Activities and community service
In addition to their academic accomplishments, our students also achieve at the highest levels outside the classroom with golf, badminton, table tennis, martial arts and chess national champions amongst our student body. AIC students are grounded, well rounded and balanced, and have the opportunity to participate in a number of on-campus clubs and activities, including Drama Club, Habitat for Humanity, Model UN and AIC Bands and ensembles, among many others. We encourage students to compete in national and international academic competitions including maths and science Olympiads. The Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) programme provides experiences for students to develop self-confidence, empathy and a willingness to help others. Students participate in creative arts, sports and community service activities, encouraging them to demonstrate qualities of curiosity, honesty, responsibility and objective self-analysis.
Supporting our students
In addition to subject teachers, AIC has a strong programme of individual student support. A mentor takes a personal interest in each student’s welfare and academic progress at weekly mentor meetings, and a school guidance counsellor is available to individual students seeking assistance with personal matters. The student’s Year level Dean can help with personal or academic issues, while the Director of Studies can help with academic questions. Parents who need language support in our main languages can seek assistance from a school interpreter.
All international students in New Zealand without a parent stay at the AIC boarding house. The boarding house is culturally diverse and grounded in common goals. The boarding facility exists to support students to achieve academic success.Through boarding, we aim for students to develop inter-cultural understanding, independence and a sense of community. AIC boarding is managed with clear guidelines for students. The supervisors who care for the students are from a variety of countries and are a professional and caring group of adults. In addition to the work of supervisors, a counsellor is available to talk confidentially with students, should they need it. Several leadership opportunities are available to senior boarders and a house competition is encouraged.