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Behaviour Agreement

 

When you study abroad in New Zealand with Wellington High School there are certain standards of behavior that have to be met to ensure all students have a positive study experience. All international students have the code of behavior explained and discussed during orientation. Then they sign the agreement and meet the requirements. 

 

WELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL

International Student’s Behaviour Agreement

 

BETWEEN STUDENT          ………………………………………………………………….

 

and      WELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL

 

  • I understand that while I am enrolled as a student at Wellington High School, attendance is compulsory and is a condition of my Student Visa issued by the New Zealand Immigration Service.

 

  • My classroom behaviour and academic performance must be exemplary and I will attempt all classroom tasks and homework exercises.

 

  • I understand that if I am given failing grades or marks, or there is an official complaint about my attitude, attendance or behaviour, the school’s disciplinary system will apply and any further offers of place may not be made.

 

  • Any illegal use, purchase or possession of alcohol, drugs or other harmful controlled substances may result in me being stood down from school, and it is likely the police will be involved.

 

  • While I am at Wellington High School, I am not allowed to drive or purchase a car or motorbike until I have been here for at least one year, have a valid New Zealand driver’s licence and written permission from my parents. The car must be insured.  The school must see proof of all of the above.

 

  • I am not permitted to hitchhike at all while I am enrolled as a secondary school student.

 

  • If I have stated on my application that I do not smoke, then I will not smoke during my stay. If I am a smoker, I will follow my homestay’s rules about this, and I will not bring cigarettes to school nor smoke on or near the school campus.

 

  • All my activities must be approved by my host parents and my school. I can only travel with my homestay parents, my natural family, with another approved family (eg a homestay family of a friend) or with an approved student travel operator. I may be required to provide a full itinerary. I understand that no travelling is to be undertaken during school time. For all travelling and all potentially dangerous activities such as bungee jumping, sky diving, white water rafting etc, I understand that I must have the written permission of my parents in my home country and that this must be received by the school.

 

  • I am not permitted to download music, movies etc onto the computer without paying for them.

 

  • I must not use the internet or mobile devices after 11pm during the week.

 

  • I understand that my parents will be informed of any concerns the school has.

 

Signed (student): …………………………………………………………………………………….

 

Signed (on behalf of WHS): ……………………………………………………………………..

 

Date: …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 

                       
Some helpful hints

  • School

The school day is from 8.45am to 3.20pm.  There are five teaching periods of about one hour each day.  Year 12 & 13 students usually study 5 courses of four periods each per week. The school library is open before and after school so that students can use it for study and research. All textbooks are provided by the school but students must buy their own stationery and pay for books they lose. Lockers are available for storage of books because students move to different classrooms for each subject.  Students should not keep valuables or money in their locker.

  • Attendance

All students are expected to be at school during school hours and any absence must be explained by a letter from parent, guardian or doctor.

  • Reports

Students receive a school report twice a year.  A comprehensive summary of this report is sent to parents.  Parents may be contacted at any time by the school if there is concern about student attendance, behavior or academic progress.

  • Discipline

All members of the school community are expected to respect each other, the environment and the good name of Wellington High School. Physical violence, verbal abuse and sexual harassment are unacceptable and students may be expelled from the school if their conduct breaks this rule.  Students may also be expelled for possession of alcohol or drugs on the school campus.

  • Clothing

Wellington has a temperate climate, the temperature is seldom above 20°C in the winter.  Clothing is expensive in New Zealand, so it is a good idea for students to bring what they need with them.  There is no school uniform at Wellington High School.

  • Transport

The inner city bus service brings most students to school.  Students can purchase a Student Snapper Card to use every day, weekends included. Taxis are expensive and are not usually used by students. If you wish to own or drive a car while enrolled at this school, you must have completed one full year of study in New Zealand, have written permission from your parents, be a licensed New Zealand driver and have vehicle insurance.  You will not be permitted to own a car while you are in a school-arranged home-stay. If you fail to comply with any of these restrictions, you may have your enrolment at the school terminated.

  • Smoking

The Wellington High School campus is a smoke free environment. There is no smoking at school and students are expected to respect this rule.

  • Social Life

Wellington has a wide variety of entertainment facilities, restaurants, theatres and sports clubs, many open for 24 hours. There are international student groups attached to the Universities for almost every ethnic group and students are able to participate in their activities if they wish to.

  • Work

Students in Yr 12 & 13 are permitted to work part-time, up to 15 hours a week, with their parents’ and the school’s permission. They apply to the Dean for permission first.