My name is Yong Li Wu (Jenny) and I studied at Whanganui Girls’ College for nearly two years. I really like this school. Kiwi girls and teachers were very friendly to me. Sometimes when I had some questions and I couldn’t understand, they always loved to explain to me and help me. Teachers always encouraged me when I was stuck. When I arrived I lacked confidence in my English ability, so I didn’t talk much. Kiwi girls always smiled at me when I walked past and made me feel so comfortable. Later on I got on well with them and made lots of friends. Kiwi girls are very nice and easy to be friends with. I like their company. Just don’t be shy, start a conversation and they will respond well.
I stayed with my homestay parents and spent awesome times with them. They are so funny and crazy, but I had lots of fun with them and really enjoyed being a special daughter in this family. They liked to talk to me and correct my English after dinner. Sometimes they took me to other cities during the school holidays which was fun. I still find it a bit hard to get used to the food. I think traditional Chinese food is the best. I so miss the “Wom Tun” my Mum cooked.
I had some really brand new experiences during my school life at Whanganui Girls‘ College. Please see my short video below about my experiences at Whanganui Girls’ College in Chinese.
Belinda Chand – Fiji
Bula Vinaka, my name is Belinda Chand, an international student from Fiji. I was a Year 13 student at Whanganui Girls’ College, having been at the school since Year 9. I was fortunate enough to be given the position of Head of Hostel and I was also a House Captain.
I always enjoyed being part of this school as they always made me feel at home. The teachers are so supportive and they always tried their best to make me understand my school work. Most of the girls were like sisters to me due to the long period of time that I attended this school and lived with them at Ad Astra Hostel.
Whanganui Girls’ College may seem small in numbers but it is definitely big at heart, just like a huge multi-cultural family that try their best to succeed in life.
Miho Hamaguchi – Japan
My name is Miho Hamaguchi. I first came to Whanganui Girls’ College on my school trip last March (Kobe Yamate Girls High School). I spent such an unforgettable week at school and with my host family that I came back in August as an international student. I was happy to see my friends again and am enjoying making new friends every day.
I had feared, even until recently, that I might start to miss home. Rather, and surprisingly, I feel more and more confident with myself, upbeat and enthusiastic.
I soon realised that the relationship between teachers and students are much closer here than in Japan. I get a lot of advice and I can stay focused.
Speaking of health, I try to get a good nights sleep and be independent so as not to ask someone to take care of me. I think the most important thing for me is how effectively I spend my after school hours. My success depends on it.
Click here to read Miho’s testimonial in Japanese
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