What a start to the year!
The year started back in January when we received the schools NCEA results from 2014. It was a really proud moment to see our results overall which had Whangaparaoa College achieving the following grades in the 2014 academic year.
Level 1 - 86%
Level 2 - 90%
Level 3 - 82%
The percentage equates to the percentage of students who attend Whangaparaoa College who attained the year level certificate. It was extra special when we heard that Sophie Schmidt (2014 international student) achieved a Level 3 Excellence certificate and Merit and Excellence endorsements in 4 out of her 5 individual subjects. What an amazing result; we are all very proud of our overall results and Sophie’s amazing achievements.
The year started with a bang, with lots of new arrivals, Year 13 Camp and two visiting groups in the first 2 weeks. It was great to welcome our new arrivals and especially pleasing to welcome the new group from Korea. It was the first time we had worked with the NZMEC agency and it was great to see the students who came from a variety of schools.
Some other highlights of this term have been the return of three groups of students we traditionally host; Kyoto Gaidai Nishi High school (From Kyoto in Japan); NZ Study Group (A group of Thai students from a variety of schools in Bangkok and Chang Mai) and Akatsuki High school (from Nagoya in Japan). It is always great to host familiar faces amongst the teachers and agents and always fantastic to show international students around our beautiful region.
This term we also took all of our international students as well as our Thai group from NZ Study to the Auckland Polyfest. This is a yearly festival held in Auckland which celebrates our New Zealand diverse ethnic society. It was originally based around Maori and Pacific Island cultures. However, over the last few years it has also included many other cultures such as Japanese, Thai, Indian, Sri Lankan, Chinese, Middle Eastern and many others. It was a real pleasure to attend this festival with the students and to discuss traditions within their culture which they had not seen since being in NZ and allowed them to remember some great things about home. It was also an experience for the students to taste a variety of different cuisines from these countries. I think it is fair to say that many students struggled to walk out of the festival because they were so full of good food.
Next term is full of plenty of events. We welcome some new long term students; we have school cross-country; Stage Challenge and we will welcome a FAM trip from Carlos Robles (IEP Brazil) and many of his South American colleagues. It will end with myself and Principal James Thomas visiting Thailand, Korea, Vietnam and Japan.
I hope everything is well where you are and look forward to catching up with everyone at some stage over the year, hopefully face to face but if not, on Skype, Facetime or something similar.
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