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"Unlocking each students personnel potential for life”

Located in a stunning rural setting halfway between the University city of Dunedin and the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown.  

Blue Mountain College is a small school catering for students from 11-20 years of age. We pride ourselves on knowing each student and his/her family personally meaning we are able to provide excellent individualized pastoral care. We are a PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) school where every student is expected to be respectful, responsible and inclusive in the way they interact with each other, our staff and the wider community.  

We provide individualized learning pathways leading to outstanding success rates with NCEA qualifications alongside myriad sporting, cultural, outdoor education and leadership opportunities. Our Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Awards and Peer Support programmes allow the students to be focussed on giving back to their community including through volunteer service. 

Our environment is not only aesthetically beautiful but extremely safe, both characteristics that our International Students value along with the way their host families embrace them.   

Please contact us personally for further information.

Mrs Cherie Criglington 
Director of International Students/Homestay Co-ordinator


Mr Garry Moody 
Assistant Principal/Marketing Manager



International students are able to study towards a wide range of qualification including:
NCEA Levels 1-3 and University Entrance
Preparation for IELTS
Star courses – Diving Certificate, Barista course, Drivers Licence, Day Skippers Licence
Gateway programme – work experience opportunities


Each international student has an individual programme prepared in order to achieve their academic and life goals. International students are provided with every opportunity that our “Kiwi” students experience. Students will have an interview with our Senior Dean when they first arrive and a combination of subjects will be agreed upon. Full details are on our website.


·         School Farm, Agriculture Subject options

·         Specialist Science Laboratories

·         Dedicated workshops for Food and Materials technology

·         Full gymnasium

·         Expansive Sports Fields and courts

·         Library

·         BOYD with wireless network for students

·         Community swimming pool

·         Positive Behaviour for Learning

·         Small classes – 20 students maximum


·         1:1 support with ESOL teacher

·         Small classes

·         Academic progress support

·         Pastoral care

·         Accommodation placement service

·         Community evening English language classes


·         School production / Stage Challenge / Performing Arts festival

·         Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Awards

·         Yearly Formal dance function for Year 11-13

·         Snowboard trip, skiing weekends

·         Camps and tramps

·         Outdoor experiences

·         Marae visit

·         Ambassador club (International and Migrant students)

·         Wide range of team and individual sports


·         Homestay in the town or in the countryside with a farming family