NZ College interested in PNG students

The diversity offered by Papua New Guinea, has seen schools from overseas visiting PNG shores, to source interested students to join.

The latest is Kings College, in Auckland, New Zealand.

This is a secondary school, with 600 day students, and another 400 as boarders.

In Port Moresby for one night only is Deputy Headmaster in charge of boarding, John Payne and school’s head of admission Graeme Syms.

The two hours event, will be held this evening at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, from 6pm.

This is the first visit to the country by representatives from King’s College. But it’s not the first relationship with PNG.

“We have had relationships with students coming to us from PNG for probably over a decade now,” said Payne.

Currently, there are four male students. 

“It seems like the right time to come up here and hopefully have a good chat to parents, tell them what we’re about, give them a good opportunity to ask questions and find out what happens at the college,” said Payne.

King’s enrols students from age 13 through to 18, mainly from New Zealand, but quite a big section from overseas – from all over the world.

The younger level is open only to boys, while co-education commences at the senior level, which means female students join at year 11 through to the end.

Most international students either board or join homestay.

The school itself has a big campus, and is traditional looking, with red brick buildings. But very modern on the inside – including modern teaching and learning and modern facilities.

“It’s a real interesting and traditional school and one that we’re really passionate, given the connection with PNG, we’re very keen to be here and tell people about the school and hopefully really interest them,” Payne added.

He expressed interest in seeing more students from PNG at the school next year.

“We actually love the diversity from all around the world but if we could have more coming our way from here (PNG), that would be fantastic.”

Gloria Bauai