From academia to music, drama and sport, to community service, Woodford Girls are actively involved in all life has to offer them. Our girls are creative, critical thinkers who passionately participate in a range of experiences. They are self-motivated and enjoy being part of exciting new challenges.
Compassion, empathy and exemplary citizenship are keystones of a Woodford education. We encourage all our girls to have confidence in their own leadership abilities. This extends to the wider world as our girls are connected to schools and opportunities around the globe through technology, people, other communities, cultures and organisations. This gives Woodford a truly global perspective.
Woodford House has a limited number of spaces available for international students. Girls from Germany, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia and China choose to make Woodford their New Zealand home.
Sometimes they are with us for only a year, sometimes for the majority of their schooling, depending on individual circumstance.
Woodford House girls take part in various trips outside of Hawke’s Bay for specific reasons in their learning journey. From time to time Woodford also participates in overseas experiences. These are carefully organised to make full use of the learning and life opportunities they present.
Some of our students have opportunities to do exchanges with girls from schools in the US and in Australia, at different year levels. Exchanges are a valuable way to experience school life in different cultures and communities while still having the safety and security of being in a school with a close relationship with Woodford.
Being part of Woodford is as much of a positive, life affirming experience for the teachers as it for the students. The support we receive, the access to global ideas and the development in our own teaching practice is coupled by a school-wide dedication to life-long learning. I am proud to be part of such a forward-thinking school.
I have really loved coming to a new country and being part of the Woodford community. There are always friends around me, lots of conversations and music, it's really fun!
International Student (Japan)
I like having people around all the time; the other girls have become good friends to me. If I ever miss home, I text Mum and then I feel happy again.
I like going to school at Woodford House and I really enjoy boarding. It is a different environment from home but we have all our friends around us. I was a bit homesick at first but my friends and my teachers cheered me up and now I am really happy. Seeing New Zealand has been amazing too.
International Student (Germany)