• All International Students at KingsWay School must reside in a KingsWay School approved and supervised home stay.
  • We offer a very comprehensive programme of care for our students and our home stays are carefully chosen, police vetted and monitored. Homes are inspected according to the requirements of the Code of Practice. KingsWay School always aims to go much further than those requirements. We have always said “if a child of mine was going to study overseas, what sort of environment would we want for them, and what safeguards would we want?” This is of utmost importance and guides our homestay selection, monitoring and care of students.
  • We are not always able to meet all the requirements specified by some students (e.g. “no small children, no cats and dogs, a piano, very close to school”), although we try to meet as many of them as possible. Our own first criteria are that the hosts are Christian, are warm and friendly and the house of a comfortable standard.
  • Some Home stays are within walking distance of the school but some may travel a fair distance.
  • Homes are usually houses with some ground, not apartments.
  • Students will have their own fully furnished room, all meals provided including a lunch to bring to school, and their laundry done.
  • It is hoped that the student will become one of the family and spend time talking and socializing with them.
  • There are no servants in New Zealand. We all share household chores. Students will be expected to help wash or dry dinner dishes and to keep his/her room tidy.
  • Students must be considerate in their use of hot water, electricity and telephone. Some houses only have rain water tanks, so water needs to be conserved and showers need to be short. Hours on the Internet are forbidden unless the student gets the hosts’ agreement. Internet may be switched off after a certain time at night. It is common in New Zealand homes that school age children use their computer in an open family area and this may be expected.
  • Students must keep regular hours. They are here to study. Week nights should be spent studying. If students go out at weekends they must get permission and approval from their host family who must be informed of where they intend to go along with any change of plans. They must be home at the time specified by the hosts. They must have their cell phone with them at all times in order to be contacted if necessary.
  • No student may be alone with anyone over the age of 18 years who has not been police vetted. This is in accordance with KingsWay’s implementation of the Code of Practice for International Students to ensure their safety which we are responsible for.
  • No students may stay overnight at another home. If there is an exceptional circumstance that may require the student to move to another home for a night this can only be arranged with the authority of the International Department.
  • If a student has a problem with their homestay, they should contact the International Students Office as quickly as possible. They will discuss the issue and if not resolved immediately, will arrange a meeting with the home stay family and student. If the problem is unresolved, it may be necessary for the school to change the home stay family.

Homestay Charges

  • Homestay fees are listed on the International Student Fees - CLICK HERE. The homestay fees are payable in advance and are a requirement for the visa, assuring accommodation for the year.
  • If a student has to change home stay more than once because of his/her unreasonable demands or misbehavior a further placement charge will be made.
  • If a student goes away during the holidays, they must first fill out a permission for travel slip and get authorization from the Head of the International Department. 
  • At the end of the school year, most students return to their home countries. The board payments stop during this time. If the student is returning to the homestay the next year, he/she can either:
    1. Pack up his/her gear and take it home or
    2. if convenient, leave it at the homestay, or
    3. If it is not convenient for the homestay to store it, we can make alternative arrangements.
  • If students are not going home during the long holidays, families are paid as usual and the student will need to pay additional homestay fees to cover the duration for the long holidays. For most New Zealand families, the long holidays at Christmas time are usually special family time and for most families it would not be convenient to continue having a homestay student.

 

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