Welcome to Mountainview High School, Haere mai, Haere mai.

Our school is situated in Timaru, the thriving main centre of South Canterbury in the South Island of New Zealand. Timaru is a small city that has a beautiful coastline. We are close to other centres as well as the lakes and mountain districts of this magnificent country.

Mountainview High is an exciting and successful Year 9 – 13 co-educational secondary school that has been on its current site since 1984. Our campus is beautiful, with views over the hills and distant mountains and the school layout provides a stunning working and learning environment for all students and staff. It is the envy of many schools in New Zealand.

At Mountainview, our students come first! We pride ourselves on the extensive range of subjects and our main goal is to ensure that every student gains the academic qualifications and social skills that will enable them to be successful as members of their communities well after they have completed their studies with us.

Our co-educational environment is an ideal platform for International Students where acceptance, tolerance and harmony is an everyday part of life. International students are able to participate in all the activities of the school. We pride ourselves on the way in which they become quickly integrated with sporting, cultural and other extra-curricular activities. We are proud of the way in which our students make Mountainview High School a very special place to be a part of.

Student Stories

Student Stories One

Living in other country is not easy. I’m one of the International students that came for education in New Zealand , where everything is different for my country. First time that I was arrived here I felt that I can’t stay any longer but when I try to go along with people here , I fine it more easy and comfortable . Mountainview high school teach me many thing that I haven’t done before like Drama class, Photography , Art grapic etc. and Kiwi students are also very friendly and kind to us that make me feel more than welcome and help me a lot. Homestay is other points that help me a lot to and me make change my viewpoint and make me feel comfortable at there house, I also like the city here . Life is very easy here because we don’t have any traffic jam or polution . This is my opinoin for Timaru and Mountainview high school for my experiences.
Thai students
Adisorn Jadmuang ( ice )

Student Stories Two

Hey, my name is Marvin Petersen. I´m from Germany and I had the privilege to study at Mountainview High School for 10 Months. In my time here, Mountainview has always made sure that all my needs were met and furthermore the Staff as well as students supported me in making these 10 Months the best experience, I could possibly have had. For example I was included in the school musical, enjoyed tramping in the middle of nowhere and even went bungy jumping in Queenstown. I was able to see a lot of New Zealand in this year and Timaru truly is a pearl. It is a small, but lovely town. I love the bay and the close town. All the people I met here are like a small family for me and even my homestay is, despite our differences, a big support and a surrogate home. Mountainview is a special school. It sees your potential and supports you in coming closer to your dreams. It recognizes your effort. This year I received several Prices at Senior Prize giving, including first overall in Psychology and ESOL. I´m really thankful for everything in the last 10 Months and I´m looking forward to coming back one day to visit my new, second home.
Marvin Petersen

Living in Timaru

Mountainview High School is a modern well-equipped state co-educational school located on a magnificent and spacious site overlooking the sea and mountains.

Originally established in 1901, it was rebuilt on a new site in 1983 with a new name of Mountainview High School. Emphasis is placed on providing a caring environment where high standards of academic excellence are expected.

Academic Programme

The school accepts students from Year 9 to Year 13. A wide choice of subjects is available. Extracurricular activities offered include golf, skiing and snowboarding, tramping, sailing and a variety of sports teams engaging in regular competition, including basketball, badminton, table tennis, soccer, rugby, volleyball and hockey. Tuition in musical instruments is available, and music and drama play an important part in school life.

English Language Support

A comprehensive ESOL programme is available from highly-trained and qualified ESOL teachers.

Course Commencement

Students are accepted at any time during the year.

Student Support

On first arrival students are met at Christchurch International Airport at no extra cost. There is a full-time Director of International Students to look after their needs.


This is with a New Zealand family (homestay).

In Summary

Mountainview High School provides excellent preparation for university study. Class sizes are limited so that students are able to receive close personal attention. We assist students with their applications for university.

International News

So far this year we have had 24 students as part of our programme with more to come. This number included 9 students from a school in Thailand who spent a very enjoyable 3 weeks with us.

Students are well settled into their programmes, and we have also had a great trip to Dunedin with some international students from other South Canterbury schools. The trip included visits to-Moeraki Boulders, Oamaru historic sector, ice skating, shopping, museum, and a bit of sight-seeing. We were really proud of the group and the way they took part. Many positive comments were received from the places we visited.

One of the best aspects about having these students in the school is the cultural value they add to our whole student body. We had many students act as Kiwi buddies for the Thai Group that came. Their role was to provide guidance and support so that they felt part of the school. The students followed their buddies to classes and group meetings and got to make new Kiwi friends. At the end of the Thai visit we had a lunch, presented certificates to the students involved and they had an opportunity to bid them farewell. Many of the Thai students wanted to come back next year and one boy wants to come back and finish his high school education here. That is a good sign that things went well for them.

Our Homestays continue to provide a great service to these students. It is important that the internationals are in homes that treat them as they would their own children, provide support when needed, and generally enjoy the benefits of providing a good “Kiwi experience”. We have a great set of homestays but are always looking for more. If you are interested in finding out about this, please send me an email at

In Term 3 we have another 13 students arriving – 3 junior high students from Japan (7 weeks), 3 German students (all year) and 7 students from Brazil (until mid-November). It is going to be a busy time. We are planning a trip to Queenstown, a trip to Christchurch and a trip skiing. There will be notices home about all this of course.

Thank you to everyone, Kiwi students, staff and homestays for making our internationals feel welcomed and part of our school. They provide us with an opportunity to add cultural value to Mountainview and we have the opportunity to learn about other cultures and make friends from all over the world. Well done everyone.

International Accommodation

The aim of the Homestay Host Programme is to provide the student with a New Zealand cultural experience in a family environment that is positive and accepting of the cultural differences each student will bring.

Our international students come to us from all over the world as part of their overseas experience. Whilst exciting, we are aware that this time can also be a bit daunting and can be a source of nervousness. Our experienced homestay families are well-experienced at dealing with this.

We like the Homestay option because it exposes our international students to English in an everyday setting, and our Kiwi way of life. To make the most of this opportunity, and to be involved in the family, the student needs to be prepared to “take part” in the daily routines of the host family. For example,

  • Help prepare meals and help clean up afterwards
  • Spend time with the family after meals (whether watching TV or going for walks)
  • Do not hide away in the bedroom
  • Talk to the family about your day
  • Ask permission before going out
  • Keep your room tidy
  • Do not spend all the time on the internet.

Host familes come in all shapes and sizes. Whatever the make up of the host family, they will have gone through a thorough checking process, including Police Checks, and be approved by the school. Our basic philosophy is…

“If we wouldn’t want our own children in the home, we would not put a student in there.”

International student report


International Report 2016
2016 has been an extremely successful year for our International students. This year we have welcomed over 45 new foreign students from all over the world to Mountainview High School. They are hardworking, talented, and enthusiastic about all sorts of activities, such as sports, music or school challenges.
In Term One, we welcomed two new Germans, two from China/ Hong Kong, a whole bunch of crazy Brazilians, three young students from Japan and five youngsters from Korea. At the start of the year all international students went to the Welcome Ceremony in the Caroline Bay Hall where all international students from all schools in Timaru
District were welcomed to New Zealand by the Mayor, Damon Odey.
Right at the start of Term Two we had the Mountainview School Ball, which most most of our international seniors attended. I enjoyed it very much and loved to see my international school mates being dressed up, laughing, dancing and posing for the cameras. In the second term we also held our International Day, which was all organised by the
students. This day gave all international students the opportunity to represent their countries and clear some prejudices others have. Kiwis had the chance to learn a little bit more about the world with a great typical dance from the Brazilian students, spicy food testing with the Thai students and slideshows and videos about other countries. Other Mounties also had the opportunity to represent their ancestors’ countries and win prizes for their fantastic costumes. The day was fun and I could clearly see how the bond between international students and the Mountainview community was tightened.
The student buddy system that was invented two years ago was again a great success, especially for the Thai students who have come here for a short time in Term 3. Volunteering Kiwis are paired up with newly arrived international students; this helps the students to settle in smoothly and is also a great way to share each other’s cultures.
This year, within the international student group, we had wonderful bonding times on trips to Antarctic Centre, Dunedin, Queenstown and Tekapo. Furthermore, some of the international Mounties enjoyed trips alongside Kiwi Mounties. While Miyu, Helen, Lennard and Marten travelled around the South Island performing with the Mountainview Jazz Band, most of the Brazilian students from the first half of the year went on brilliant tramping trips with the Outdoor Education Group.
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The participation and achievements in sports, arts and community services of my international school mates have impressed me this year. At the start of Term Two most Mountie students took part in Swimming Sports, included our international students. One of them was our Japanese student, Yasuyuki, who showed all Kiwis how to swim. He has
broken four records and therefore went to the Aoraki swimming competitions. In that he has broken another two records. Well Done! While Sandy took part in the school table tennis team and Badminton, also Miyu, Benz, Om, Li and Nagito were competing in Badminton with great success. Lennard and I played as partners together in the tennis team. Besides the guitar and the tennis racket Lennard has also good foot coordination and therefore is part of the football team together with Aoi and Benz. Finally, on behalf of all the international students, I would like to give special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Johanna Rosewall.
Thanks to Mr. Wilson we have wonderful homestay families this year for every student. The students are very happy in their homestays and get along well with their host families. As well as host families he has organised many great  ctivities throughout the year for us. With some funny jokes he makes every student smile and forget about their homesickness.
Thanks to Mrs. Rosewall for always being the compassionate and caring ESOL teacher. She is very well respected and loved like a mum by all the international Mounties.
Lastly, I would like to thank all teachers, staff and Mounties who have always given us warm welcomes and support. Seeing how well the various nationalities get on and experiencing it myself how much respect is shown to me and watching other internationals, I can say that the socialising side of this year was a great success for all of us. I cannot
emphasize how incredibly important you all are to us and our journey. Thank you to all, and best wishes. I wish everyone great success in the future, and to those who are returning to Mountainview High School next year –
have fun!
Lesley Kurth
Head Student for the International Students

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This year, within the international student group, we have had wonderful bonding times on trips to Queenstown, Dunedin, the Antarctic Centre and Orana Park. Furthermore, international Mounties have also enjoyed many trips alongside Kiwi Mounties. While Miyu, Eriko, Katherine, Marvin, Shintaro and I spent a brilliant weekend tramping with the school’s tramping group, Satoko travelled the South Island performing with the Mountainview Jazz Band.

International students’ participation and achievements in sport, art, and community services have also been excellent this year. During Tournament week, Tawan and Mick competed for the Mountainview Senior Boys Football team, while Sandy, Miyu, and Eriko represented Mountainview and competed in table tennis and badminton. Shintaro was a great sportsman who was very well known among fellow tennis players, and members of the softball team. Special congratulations to Sandy for winning the MVP of the year title in table tennis. In Arts, Pauline and Marvin were fabulous in their roles in our school’s glamorous musical, Footloose. Satoko, in particular, has gained notable achievements in Music. Not only was she a member of the Mountainview Jazz Band, but her brass band also won the Judges’ Favourite in the Chamber Music Competition. In addition, she won 2nd Runner-up in Mountie’s Got Talent for her brilliant piano performance accompanied by Zaveaus McLaughlin.

Congratulations, Satoko!

As for community services, our big Thai group went to primary schools to share about their culture and decorated the Mountainview common’s walls with information about Thailand. Also, Camilla participated in Moana’s interwhanau challenge and Teeraya, Adisorn, Marvin, Pauline, Miyu, Satoko, and Sandy enthusiastically volunteered to help out at the South Canterbury International Festival. On the whole, it’s great to see our international students being involved in many great activities out of class time.

Finally, on behalf of all international students, I would like to give special thanks to Mr. John B. Wilson, Mrs. Johanna Rosewall, and Mr. Bruce Aston.

Thanks to Mr. Wilson, our International Director; we have got wonderful homestay families this year for every student. Our students are very happy in their homestays and get along well with their host families. Furthermore, he has organized many great activities throughout the year for us and always recruits the best international people to Mountainview.

Thanks Mrs. Rosewall for always being our passionate and caring ESOL teacher. She is very well respected and loved by all international Mounties.

Thanks Mr. Aston, our international relief teacher, who has taken good care of us while Mr. Wilson is away.

Last but not least, I would like to thank all teachers, staff and Mounties who have always given us warm welcomes and support. I cannot emphasize how incredibly important you all are to us and our journey.

Thank you and best wishes to all.

Pan Bui
International Student Representative

International Enrolment

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