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Dannevirke High School

Dannevirke High School

Contact Phone:           06 374 8302

Contact Person:           Sue Holdaway, International Education Administration and Support

Contact Email:  

School address:           Grant Street, PO Box 23, Dannevirke 4942


Years of entry for international students:       Years 9 to 13

Co-educational secondary school

Programmes:               From ten weeks to five years

School Profile:

Dannevirke High School was founded in 1903 and is situated in Southern Hawkes Bay in the North Island.  The school occupies 12.78ha of land and the campus includes classrooms, administration block, gymnasium, swimming pool, computer suites, assembly hall, music and drama suites, library and technology facilities.  The school has 7.36ha of playing fields and is renowned for its attractive grounds and environment.

Dannevirke High School has a proud tradition of academic, sporting and cultural achievement.  Traditional school values of respect, courtesy and excellence, together with a modern curriculum, quality teaching and a knowledge of new information technology is what we offer our students.

The school community is multicultural and has a tolerance and knowledge of different customs and cultures and the ability to work with people from around the world.  International Students have been attending Dannevirke High School since 1990. We value the contact with other cultures.  Their contribution on the school campus enhances its multicultural character and broadens the experiences of our local students.

Application Process:

      Enrolment forms are available from the school website or can be emailed, faxed or posted, if required. 

      The school seeks to recruit students who have a genuine desire to learn and a good record of attendance at their previous school.

      Students must be willing to sign the Tuition Agreement and abide by the rules as they apply to International Students.

      School reports and testimonials should accompany an application to study.

      The school reserves the right to place the student in appropriate courses based on the studentís competency in English.

      The school endeavours to place students in their preferred subjects.  However, this is dependent on numbers and class space available, particularly for those students who may enrol mid-year.

Tuition Costs for International Students

$14,375.00 per annum, GST inclusive.

International Student Accommodation

      The International Education Administration and Support will arrange full board.  Local families are carefully selected to ensure a comfortable and friendly living environment with all host families have all been cleared by the Police Vetting process. 

      The accommodation fee includes three daily meals and laundry service.

      Students are encouraged to regard themselves as part of the hostís family.  Every effort is made to include the homestay students in family activities.  Our emphasis is on students residing in a supportive family environment and learning as much as possible about New Zealand and New Zealanders.

      Homestay families and students are well supported by the Dannevirke High School Director of International Education and regular formal and informal contact is a part of this support structure.

      Weekly homestay accommodation fee of $225.00

      One-off homestay placement fee of $230.00

Sports and extra-curricular activities

Dannevirke High School has beautiful grounds with extensive sporting fields.  The school enters sports teams into a wide range of interschool competitions, with a Sports Co-ordinator who has a vital role in encouraging and organising activities throughout the year.

Students are encouraged to get involved in sport for the development of their physical well-being, team skills, competitiveness, self discipline, commitment and fair play.

Students participate in numerous sporting codes, subject to availability.  These include Rugby, Hockey, Tennis, Multi-Sports, Netball, Bowls, Canoe Polo, Basketball, Squash, Athletics, Cricket, Touch Rugby, Soccer, Equestrian, Golf, Cross Country, Swimming, Badminton.

There are also other sports and activities offered within the community, including Tae Kwon Do, Dance, Tramping, Thai Kick Boxing, access to a well equipped gymnasium and a heated swimming pool.

Dannevirke High School has a vibrant Drama Department and Music Department.  Students are encouraged to perform in school productions, talent quests, concerts and recitals within the community.  Tuition for a range of instruments is available and the school provides students with the opportunity to sit Music theory examinations.

The School Kapa Haka Maori Cultural Group performs regularly throughout the year.

Student Support Services and Programmes

Dannevirke High School is based on the simple concept of respect for all and high expectations.  This is achieved with the support of the following:

           WHĀNAU  (Positive Behaviour for Learning) based on high values of expectation and behaviour

           Full Counselling Service

           Supportive Pastoral Care provided by specialist Deans

           Student Support Centre providing alternative studies;  extra courses;  learning needs and career education

           Access to Health Services

           Student led groups, such as SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving), Breakfast Club, Peer Support.

Features of the Local Area

Dannevirke is a caring, rural community, situated 40 minutes from the nearest major city.  A wide range of outdoor activities are available, including mountain climbing and river kayaking.  World class ski fields are less than 2 Ĺ hours away.  White sand beaches are a one hour drive away.  Dannevirke is an epicurean centre of good food.  For more about our community see


Dannevirke High School

Contact Phone:           06 374 8302

Contact Person:           Sue Holdaway, International Education Administration and Support

Contact Email:  

School address:           Grant Street, PO Box 23, Dannevirke 4942




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Dannevirke High School

Contact Phone:   06 374 8302

Contact Person: Sue Holdaway, International Education Administration and Support

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School address:          

Grant Street, PO Box 23, Dannevirke 4942


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