Presentation Schools Student experience

It takes a village: Fostering collective school leadership for international student wellbeing

Tue 22 August 2017 3:30 pm - 4:10 pm

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Tina Kwok

International students in New Zealand schools are at the centre of multiple relationships: peers, parents, teachers, international staff, agents, host parents and more. With so many actors and influencers involved, how can school leaders foster collective responsibility to ensure outstanding international student experiences?

In this breakout session, Tina Kwok will present on the suite of initiatives implemented at Westlake Boys’ High School to foster collective support for international students. This will include:

  • The role of the Board of Trustees in establishing an ethical framework within which students can flourish
  • The importance of building a stronger understanding of the immense potential of international students among teachers and curriculum leaders
  • The ways in which international students can be encouraged to see themselves as leaders, taking advantage of the available opportunities
  • The engagement of whānau – in New Zealand and overseas, and
  • The essential role of those who work with international students in facilitating support mechanisms.


Tina will present some suggestions by which school leaders can facilitate knowledge sharing and community empowerment in their schools.