Welcome to Kavanagh College

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.





The International team at Kavanagh College

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.  



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International Director (Acting) & Teacher of ESOL 

Nicki Ridden-Angus (B.Sc, Grad.Dip, Dip.Grad.Tchg)

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.


Homestay Coordinator

Brenda Clark (B.Ed & Dip.Tchg)

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