International Director's Message

September 2019

That was an amazing term!

I write this after returning from a trip to Rotorua (central North Island) with a sports group that I help support. The weather was amazing and the experiences that we were able to be involved with were first class. It makes me proud that I live in such a beautiful country where I can be enjoying the beach and the water one minute and the next we can be in a mountainous areas with lakes and forests. I know I am biased but I am not sure there is anywhere in the world that has the variety that in New Zealand, we are lucky to be exposed to.

Term three is always busy and this term was no exception. July - outside of January - is the busiest month for our school with such a large amount of new learners arriving to experience our amazing environment, not only our Whangaparaoa community but also our wider New Zealand whanau. This year we established a week full of activities to ensure we catered for the learners who did not sit the NCEA practice exams. A big thank you to the newest member of our staff Natasha, for doing such a great job ensuring the learners experienced some amazing stuff which included Sheepworld the Honey Shop, Rangitoto Island and The Maritime Museum. One of our focuses this year has been reviewing our student experience and making sure this continues to get better.

It has been a different term 3 for me. Usually this is when I visit one of our regions. However, this year with our dispersed account managers, Jo White - one of our amazing Deputy Principals is in Mexico with Carlos Robles from IEP and some of our other partners in the New Zealand schools consortium. The Mexican community has been really positive since this time last year and it was great to have our first Mexican students at Whangaparaoa College sharing their fantastic culture. I will be heading to Europe in particular France, Italy and Germany at the start of next term and I am really looking forward to visiting old friends and meeting some new ones.

Next term is going to be another busy term with exams, end of year excellence prize givings, end of year activities, and farewells for some of our international students. There will also be our friends from Tsunan High school in the Niigata prefecture visiting as well.

If you do want to make enrolments for 2019 please let Maria 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 2020.

I am really looking forward to welcoming the NZ summer, see you soon!


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