NZ Education by Kate Riddell

New Zealand Education

New Zealand's education system is among the best in the world and its NCEA qualifications are recognised by universities around the globe.

The New Zealand school year is divided into four terms, the first beginning at the end of January and the fourth finishing early/mid-December. Most New Zealand schools have a two week break at the end of Terms 1, 2, and 3. A longer 6-week break for summer occurs at the end of Term 4.

Students at Christchurch Girls' High School study towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) and national Scholarship examinations. NCEA is New Zealand's main secondary school qualification under the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). You can find out more from the NZQA ( New Zealand Qualification Authority ) website here.  Beginning study in New Zealand in Year 9 or Year 10 is highly recommended if students want to achieve well in senior examinations.

International students who do not have English as their first language can expect to be one to two years older than New Zealand students.

For more information on the New Zealand Education system and curriculum visit the NZQA site