International Department Newsletter
Term 3 2020
Message From The International Director
2020, has been full of some challenging and new experiences and term 3 was definitely another example of that. We started the term with one new student instead of our usual fifty. That one was a young man who came from another New Zealand school who wanted to have a different educational experience from the one he had had previously. This allowed the amazing staff of the international department to participate in a robust process of review. What have we done previously? Why do we do it? Is it the best experience for our students? were some of the questions that led our discussions and reflections. What we did find through our review was that the experience and structures that we have had in place at Whangaparaoa College were very good. Students identified the way they were looked after, the support for academic excellence and the experiences they were able to participate in as some of the things which make Whangaparaoa College such a great place to come as an international student. It also allowed us to confirm that there were some areas to support and that was in particular around orientation and pre-arrival and supporting that process as an area we could and need to strengthen. There have also been minor things in the past we have identified. This time has allowed us to structure a plan to implement some of these things, which is positive as we look forward to the borders re-opening soon. I do want to give you an update of where we are up to with both our enrolments and borders opening. In terms of enrolments we are taking enrolments for next year and not taking any fees or money until we get confirmation of when exactly borders will open and to who and how it will look. What we do know is that our government has allowed 250 Ph.D. and post-graduate students entry in November and that our education minister has said that the government will need to look at a more balanced economic response to the pandemic. We are also buoyed, by the first offshore immigration office to open which did so in Beijing a few weeks back. All of these factors allow us to feel positive about the likelihood of borders re-opening in 2021 and allows us to plan for that eventuality. We are so looking forward to working with you and all of our international whanau to welcome you back asap. You can be assure that all of our staff are doing everything we can to not only offer the same amazing experience for our international students that we had pre the onset of this pandemic but an even more impressive and holistic experience which will be the envy of many. Nga mihi nui Jason
International Prize for Kano's 'Young Reporters' video!
Fantastic work from our wonderful international student Kano Sugawara. She along with another Whangaparaoa College student were 2 out of only 3 New Zealand students who have won awards at the 2020 International Young Reporters for the Environment competition.
Kano's Social Studies teacher drew her attention to the competition as she knew of her passion in solving environmental issues. To enter, students were asked to investigate an issue relating to litter, research a solution and then report on it using film, photography or writing. They were then required to disseminate their piece via available channels and their entry was judged by an international jury.
Congratulations Kano for representing New Zealand in these international awards and doing so well. What an excellent achievement!
Please click HERE to read the full article.
New Videos! We are delighted to share our latest 'Meet videos' It's time to share stories of international students and their time at Whangaparaoa College.
Please follow this link to see all our new videos on our website
Update on our super Business studies whizz Estefanya!
After receiving such great feedback for her book "How to survive an international exchange programme". Estefanya,applied for a Young Enterprise Scheme, Entrepreneurship in Latin America programme. She was one of 20 successful New Zealand students who will be spending a week in the school holidays travelling throughout New Zealand visiting with businesses successfully operating in Latin America. It is such an exciting opportunity for her and we are very proud of the hard work she has put in to her Level 3 Business Studies class in order to be selected. Please click here to read more information.
Webinar kick off!
With the major restrictions on global travel, we have been implementing a different marketing strategy. It's been great to catch up with some of you at our agents webinars, we look forward to continuing with more of these in term 4, keep an eye on Facebook and our emails coming out for times and dates for your area. We hope to extend these webinars further, to parent/student information sessions, NCEA & pathway specific sessions, homestay information sessions etc - and of course when the situation allows, meeting up with you all again in person.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any of our latest digital marketing information.University of Auckland Summer School Programme for International Students
The University of Auckland is offering a Summer Start International programme for ourYear 13 international students.
Please encourage your international students to register their interest in the programme by filling in the online form. Summer Start International provides international students with a chance to get a head start on their degree programme from 06 January to 17 February 2021. Students will get to experience life on campus, make a start on their degree and explore Auckland City. Summer Start International will also include fun social and cultural activities and students can stay on campus in Waipārūrū Hall, the most modern, fully-catered Hall of Residence at Auckland.
Who is Summer Start International for?
International students who are completing Year 13 at a New Zealand Secondary School or completing a Foundation studies programme. Summer Start International is available to students planning to study at the University of Auckland in 2021, and to those students who are considering study at other university in New Zealand or overseas.
What does Summer Start International offer?
Summer Start International will allow students to remain in New Zealand over summer in a safe and supportive environment while they make a start on their degree.
Students will enrol in a Certificate of Proficiency and complete one 15 point course that will go towards their University of Auckland degree. If they intend to study at another university they may be able to transfer the credit.
We will provide accommodation in their most modern Hall of Residence – Waipārūrū Hall – with residential support and catering provided.
Summer Start International is not just focused on academic preparation but will also include free fun social and cultural activities. Key Information:
International students should register their interest now. Dates:
Applications close on 1 December 2020
Enrolments close 20 December 2020
Summer School begins 06 January 2021 and ends on 17 February 2021
$4035.00 plus student services levy (the tuition fee is an estimate and may vary depending on course selected)
Additional activities are included at no extra cost to the student
$398.00 per week at Waiparuru Hall (meals included)
University of Otago International Student Scholarship
The University of Otago scholarship and accommodation guarantee recognises the additional challenges international students in New Zealand face this year, particularly in being unable to make a return trip to visit their families back home over the summer, and supports them to stay in the country to commence on-campus studies at Otago in 2021.
• A guaranteed Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for International Students valued at NZD$10,000.
• A guaranteed place in university accommodation, either in a residential college or a UniFlat (subject to a satisfactory reference and completing an accommodation application). Important: Residential college applications close 30 September.
This guarantee offer is available to all international students who are currently in New Zealand and who are offered admission to Otago for 2021 to start full-time bachelor’s studies for the first time at a New Zealand University.
Please follow this link for more information on the scholarship
WGP Social Media
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Watch this space to see developments with our social media as we try new and improved ways of keeping you in the loop!
Enrolments for 2021 and beyond!
Web enrolments are going well and can be accessed via our school website, please click HERE to view.
Paper copies can still be downloaded and emailed to email@example.com for 2020, from January 2021 only web enrolments will be accepted.
We are very pleased to announce that 2021 enrolments will be charged at 2020 prices.
Reports & Excellence Results
Term 3 student reports are being finalised and will be sent out to you via email shortly.
After another very busy and disruptive term, we are so pleased to see how many of our fantastic students have received excellence results for their assessments. They have really been working so hard this year and we are extremely proud of them!
Mufti (non-uniform) day: Tuesday 13 October NCEA Level 1 practice exams Wednesday 14 - Friday 16 October
Senior School Production: Starts Saturday 17 October Year 12 & 13 School Ball: Saturday 7 November Seniors Last Day: Thursday 12 November NCEA Exams start: Monday 16 November International End of Year Activities: 16 November - 2 December Teacher Only Day: Thursday 19 November
Year 13 Leavers' dinner: Thursday 3 December End of term: Tuesday 8 December
Please click HERE to see a personal message video from International Director Jason Pocock.
With very warm wishes from : Jason, Ginni, Debbie, Sue, Natasha, Mat, Maria & Silvie