Hello, I am Junko Bracefield, Marketing Manager for the International Department.
I am Head of Languages at St. Matthew’s and joined in International Department in 2017. I was born in Japan, and after studying and working in UK for 4 years, moved to New Zealand about 25 years ago. I am a registered teacher and hold qualifications in Second Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics.
New Zealand is an attractive place for young international students where there are so many opportunities, both cultural and sporting offered at school and in the community.
Studying abroad is an exciting but also worrying experience for young students and their families. I understand their concerns as well as the benefits for the students to become internationally focused, globally minded young adults.
The International Department is very happy to inform, help and answer any questions you may have, so that you and your family can decide what will be the best for you and your daughter’s international education.
Dean of International Students
Hello, I am Jenny Hannon, Dean of International Students at St Matthew’s Collegiate School, Masterton. I work with other teachers, and the staff in the boarding houses, to give our international girls the best chance of success at this school.
We understand how important pastoral care is. We have only 10 to 15 internationals on our roll, so that we can give them the support they need. We strongly encourage our internationals to take advantage of the many cultural and sporting opportunities in the school to help build friendships and a feeling of belonging.
We also understand the importance of good teaching. As Head of ESOL, I bring many years’ experience of teaching English and French, as well as ESOL, to the classroom. I understand how language learning happens and that students learn in different ways. All international students at St Matthew’s have regular classes in small groups, where they get the support they need to use English academically and in social situations.
Whether the student wishes to stay for just a term or two and improve her English or remain with us for several years and qualify for university in an English-speaking university, we can offer an appropriate course.