International Department News


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1. International Department News Term 1 2018

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1. International Department News Term 1 2017

2. International Department News Term 2 2017

3. International Department News Term 3 2017

4. International studens Graduation Term 4 2017

5. International Department News Term 4 2017

September 2017

Talent Quest 2017

Talent Quest 2017

On Friday 15 September the inaugural International Student Talent Quest was held in the Sancta Maria College Auditorium. The evening began with a shared meal of rice, noodles and chicken followed by homemade apple crumble and fruit desserts, lemon meringue pie and chocolate cake.  The students were unusually quiet during the dinner as they built up courage and gathered into small groups to continue their rehearsals.
At 7pm the evening began led by our Senior Students Yoyo Cheng and Eileen Chen who did a fantastic job as Masters of Ceremonies for the evening.  The quality of the talent was evident from beginning.  Bruce Chen played the grand piano and set the bar high.  From there followed a continuous programme of outstanding talent. Our three judges had their work cut out for them as they scored each item on overall performance, technical ability, appearance and personality and creativity/originality and entertainment value.  The final decision on who the finalists would be was extremely close with Riko Takagi being placed 1st with her piano solo, Chongbin Wee 2nd with his piano solo and Eileen & Jolin Chen 3rd for their dance.
Students enjoyed the mystery guest, Ms Shelly Lee who sang and a ‘Dress the Mummy’ competition which was taken out by Howard Cui, Eric Feng and Melo Zhang.
Special thanks to our judges Mr Rick Cheng, Jasmine & Gabriel and our two sound crew students Felix Chang and Nathan Pereira.
We look forward to making this Talent Quest an annual event for our international students and encouraging them to share their talents in the school community.
Talent Quest Winners 2017

August 2017

The arrival of Sancta Maria’s sister school

“Read thousands of books while travel thousands of miles,” is a well-known ancient Chinese motto that is followed by FuLi Middle School in Suzhou City, China. In this week’s assembly, Sancta Maria College was able to elaborately welcome members of the sister school with a very engaging Powhiri performed by the College’s Kapa Haka group.

Fu Li Su Zhou Middle School

Students from the Chinese school had an inaugural visit in 2016, however, the principal of the middle school himself was able to journey to Sancta Maria for this year’s trip.
Mrs Gillies, the Director of International Students at our College, hopes that with these trips by the middle school, some would want to choose to come back again to Sancta Maria and continue their studies here, “In China, many students go abroad to gain international experience once they finish middle school. Hopefully these students will choose to come to New Zealand to study and become international students at our school.”
In this trip, the principal of the middle school was able to take a tour around the College, observe the methods of teachings here and interview other international students about their experience at our school. He left the classrooms very impressed and satisfied with the tour.
Even though our College is very young, with its establishment in 2004, whilst FuLi Middle School was founded in 1942, respect and academic excellence are important and valued by both. One of the aspects of our school that the principal of FuLi Middle School found most inspiring, was Sancta Maria College’s modern environment, especially our library. He in fact wants to develop his own school’s library to be modernised like our one.
The students from FuLi Middle school are currently immersed into our College and being introduced to its systems and style. Study Tours are greatly encouraged by the middle school who believe that, “through international study tours, we not only widen the student’s international view but also enrich the student’s life experiences, improve the student’s foreign language skill and train the student’s independent character and quality.”
Mrs Gillies, along with the College, feel that collaborating with FuLi Middle School willexpand our horizons, “in the long term, we hope that in about two years’ time, there could be an exchange whereby Sancta Maria students would have the opportunity to go to FuLi Middle School and if possible, teacher exchanges too.”
Nonetheless, the arrival of members from FuLi Middle School has grown both schools’ understanding and respect for their respective cultures.
By Zoe Chou

Read below the feedback recived from FuLi Middle School Students (Suzhou City, China):
“Time goes so fast and it’s really such a shame. It’s the last day at Sancta Maria College and we can play with the Kiwis (just an expression). During these days I had many friends and I think I’ll miss them when I come back to Shanghai. I certainly won’t forget the days. Really good and beautiful memories. In addition, the study style in New Zealand is really interesting, quite different from Shanghai. In the class you won’t feel any stress and my buddy Ellison and my friends like Sofia, Isabella and Michelle are so nice. Very friendly. All in all this is a really, really, really nice school and I like it so much. I’ll remember the memories and wish all my friends here happiness. Thank you Sancta Maria College. Thank you guys (I’ve got some letters from my friends I’ll keep forever).” One week study group from China
"Third day. I think I’m really enjoying the New Zealand lifestyle. When we went out of the house in the morning, you know, after the rain, the air was really so fresh! And I even saw the rainbow. I felt amazed! What a natural kingdom New Zealand is! In the school I had English, Japanese, Art, Religious Education and Maths. They were all interesting and I found I was a little interested in Japanese. It’s like Chinese and so it’s easier than other languages for me to learn. The Art lesson about Sculpture was also good. In China, in fact, my art isn’t very good but the Art lesson in New Zealand made me feel interested. After school I saw the rainbow again. At dinner we had a barbecue, it’s really nice and yummy, especially the beef. Today is also a good day. Good night.” One week study group from China
“The last day in Sancta Maria College and we all feel sad. We will never meet my buddy anymore and I will miss her. We thank for each other and we listen to the lessons very carefully. We will miss the friends and miss this school. I will never forget the great things in this school. We will remember them forever. It’s a good experience to me and I not only have friendship with each other but also learn some new words and knowledge.” One week study group from China

March 2017

Trip to Rotorua

On 30 and 31 March, we (international students) had our first overnight trip to Rotorua. We all gathered at school in the early morning and everyone was so excited. We went to a lot of places, including Hobbiton, Te Puia, Maori Village, Agrodome Farm and Gondola. Through this trip, we had a chance to explore New Zealand more, got to know more about the Maori culture and got closer with each other. All of us thought that this was a great and memorable trip, and some people even said they can't wait for the next international student’s trip.


March 2017

International Students' Annual BBQ

It was a night filled with music, games and delicious food ranging from noodles, fried rice, dumplings and ice cream! On Friday 17 March we held our annual International Students BBQ. The international students came along with their homestays and their families and it was a great opportunity to come together to bond with not only their fellow international students but also with their own homestays.
There was a variety of very fun and entertaining games during the night. The students and a few teachers were put into teams and played the egg-on-spoon game, sack racing and the balloon popping game where they had to put a balloon between their legs, walk to a chair and pop the balloon by sitting on it!

“It was fun and I was surprised that our Principal, Ms Moore, played the game with us” said one student.

We want to thank all of the teachers and students that were involved with making this BBQ a great success! This was definitely a very memorable day for all of the students and families that attended and we hope to carry on the tradition next year!
By Jasmine Castro