Student Stories

Video Stories – click the link on the student name

Soren Anhuef – Duderstadt, Germany

Zixian Liang – China

Kaltoua Kalorib – Vanuatu

Nico Skelton – Thailand

Sébastien Reul – France
Sébastien joined us in 2014

Version française (French version)

Plus qu’une année linguistique, une année de découvertes qui vous change à Tout d’abord laissez moi me présenter. Je m’appelle Sébastien Reul, j’ai 19 ans et je viens de France, plus précisément de Haute­Savoie. Après avoir optenu mon BAC ES en 2013 j’ai décidé de partir à l’étranger pour perfectionner mon Anglais mais aussi pour découvrir un autre style de vie en socièté ainsi qu’une autre culture basée autre que sur le modèle Européen. Donc après tout pourquoi pas la Nouvelle Zélande ?

New Plymouth Boy’s High School (NPBHS) se situe dans une ville appellée New Plymouth située entre la mer Tasmane et le Mont Taranaki (aussi connu sous le nom Mont Egmont).Une ville assez grande et urbanisée, avec tout ce que l’on à besoin, une ville où il est bon de vivre.

Maintenant parlons un peu de l’école, ne vous attendez à rien d’usuel, il y a tellement de choses à dire, tellement de différences, comme l’importante variété de cours proposés par exemple ou encore les horaires scolaires et le règlement mais je crois que la plus grande différence est l’importante place que tient les activitées physiques au sein même de l’école. Les élèves ont à disposition une piscine, une salle de musculation, un gymnase, une multitude de terrains que se soit pour le foot, le rugby, le cricket, le hockey, le golf ou encore des terrains de tennis. Un complexe sportif adapté et complet.

Au début je pensais que la barrière de la langue serait une difficultée pour moi surtout pour me faire des amis mais il se trouve que ce ne fût pas le cas, en effet ici tout le monde est vraiment amical et respectueux en vers vous, et les gens n’hésitent pas à vous aider, à partager leurs cultures ou tout simplement discuter avec vous, ce qui fait que l’on simpatise rapidement et aussi que l’on progresse rapidement. Actuellement j’entretiens des relations multiculturelles avec les autres élèves internationaux et les otoctones et ça c’est vraiment une experience incroyable !

Un mot pour la fin? Aucune description ou photo ne peut décrire fidèlement une année d’expériences comme celle­ci, le mieux est de la vivre. Venez voir par vous­même.

Version anglaise (English version)

More than a linguistic year, a year of finding which changes your mind forever.

In the first place let me introduce myself, my name is Sébastien Reul, I’m 19 years old and I come from France, more exactly from Haute­Savoie. After having obtained my ES (economic and social) baccalauréat, I have decided to go abroad to improve my English skills but also to discover another lifestyle in a different culture and society not based on the European model.

New Plymouth Boys’ High School (NPBHS) is situated in a town named New Plymouth situated in the north island between the Tasman Sea and Mount Taranaki (also known by the name Mount Egmont ). A medium-sized urban town, with everything needed, a town where it’s good to live.

Now let’s talk a little about the school, don’t expect the usual, there are a great many differences, like for instance the large range of proposed subjects for example the school hours and the rules, but I think that the most important difference is the importance placed on physical activities as part of school life. A swimming pool, a gym, a large range of different fields which enable students to play soccer, rugby, cricket, hockey, golf and tennis courts which are available for all students. A full and adequate sports complex.

In the beginning I thought that the language barrier would be a problem for me mainly for making friends but it turns out that this was not the case, in fact here everybody is very friendly and respectful towards you, and people don’t hesitate to help you, to share their cultures or simply discuss with you, whereby one sympathises quickly and thus one progresses rapidly in the English language skill. Currently I have multicultural relations with the other international students and the kiwis and that is a really awesome.

A word for the end? No description no photo can describe faithfully a year’s experiences like this one, the best is to live it. Come see for yourself.


Daniel Choi – South Korea

English version

Hi to everyone my name is Daniel Choi, and I’m from South Korea, let me briefly talk about me first.

I like sports; I played badminton two years and played football nine years, personally I have really strong mind, once I choose what to do I never give up matter what is in front of me. Now I will talk about Boys’ High school and Boys’ High international class. New Plymouth Boys’ High School is very good school, good educations and good opportunity to achieve many goals.

  1. Sports: You get to choose what sport you want to be part of. No matter what sport you choose you get to get opportunity, get on well with other players, and you get to perform and represent the school.
  2. Educations: In New Plymouth Boys’ High School there are so many teacher who are very friendly, kind, take care of us, good sense of humor, and they all have good knowledge.
  3. Hostel: There are good hostel in New Plymouth Boys’ High School. Going into hostel is good way to make good friend and also to make get to know about the school in short time.

International Students/classroom: There are so many students from different cultures, for example Korea, Cook Island, Japan, China, etc. All international students are very friendly like others in Boys High School, and they having good opportunities from ESOL department, and in the class room as well. There is nothing to worry about in school, because ESOL department take care of us all the time. If there is problem in normal class room, or problem in academics, or sports etc. all friendly and kind teacher helps us a lot to achieve more.

ESOL classroom is where we can have chat, eating and relaxing with students from different cultures. The furniture is very comfortable and when we have ESOL we get to sit around and have lesson with ESOL teacher. If we have problem in English, teacher speaks slowly to make sure we understand everything.

In New Plymouth Boys’ High School I really enjoying and having fun with all my friends and with teachers as well. There is really nothing to worry about because in Boys’ High I found there are so many opportunity to achieve my life, and to make my life very successful. I really like this school and this year is my last year but I will never forget this school.

Korean version

korean-version


Kai Nakamura – Japan

What I would like to say first is that I am having an awesome time in New Zealand. My exchange has been the best experiences of my life so far. Not everything has been easy, because when I came here I couldn’t speak any English and I didn’t know any of the people.

However, I’ve learned from everything that has happened to me. Not only have I improved my English a lot, but I’m more mature now, I know how to handle things on my own, I feel independent and that’s great! I remember my first days, it was so confusing, even the roads were all the wrong way round, but slowly I got used to the differences and now I feel like at home.

I was a bit afraid when I went to school the first day, but then I quickly realised that there was no reason to be worried! My school, New Plymouth Boys’ High School, has teachers who are responsible for international students and they helped me to choose my subjects, asked other students to show me the school and they also helped me to play sports at school.

They were very nice and I made a lot of friends. In general, New Zealand students at my school are very open, friendly, supportive and very funny, so I became integrated very fast. I think it was a great decision to go to hostel, because it makes it easier to make new friends.

In the hostel we can get a lot of support from the hostel masters and the students, it makes it easier to learn English and also everyone made me feel at home. I have developed great pride and passion for this school, and the hostel. I am getting achievements through excellences in many of my subjects.

My strength is the ability to relate with others and developing friendships with everyone. I lead by example and engage myself in the classroom and in sports such as 1st XI Football, boarders’ hockey, cross-country, social basketball, social cricket, touch rugby, indoor football, and social netball.

This year I have become school prefect, boarding prefect, international students prefect, assistant student head of football and group leader. I have also achieved tiger jacket in 1st XI football.

International Video