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Welcome to William Colenso College

William Colenso College is a co-educational school from Years 7 to 13

Our college is based in the seaside city of Napier on the sunny east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. We have the staff, facilities and programmes to help students from around the world gain internationally-recognised qualifications.

Our school offers quality education, excellent facilities and leadership opportunities. We also provide a world class Outdoor Education Programme as part of the curriculum.

About William Colenso College

William Colenso College, located on a spacious campus, is a modern and progressive school with a rich tradition of providing high quality academic, cultural and sporting opportunities.

The school is successful, small scale and has a friendly, safe environment. Our staff and students accomplish excellent results in all areas of school and society – whether it’s in sports, academia, arts, culture or community. We have been helping students from around the world achieve success in this environment for 30 years – and we have fun doing it!

What can I study?

Students study a comprehensive range of academic subjects and specialist programmes. Academic pathways are crafted to suit individual needs. Our highly trained teachers love investing their time and sharing knowledge with students.

All students study core academic subjects including maths, English, sciences and social sciences. Maori language and cultural classes are also offered and are a significant part of the school character. Students can choose to develop their practical and creative skills in woodwork, textiles, metalwork and engineering, food and nutrition, design, photography, art, digital technologies, physical education, dance and our nationally-recognised outdoor education class.

All the support you need

The college prides itself on the support it offers International Students. Our pastoral care coordinator builds a support network around every student. Our experienced and trusted homestay parents work with us, with each other and alongside the international student group to help everyone thrive and grow in their time here. Many homestay families become lifelong friends with their students and families.

Our team includes a nurse and a student counsellor, as well as extra-tuition and in-class support for those who require it. We also have a culture of inclusion and co-operation, meaning that all members of staff and students will support and encourage all of our International Students. Also, with 20 to 30 International Students at William Colenso College, you’ll never be short of friends or support from someone who is in the same situation as you.

  • Jocelyn Auld - Principal

    Responsible for oversight of William Colenso College staff and students including the International Department.

  • Ms Laura Jackson - International Director & Dean

    Responsible for International Department, enquiries, enrolment and student pastoral care.

  • Ms Jody Stent - International Homestay

    Responsible for International Homestay and welfare of students.

  • Ms Moira Terry

    ESOL teacher.

  • Ms Kana Koga

    Language support teacher aide.

  • Mrs Louise Macfarlane

    English and ESOL teacher.

  • Live with a Kiwi Family

    To ensure that you get the most from your time in New Zealand, you’ll be placed in homestay accommodation with a local family. Here you’ll become part of the family and find warmth, support, friendship and a real taste of the Kiwi lifestyle.

    International Student Dean and Homestay Co-ordinator, Ms Jody Stent, will arrange everything and she is always on hand to deal with any issues, should they arise.

    International Contact Information

    For all questions please contact International Director Laura Jackson
    Phone: +64 06 831 0180