Sports Day was held yesterday and it was very successful. It was compulsory for years 9 and 10 and optional for senior students. Many seniors competed and others attended study and tutorial classes. There was something for everyone! Despite the very hot weather, students competed well in athletics such as high and long jump, running, discuss, shotput and javelin. Several records were broken in running and high jump. Students also enjoyed relaxing under the house shade tents and buying delicious food from the food stalls run by the senior business study students. Well done everyone….. we will post some photos soon. 👭🥇☀️
There are many interesting events happening in Christchurch city this month. On Waitangi day, 6th February, there was a free concert and many special activities to commemorate this New Zealand special holiday. Many students have gone to the Noodle Night Markets, which have run for the past two weeks. The food has been delicious! On Saturday the annual ‘Sparks in the Park’ was held, with beautiful music from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and other talented musicians. The performance finished with a wonderful fireworks display. Yesterday a parade was held to celebrate Chinese New Year. Many colourful performers, dragons and, of course pigs, took part and shared the Chinese culture with thousands of other people from Christchurch. From 22-24 February the South Island Lantern Festival is being held in the center of the city. This is a beautiful and popular event. We hope that many of our students are enjoying these free events. Here are some photos of the Chinese New Year parade:
Welcome to all our new 2019 International Students and welcome back to our ‘old’ students. Congratulations to everyone who did well in their NCEA external exams. Many students gained merit and excellence grades which is a great achievement, especially when students are learning in their second language.
Our new students have now finished their orientation programme, which included a 2 day camp, a sushi lunch, English testing and tours around the school. Next week we have sports day at Lincoln, which will be another new experience for new students. All the best to everyone as they get to know their new teachers and classmates.
This has been a busy week. Many students have been sitting exams and the students not sitting exams have continued their special programme. On Monday they learnt new skills at Circus Arts, and they’re going ice skating on Friday. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday they made paper mache, mosaics, played table tennis and badminton and watched the movie ‘Paddington Bear.’ They’ve also now finished the 2018 International Student Magazine. Everyone has written an interesting article about their time in New Zealand and we’ve published it into a magazine. Here’s a photo of some of the mosaics we made. The materials we used were old broken plates, and natural materials such as pebbles, shells and broken paua shell. Some students are going to take them home as a memory of New Zealand. The special programme finishes on Friday.
Last week the students not sitting NCEA exams had a fantastic trip to Nelson. Students from Ashburton College and Christchurch Boys’ High School also joined the trip. The bus travelled to Nelson via Kaikoura and students enjoyed seeing many seals basking in the sun! The trip included kayaking in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, rafting, go-carting, a visit to the WOW (Wearable Arts) Museum, relaxing on the golden sands of Kaiteriteri beach and much more. The weather was perfect, with blue skies every day. Students are now back at school. Today they wrote about their trip and also started to make paper mache masks and bowls. All the other students are sitting exams, so are hard at work! Today it’s pouring with rain….it’s definitely ‘raining cats and dogs.’
No phones….puzzle fun instead!
Yesterday the 10 students who aren’t sitting NCEA started their ‘at school’ end of year programme. They’ve been busy doing vocabulary and writing work and are also enjoying playing sports such as tennis, table tennis and basketball. Today we learnt a Maori waiata (song) and ti rakau (game played in pairs with short sticks) We’ve also put a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle in J1. This is very popular. It’s wonderful to see students working together on the puzzle during lunchtimes instead of being on their phones!!!
Here are some photos of students learning ti rakau and one of the jigsaw puzzle so far.