Rosehill College is a school which has high expectations of students and achieves correspondingly high results.

Our focus is on academic achievement across the very broad range of subjects we offer. We are interested primarily in student learning and in ensuring that the College provides an environment for personal excellence.

It is our view that every student who walks through our gates has the capacity to succeed.

Learning takes place well beyond the classroom as well. The College has an extensive and impressive range of programmes and activities designed to develop and extend cultural, sporting and leadership abilities and potential.

The key features of our success and our mission as a college are:

The Curriculum and Qualifications Offered

As a large and nationally recognized college we offer a comprehensive curriculum and qualifications well beyond the reach of most other New Zealand schools.

Special programmes have been developed for international students who require assistance with their English language skills. All students will be assessed before their programmes are finalised, to ensure that the selected English ESOL classes will meet the student’s needs. Guidance will also be provided to ensure that international students select subjects and qualifications which are appropriate to their abilities and skills and their future plans for study.

The Teaching Staff

Selection of staff is the most important task of the principal and the Board. The college attracts quality applicants for positions because of its national profile and because it provides and funds extensive professional development and training opportunities for teachers and support staff.

A Commitment to the Individual

All international students are placed in the care of our Director of International Students who is responsible for all aspects of their academic and personal welfare. The Director of International Students works closely with Heads of Houses, our International Student Co-ordinator, and other senior staff to ensure that students are cared for and their needs met.
International students are encouraged to play a full part in the college and as such will be placed in one of the six Houses at the college. Each House has a special character and students often develop special commitment to their house.

The location and Facilities

Rosehill College is situated in a residential suburb of Papakura, 30 minutes by car from downtown Auckland City, and 15 minutes from Auckland International Airport.

The College is well-resourced and modern. In the past four to five years a huge programme of development has occurred. This has meant that we now work in many new/refurbished buildings – including technology, music, drama, art, science labs, and e-Learning rooms.

International Department

Rosehill College has had many years of experience hosting International Students from all over the world. The College is a signatory to the Code of Practice for International Students and takes the welfare and education of their students very seriously. The number of International Students is small which enables students to be readily integrated into College life. Currently our International Students represent 15 different countries and regions.

International Department Support

We understand how challenging it is to study in a new country and new environment. The International Department is dedicated to helping students adapt to a new culture and provides a high level of support to our international students. The International Department has a full-time International Director and International Student Co-ordinator. Everyone plays a role in supporting and ensuring students are safe and happy.

We interview international students regularly to make sure they progress well academically, are happy in their homestay.

Below are a snapshot of what we are doing at the International Department for our International Students:

  • A comprehensive orientation programme to help new students to settle well academically and socially
  • Ongoing academic support and guidance to making sure that each student gets ahead
  • Native language support in Mandarin, Korean, Thai, Japanese, French, and Spanish.
  • Tutoring and buddy support from committed senior students who are willing to help
  • Term interviews for each International student on academic progress and welfare conducted by experienced International Department staff
  • Career advice and University application assistance from our excellent Career Centre staff
  • A comprehensive online Parent Portal for parents to access essential information on their child’s academic progress and social integration such as School Report, Daily Notice, Timetable, Attendance, NCEA Summary, Awards etc.
  • Free student visa renewal services
  • Free assistance on insurance claim

Career Planning

The College organises an annual career night and invites the majority of New Zealand Universities and Polytechnics to talk about the options for further study. The career counsellor at the College offers advice on further study opportunities in universities/polytechnics in New Zealand and sometimes abroad. There are one on one career counselling sessions for each one of International Students from Years 11 to 13, and university prospectuses are available for students.  Rosehill College graduates have had great success being accepted into top NZ universities and some of the world’s best universities.

In Summary

The commitment of the College is to learning, and our central focus is on student achievement, supported by strong cultural, sporting and social programmes.
The College welcomes international students who wish to gain international quality qualifications, in an environment designed specifically to assist and guide them to achieve to their fullest potential.

ERO Report – Rosehill College 17 December 2018

Pastoral care and Support

The College is a signatory to the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021 for International Students and takes the welfare and education of their students very seriously.
Rosehill College has been accepted as a signatory and has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, as published by the Ministry of Education.

Copies of the code are available on request from the College or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at