Wow, Wow, Wow!
I am not sure what to say. I think the first thing is my apologies for this coming out now and not the end of last term.
Term one at Whangaparaoa College was one I will never forget. We have increased the number of international students from 45 – 80 and this has been amazing. The students that have come to Whangaparaoa College have been fantastic and it has been great to meet so many new arrivals.
It doesn’t stop there, we are almost full for the second semester already, and in fact at year 12 we are full. This does put us in a real dilemma because we do not want to turn people away as we have such great relationships with all of our agents. I implore you to get relevant enrolment information to us over the next couple of weeks to ensure that your students do not miss out.
It was great to have such a busy term 1 and reflect on some amazing things. Our first international prefect Hiroyuki Uchino was chosen as one of 16 school prefects and the first in the history of our school who is an International student. We take great pride as a group in Yuki’s achievement and know that he will do well. We welcomed many old friends back in term 1 with the groups that attended. Kyoto Gadai, NZ study, KKIZ (Korea) all visited and it was great to reacquaint ourselves with long time friends as well as welcome new students to our school who had not been here before. Athletics and Swimming sports days were once again well attended and our internationals achieved some really good results and we look forward to celebrating the school cross country champs this term.
The term finished with me visiting South America, Santiago (Chile), Bogota (Colombia) and Vitoria, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Once again it was great to catch up with friends; agents, past students and families alike. It was also good to catch up with some new agents and visit new places. It was my first time to visit Colombia and Vitoria and both were amazing. Rio is in the midst of getting ready for the Olympics and it was a bit chaotic. I am sure however, that they will host a superb Olympic games and it was great to see some of the infrastructure for these games. One thing that was tough was seeing the pressure that many of my Brazilian friends were under because of the political unrest and I hope that this will change in the future. I look forward to visiting again soon when this calms down a bit. Stay strong my Brazilian friends.
Term 2 is a big term for us on another level we embark on formalising a strategic plan for the next few years considering the massive growth that we have seen this year. You can be assured that at the centre of this plan will be ensuring that the best student experience is the most important thing. If you have anything to share please do not hesitate to contact me.
On orientation day in February, we welcomed 93 International students to our College.
It was a chance for them all to meet one another and have a tour of the college before classes started.
KKIZ Group Leaving Lunch
We had a wonderful shared lunch to say goodbye to the KKIZ Group who left us on Wednesday.
Mr Thomas came in to say goodbye, each learner was given a certificate to commemorate their time learning here at Whangaparaoa College.
Someone certainly seems to like his lunch!
Kyoto Gardaí Leaving Lunch
Next is was the Kyoto Gardai group's turn for a leaving lunch. The weather was beautiful as they all said goodbye to the friends they have made and boarded the bus to leave Whangaparaoa College for the last time.
Time to receive the learning certificates!
One last photo with our new friends!
Yuki - the first Prefect from International
Hiroyuki Uchino known as Yuki arrived from Tokyo and has been with us since January 2015. He has the honour of being the first Prefect from our International Students.
We wish him all the best for 2016 and know that he will do a great job at representing our school as a prefect.
On Friday, 19th February our Year 9 –13 learners took part in our annual Athletics Day.
Each learner dresses in their school house colours and points are awarded to houses during the day.
A few of our international students did very well with Hideyasu Hata being selected to take part in the North Harbour Schools’ Athletics Day in some track events.
Time for the tug-of-war!
New International Room and Staff!
We are all settled in downstairs in the International Room now and a few more wonderful staff have joined our great team!
We have Ginni Wootton - International Students Manager, Maria Faulkner - International Student Administrator, Jason Pocock - Director of International Students, Amanda Howdill - Homestay/Groups Co-Ordinator, & Debbie Culliford - International Students Academic Councillor