Application requirements and procedures
To apply to enrol your child at Somerville Intermediate School, please complete the Application to Enrol and submit it to the school office together with most recent school reports and any English language achievements.
Conditions of acceptance
Somerville Intermediate School accepts international students based on the number of places available at the time of application. The student’s level of English will be a consideration. All immigration requirements must be met prior to confirmation of enrolment. Age of applicant will be a consideration.
If you wish to withdraw your son / daughter from Somerville Intermediate School, please advise the Principal in writing at least two weeks in advance. The school’s
refund conditions will apply in the event of any withdrawal.
Somerville Intermediate School reserves the right to terminate the enrolment of any international student without refund of fees on the basis of continued and unexplained
non-attendance. In this event the New Zealand Immigration Service will be notified.
In the case of gross misconduct and / or serious disobedience by a student, the New Zealand Ministry of Education Stand-down, Suspension, Exclusion and Expulsion
Rules 1999 will be followed. These rules can be found on the Ministry of Education website at www.minedu.govt.nz.
On your son / daughter’s first day of school, they will receive an orientation to the school. This will include a tour of the school, and an introduction to their teacher and
Refer to the school Policy on General Complaints which can be obtained from the school office.
What do I do if something goes wrong?
If you have concerns about your treatment by your education provider or by an agent of the provider, the first thing you must do is contact the principal, the international student director, or another person who has been identified to you as someone that you can approach about complaints at your institution. The Code requires all institutions to have fair and equitable internal grievance procedures for students and you need to go through these internal processes before you can take the complaint any further.
If your concerns are not resolved by the internal grievance procedures, you can contact the International Education Appeal Authority (IEAA).
You can write to the IEAA at:
International Education Appeal Authority
c/- Ministry of Education
Private Bag 47-911
Phone: (09) 374 5481
Fax: (09) 374 5403
Fee protection policy
The Somerville Intermediate School Board of Trustees guarantees the refund of
unspent school fees, less administration costs, if the school becomes unable to deliver the course.
Code of practice for the pastoral care of international students
Somerville Intermediate School 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 the school or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at http://www.minedu.govt.nz.
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. As stated in the Code of Practice, you must hold appropriate and current medical and travel insurance that will cover the cost of medical treatment in New Zealand for the duration of your stay in New Zealand, and to cover your travel to and from New Zealand.