manager, on:

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Alwyn Poole, Principal

"We have proved that individualized learning in a small, nurturing environment, combined with excellent teaching, prepares students for excellence in all sphere of life."