Kavanagh College is a multicultural Catholic high school, located in the centre of Dunedin. We have local students from many diverse backgrounds and for the last 30 years have run a strong international programme, which hosts individuals and groups of students from over ten countries. Our international students are an integrated part of our school community and our host families are welcoming and ensure our students are happy and settled.
Kavanagh College's International Department team have many years of experience in New Zealand and overseas education. We have traveled widely and have worked with people from a large variety of cultures, giving us the expertise to support our international students here in Dunedin and also their parents and agents in their home countries.
Nicki has been the Head of ESOL at Kavanagh College since 2011 and loves teaching students from all over the world. Prior to working at Kavanagh, she lived in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she spent four years teaching ESOL to adults in companies and in programs for the German government. She enjoys travelling and how her students bring their many languages and cultures to her classroom. Since 2020, she has been building new relationships with families and agents and has been managing international student enrolments, as well as pastoral care.
Brenda joined Kavanagh at the end of 2020 as an experienced International Homestay Coordinator, also working since 2016 in the same role for another local high school. Brenda loves supporting and encouraging international students to achieve and enjoy their time in New Zealand. As a qualified and registered teacher, Brenda spent most of her teaching career in the United Kingdom, teaching students aged 11-17. From 2021, Brenda is looking forward to developing new relationships with the students and homestay families of Kavanagh College.
Kavanagh office phone is +64 3 477 3408 (Ext 209)
mobile: +64 27 204 3747
Monday May 9, 2022
Kavanagh College is looking for caring families to host our international students for short and long term from July 2022.
Thursday April 7, 2022
During the 4 weeks before Anzac weekend, 10 Kavanagh Enviro-committee students joined online teams in Vietnam working on a common goal: how to protect our marine environment.
Thursday October 15, 2020
NZ Immigration isn't issuing student visas until they reopen in Oct 2022, but that doesn't mean you can't talk to us about your long term plans to study at Kavanagh.
Thursday April 30, 2020
A big thank you to our international student community and their caregivers for staying strong and being a part of New Zealand's fight against Covid-19!
Monday September 9, 2019
Recently two of our students Ait Charoenchaturong and San Jumnienjumrus attended the “Otago Light of Peace” event as volunteers.
Thursday July 4, 2019
During the school holidays some of our International and Exchange students will be returning to their homelands after a year at Kavanagh College.
Friday June 28, 2019
Dunedin Study is inviting all our International students to be part of a fun afternoon, playing sports at the Edgar Centre. This event will be on the 24th of July, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Free!
Thursday June 13, 2019
Education New Zealand have just launched a page for International Students studying and wishing to study in NZ.
Thursday April 4, 2019
Over the past three weeks, we have hosted 20 students and staff from the biggest school in Thailand.
Monday March 4, 2019
Last week our international and head students, along with some NZ friends and family, welcomed our newly arrived classmates with a bowling and pizza night.
Wednesday February 20, 2019
30 students and 4 teachers visited Dunedin for one day. Their visit coincided with Kavanagh's Athletics Day.