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Education and Study in New Zealand

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New Zealand has been recognised as the #1 country in the world for educating students for the future.

New Zealand's world-leading education system reflects our unique and diverse society. It provides a student-centred pathway that leads to continuous learning and choice, concluding with National Certificate of Education (NCEA) qualifications that are recognised by universities around the globe.

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Hillmorton High School

As a Year 7 - 13 school (the equivalent of a junior and senior high school combined), following on from their primary education, students can enrol at Hillmorton High School from Year 7 (approximately 11 years old) through until Year 13 (approximately 18 years old).

Education in New Zealand

Education New Zealand's website Study in New Zealand is the official New Zealand Government website for information on studying in New Zealand as an international student.

The Ministry of Education's website has overview of Education in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has published a guide to secondary study Study in New Zealand. It is available in Chinese (Simplified)German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Thai.

NZQA has a range of brochures and videos relating to (NCEA) including A Guide to NCEA.

Further, NZQA's International section provides useful links to: 

  • information on studying in New Zealand
  • recognition of of New Zealand qualifications internationally 
  • recognition of international qualifications in New Zealand.
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School Year

The school year begins in late January, finishes in mid-December, and is divided into four terms with two week holiday breaks in between. We have a six to seven week summer holiday break in December and January.

  • Term One, January - April
  • Term Two, April - July
  • Term Three, July - September
  • Term Four, October - December

Students in Years 7 - 10 can usually commence their enrolment at any time during the year. 

Students in Years 11 - 13 can usually commence their enrolment during Terms One - Three.

Important dates for Hillmorton High School.