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Pastoral Care

Your first day will be a normally be a Monday and you should arrive at 8:30am. If Monday is a Public Holiday in New Zealand, your orientation day will be on Tuesday. You can check New Zealand Public Holidays here.

Our address is Level 1, 57 Shotover Street in Queenstown Central.

If you live far from the school, you can take a bus to the centre. For more information on the bus timetables click here. Once you get there, come to SLEC Reception on level 1, we will be there waiting for you.

During your first day, you will do the following:

  • Meeting the team and presenting your documents.

Our Student Services Team will greet you at Reception and show you to our Common Room. You will need to bring your passport, visa and medical insurance.

  • We will check the validity and expiry date of your documents and make copies of them for our file. This is very important; you won’t be able to start your classes without the correct documents. You can find more information here or send us an email to so we can verify them in advance;

  • You will sign the Conditions of Enrolment and complete the contact details form;

  • You will receive a SIM card with a New Zealand cell phone number.

Placement test:

All students will take a placement test. Our Academic Team will then advise which is the most appropriate level for you to start.


During the orientation, you will receive a ‘Welcome Pack’ and our team will explain what to expect during your course at SLEC. We will also give you information about Queenstown and life in New Zealand. We will give you information about the Code of Practice and Fee Protect. Then you will need to sign a ‘Student Acknowledgement form’. You will also receive information on New Zealand legislation and where to seek help if you need it during the course.

Walking Tour:

We will also go for a short walking tour around the centre of Queenstown. Our team will show you the most important places that you need to know like the medical centre, the police station, the supermarkets and etc.

First Job Club (optional):

If you are thinking about working in New Zealand, you will also have the option of attending Job Club to learn all about working in New Zealand as a student. You will receive information on the following:

  • How to open a bank account;

  • How to create your IRD number;

  • New Zealand employment rights and obligations;

  • How to create your CV and Cover Letter;

  • Where to look for a job;

  • Some tips!


We love hearing from you! If you need to contact the school before you arrive you can email our student services team ( or call us on 034427810. The week before starting you will receive an email with more information.

Before arrival, please contact our “School Mum” (Accommodation and Pastoral Care Officer - Amanda Guy). Her phone number is (+64) 212987018. You can use SMS, WhatsApp or Line to communicate with her.

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