Welcome to our International Department
Westlake Girls High School is one of the leading girls’ schools in New Zealand based on the North Shore of Auckland. We encourage our girls to strive for excellence within a caring, nurturing environment. Our outstanding academic record is supported by a wide range of activities which allow students to pursue their personal interests across sports, music and the arts.

Every year over 200 international students join us for short and long term stays from countries such as China, Thailand, Korea, Germany and many more. We welcome the cultural diversity that our overseas students bring as they make new friends and become involved in our school. Most students will live with a host family during their time here, allowing them to experience our Kiwi lifestyle first hand while living in a safe and friendly environment. 

On arriving at Westlake Girls, our international students participate in an orientation programme so that they are quickly integrated into our school community. With our ‘buddy’ system new students are paired up with current students who will look after them for their first weeks at school and help them adjust to their new surroundings. Longer term students will undergo English testing to determine their placement in classes. Wi-Fi is provided everywhere in the school and students do need to provide their own laptop which will be used in most of their classes. 

The welfare of our students is our number one priority and our experienced international department will provide each student with academic support and personal guidance throughout their time at our school. 

We invite you to read our international prospectus and explore our website to learn more about our students, our school, and the range of opportunities we can offer your daughter. If you need further information please email our international manager Lyn Swan on lswan@westlakegirls.school.nz

Westlake Girls High School has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Copies of the Code are available from the New Zealand Qualification Authority website at Click here