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English as a Second Language


Central Normal School provides appropriate supportive programmes for children from Non English Speaking Backgrounds. We have a qualified ESOL teacher and support teacher aide. NESB children are encouraged to participate freely in all school activities. Children with high needs are withdrawn from classes for special lessons to support their learning of English.

It is understood that all children will participate fully in all aspects of Central Normal School life.


Central Normal 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 this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at http://www.education.govt.nz/quick-links/international-students/


Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand – Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website at http://www.immigration.govt.nz


Most International students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment.   Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health and can be viewed on their website at http://www.moh.govt.nz


The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at http://acc.co.nz.


International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand.

N.B.   Students must provide evidence of medical and travel insurance on enrolment. The insurance must cover the full length of time spent in New Zealand.   New Zealand insurance cover will be accepted only.   The school will keep a record of the Insurance Policy number and the types of cover provided.



Central Normal School requires that all international students live in one of the following type of accommodation.

Students in years 1 – 6 must live with their parents or legal guardians. (A legal guardian is someone who has full rights and responsibilities for the student, as approved by a Court of Law, following the death or other inability of the parents to provide proper care for the student.   Proof of legal guardianship must be supplied.)

  • If an emergency situation requires the parent to return home for a brief period of time we will allow the student to remain at Central Normal providing the child was being properly looked after in the parent’s absence and we were shown evidence that the parent was returning to Palmerston North within two weeks.
  • If an emergency situation requires the parent to return home for longer than two weeks they must inform the school immediately that their child will be returning home with them as international students cannot be left in New Zealand without a parent residing with them.
  • Should the school become aware of a situation where a child is no longer living with a parent or legal guardian the appropriate agency will be notified and the enrolment contract terminated.

For all enquiries about accommodation, please contact Regan Orr on phone (06) 3359 3337or email address: principal@centralnormal.school.nz


The applicant must complete the International Student Application for Enrolment form and produce the following documents before the application can be processed:

  • Passport
  • Student visa / permit
  • Copies of recent school report with verified English translation
  • Evidence of Medical and Travel Insurance
  • Information on any medical conditions or learning difficulties (if applicable)
  • Administration fee:   NZ$337.00 (non-refundable)


If Student is overseas:

  • Documents are checked and assessed
  • Offer of Place is made and Fees Invoice sent (Fee payment by Bank Transfer into School Account is recommended)
  • Fees received and evidence of Medical and Travel insurance sighted
  • Offer of place is confirmed.

If student is in New Zealand:

On receipt of a completed enrolment application, the parents will be informed of an interview time.

This interview will involve:

  • The prospective pupil and parents
  • A translator (if required)
  • The Principal or nominated deputy
  • The teacher responsible for International Students

The interview will consist of:

  • Tour of the school
  • Explanation of the Conditions of Acceptance (see below)
  • Classroom and daily programme explanation
  • Initial assessment of the level of English of the student
  • Ensuring the parents understand the Code
  • Answering any questions the family may have

  1. Parents will be informed in writing of school’s decision within 7 days of the interview
  2. If there are no current available places, the parents will be notified and will be given the option of being placed on a waiting list.
  3. When a place becomes available, they will be notified and given 14 days to accept or decline the placement.
  4. Placement in a particular Year or class is at the discretion of the Principal. This may be dependent upon class numbers, English language proficiency and any other school assessments.
  5. If application is accepted parents have 14 days to accept the placement by paying the fees. Once the fees have been received and receipted by the school, an Offer of Place letter will be given to attend Central Normal School.

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