International Students

Hillcrest Normal School is a Decile 8 school catering for Year 0 to 6 students.

Located in the city of Hamilton, Hillcrest Normal School offers a wonderful education experience for your child. We have caring students, teachers and support staff.

At Hillcrest Normal School we are proud of the opportunities we provide our international students. We welcome the diversity that different cultures bring to our school. We offer a positive, safe and friendly learning environment.

International students are full mainstreamed and are encouraged to access all learning activities offered at Hillcrest Normal School. Our focus is on providing an holistic education, through a rich and authentic learning curriculum with high quality academic learning and achievement outcomes. Our curriculum areas are Numeracy (Mathematics), Literacy (Reading, Writing and Speaking), Science and Social Studies. We also provide programmes in Information Communication Technology, Drama, Dance, Music, Visual Art and Health & Physical Education.

There are a wide range of after school activities that can be accessed by international students for a minimal additional cost.

All international students have the opportunity to participate in our specialised ELL classes and we have ESOL qualified and experienced teachers.

Hillcrest Normal School is a signatory to the NZ Code of Practice for the pastoral care of international students, as per the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Copies of this code are available from the NZQA website.

Appointments with our Principal and International Liaison Officer are welcome at any stage of the year and can be made by calling our school office on 07 856 6122 or emailing

At Hillcrest Normal School parents/caregivers are informed on their child’s progress and achievement through written reports, teacher conferences, learning celebrations, formal and informal meetings with teachers. Regular meetings are scheduled with the International Student Coordinator.

Please contact the school office for further information.


Hillcrest Normal School does not have a school uniform, however a school hat must be worn in Terms 4 & 1. Hats cost $20.00 and can be purchased from the school office.

Medical and Travel Insurance

International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. A copy of this policy must be presented upon enrolment.