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Welfare

The wellbeing of students at school and in homestay is of paramount importance to the staff at Wellington Girls’ College.

English Language

There is a team of five staff  working with the girls and host families on a daily basis to ensure students have a happy and successful time studying at our school, along with a Careers advisor and Chinese students advisor.

The International House is the hub of our international programme and provides a home base for students to come and ask questions at any time, to check emails or just to relax with friends.  It is always a hive of activity as well as the focal point for English language learning

Code of Practice

Wellington Girls’ College has agreed to observe and be bound by the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016.  Copies of the Code are available in several languages on request from this institution or from the NZQA website at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/education-code-of-practice/code-of-practice-resources-languages/

Medical and Travel Insurance

International students must have appropriate and current medical travel insurance while studying in New Zealand.  Details of the policy used by most Wellington Girls’ College students are available in the document linked below.
https://www.uni-care.org/Content/documents/brochures/NZ%20Student%20Flyer.pdf

Wellington Girls’ College can help to organise this insurance.

Eligibility for Health Services

Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand.  If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment.  Full details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at http://www.moh.govt.nz

Accident Insurance

The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs.  Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at http://www.acc.co.nz

Discipline Policy - amended 2019

1. The following is the School’s current disciplinary policy for dealing with breaches of the Agreement. This is not intended to restrict the School’s general power of discipline and this policy may be changed from time to time at the discretion of the School.

Overview
2. Except in serious situations where immediate termination of the Agreement is necessary, or where the breach does not warrant any formal response other than a warning, the School will endeavour, where appropriate, to follow a two-stage disciplinary process.

3. In Stage One, the School will investigate and determine the facts, and will reach a conclusion on what happened and whether it amounts to a breach of the Agreement.

4. In Stage Two, if the School has determined that a breach has occurred, the School will consider the appropriate response to that breach, up to and including termination of the Agreement.

5. The Student will have an opportunity to provide a response to the alleged breach that the School is investigating (the Allegation) and any proposed disciplinary action that the School is considering taking (the Proposed Action).

6. This policy does not limit the School’s power to take appropriate disciplinary action urgently and without following this process if this is necessary having regard to the seriousness of the breach.

7. This policy also does not limit the School’s power to suspend the student for the duration of the disciplinary process where suspension is considered necessary for the safety or education of any person.

General Policy
8. When the School is conducting a disciplinary process involving the Student it will endeavour to provide the Student with the following:

(a) a written summary of the Allegation or the Proposed Action;

(b) an opportunity to respond to the Allegation or the Proposed Action, either in person or in writing or both, at the choice of the Student;

(c) an opportunity to consider the Allegation or the Proposed Action for a reasonable period of time (having regard to the seriousness of the Allegation or the Proposed Action) before giving a response;

(d) an opportunity to contact his or her Parent before giving a response, unless the delay caused by contacting that person is unreasonable having regard to the seriousness of the Allegation or Proposed Action;

(d) an opportunity to have an independent support person of his or her choice present at any meeting relating to the disciplinary process;

(e) an opportunity to meet with that support person in private at any stage during the disciplinary process;

(f) an opportunity to have a translator present (or otherwise facilitate the student participating in the process in his or her own language) during any meeting or process if the School or the Student considers that a language barrier means that a translator is required; and

(g) a copy of this policy setting out the rights which the Student has when engaging in the disciplinary process.

Disciplinary Procedure

Stage One: Incident Investigation
9. When the School learns of any incident or any other thing that may be a breach of the Agreement or might otherwise warrant a disciplinary response, the School will notify the Student of the Allegation and will provide the Student with an opportunity to give a response.

10. Where appropriate, having regard to the seriousness of the Allegation, the Student will have the opportunity to respond either in person or in writing or both, at the choice of the Student. The School will receive this response and give it genuine consideration before making a decision about the Allegation.

(f) an opportunity to have a translator present (or otherwise facilitate the student participating in the process in his or her own language) during any meeting or process if the School or the Student considers that a language barrier means that a translator is required; and

(g) a copy of this policy setting out the rights which the Student has when engaging in the disciplinary process.

11. When the School makes a decision about the Allegation it will advise the Student and parent, in writing if possible, about its conclusion as to what happened and whether it amounts to a breach of the Agreement.

Stage Two: Outcome Discussion
12. If the School determines that a breach of the Agreement has occurred, it will advise the Student and parent of the possible disciplinary actions that it will consider taking in response to the breach and will provide the Student and parents with an opportunity to give a response.

13. Where appropriate, having regard to the seriousness of the breach, the Student and parent will have the opportunity to respond either in person or in writing or both, at the choice of the Student. The School will receive this response and give it genuine consideration before making a decision about the disciplinary action to be taken.

14. When the School makes a decision about the disciplinary action that it will take in response to the breach it will advise the Student and parents of its decision, in writing if possible. The disciplinary action will not take effect, and no actions will be taken to put it into place, until the Student and parents have been advised of the decision.