Studying in New Zealand

Welcome to our International Department

The International students at Westlake Girls bring a vibrancy and richness to our community which is fundamental to our high school’s identity. As Director of the International Team, I love being part of this community and meeting so many wonderful students from all around the world.

To see students arrive with big dreams at the start of their adventure, and to work alongside them to turn those dreams into reality, is a great privilege. Whether they join at Year 9, or complete just their senior years with us, it is always a pleasure to watch them grow and flourish academically and socially.

We love hearing our students’ success stories – whether it’s gaining entry into a prestigious university, or achieving a personal goal. As part of the Westlake family, our international students are a source of great pride.

The International team dedicated to assisting our International students comprises a special group of people. They come from different parts of the world, bringing unique cultures together to make our students feel welcome and supported. We offer 24/7 emergency telephone support – so our students have the comfort of knowing someone is always available to them.

The team covers many different languages including Korean, Chinese, Thai, Malay, Indonesian, French, German and Swedish. We also have many other first-language speakers among our school staff, including Japanese, Hindu, Spanish and Russian – to name a few.

Our International Dean, Mrs Jenny Young, is dedicated to ensuring students are on the right path academically. However, we know that academic achievement is only one measure of a successful overseas learning experience. We have staff dedicated solely to student wellbeing and pastoral care, including Mrs Lotta Strachan who provides pastoral care, attendance and homestay support. Ms Zara Skelton is our Homestay Co-ordinator, and she is assisted by Mrs Swinny Owen, who supervises the students who live with hosts designated by their own families.

First-language support is offered to our Chinese students by Mrs Lilly Lee. Korean students are supported by Mrs Sam Hee Moon, while Mrs Prapatsara Limpapath looks after our Thai students. In addition, Mrs Siew Lee Foo is available for confidential guidance and support to any International student during their time with us.

Everyone on my team is dedicated to assisting our International students in any way they can, whether it be during their high school journey, or helping students settle in with their homestay family. 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 me on

We very much look forward to meeting you or your students here in New Zealand, or around the world.

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 here.

Lauranne Croot
Director of International Studentsffff