International Director's Message


May 2018

Term 1 Wow!
It started with the most international students we have ever had 106 (yes I know we only have 100). What an amazing group of students they were, so willing to challenge themselves as well as share their culture with us Kiwis.
Some of the key high’s in this term:
Celebration of Nam Hung Ngu as they highest performing academic student in year 12 (2017)
Our annual trip to complete the Tongariro crossing
Our students visit to Poly Fest (the biggest celebration of Pacific culture in the world)
Our Cross country and tabloid sports day
Personally it was great for me as I didn’t travel to South America. Instead our principal James Thomas went to visit Brazil, Columbia and Mexico. Although this was a little sad (I did not get to visit some of my close friends), it did mean that I got to visit one of the countries we work with for the first time: Vietnam. It was an absolute treat. I was only there for 4 days but what an eye opener. Thank you To Allan Mai and the fantastic people I met up with while there. I can guarantee you that Whangaparaoa College will be back and it won’t be long.
As usual we say goodbye to a handful of students and will welcome some new students at the end of the term. We hope that we have added to each person something from Whangaparaoa College and we know that you have left some pieces of you.
Next term will be busy as well with marketing trips to Thailand and Korea and our Annual IEP FAM trip from South/Central America.
Thanks again for all of the support and if there is anything we can help with please do not hesitate to contact us.
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