Like many of the terms over the last few years, term 3 2017 was full of new experiences. The most enjoyable part of my job is seeing the development of the relationships and the skills that our international students gain whilst they are with us. I am hugely proud of the academic progress of so many and I think we will see a number of our international students gain awards and excellence certificates in our excellence awards that occur later in the year. The number of students achieving at the top level of achievement amongst our international students is continuing to grow.
However, we cannot lose sight of the other opportunities that the students gain as well.
I was extremely excited to watch the school production this year and although it had a relatively small cast there were a number of our international students taking major roles in this and it was great to see their confidence and the enjoyment that they had being part of it. It was also great to see our friends from Ritsumeikan Uji High school teach traditional calligraphy to our year 7/8 students and take such pride in sharing their culture. The Whangaparaoa College students were absolutely buzzing at the opportunity and once again our Japanese friends gained such confidence from leading this.
It has also been pleasing to be able to get around sports fields and courts and see the students getting involved and challenging not only their selves but others as well.
I have just returned from my annual visit to Europe and once again it was great reconnecting with long term friends and meeting some new ones. Although the travel is always challenging the people and the experience I have, while I am there is always fantastic. It was great to share a video of one of our year 13 students (German student Marlow Guttman) delivering his level 3 English speech too many agents and friends. Marlow chose to talk about the differences between School in Germany and Whangaparaoa College. It was an emotional time discussing the video with agents as it was very heart felt and confirming of what we do at Whangaparaoa College. If you haven’t seen it please have a look on our website it is well worth a watch.
It is going to be another busy term with Exams, end of year excellence prize giving’s and end of year activities, and farewells for our international students.
If you do want to make enrolments for 2018 please let Ginni know as soon as possible as with this year we are getting full quickly and soon we may have to close off our enrolments for the year.
I am really looking forward to welcoming the NZ summer, see you soon!
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