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English & Activities programme with Speech NZ examiner, Mrs Hellier
Photo by Rose Struthers

International Department Report

Mary-Jane Konings —

The icing on the cake of another successful year for the International Department

Seven intrepid senior international students finished off their Term 4 with another intense English and Activities programme. While most seniors are on exam leave, some internationals enjoy three weeks of action and reflection, as well as preparing for Speech New Zealand ESOL exams.

The highlight of this year’s program was an overnight trip to Mt Cook ably led by Barb and Gerry Fennessy, incorporating stops at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Tekapo and the Mt Cook Alpine Salmon Farm. Best of all was an early morning glacier expedition with Glacier Explorers.

Students have also encountered the Maori history of South Canterbury, explored the Victorian heritage of Oamaru and experienced the early European settlement of Timaru.

After each excursion, students reflect on their journeys and learning in blogs which they can share with family and friends. Each journey is full of fun and laughter as they communicate in their common language - English!

Students have also spent time in the Foods room, learning to make scones, pavlova, and of course - cheese rolls! A big thanks to Carolyn Fuller for facilitating the fabulous food.

The end of the program is signalled with the Speech NZ exams and this year our students attained a pass, two merits and a distinction at Intermediate level, and a pass, a merit and a distinction at Senior level. These results reflect the effort put in by students. Most teens find speeches a challenge but imagine doing four in another language, one of which has to be made up on the spot! Congratulations to all our students, and we know you will put your new skills to good use. Well done.