Diana from Cambodia

Hello my name is Diana I come from Cambodia and this is my second year as an international student at Waitakere College.

The students at Waitakere College are very friendly. Before I arrived in New Zealand I was very scared but I had a nice Kiwi Buddy who looked after me and I soon realised I had nothing to worry about. The teachers here are also really helpful and it's easy to get help if you need it.

I like sports and I play Volleyball and Hockey. I am also a peer mediator and so I'm learning how to help students solve difficulties and resolve conflict.

I achieved Level 1 NCEA with Excellence last year and I'm working hard aiming for Excellence again this year.

Andy from China

Hi, my name is Andy. I have been in New Zealand for four years and I've had a great time here.

When I arrived I was a stranger and I tried to fit in by making new friends.  I used my free time to hang out with friends and my English improved very fast because I spent most of my time with Kiwi friends.

I loved playing soccer with my homestay brother, we both joined a club and won the championship.  I gave that up when I became a senior so I could concentrate on my study.

I love the teachers at Waitakere College because they are really patient and willing to help you if you have any problems.  I learned many skills especially self study which helped me to concentrate while I was away from my parents.

I like the healthy lifestyle in New Zealand, it makes me feel positive.  In the morning when I walk to school I see people running, there are also many outside activities at school which balances the classroom learning.

I have a clear goal of going to University when I finish at Waitakere College and the Careers advisors have helped me to know exactly what I need to do to acheive my goal.

So far my time at Waitakere College and in New Zealand has been wonderful.  I'm looking forward to my future in this country.

Alex from China

I have been at Waitakere College for three years.  When I first arrived I felt nervous and lonely because of the different culture and the language barrier.  I soon made lots of friends and the great teachers helped me settle in.I have been at Waitakere College for three years.  When I first arrived I felt nervous and lonely because of the different culture and the language barrier.  I soon made lots of friends and the great teachers helped me settle in.

There is a wide selection of sports at Waitakere College and I have enjoyed being part of the badminton team, earning the award for Most Valuable Player for a few years running.

I love my homestay family.  They take great care of me, keeping me safe and teaching me a lot of life skills.

Being at Waitakere College has helped me become a better student and person.

There is a wide selection of sports at Waitakere College and I have enjoyed being part of the badminton team, earning the award for Most Valuable Player for a few years running.

I love my homestay family.  They take great care of me, keeping me safe and teaching me a lot of life skills.

Being at Waitakere College has helped me become a better student and person.

 

Student from Korea

My name is Minchae and I've had four year as an International Student at Waitakere College.

When I first came to New Zealand I was scared to speak English incase people teased me but they didn't, they helped me a lot.The teachers at Waitakere College are really helpful and supportive. My ESOL teacher has helped me a lot with improving my English.

Once my parents travelled to New Zealand to visit me and wanted me to be their travel guide. I was worried that I couldn't guide them and I was lacking the confidence to speak English in front of my parents. I studied hard and learned all about New Zealand and we had a great trip and my parents were happily surprised about the improvement in my English.

I've also had a great homestay family who give me a lot of encouragement and support which has made my time here a lot easier.

WELCOME

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