China

Carol Chen, Shenyang, China

Hi, my name is Carol Chen, I’m from Shenyang, China. How time flies! I’ve already studied in PNGHS for a half year. During this period, I experienced a different lifestyle, gained a lot of knowledge and also learnt many life skills which I had never learnt before. These all help me grow up and change myself. Firstly, I became more independent, I always took things which my parents did for granted when I was in China, but now I try to cook a table dishes for my grandparents and do housework by myself. My life here seems colorful,  on weekends I sometimes hang out with my friends or study in the city library, there are also lots of extra curricular for me to attend, which can enrich part of my free time.

Secondly, compared with China, there are not so much study pressure upon us, what we really need is developing a strong self-learning ability and having a good reading habit. The learning environment here is very different from that in China. The classroom of each period is different. In the class, teacher usually divides the whole class into several parts, so that the students can discuss the problem in the form of groups. It not only can improve our communication skills, but the problem will be solved in the shortest time as well. In addition, some subjects such as chemistry and physics, teachers will always lead us to do some related experiments to help us understand. Undoubtedly, the most confusing subject for me is English. I could only understand about 70% at the beginning, and my English score is only Achieved at that time, after all, teachers here all speak so fast. Gradually, with the help of my teachers, I improved very quickly. Now I can understand around 90%, and the results can be Merit or even Excellence.

Finally, in the past six months, my personality changed a lot, from introverted to outgoing. Similarly, my social skills has a big improvement as well, that is mainly because teachers and classmates here are very kind, they are very willing to help you. Overall, I had a happy and grateful half-year in girls’ high, and I have also gained a lot of things that I cannot obtained in China. Studying in New Zealand has also become an important turning point in my life.

大家好,我叫Carol Chen,来自中国沈阳。不知不觉我已经来到新西兰北帕女子高中半年了。在这半年里我体会到了不一样的人生,也收获了不少知识,学习到了前所未有的生活技能,这些都促使着我成长,蜕变。首先生活上我变得更独立了,以前我都是把爸妈为我做的事视为理所当然,而现在我尝试着自己做饭,洗衣服,做家务等。这里的生活也是丰富多彩的,周末的时候会和朋友们一起出去玩或者在图书馆里自习,平时也会参加一些学校的活动来丰富我的业余时间。这里的学习压力跟国内相比没有那么大,所以需要我们养成很强的自学能力和良好的阅读习惯。其次,在学习方面,这里的学习环境就跟国内有很大不同,每一节课的教室地点都是不一样的,在课堂上,老师通常把课堂分为几个部分,同学们可以以小组的形式讨论问题,这样既可以提升我们的交流能力,问题也在最短时间内解决了。除此之外,像一些化学,物理之类的科目,老师会经常带领大家做一些相关的实验来帮助我们理解。令我最困惑的科目无疑是英语了,刚开始的时候我只能听懂70%左右,英语成绩也只是及格,因为毕竟对我来说这里老师们说话都很快,渐渐的,在老师的帮助下,我提升的很快,现在能听懂90%的内容了,成绩也能达到良好甚至优秀。最后,这半年中,我的性格也改变了很多,从内向到外向,社交能力也变强了,因为老师和同学们都很和蔼可亲,他们都很愿意帮助你。总之,我在女高度过了开心又充实的半年,也收获了许多在中国得不到的东西,感受到了不一样的风土人情,留学新西兰也成为了我人生中一个重要的转折点。

Christina Zhang, China

Hi, I'm Christina from China. Studying in New Zealand is a completely different experience from studying in China. At PNGHS, teachers normally give students more logical and critical thinking practices to make their own way of finding the answer. Teachers and students are very willing to help others, they are nice, kind and friendly. They are also very willing to solve any problems you have. Teachers are always happy to explain patiently with each question you get.

Our school has variable choices of subjects which might be interested to you and better for your future plans. You can also join some extensions, arts and sports groups which we have all sort of out of class activities, therefore you have more opportunities to develop your habits and strengths.

Our school has many trips around Palmerston North, which gives students a chance to experience life in New Zealand and a chance to learn more about New Zealand culture and history. There is also another way for students to better fit into kiwi life which is living with a kiwi family. Living with homestays is a chance for students to practice their English and experience lifestyle in New Zealand not just at school, but also with Kiwis that have more social skills. Homestays are always happy to share their stories with you, and also happy to hear about yours.

在新西兰学习与在中国学习是一个完全不同的经历。在北帕女子高中,老师们总是会给学生更多的逻辑思考的题目和可以让学生多方面思考的练习题,这些题目可以让学生通过自主学习来找到答案。老师和学生们是非常友好、善良和友善的,他们总是非常乐意帮助其他人。他们也非常愿意帮你解决你的任何问题。老师总是愿意耐心的帮你解释你学习上的问题。我们学校有不同的你可能认为有趣或可能对你未来的计划有用的学科选择。你也可以参加学校的课外活动比如社团、艺术或体育运动的小组活动,这些是你可以发展你的特长和爱好的地方。我们学校经常有在北帕附近的课外实践活动,这些旅程可以给学生一个体验新西兰生活的机会,也可以让学生学习更多的新西兰文化和历史。与新西兰家庭一起居住是一个很好的途径让学生更好的适应新西兰的生活。与住家一起居住可以更有社会经验的新西兰人让学生在学校以外的地方学习英文和体验新西兰生活方式。住家总是愿意与你分享他们的故事,也总是愿意倾听你的故事。

Kaylee Wu, China

Hello, I’m Kaylee Wu and I am studying in year 13 now. I have been here for three years. I’m studying chemistry, physics, calculus, computer science, English Study this year. Palmerston North Girls' High School is a very nice school. Teachers and students are friendly. If you have questions, they would like to give you a hand. Besides, Palmerston North Girls' High School has a strong academic atmosphere and attractive scenes, you are available to choose the subjects that you like and that you want to study.

There are different subjects you can choose, such as dance, music, food and nutrition, Japanese, French, etc. You can also attend different groups and extensions, such as percussion group, manga extension, environment group and so on. We finish school before 3:30pm every day thus we have enough time to do what we want to do. Furthermore, I can make lots of friends here and they are from Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Germany and so on. Especially, everyone working in the International department is very kind to you. If you have some issues you want to discuss with them, they are happy to listen to you and give you some advice. I have gained a lot of experience at Girls' High and I like to study here.

大家好,我是kaylee。我今年在13年级学习 而且我在这里学习已经有三年了。我今年读了化学、物理、微积分、计算机科学和英语。北帕默斯顿女子高中是一所非常好的学校。老师和学生都很友好。如果你有问题,他们会很乐意帮助你。此外,北帕默斯顿女子高中有着浓厚的学术氛围和好看的景色,你可以选择你喜欢和想学习的科目。而且你有不同的科目可以选择,比如舞蹈、音乐、营养学、日语、法语等。你还可以参加不同的小组活动和课外活动,比如音乐小组、漫画小组、环境保护小组等。在这里我还交了很多不同国家的好朋友,他们来自日本,韩国,泰国,越南和德国。我们每天会在3:30前放学,因此我们有足够的时间可以做我们想做的事。在国际部工作的老师都对你很友善。如果你有什么问题想和他们讨论或倾诉,他们会很乐意听你倾诉并给你一些可行的建议。在北帕默斯顿女子高中待了三年的我学习了很多人生经验,因此我觉得这里的高中的生活特别充实而且我也喜欢在这里学习。

Germany

Katharina Bauer, Germany

Kia Ora I’m Kathi from Germany. I’m here for 8 months but of the 8 months are 5 months already over. My reasons to go to New Zealand were to play hockey and improve my English. Hockey makes really much fun. We have a good team and compete against adults. The best things are the exchanges. You play against other Schools and maybe like I did you play against your friends from other schools. The people here are awesome. I really like my friends and enjoy everyday I go to school.

Hallo ich heiße Kathi und komme aus Deutschland. Es ist schon echt schwer sich wieder auf deutsch umzustellen, weil man sich schon so aufs englische gewöhnt hat. Ich bin hier insgesamt 8 und von denen sind schon 5 um. Hockey ist zwar etwas anders als in Deutschland aber macht genauso viel Spaß. Die erste Mannschaft unserer Schule spielt erwachsenen Hockey und manchmal haben wir dann exchanges gegen andere Schulen und die machen echt viel Spaß. Im September werden wir dann Nationals haben und da werde ich paar meiner Freunde sich sehen die in anderen Schulen sind. An unserer Schule ist es mich toll dass es außer mir nur noch eine deutsche Schülerin gibt denn das ist echt selten. Ich genieße jeden Tag und möchte gar nicht wieder zurück nach Hause.

Lydia Hirschler, Germany

I am Lydia and I am from Germany. I chose PNGHS because of the hockey team which plays on a very high level and I enjoy playing with them. At the moment we have games almost every weekend and also exchanges with other schools from Napier, Wellington and New Plymouth.

When I came here I had to wear a school uniform for the first time in my life and to be honest I wasn’t very enthusiastic about that. But now I think it is great. You don’t need much time in the morning and more importantly, you make good friends because nobody judges you on the way you look. The girls are very nice and try to help, just like the teachers, if you have any problems.

Ich bin Lydia und komme aus Deutschland. Ich habe PNGHS wegen der Hockeymannschaft gewählt, die auf einem sehr hohen Niveau spielt. Momentan haben wir fast jedes Wochenende Spiele und spielen auch gegen andere Schulen aus  Napier, Wellington und New Plymouth.

Als ich hierher kam, musste ich zum ersten Mal in meinem Leben eine Schuluniform tragen und um ehrlich zu sein, war ich darüber nicht sehr begeistert. Aber jetzt finde ich es toll. Du brauchst morgens nicht viel Zeit und, was noch wichtiger ist, du schließt gute Freundschaften, weil dich niemand nach deinem Aussehen beurteilt. Die Mädchen sind sehr nett und versuchen zu helfen, genau wie die Lehrer, wenn du irgendwelche Probleme hast.

Hong Kong

CJ Fong, Hong Kong

Kia ora, my name is CJ Fong. I am 18 years old, from Hong Kong and currently studying at Palmerston North Girls’ High School as a Year 13. The subjects I took are Statistics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Photography. My plan is to graduate from PNGHS and study physiotherapy at University. The reason I chose New Zealand to study abroad is to strengthen my English skills by living in an English speaking environment.

New Zealand is a safe country and Palmerston North is known as the “City of Education” Not only there are top scoring high schools but also Massey University, Palmerston North. In PNGHS, academics are as important as participating in school activities in areas such as sports and music. The school provides a variety of activities, from Inter-house competitions to International Cultural Exchange. Everyone will be able to find their place or even new interests studying in PNGHS.

In addition, studying aboard is never a piece of cake. It requires independence of your own since you will be away from your friends, family, or even your favorite pet at home. However, I guarantee if you’re brave enough to step out of your comfort zone. Everything will then be worth it, you will make new friends and able to see the world in other angles.

Studying at PNGHS is convenient, you can walk from school to town within 10 mins. Moreover Palmerston North makes sight-seeing easier since there are great transports and an airport. During my study in New Zealand, I traveled to Auckland, Napier, Wellington and also the South Island with my friends. The landscapes are breathtaking and lots of awesome memories were made. Therefore, I would highly recommend you to come along and experience a study aboard life at PNGHS.

Kia Ora,我叫方茵怡。我今年18歲,來自香港,目前就讀於北帕默斯頓女子高中13年級。我所學的科目是統計學,物理學,生物學,化學和攝影。我的計劃是從北帕默斯頓女子高中畢業並在大學學習物理治療。我選擇新西蘭出國留學的原因是為了通過生活在英語環境中來提高我的英語技能。

新西蘭是一個安全的國家,北帕默斯頓被稱為“教育之城”不僅有頂級得分高中,還有北帕默斯頓的梅西大學。在PNGHS中,學者與參加體育和音樂等領域的學校活動同樣重要。學校提供各種活動,從室內比賽到國際文化交流。每個人都能找到自己的位置,甚至是在PNGHS學習的新興趣。

此外,在船上學習絕不是小菜一碟。它需要你自己獨立,因為你將遠離你的朋友,家人,甚至你家裡最喜歡的寵物。但是,我保證,如果你有足夠的勇氣走出你的舒適區。一切都將是值得的,你將結交新朋友,並能夠從其他角度看世界。

在PNGHS學習很方便,您可以在10分鐘內從學校步行到鎮上。此外,北帕默斯(Palmerston North)的觀光交通更加便利,因為這裡有很棒的交通工具和機場。在新西蘭學習期間,我和朋友一起去了奧克蘭,納皮爾,惠靈頓和南島。風景令人嘆為觀止,並留下了許多令人敬畏的回憶。因此,我強烈建議您前來參加PNGHS的生活研究。

Japan

Minami Fujii, Japan

Hi, I'm going to talk about my school life and my NZ life. I like to talk with my friends at lunch time. My friends are very kind and if I need help, they are there for me. I belong to two dance crews and I enjoy practicing dance after school. Also I joined the badminton team as well with my friends and ply once a week. Our school teachers help me a lot and especially my host mother and I enjoy a conversation every day at home. On weekend we enjoy art work and baking cakes. Therefore, I'm enjoying my school and NZ life. Thanks.

こんにちは。今回は私の通っているパーマストンノースガールズハイスクールについて、私が好きなことや今まで私がニュージーランドで体験したことについていくつか紹介したいと思います。私はランチタイムに友達とランチを食べながら話をするのが好きです。友達はみんな優しくて何か困ったことがあったら助けてくれます。また私は学校の授業以外の活動で2つのダンスチームに所属していて、毎回の練習をとても楽しんでいます。また、友達とバドミントンのチームを組んで週に一度放課後にバドミントンをしています。学校の先生もたくさん支えてくれますし、特に私のホストマザーは私と会話する時間をたくさん作ってくれて一緒にアートワークをしたり、ケーキを焼いたりしました。私は今、ニュージーランドで充実した日々を送っています。

Sumi Sasaki, Tokyo, Japan

Hello. I'm Sumi Sasaki.I'm from Tokyo. I'm senior 2 in Japan but I'm Year 11 in here. I'll stay here for 10 months. My homestay life and school life are good. The environment at school is really international. We can make friends not only local students but also students from all over the world. And I could make some Kiwi friends and friends from the other countries. They make my school life more interesting. I sometimes feel the culture shock. That's really good for me because I cannot experience in Japan. At first, I felt confused about something new like class times and so on but I tried to ask my friends and teachers and they taught me. The time passed really fast in here. That's because my school life and homestay life goes well.From now on, I'll try to find another new things and difference of culture and I want my New Zealand life to be better and better.

こんにちは。私の名前は佐々木澄です。私は東京から来ました。私は高校2年生ですが、ここではYear11です。私は1月から11月までの10ヶ月間ここで生活します。ここでの生活はとても良いです。特に学校生活はとても充実しています。学校の環境はとても国際的で現地の子だけではなく様々な国から来た人たちと友達になることができます。実際に私も、キウイの友達以外にも沢山の国から来た人と友達になることができました。それらの友達は私の学校生活を楽しくしてくれます。文化の違いを感じることもよくあります。それらは日本では絶対に感じることができないので、それは私にとって刺激的です。はじめは日本との違いも多く戸惑いも沢山ありましたが、友達や先生に聞いて助けてもらいました。ここでの時間の流れはあっという間です。それは毎日が充実しているからだと思います。これからも新しいことや文化の違いを発見できるようにし、充実した生活が送れるように頑張ります。

South Korea

Ellie Cho, South Korea

I have experienced lots of new things at Palmerston North Girls' High School that I would not be able to experience in Korea. Life in New Zealand is very different from life in my country. First of all, the school usually finish at 3.20 except Wednesday (finish at 2.30) yay! so we can chill out afterwards which I found very good. There are various subjects at PNGHS and students get to choose the subjects that they are interested in. Students are so into their study and work, to ask questions and focus on their class and I became one of them. What I like most about PNGHS is, we can join many groups we would like to. I am connected to different groups; a couple of choirs, string orchestra, concert band, badminton, some extensions and one of committees. As a music lover, it is a really good chance to improve my skills by joining some groups and rehearsing together with good teachers. There are four or more high-performance groups that we have to audition for and I am in two of them for a higher achievement in music. I am not that interested in sports so I did not join any groups except badminton, but there are lots of sports groups that are fun. These groups including extensions and committee help me make more friends who have similar interests to me. Making new friends from different countries is very helpful to learn about different cultures and languages. I have learned not only English but also other languages from my friends and some language extensions.

저는 PNGHS에서 한국에선 할 수 없었던 새로운 것들을 많이 경험했어요. 뉴질랜드에서의 생활은 한국과 정말 달라요. 예를 들면 학교가 보통 3시 20분, 수요일은 2시 30분에 끝나서 집에 일찍 가서 쉴 수 있어서 좋아요. PNGHS에는 아주 많은 과목이 있는데 그중에 자기가 좋아하는 과목을 직접 고르고 공부할 수 있어서 학생들이 더 열심히 공부하는 것 같아요. 저도 여기 오고 난후 다른 학생들처럼 질문하고, 수업 시간에 집중하는 학생이 되었어요. 제가 PNGHS에서 가장 좋아하는 점은 저희가 원하는 그룹들에 들어갈 수 있다는 점이었어요. 저는 현재 콰이어랑 오케스트라, 밴드, 배드민턴, 동아리, 위원회 등등 많은 그룹에 속해있는데, 정말 많은 그룹이 있어요. 제가 음악을 정말 좋아하는데, PNGHS에서 많은 그룹에 들어가 좋은 선생님과 같이 연습하면서 실력을 기를 수 있는 아주 좋은 기회였어요. 오디션을 봐서 들어가야 하는 음악 그룹이 4개 정도 있는데, 그중에 최대로 들어갈 수 있는 2개에 들어가 있어요. 운동은 그렇게 좋아하는 게 아니라서 배드민턴을 제외하고는 하는 게 없는데, 들어갈 수 있는 재미있는 운동들이 많더라고요. 동아리나 위원회 활동은 같은 취미를 가진 친구들을 더 만들 수 있었고, 다른 나라 친구들을 만나면서 영어뿐만 아닌 다른 나라 언어와 문화를 배울 수 있어서 좋았어요.

Jenny Bahng, South Korea

Hello, my name is Jenny and I’m from South Korea. I came here about two years ago and I’m year 12 now. The time spent in Palmerston North Girls’ High School was a very good experience. The first thing I felt when I arrived in New Zealand was that the air was very clear. People are living with nature, breathing fresh air, and enjoying the warm sunshine. On the weekends, I like to take a walk before studying because it makes me relax and helps me to concentrate on studying. What made I surprised when I first saw PNGHS was the scale of the school. There are many buildings and a large grassy area. All buildings are used for individual subjects so that teachers can get equipment easily and students can focus on that subject. Because the buildings are separated from each other, when students move to another classroom, they can breathe fresh water to refresh and have a little bit of exercise. In PNGHS, there are a variety of subjects not only English, Mathematics, Science but also History, Visual Art, Music, Dance, Food and nutrition, and students can choose different subjects depending on their interest. I like our school library since there are lots of books for various genres, and some books are related to studying so that you can gain more information about your learning from the book. The library is big and pleasant, so it is good to stay at the library after school and study in a quiet environment. Also, PNGHS has an online library (ebook) which is very useful If there is no paper copy of the book that you want to read, then you can use the online library and it is free. The biggest reason why I like the school library is, because of tutoring. On every Wednesday, students are welcome to come to the library after school and attend tutoring. Senior students are happy to help and all students are free to go. I really enjoy being a PNGHS student, and I suggest you, who are thinking to go overseas, to come to PNGHS.

안녕하세요, 저는 한국에서 온 방채현이라고 합니다. 여기에 온지는 약 2년 정도 되었고 목동고등학교를 다니다가 유학을 오게 되었습니다. 여기 파머스턴 노스 걸스 하이 스쿨에서 보낸 모든 시간들은 정말 값진 경험들이었습니다. 제가 뉴질랜드에 와서 가장 먼저 느낀 점은 공기가 매우 깨끗하다는 거였습니다. 뉴질랜드는 자연과 함께 살아가고 좋은 공기를 마시고 따듯한 햇살을 즐길 수 있는 나라입니다. 저는 주말에 가끔씩 산책을 나가곤 하는데 이렇게 산책을 갔다오면 에너지가 충전되고 좀 더 공부에 잘 집중이 되는 것 같습니다. 제가 여기 PNGHS에 왔을 때 학교 규모에 굉장히 놀랐는데 학교 건물들도 많고 잔디밭도 굉장히 넓어서 여름에는 잔디밭에 앉아서 친구들과 떠들며 점심을 먹을 수 있습니다. 학교 건물마다 담당하는 과목들이 달라서 선생님들이 준비를 해가는 것도 좀 더 쉽고 학생들 역시 그 과목에 더 집중할 수 있습니다. 또한 건물들이 다 떨어져 있어서 수업이 끝나고 다른 교실로 이동할 때 쉬원한 공기를 마시고 약간의 운동을 할 수 있습니다. PNGHS에는 수업을 들을 수 있는 다양한 과목들이 있는데 영어나 수학, 과학 뿐만이 아니라 역사, 음악, 춤, 미술 등 한국에서 보다 더 다양한 과목들을 자신의 흥미나 진로에 따라 공부할 수 있고 각각의 과목들은 여러 실습들을 제공합니다. 저는 학교 도서관을 좋아해 자주 공부하러 들어가곤 하는데 다양한 장르의 많은 책들과 학교 공부에 관련된 책들도 많이 있습니다. 도서관이 넓고 쾌적해 방과후에 공부하기도 좋습니다. 또한 학교 도서관은 온라인 도서관도 제공하는데 학생들이 쉽고 빠르게 책들을 무료로 빌릴 수 있습니다. 제가 학교 도서관을 좋아하는 가장 큰 이유는 도서관 내에서 매주 수요일마다 튜터링을 하기 때문인데 서로의 공부를 도와주고 또 도움을 받을 수 있는 좋은 기회라고 생각합니다. 저는 이 학교에서의 생활이 정말 좋고 여러분들에게도 PNGHS에 와서 공부하는 것을 추천해드리고 싶습니다.

Kelly Park, South Korea

Hello, my name is Kelly Park and I am Park Sunghyun in Korea. I am 14 years old and I’m in year 10. I am very satisfied with my school life in New Zealand. Because I can improve my English skills. You can learn real English by practicing speaking and listening differently than you do in Korea. And like swimming, you can learn new and diverse sports that you can't experience in Korean schools. Honestly, I am more satisfied than my school life in Korea.

안녕하세요 저는 kelly park 한국에서는 박성현입니다. 저는 만14살이고 year 10에 다니고있습니다. 저는 뉴질랜드에서의 학교생활이 너무 만족스럽습니다. 왜냐하면 영어실력을 늘릴수있습니다. 한국에서 배우는것과 다르게 말하고 듣는 연습을 하며 진짜 영어를 배울수있습니다. 그리고 수영처럼 한국 학교에서 경험할수없는 새롭고 다양한 운동들을 배울수있습니다. 저는 솔직하게 한국에서의 학교생활보다 더욱더 만족하고있습니다

Thailand

Tonnam Somsueb, Thailand

My name is Tonnam Somsueb. I am 16 years old and currently studying at Palmerston North Girl’s high school as a Year 12 student. I’ve been studying in PNGHS since Year 9, and from my experience here in NZ I realised that it’s much more relaxed and chill. In our school, we support students both academically and also physically. Students can play sports after school both summer and winter season, as well as extension groups and committee group for students to take interests. Subjects at schools are also much more variety and students have a choice to choose according to their own interests. When I first came to NZ, everything was all new to me. I felt unfamiliar with the places as it was so different from where I came from. Bangkok was loud and over populated. Streets are filled with cars and traffic jams. But in Palmy, is was quiet and not that crowded. Which that is what I like about Palmy as I think it helps me to concentrate on my learning. The education in NZ is really straight forward and easy to follow, making the students don’t stressed themselves up when preparing for exams or assessments.

หนูชื่อ ต้นน้ำ อายุ16ปีตอนนี้กำลัวศึกษาอยู่ที่ Palmerston North girls high school year 12 หนูเริ่มเรียนรรนีตั้งเเต่ year 9 เเล้วจากประสบการณ์ที่ได้อยู่ที่นี่มา เทียบกับเมืองไทยที่นี่จะมีความสบายๆเเล้วก็ไม่เครียดมาก ที่นี้จะเเน่นทั้งวิชาการแล้วก็กิจกรรม ทำให้เด็กไม่เครียดมากจนเกินไป เราสามารถเลือกได้ว่าเราจะเล่นกีฬาอะไร ตอนช่วงไหน จะเล่นเเบบเเข่งขันหรือแค่สนุกก็ได้ ชมรมที่นี้ก็มีเเบ่งเป็นหลายกลุ่มรวมถึงกลุ่มคณะกรรมการเเต่ละฝ่ายที่จะมีกิจกรรมที่โรงเรียนทุกเทอม วิชาที่นี่ก็มีให้เลือกเยอะ ถ้าบ้านเราก็จะมีสายวิทยาศาสตร์เเล้วก็สายศิลป์ ที่นี้จะมีให้เลือกหลายเเบบจากหลายด้านอย่างเช่น เศรษฐศาสตร์ และgraphic design ตอนที่มาที่ครั้งเเรกทุกอย่างก็ใหม่เเละเเปลกไปหมด ที่นี้กับเมืองไทยต่างกันเยอะมาก กรุงเทพก็จะรถติดคนเยอะเเออัด ส่วนที่เมืองนี้ก็จะเงียบๆโล่งๆ อากาศดี ซึ่งหนูคิดว่าทำให้เด็กมีความโฟกัสมากว่า เเถมไม่มีสิ่งล้อตาล้อใจไขว้เขวด้วย ระบบการเรียนที่นี้เข้าใจง่ายเเล้วก็ไม่ยุ่งยาก เวลาจะสอบปลายภาคของNCEA ก็จะมีเวลาติวเป็นอาทิตย์ ทำให้ไม่เครียดมาก

Vietnam

Tori Dao, Vietnam

I was granted this opportunity by PNGHS and it has brought many wonderful things to me including the most caring teachers, the best group of friends along with an amazing studying environment. I love the fact that I could choose which subject I want to study instead of learning compulsory subjects set by the school. This gives me the chance to explore what I like and have a sense of what I want to be later on in life. It also gives me a chance to befriend with other people instead of sticking to a certain group of friends for the whole day. My homestay mother is an amazing person, she has helped me to adapt into a Kiwi’s life and made sure that my transition to a new country became smooth and less stressful. The studying environment here is honestly amazing, the school is enormous and the facilities are at top conditions. My experience here has been amazing so far and I absolutely love it here. This school year has been amazing so far and I am tremendously grateful to be given an opportunity to attend PNGHS.

Palmerston North Girls’ High School đã mang lại cho tôi một cơ hội tuyệt vời, được học cùng những giáo viên rất chu đáo, các nhóm bạn tốt và một môi trường học tập tuyệt vời. Tôi được tự do lựa chọn môn học nào tôi muốn thay vì học những môn bắt buộc do nhà trường đặt ra. Tôi có cơ hội được khám phá bản thân qua những môn học tôi chọn để giúp tôi định hình con đường tương lai của tôi sau này. Tôi cũng có cơ hội giao lưu với những nhóm bạn khác nhau thay vì một nhóm bạn nhất định. Mẹ Homestay của tôi là một người tuyệt vời, bà ấy đã giúp tôi thích nghi với cuộc sống của Kiwi trở nên dễ dàng hơn. Với sự giúp đỡ của bà ấy, tôi đã hoà nhập vào môi trường sống ở một đất nước mới suôn sẻ và ít căng thẳng hơn. Môi trường học tập ở đây rất tốt, trường học rất lớn với cơ sở vật chất đầy đủ. Trải nghiệm của tôi cho đến nay thật tuyệt vời và tôi hoàn toàn thích đi học ở đây. Tôi vô cùng biết ơn khi được trao cơ hội học tập tại PNGHS.

Van Nguyen, Vietnam

For me, a Vietnamese student who has been studying in New Zealand, particularly Palmerston North Girls’ High School for almost a year, I would say that the key difference between the two countries’ education lies in that: while Vietnam is hard on academic knowledge; New Zealand’s curriculum might seem easier but actually is more practical, teaches more skills that would be useful in university and future jobs. Moreover, since it is not so demanding that a student has to learn every subject and know everything, New Zealand education is more personalized for each student, thereby boosting their capacity to the highest. At Girls’ High, one takes maximum five to seven subjects depending on year level, in which they can choose more the higher year they are in, specializing on their dream career. For example, I am in year 11, so I have only three compulsory subjects and can choose the rest (three). The optional subjects vary across a range of fields: at Girls’ High, there are social studies, languages, arts, music, computer subjects, health, etc. The school also has a system of Semper Sursum which encourages students to participate in extra-curriculum and social activities: sports, extensions (clubs), committees, etc. This gives each individual student development in all aspects they like, a balance of academic study, soft skills and health, and also sense of independence and social responsibilities. Furthermore, New Zealanders are friendly and do not judge others generally; specifically, Girls’ High community is multicultural, therefore here is a perfect environment for one to express themselves and live to the fullest.

Mình đã học ở New Zealand gần một năm. Mình chọn đến đây giữa cấp 2 vì đối với mình, đây là một môi trường học tập lý tưởng; hơn nữa, nếu bạn có ý định du học, học ở nước ngoài từ cấp 3, nếu có điều kiện, sẽ có lợi hơn là sang thẳng vào đại học. Giáo trình New Zealand không áp lực như Việt Nam nhưng phong phú hơn, trừ các môn bắt buộc (năm môn vào năm lớp 9 và hoàn toàn không có vào năm 13), mỗi bạn có thể tự chọn các môn tuỳ theo sở thích và công việc mơ ước sau này. Các môn tự chọn thuộc nhiều ngành: khoa học, xã hội, nghệ thuật, vi tính, v.v. nên ai cũng có thể chọn được một môn phù hợp. Ngoài ra, trường cũng khuyến khích hoạt động ngoại khoá như thể thao, tham gia câu lạc bộ, v.v. Các lớp học thêm cũng không quá phổ biến, nên ở đây mỗi người có thể phát triển toàn diện mà không quá nặng nề việc học văn hoá. New Zealand nói chung và trường mình nói riêng là một cộng đồng đa văn hoá, nên mọi người rất thân thiện, tư tưởng lại rộng mở, nên mình có thể thoải mái thể hiện bản thân mà không quá ngần ngại điều gì.