International Department Newsletter
July 2016
Term 2 2016

Message from the Deputy Principal

Kia ora,
It’s Maori Language week in NZ, a really special time for us at Whangaparaoa College.

It has been a busy term here, we have seen a large amount of growth in student numbers this year and that hasn’t stopped in term 2. It has been great to meet all these new students and show them our great part of the world. Hopefully their personalities will help grow the culture of the international students that attend Whangaparaoa College.
We are unfortunately saying good bye to a number of our students that are heading back to their country's after experiencing what we all hope will have been a great time in NZ and in particular experiencing the wonderful things we have to offer in our part of the world. We all hope that these students stay in touch with us through Facebook or one of the many other ways to maintain the connection in our day and age.

Farewell to these students in Term 2

Term 3 will see a large number of students come to us and experience Whangaparaoa College. Some will come for a short time and some will be planning on finishing their secondary schooling in NZ and may be here for multiple years. It will be great to help support their goals and experiences through the support of the entire Whangaparaoa College community.

As we start the second half of the academic year there will be a focus on NCEA exams and the end of year activities program we run at school. Please let us know if you feel there is more that we can do to support your students through these two important aspects of our year.

Principal's Lunch

Our Principal held a lunch for our Term 2 arrivals.  Pictured here (in order from left to right) are:
Daisharo, Jay Jay, Puyee, Khan, Jeremy, Jenny, Louise, Angela, Mr Thomas, Emma, Charlotte and Cindy.
It was an opportunity for the new learners to meet our Principal and find out a bit more about our school and an opportunity for these learners to interact with each other and get to know others who are in the same situation as themselves.
It is a nice informal way of meeting and food is always a good way to encourage everyone to enjoy each other’s company.  

Year 7 & 8 Cross Country
Friday July 1st was the day for our cross country run for our juniors.

Jason Pocock did the run with several International Students. Which they all seemed to enjoy.

This is an annual event for the school and all junior school students are involved and participate either in a ‘fun’ run or as a competitor who could go on to represent the school at an Interschool competition later in the year.

Matariki Market Day

On June 22, we celebrated Matariki. This is the Maori New Year and we began it with a tree planting for our top Pacifica Learners.

We then had an International Food Festival with most of our International Learners taking part in the Festival.

The food was delicious and there was a great turn out to experience some wonderful culinary


 We said Au Revoir to Mathilde, from France.  She joined the concert band and was totally immersed into school life at Whangaparaoa. Everyone she came in contact with was very enthusiastic about her participation within the school and the impact she had on those she met. Mathilde played in the concert band on several occasions and was an absolute asset to this group. By being involved in the band it meant several trips away to play and on several occasions played in front of the school at various assemblies. Mathilde was a wonderful student to have within our school and she will be missed greatly by everyone. We hope to catch up with you Mathilde the next time Mr Pocock is in Europe to get other students to come to Whangaparaoa College and we wish you all the best for your future.

Visitors from Vietnam
Allan Mai, our agent from Vietnam, visited us with  students from Vietnam. They said hello to Hung, who has been with us since last July. Hung showed Ngoc, Phong, Tien, Hai, Khang and Chau around.  Khang liked it so much he has enrolled for Term 3. We look forward to welcoming him back. 

Visitors from Vietnam

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