Websites and information that may be useful to help you or your parents if you are coming to study at Glendowie College.
For Years 11, 12 & 13: http://gdc.school.nz then go to academic/handbooks/senior bookletFor Years 9 & 10: http://gdc.school.nz then go to academic/handbooks/junior booklet
St Heliers is a local shopping area with many boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and banks, and a small supermarket.
At Mission Bay, which is close to Glendowie, there is larger shopping centre called Eastridge Shopping Centre: http://www.eastridge.co.nz/
Sylvia Park, which has many local and international chain stores, a movie theatre complex, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets: http://www.sylviapark.org
Botany Town Centre, which has 200 shops, a cinema complex, banks, restaurants and cafes. For further information: https://www.botanytowncentre.co.nz/
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand with a population of 1.57 million people. It is located at the top of the North Island of New Zealand between two harbours, the Waitemata and the Manukau harbours for further information: http://www.coast2coastnz.com
The Auckland Central Business area is 20 minutes by bus from the Glendowie area, for further information: https://www.heartofthecity.co.nz/ or www.eventfinda.co.nz
Auckland Public Transport Service: https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/timetables or https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/journey-planner/
There are many libraries in Auckland, including St Heliers, Pakuranga, Botany Town Centre, Remuera and Central Auckland, for further information on how to join: http://www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/
http://www.ethniccommunities.govt.nz/searchyourethnicity e.g. Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Korean, etc.
New Zealand Now: http://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz or http://www.tourismnewzealand.com
The weather in New Zealand: http://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/new-zealand-climate-and-weather/
Keeping safe information, earthquakes and other natural disasters: http://getthru.govt.nz
Water Safety New Zealand: http://watersafety.org.nz
Relevant New Zealand laws, including laws on the sale of alcohol and tobacco products, alcohol laws and penalties: http://www.police.govt.nz
Addressing issues of harassment and discrimination, you can make a complaint in many different languages, please see the website for further information: https://www.hrc.co.nz
Road traffic safety, including pedestrian and cycling safety. Students are not allowed to drive. NZTA information for visiting drivers: http://nzta.govt.nz
Checking the student’s entitlement to study in New Zealand to ensure that students have the valid and appropriate visa, can be done in a number of ways, including using Immigration New Zealand’s VisaView service which can be accessed through: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/VisaView
Year 12 and 13 students can apply for a variation to their student visa to allow them to work up to 20 hours a week during holiday periods with written permission from the school and their parents or legal guardian. Glendowie College recommends that students who are doing well in their studies work no more than 12 hours a week during the school terms. Students who need to catch up with their year level should not work. Please refer to Immigration New Zealand for more information: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/options/study
Renewal of student visas can be done by Glendowie College provided that the student has an excellent attendance record and provides the correct documentation required by Immigration New Zealand to the school. There is a charge for this service. Please see the International Students Administrator in the Glendowie College Administration area for further information.
For information on New Zealand's laws on working condtions eg. the minimum wage you can be paid and the number of hours you can legally work please call the Labour Inspectorate 0800 20 90 20.
What you need to know before you rent a flat, apartment or house: http://www.tenancy.govt.nz
If you need to rent a flat, apartment or house: http://realestate.co.nz
If you need to buy furniture or home goods second hand: http://www.trademe.co.nz
If you have rental problems contact the Disputes Tribunal: http://www.justice.govt.nz
The cost of living in New Zealand: http://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/living-in-nz/money-tax/
If a student’s complaint is not resolved in the school, they can contact the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA), who will process their complaint. NZQA will be the first point of contact for all complaints about the Code and they will investigate the complaint. Completed complaint forms, along with supporting evidence, can be sent to: The Complaints Officer New Zealand Qualifications Authority, P.O. Box 160 Wellington, 6140 or email and scan the completed form along with scans of any supporting evidence to schoolcode,firstname.lastname@example.org
To download a formal complaints form: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz
For more information on the complaint process, students can contact NZQA on 0800 697 296.
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