WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE
Nga Puna O Waiorea
 Photo Album Three
International Student Profiles
Yukiko Hirate—Japan—16- years Asako Shimizu—Japan—18- years
While I am at Western Springs College I have the freedom to choose subjects I would not be able to study in Japan. I have had tthe opportunity to study economics and accounting, which are now my favourite subjects. Next year I will complete my schooling here and then I plan to study business at a university. In New Zealand people are so kind. The country is beautiful. Some say it is not so urban, but I like nature. The highlight of my time at Western Springs College was performing in the International Student’s Rock Band. One of my roles was to help organise the band. It was fun and just so awesome. Of course Music is my favourite subject. I get to play it, create it and arrange it. I get lots of specialized assistance from my music teachers. I enjoy communi-cating with Kiwi people. I find I am able to relax more in this country. Music is my passion but it’s hard to make a living with it, so I will study English or Education.
Moe Ohori—Japan—16- years Charlene Rudolph (Charly)—Germany—14- years
Students and staff at Western Springs College are friendly and helpful. I love that there is no school uniform. There are heaps of activi-ties organised for International stu-dents (assemblies, sports). In Japan I was interested in Philosophy but could not study it. I am so happy it is one of my subject I am studying. Art is a subject I enjoy doing. What I like about New Zealand is that it is a multi-cultural country and I can learn about different cultures. The beaches are fabulous. I plan to go to university. The best things about Western Springs College are the sporting and drama opportunities. I am in the Lacrosse and Hockey teams. Each morning I get to relax in my form class before starting classes. This year I can study drama as one of my school subjects. In Soft Material Technology I have learnt to sew and create my own clothes, t-shirts, blanket and bags. I particu-larly like Maori culture and have learnt the haka and poi.
Alexey Lavrov—Russia—17- years Rujikorn Sinlapaorankul—Thailand—16- years
I love New Zealand green and clean environment. Western Springs Col-lege is different from other schools. Here we don’t wear uniforms. Teachers are very nice. Although they didn’t force you to work hard, they always encourage students to do well. I like Environmental Sci-ence and Music very much. New Zealand is a beautiful green country with nice friendly people. I feel at home at homestay. There are international student friends from so many nationalities. I love PE and Art Design. The school is not too big, and I have lots of friends. Interna-tional Students Office organizes many activities. They always try to help me. It is such a good country and good school where I can learn a lot.
Christoph Pock—Austria—16- years Olga Shipilova—Russia—17-years
Staff at Western Springs College are amazing! They always help me. I like the classes here. New Zealand is so clean, safe and beautiful. There is no violence, so I can take the bus and go out by myself during the weekend. My favourite subject is Physical Education—I love sports and I like the teacher. I want to study Physical Education at University, and at Western Springs College I can develop skills in Phisical Education or sports, but they are not available in Brazil. New Zealand has beautiful beaches everywhere. Summer seems to be here with us the whole year. I love all the teachers at Western Springs College. They are friendly and always helpful. I like Health class and can learn about teenage issues and solutions. There are a lot of sports to do. I might take a nurs-ing course after finishing with Western Springs College.
Yi Nan—China—17- years Tracey Chao XU—China -18- years
At Western Springs College the teachers are very helpful. In my maths and ESOL classes they are humorous and caring. They ask the international students if they are ok—this is nice. New Zealand is beautiful—a lovely picture of green. My homestay family cares about me and treat me like a family member. I get help with my studies and the food is delicious. My future plans involve me studying Food Science at university. Therefore my goal is to get the best results possible—this includes as many merits as possible. The teachers at Western Springs College can be strict but they are very friendly and helpful. My favourite subject is Media. It’s cool and interesting. I watched the school production and it was fantastic. A big plus for me is not having to wear a school uniform. I want to complete my schooling with good results and then go to university and study media and commerce. My homestay family treats me well and makes me feel comfortable. New Zealand has a relaxing atmosphere. People are very friendly.
Bharat Behal—India—16- years Pins Sen Lee (Sam)—Taiwan—17- years
At Western Springs College there is no uniform—in Brazil this is very strict. There are lots of food at the canteen. In New Zealand it is safe to use buses, so I feel more independent. I love the scenery and activities, especially the beach. I enjoy French, English and Physical Education. In the future I may work with exchange students. Staff at International Students Office are wonderful. They are so nice to support us nearly for everything. At Western Springs I learn a lot and get to know myself better. The education system at Western Springs College is pretty good. You get to choose your own subjects. The pressure put on you by teachers to study well is just right. I am thinking about doing a physiotherapy or political science degree in New Zealand after I finish with Western Springs. What I like about New Zealand is the environment. There are more trees and fewer buildings.
Anouk Stucky—Switzerland—17- years Jenny Lackner—Germany—16- years
This is a top school. The location is easy and the teachers are good and kind. New Zealand is beautiful and very secure. I have a good homestay. I really like Biology. In the future I want to study Agriculture because my family has a farm. I enjoy my study. I also travel a lot to enjoy the beautiful sceneries. International Office supports me to enjoy learning at school and travelling during holidays. have been able to experience different subjects here than at school in Germany. Food Technology and Art Design are special for me. Cooking is fun but we also learn about food issues. It is so interesting to use a computer in Art. Teachers explain new concepts well. If necessary they will take time during the breaks to help with students’ enquiries. The culture in New Zealand is so different from Germany. I am still finding out new interesting things.
Kon Ping Leung—Hong Kong—16- years Doyun Kim—Korea– 13 years
Having supportive teachers who explain in detail the concepts, is very helpful. Students at here are very kind. Chemistry here is more interesting as I get to do the experiments myself. I have more free time with my friends here. At my homestay, I have the privacy and quietness to allow me to study. Next year I would like to return to Western Springs College. When I leave school I would like to do a Health Science degree and hopefully study at a university in New Zealand. The first half year was difficult in the new country and school. I was usually nervous . But teachers are very friendly and helping me with any problem that I had. I am working hard now to achieve my goals .
Josefina Aguiluz—Chile—17 years Yen-Yu Chen—Taiwan—17 years
Western Springs College has a great diversity of people who all respect each other. You can choose your subjects; and you can many friends. New Zealand people are very friendly, the lifestyle is relaxed, and the country is so beautiful. I love History and Biology, Soft Materials and Food Technology. I want to study medicine in university in Chile. This is a valuable chance for me to learn English and experience the culture. I will benefit all my life. At Western Springs College people are so outgoing and friendly. This helps me improving my English and be excellent in learning. I really enjoy it here. And I love the New Zealand scenery—it is very beautiful. My favourite subject is Graphics. I want to study design or architecture in New Zealand when I finish school, and enter the best university in New Zealand. My studies at Western Springs College are helping me to prepare for this. It is a top or best school.
Léo Cressant—France—14 years Na Rae Kim—Korea—18 years
The staff and students at Western Springs College are so friendly. I thought it would a very difficult time for me to start with a new school, but everything appears easier because you can feel that everybody around is supporting you. So my brother and I enjoy school very much. I love New Zealand also because it has very beautiful countryside. My favourite subject is Physical Education. In the future I hope to study something to do with sports. In Korea my school finishes at 10pm, so I really like it that school here finishes earlier and I can have time to develop my interests and arrange my own study. I am enjoying the sea views here in New Zealand. And I like the people very much. My favourite subjects are Calculus and Chemistry. I hope to study Engineering at University, and my studies here are preparing me
Hanae Kamei—Japan—18 years Philipp Liske—Germany—17 years
At Western Springs College the teachers are very kind, and the students friendly. In New Zealand life is more relaxed and enjoyable. I enjoy the nature’s beauty. I like the warm culture at school. I enjoy the various subjects. My favourite subject is Design. I want to study Art or Graphic Design and my studies here are very much help for me. This subject is not available for study in my Japanese high school. The teachers here are so cool—they like the students. All is so easy, and there are more interesting subjects. I find the New Zealand people really really nice. I just enjoy the time here. I like Physical Education and Drama. I cannot study Drama in Germany. Here my English becomes much better—I can really improve my drama skills. I might try to finish high school in New Zealand and get the qualification for university entry both in New Zealand and Germany.
Yechan Kim—South Korea—16 years Yanyang GUO (Fred)—China—18 years
The teachers here really help international students. I have heaps of friends—and there is no uniform! It is very peaceful in New Zealand. My favourite subjects are Music and Science. I would like to be an Aeroplane Engineer and be a Musician as a hobby. Studying at Western Springs College is especially helpful for my music and help me learn how I can be a successful person. New Zealand people are friendly, helpful and very caring. My English “Teachers” are everywhere, from Homestay parents to kiwis I meet in the public. I really like ESOL, Mathematics and Chemistry. I am confident to enter a university in New Zealand. Being an International Student Leader, I am ready to help teachers and students. Western Springs College is such a top school which helps develop myself to be a full person.
Mariana Oliveira—Brazil—16 years Timo Lackmann—Germany—16 years
Staff at Western Springs College are amazing! They always help me. I like the classes here. New Zealand is so clean, safe and beautiful. There is no violence, so I can take the bus and go out by myself during the weekend. My favourite subject is Physical Education—I love sports and I like the teacher. I want to study Physical Education at University, and at Western Springs College I can develop skills in Phisical Education or sports, but they are not available in Brazil. The teachers and pupils are like friends, which I really enjoy. The breaks are longer, so you can play sport or talk with friends. Lunch time usually has sports games. Living in New Zealand feels like a holiday—the beaches are great! I like Media and Hard Material Technology. I plan to study Engineering at University. Western Springs College is a great experience for meeting people, making new friends and develop yourself to be a really a full person.
Hanna Maixner—Austria—16 years Luisa Weisser—Germany—16 years
I like the school daily schedule and the various subjects. I like being in New Zealand—I enjoy the warmer climate, the plants, the people and the language. My favourite subjects are Biology and Graphics. I have too many plans for the future— I don’t know yet what I will choose, but I know that this study experience at Western Springs made my life rich and colourful. You can be more relaxed with teachers here. The breaks are better and the canteen food is great. New Zealand people are very friendly and helpful, especially if they know you are not from here. They are ready to help you. I like classes of Dance and Food Technology (which are not available in Germany). Here I can really improve my English and I’ve decided also to study French as a subject. Western Springs College makes you enjoy yourself.
Ana Eliza Costa—Brazil—16 years Hannes Bothfeld—Germany—17 years
At Western Springs College there is no uniform—in Brazil this is very strict. There are lots of food at the canteen. In New Zealand it is safe to use buses, so I feel more independent. I love the scenery and activities, especially the beach. I enjoy French, English and Physical Education. In the future I may work with exchange students. Staff at International Students Office are wonderful. They are so nice to support us nearly for everything. At Western Springs I learn a lot and get to know myself better. The relationship between teachers and students is very warm and relaxed. It is such an encouraging learning place. People are openminded and it’s easy to make friends. New Zealanders are very nice, really friendly and quick to talk to you. I enjoy Drama and Media Studies (which are not available in Germany). In the future I plan to go to Drama School. Western Springs College is a top school in New Zealand, and they also has extraordinary strength in teaching Drama and Media.
Gabriel Soares—16 years—Brazil Camila Nogueira—Brazil—16 years
This is a top school. The location is easy and the teachers are good and kind. New Zealand is beautiful and very secure. I have a good homestay. I really like Biology. In the future I want to study Agriculture because my family has a farm. I enjoy my study. I also travel a lot to enjoy the beautiful sceneries. International Office supports me to enjoy learning at school and travelling during holidays. Here I can choose subjects that interest me: I learned professional dancing; I was trained to be a confident drama performer. I made a dress at Soft Material Technology class. We meet different people in each class. I feel so secure in New Zealand. I feel be more independent. I plan to study Medicine but since studying different subjects here, maybe I will change my mind. Being a student leader give me pride and confidence. I developed my leadership and skills.