Awatapu's International Department is led by the Director of International Education and HOD English Language, Mary Cherian Matthews, who has been at Awatapu for over two decades. Mary is known for her attention to detail and ability to be across every aspect of the programme, but is quick to point out that while she may be the front person for the programme, she can only succeed with the support of her equally passionate team.
As part of a medium sized school, the department staff are fully aware of what each student is up to - academically, socially and in their homestay. It is aimed to keep the number of international students at a manageable level, thereby ensuring the provision of a quality programme and support, and also a diverse cultural mix to encourage participation and integration.
Key Staff 2018
Mrs Mathews - International Director and Head of the English Language Department
Mrs Mathews has oversight for all academic and pastoral care matters. She is the person to talk to about all things relating to academic, school issues, subject support and personal matters. Mrs Mathews is also the person to talk to if you have any problems and if you need permission granted for any matter.
Ms Ross runs the Orientation Programme and helps new students settle in at school. She also takes students on school trips during the year. Ms Ross assists with classes and helps students get involved in the different activities at school.
Elizabeth Buzas Stowers-Hull - International Student Administrator
Elizabeth assists with the day-to-day operations of the International Office. She helps with enrolments, insurance, visas, fees, uniforms, travel plans and any other information students might need while they are studying at Awatapu College.
Mrs McKenzie - Homestay Support
Mrs McKenzie provides pastoral support for international students and homestay families. She assists with the placement of the students and any homestay matters. Student interviews and homestay visits are also carried out by her.