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Celebrating diversity. Celebrating achievement.

For children learning English

We welcome all international families and provide an inclusive and supportive space for all languages. 
If your child has a first language other than English, they may need some support with their oral language and literacy skills.

Language Support Team
We are proud of our well-regarded and well-staffed Language Support team — they are skilled at helping your child accelerate their English language progress.
When you enrol in our school you will be introduced to the Language Support team, who will arrange a time to meet with you and to test your child’s English ability. This helps us determine the level of support your child may need. 
If necessary, your child will be placed in a language support group. This provides them a 30-minute English lesson, four times a week.

Speaking, Reading, Writing
We tend to focus on oral language then, as your child progresses, move into reading and writing. We use the NZ English Language Learning Progressions as our main resource. Students are assessed against these.
Towards the end of each year, we test students on different aspects of their English, and we invite parents to meet with us to discuss their child’s progress. 

Pastoral Care
Our Language Support team also provides pastoral care for families. We will support you with your questions or any issues you may be facing.  

Ilam School has translators on site for Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, or Samoan speakers. Please let us know if you require this assistance. 

Email our Deputy Principal, Kirsten Aaron ( if your child has English as an additional language, or if you have questions about enrolling your child at Ilam School. 

“The school is highly effective in providing pastoral care, good quality education and ESOL tuition for its international students.”

Education Review Office report, 2017


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