Welcome, we trust your association with the school will be both challenging and rewarding. International students are warmly received into our school’s community and we value this opportunity for contact with other cultures.

The school acknowledges that the learning it provides today needs to prepare all students for life in a global world. Our aim is to provide the education best suited to the needs of our international students. We stress the importance of an academic curriculum supported by all the important sporting, cultural and social aspects of education. At Timaru Boys’ High School we aim to prepare our students for future tertiary and vocational opportunities and to provide international students with the necessary qualifications and fluency in English to succeed in their chosen career. International students will be fully supported in their learning and well cared for.

“We look forward to sharing the experience of our school and culture with you.”

Mr Nick McIvor

The TBHS Aviation Program in conjunction with the South Canterbury Aero Club, helped me learn a lot. I’ve learned how to fly with an excellent team of instructors that are professional and interested in my success.

They became not just my teachers but my friends, and they made it a lot of fun to learn and also to fly. I love flying with them and I’m excited for every single lesson. It is very handy that I can do my flying next to school and get credits for my exams, solo and my finished licence. If I could choose again I would take the same path that brought me here.

I have really enjoyed my time at TBHS and are thankful to the teachers and staff that made my experience so good.

Lucas Bilang


What makes us unique?

In addition to the normal curriculum and school activities, Timaru Boys’ High School offers two unique programme to international students:

Timaru Boys’ High School in conjunction with South Canterbury Aero Club, are very pleased to offer an aviation course to senior students. Students have the opportunity to attain a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) in fixed wing (aeroplane) while studying for their national academic qualifications. The timetable structure at Timaru Boys’ allows students to have normal classes and aviation theory during the course of the school day. After school or weekends the students will gain practical flying experience under the care of the South Canterbury Aero Club. To find out more about this course check out the following:

Aviation Course Information

In winter, there is an opportunity of a 10-week Snowboarding/Skiing programme at a local skifield. Students spend one day per week at the skifield learning/developing their ski/snowboard skills. In summer, students then can do a 10-week aviation course, spending one day per week learning to fly with the South Canterbury Aero Club.

Sports, Activities & Trips

Timaru Boys’ High School has been highly successful locally and nationally on the sports field. This record of excellence is a direct result of the school’s encouragement of boys to participate in sport, and of the team spirit which is developed. School teams and individuals regularly win tournaments and championships and in the last few years, some outstanding results have been achieved.

An Outdoor Education programme is part of the school curriculum and allows students with an interest in the outdoors a learning environment to gain skills and recognition via NZQA standards, to develop confidence, social and interpersonal relationships using the outdoors as a medium. Activities include: Stewart Island trip, mountain biking, snow caving, kayaking, tramping, bush craft, etc.

In addition to regular school activities, International Students from Timaru Boys’ and Timaru Girls’ participate in three trips per school term, e.g. Queenstown, horse riding, Christchurch trips, overnight camping, Tekapo Alpine Springs hot pools & ice skating, fishing, skiing, sports trips with sporting teams.

In addition to the listed sports, there are many more opportunities available at school and with local sporting clubs.

Sports & Activities

  • Aviation programme
  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Rowing
  • Athletics
  • Rugby
  • 3 x Outdoor Education trips per term to a variety of locations and activities

Languages we teach

  • English
  • Maori
  • German
  • French
  • Latin

Extracurricular Activites

  • Agriculture
  • Visual Art
  • Performing Art
  • Hospitality
  • Technology - Metal
  • Technology - Wood
  • Outdoor Education

End of Year Programme

Aviation end-of-year programme
We are developing a range of activities with other local schools based on student interest and numbers

Year Planner

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Outdoor Education subject
International student trips

Susanne Doerner

StudyNZ Co-ordinator

Andrew Gill

International Director

Carolyn Bunting

International Student Administrator

Fee Breakdown

Please note that these fees are approximate. Contact StudyNZ or the school for exact fees depending on your choice of activities or subjects.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
School Fees $3,250.00 NZD $3,250.00 NZD $3,250.00 NZD $3,250.00 NZD
Homestay Fees $2,400.00 NZD $2,400.00 NZD $2,400.00 NZD $2,400.00 NZD
Extramural Fees $ NZD $ NZD $ NZD $ NZD
Study NZ Fees* $3,600.00 NZD

Our Fees include the consultation beforehand, school choice, assistance with all paperwork and visa application, preparation for time abroad. Pick up on arrival. Transfer to family or domestic flight depending on destination and support during entire stay in New Zealand for student and family. Airport drop off or check in support in Auckland for departure to home country depending on departure situation. We also offer orientation and farewell camps for our students on arrival and departure. Health Insurance is compulsory and can be taken out through StudyNZ with Unicare under our Master policy