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Friday, May 03, 2019

New Term 2 students

This term we are so lucky to have another great bunch of International Students start with us at Girls High.
This week they have spent time in Orientation and getting to know the school as well as life here in New Plymouth.
Here they are pictured with our Principal Ms Kerr.
We welcome this great bunch of young ladies.

Thursday, April 11, 2019


The juniors had a wonderful farewell this morning for 5 Japanese students who are going back to Japan this weekend. Here they all are enjoying party food and writing farewell wishes in their journals. All the best and happy travels girls.

Friday, April 05, 2019

Term 1 Leaving Ceremony

Sadly next week we say goodbye to 8 International Students. We have 7 girls heading back home to Japan, and one to Germany.
We had a lovely leaving ceremony and lunch this week, and the Japanese girls performed a traditional Koi Dance.
We will miss all these wonderful young ladies.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Arts week

Last week the International girls marched around the school with their flags as a part of the Arts week. This is an annual event that takes place at Girls High with various activities happening all around the school.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Fish and Chips at the Beach

Multi Ethnic Parade

Multi Ethnic Extravaganza

On Saturday, the students went on a parade through town in their traditional dress and waving their flags. They had fun and looked great :) Here is Arisa to tell you more about it:

This day, me and my Japanese friends were wearing Yukata. It was hard to wear by myself. We walked up Devon Street for 20 minutes. There were so many people watching us. After this parade we rode on buses and went to Racecourse. There so many food carts so I ate many things. I was happy that I could eat bubble tea  after a long absence. I was really happy this day. 

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Welcome Pool Party

All our Internationals had a wonderful time at a host family pool party. Huge thank you to the Larsen family.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Welcome to the new Internationals

We warmly welcome students from Chile, Japan, South Korea, Germany, China and France.

Tabloid Sports Day

In the good weather last week the new Internationals watched the tabloid sports.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Over the Summer period Arisa from Japan paid a visit to the South Island where she completed a Sky Dive and Bungy Jump! Good on you Arisa, that view is stunning!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Anna and Anthea from Germany

Yesterday we said goodbye to Anna and Anthea, both Year 11 girls who joined us from Germany for terms 3 and 4.
They have both embraced the Kiwi way of life with passion, have made many new friends, and experienced some new challenges like surfing, preparing and laying a Hangi and performing a Maori song and dance in front of homestay families and friends from many schools.
We will miss these girls and look forward to hearing of their future endeavours.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Film review - Moana

Film review from Year 11 German student - Anthea Tillmann

Film review – Moana 04/12/2018
I watched today the Disney-animated film “Moana”. It’s a film from the year 2016, 107 minutes long and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. The theme song is “How far I’ll go” by Auli’i Cravalho and by Alessia Cara.
The film tells the story about Moana, who lives on a beautiful island in the South Pacific. She is the daughter of the chief of the village. When she was a very young girl, her grandma told her the story about a legendary demigod, Maui, who stole thousands of years ago the heart of a Te Fiti, a goddess who keeps the ocean alive. Moana became the chosen one who should bring the heart of the ocean back. She got it from her grandma. When she was stranded after a storm on a lonely island, she met the missing demigod Maui. Who helped her to bring it back. They made it and the islands stopped dying.
It is a very cute film, a family film. We learned about the culture with is a little bit similar to the Maori one. There are funny scenes but sad ones as well.
Summarised: It’s a good film, worth to watch it.

Anthea Tillmann

Monday, December 03, 2018

Tawhiti Museum

On Friday the 30th November two of the international girls from NP Girls High and me drove to Hawera to visit the Tawhiti Museum. After we arrived the first thing we did was to go on a boat ride to see how life was like in Taranaki before the English settlers arrived. It was really interesting to see the conflicts between the different tribes and it was great to see how much effort the owner put into such an amazing boat ride. After we finished the boat ride we went off and had a look at all the old tractors that the owner collected. It was really interesting to see all the different stories behind the tractors and how tractors changed during the 20thcentury. 
After that we went to see a different part of the exhibition: The history of Taranaki presented in a series of super realistic and engaging displays. The museum uses life size figures and scale models to present the heritage of Taranaki which makes it unique. The little figures are so fascinating and even all the little details are shown. It was amazing to read all the stories behind the displays and see the connection between an artist during the war and the displays. I can definitely speak for all of us and say that it was a great experience and we all learned more about the history of Taranaki, which is our home right now. 
Anna Zumegen - Year 11

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Baking with Mr Zimmerman

You can't get more Kiwi than a Pavlova so this week a group of our girls met up with Mr Zimmerman to learn how to create their very own Pavlova Roll.  The girls got very creative with decorating and all created their own unique rolls which they took home to share with their host families.
Learning how to pipe

The end result