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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Memories 2012

Hello. My neme is Karin and am from Osaka in Japan:) I'm going to introduce myself. I came here the end of January. When first I came here I was so nervous but also excited:) I couldn't understand what people were saying at first because everyone talked so fast! This was my first impression. The begining of February,I went to my class. Everyone looked scary at first but they were very kind:) When I didn't know what to do,someone always helped me. The other day,I went beach and surfed:) I'd never surfed before that and it was really difficult! But is was lot of fun;) I also went to pool after school:) But when I was in Japan, we didn't go there after school ao I remember that I was really surprised hahaha I wss like,"From now!? It's 7:30 now!" Everything is surprising for me at first. I really appreciate that I could come to NZ and enjoy it here.

My Precious Memories in New Zealand

I am going to introduce myself. My name is Ai and I'm from Osaka in Japan.My favorite singer is Demi Lovato.I play tennis and softball in this summer at NPGHS.I had been playing basketball and I played badminton end of term 3. People in New Zealand are kind and outgoingand There are lots of nature in new zealand so I love new zealand. I have been enjoying my life in nz with my lovely new zealand family and my friends. When I came here,I was really nervous.And I found that English is really hard to speak,listen and write. My first good memory is TOPEC CAMP.I've never done camping before so I was nervous and excited.My favorite activity is BRIDGE SWING.That was really scary.I fell off from the bridge obiously and I was up-side down after I fell off from the bridge.That was really scary and fun. My second good memory is farewell party.I danced Japanese traditional dance with my Japanese friends and after that I danced popular Japanese dance with Madoka and Karin.I really enjoyed it.I had a such fun time. I had lots of fun time in New Nealand so far.My life that I had been had in new zealand this year is my treasure. I hope my English has improved. I still can't believe that I go back to Japan soon. I am really appriciate to my parents for that I could come to new zealand.

Memories 2012

Hi Im Madoka, I'm from Japan. I've been staying New Zealand for nearly 1 year. I like playing guitar and listening to music, so I'm taking music for my option subject in NPGHS. And I've watched heaps movies compared to what I used to watch in Japan. I didn't know so much amazing movies! I'm staying with my lovely kiwi family here, Our family has got many animals even though we are not farmers. There are 3 cats,1 dogs,birds and turtles! Once while my sister was cleaning turtle tanks,I was looking after turtles because they might escape. And I was holding turtles,actually they look quite cute. Suddenly his neck was stretched and bit my lips!!!!! I couldn't believe what happened. But I realzied my lips were really hurt,and bleeding. Fortunately it was just healed soon:) I have joined softball team now. We have practice once in a week,and have game on the weekend. To communicate in English is still very hard,but in a game we just play as one team!!! Its so cool;) My English must have improved a lot compared to first I came here. I really want to say thanks you to my firends who always helped me,and made me laugh and many teachers. I will never forget about my memories in New Zealand.

Memories for my 2012 at NPGHS

Sawasdee-ka(Hello)I'm come from Thailand and my name is Eve. I'm Year 10 student and this is my first year in New Zealand. My favourite color is purple. I like to read any kind of books in free time. I don't like to play sport much. I prefer to listen to Pop,Jazz and R&B musics. I had set a goal for this year that I'd like to achieve merit and excellent in every subjects and now I have achieved the goal. My best achievement is that I got Merit Awards for my tutor group in Term 2. Also I had achieved some credits in Math and Computer Skills. My best memory from ESOL class this year was when we played the detective game, that was the funniest thing in ESOL class. This year I had met many new friends from many different cultures and they're very kind to me. I hope I'll meet more good friends again next year.

Memories from Anjelika

Hello! I'm Anjelika and I came from the Philippines. First in my business today is to let you know a bit more about me and the first thing you need to know about me is I love to read. Whether it may be Manga(Japanese comics), Twilight or the Hunger Games, but I don't see myself reading a Science book unless its for exams. I love listening to music but my favorite song changes all the time because the songs I like usually depict what I'm currently into and for this day I'm in love with the song A Thousand Years by Christina Perri because I'm a twilight fan. My favorite colour is blue but not dark blue, I like blue that looks like the sky because whenever I see the sky it calms me. If I had a sport at all it would be Basketball because its one way me and my family bond, I also like biking even though I only started recently. Even though its my first year in this school all the girls have made me feel welcome even with their small gestures like saying hi in the hallway. One of the memories I'm very fond of is when we played alibi in class (ESOL) me and Ai were the suspects which we were not expecting we spent 10-15 minutes thinking of an alibi and then we enter the room.

Chen Chen style

I'm Chen Chen,from China.I came to NZ four months ago.I spend a good time in NPGHS.I have learnt tennis in New Zealand and I will learn surfing next year in order to adopt New Zealand's lifestyle.I like Justin Biber very much,I think he is so cool!I love Taylor Swift's music.I want to make more friends in New Zealand. China is my mother country.I love it there,when I been here in the first month I just feel so shocked and uncomfortable 'cause everything had totally changed in my life.I miss everything in my country. I join in a tennis culb and cerco dance this year,I really have so much fun in these two clubs.It make my spare time awesome.My coach is really kind,he explain every word to me which I couldn't understand.I'm really bad at sport at first,thanks for him being so nice to me.In my cerco dance I knew a girl from Germany,and we quickly became close friends.We got piercings togeher,watched movies and always hung out.That's really lovely and amazing! I enjoy NZ'S Life now.That's relaxing.I am gonna spend a long time here.

Memories for my 2012 year at NPGHS

Hello. My name is Opal. I come from Thailand. My favorite colour is green and blue. My favorite music band is 1 direction(Harry styles). My hobby is playing piano and sport is badminton. My goal for 2012 is to achieve my second language(english). My best achievement in 2012 is that I won the Taranaki Badminton. My best memory from Esol 2012 at NPGHS is having such a great friends from different countries. This essay is my last essay for this year, at the end of next week I will go back to my country and will come back again next year when school starts. I have come to live in New Plymouth Girl's High hostel for 8 months, just for 8 months but it is such a amazing time in my life. I had such a really good friends: what ever Japanese friends, Chinese friends and kiwis friends also my teachers who're always helping me with homework, especially Mrs. Kindler my ESOL teacher this year. She is the main person helping my grammar, vocab, listening and speaking.

Memories for my 2012 year at NPGHS

Hi I'm Jonnie I came from the Philippines. My favourite colours are Black, Brown, and pastel colours. My favourite music is A thousand years and Hillsongs My favourite movie is Twilight and A walk to remember My favourite book is a Bible My favourite hooby is hanging out with my friends, fellowshiping together, Sleepover and Movie Night My favourite sports is Badminton and Volleyball My favourite day is when I came here in New Plymouth. My best memory is when I went to Rotorua together with my friends on a re-treat. In the car when along in Waitomo I felt dizziness and I threw up because I haven't eat my breakfast. My uncle bought me a hot chocolate and bread to eat. There's so much fun when I came at Rotorua because that is my first time of out of town in New Zealand. It is a long road trip to go there but we rented a house in Rotorua for 3 days. The house we rented was a very wonderful house somewhere at the beach. We made a bonfire there and heated the marcshmallows and also took pictures together.

Memories for my 2012 Year 10 at NPGHS

Hello!!! everyone My name is Patty. I come frome Thailand. This is my first year in New Zealand at NPGHS. My favourite colours are purple and yellow. I like to read comic books. My hobbies are playing computer and watching movies and playing violin. I do not like pets. I always go to the gym with my mom. My best achievment in 2012 is Visual Art I got excellence. My best memory from Esol 2012 at NGPHS were I have a lovely Esol teacher, Mrs.Kindler and my lovely friends in class from the different country. I lived in New Plymouth with my mom and my older sister she lived in Auckland with homestay. My goal for this year is to achieve in every subject. I joined the badminton club after school for one term.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Soo's photos

This block is H block. It is the old cooking building.
This is the path to the school swimming pool. Next year we have swimming there.
This is the cottage. It is used for special exams. By Soo

Friday, October 26, 2012

International Farewell

Last night we said farewell to 14 overseas students. They have spent from 1-4 years here with us. We have really enjoyed working and studying with you all and wish each of you the best for your 2013 year. We had a great night with lots of laughs, good food, dancing and kind words.
Great fun was had by all. Thank you especially to our speakers, staff and host families, Debbie for being the MC and the students who helped in the kitchen.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Farewell to Mrs. Julian

Yesterday we said a very sad farewell to Mrs. Julian, our International Student Director. She has been a really wonderful influence on all our students and will be greatly missed. Mrs. Julian is retiring, going on to spend more time in her garden and with her family. We wish you love and happiness in the coming years and sincerely thank you for the way that you always go the extra mile for our International students.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sato Let's Feet Do Talking - (In the Daily News 15th Sept)

On the ball: Japanese exchange student Suzune Sato has been surprised by how much Kiwi footballers talk on the pitch.
Photo: CAMERON BURNELL/FAIRFAX NZ Japanese exchange student Suzune Sato came to New Plymouth to improve her English but is discovering football is the universal language. The 16-year-old, who plays for the New Plymouth Girls' High School First XI, has recently been selected for the Taranaki representative side in her age- group and is trying out for the Central Football reps too. The diminutive midfielder said the Kiwi style of football was a bit more robust than the passing game she was used to in Japan, and more vocal too. 'This style is a lot of fun and they tend to talk more as well,' she said. Girls' High coach Andrew Chubb said although the language barrier posed some problems, Sato's understanding of the game meant this wasn't too much of an obstacle. 'I know some of the girls have been a bit frustrated but she can read the field quite well and roughly knows where to be,' Chubb said. Despite in her own words being an average player at her Kobe Football Club back home, Sato put in the hours on the training paddock, training four times a week and playing twice. Chubb said she stood out for her age in New Zealand. 'I think she has a good chance of getting in [the Central Football representative side],' he said. Away from the football pitch Sato, who has been in Taranaki for three months, said she hoped to eventually train to be a teacher and get involved in foreign aid work when she was a bit older. 'I want to help people around the world such as the poor and those suffering from hunger,' she said. Tipene Bryant is a Witt journalism student.

Friday, September 14, 2012

New Arrival From Korea

Welcome to Soo from Korea. Soo is a new year 9 student. We hope you have fun learning with us and enjoy your time at NPGHS.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Parihaka Visit

The trip to Parihaka was a one hour bus trip, you'd think I'd get sleepy but we were laughing all the way there because of Sisi and her friends. When we arrived at Parihaka itself I was in awe because of its scenery, especially because it gave me a clear view of Mt. Taranaki. We were welcomed in with the traditional karanga before we went into the marae. I learned about the history of Parihaka and of course the Maori culture itself and all this from a woman with great knowledge. We were given food to eat such as the scones for morning tea and soup for lunch, it was delicious. All in all the trip was amazing! Anjelika
Photo by Matthew Hunt

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Visit to Parihaka

Kia ora. Yesterday the International students and the Te Reo Maori students at NPGHS teamed up for a visit to Parihaka , a Taranaki marae for the day. The students had a great time and enjoyed learning about Maori culture and about the history of the area.
Their conduct was superb and the singing was very good too! A big thank you to Matua Brown, Mrs. Bingham and Mrs. Julian for their support. Also a huge thank you to the staff out at Parihaka who made us feel so welcome, taught us so much and fed us so well.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Whale rider

Pai is a brave girl,she never gave up any chances to show Koro herself. One time, she dived into water in order to get the whale's tooth. When Koro taught boys to sing Maori songs.Pai was also there, Koro asked her to go back and stop it. Pai thought she can do it. Show Pai was full of confidence and she wanted to prove herself. In the other hand, because of this event, we can know Pai is a girl who is really self-confident. This girl believes she can be a good chief. Pai is the main character in this movie.F ate let her mom and brother die,she become is hot issue of peopele.They want a boy but she is a gril. When she grow up she wants to learn to be a cheif. At last she calls the whales and proves herself to others. The hints of the whole movie are talking about Pai. Pai let this movie be colourful, this is Pai's influence. BY:Chen Chen

Paikea the new chief

For this essay I am going to discuss about the character "Paikea or Pai" from the movie "Whalerider" by Niki Caro. Pai is the main character of the film, the movie revolves around her.Pai is very important in the film not only because she is the next chief but also because she symbolises that a leader can come from anyone. Paikea or Pai is the descendant of the Whalerider also named Paikea, she is the daughter of Pourorangi and the grandaughter of Koro and Nanny Flowers. All of her life she sees herself as being 'not enough' because her grandfather , Koro, cannot see her as the new generation's chief. Though her grandfather cannot see it, she possesses the characteristcs of a great chief such as bravery, cleverness and the passion for her culture. This is seen various times in the movie but the part that had an impact on me was when she rode the chief whale to sea to save the whales that had beached themselves. The other scene was when she did her speech without Koro even though the speech was meant for him , we see her crying and sobbing while doing her speech but she was brave enough to finish it. When Pai rode the whale out to sea only then did her grandfather realise his mistake for denying her of the role she was meant to take over. We see that when Nanny Flowers gives him the tooth he asks "Which one?" making Nanny Flowers reply "What do you mean which one" then she leaves and we see him stare at the direction the chief whale was going. Pai was ready to die because she knew that riding the whale out to the vast ocean was suicidal but she did it because they believe that the whales are their ancestors and are important. We see that in the next scene when she and her grandfather are now in a hospital room and that Pai is now wearing the whale tooth meaning her grandfather now accepts her as the new chief. Anjelika
Photo by Catherine Love


In my essay I am going to describe Paikea an important character in whalerider by Niki Caro. I am going to explain why she is important in the text. Paikia is brave girl. For example,when she dived into the sea to save a whale,I think she realised that she could have died. This scene impressed me because she has courage to dive into the sea. Another example is when she hears the whale's voices from the sea while she was going back to home with her father, she said "stop the car" to her father and she went to back to the grandparent's house. I think she is suitable to be chief. She is important in the text because she is going to be chief. I wonder why the women are not allowed to be chief. I impressed with the scene when Paikia was speaking and she was crying. Ai

Whalerider opal

In my essay I am going to describe Pai an important character in Whalerider by Niki Caro. I am going to explain why she is important in the film. Paikea Apirana is the main character. I like Paikea, she is brave and believes in herself. Another thing that made me like her is she's a little bit naughty but she has reason in her mind, and she thinks it not her fault that her twin brother died instead of her. One part of the film that shows me she is the brave girl is when she jumped down to get necklace and returned it to Koro. She such a confident girl, she does exactly what she thinks. Paikea is an important character bacause she is going to be a chief. At the first part of the film I feel angry at Koro bacause it not fair that a girl can't be a chief but Paikea did well very well as she proved to him that a girl can be a chief.
Photo by John K


Photo by s@ilor In my essay I am going to describe Paikea, an important character in whalerider by Niki Caro. I am going to explain why she is important in this film. She is brave. For example, she dives into the sea to get whale's tooth. She dives because she wants her grandfather to consider as a leader. Another example is when she did the speech. She did it in front of many people and she speaks to an empty seat which she reserved for her grandfather. I think it is brave. She is also strong. For example, when her grandfather refuses her as a leader, she still wants to be a leader. And she loves her grandfather even if he doesn't recognise her. She knows he is very kind person and he is just too strict because of the rules. So I think she is very important character in this film because she is the main character. And I think she is very kind and strong person. I really like her character.K

whalerider essay

In my essay,Im going to describe paikea an important character in whalerider by Niki Cari.Im going to explain why she is important in this film. I think she is very strong even though she is just girl! That is the only reason her grandfather-koro has never recognised her as a leader. but she still respects her grandfather,and never given up to be a leader. and she is also brave. she jumped into the ocean to geet whaletooth that any boys couldnt get. She got it with clay fish extra ,and proved herself that she could be a leader to her grandfather. I have no idea why she love her grumpy grandfather. But she knows how her grandfater is kind and love her. I love her because she beleives herself that could be a leader! She is imporatant in this film becuase she is main charcter,and she leads the story.
Photo by Yury madoka

Paikea (Whale Rider Essay)

In my essay I am going to describe Paikea an important character in Whale Rider by Niki Caro. I am going to explain why she is important in the film. Paikea is important to this film because she is a brave and confident person to be a chief. This is shown when she gets the whale tooth under the sea and then when she sat on the front of the waka. this is also shown when she doesn't followed her Koro, Koro was angry with her. She proved she could be a chief by jumping under the sea and when she wanted to learn to use the taiha. Her uncle taught her how to use it, but Koro didn't see Paikea's leadership for our generation, until suddenly Nanny says to Koro that Paikea gets the Whale Tooth. When she did her speech it was very sad and she talked about her life but she was crying because her Koro did not attend her speech because koro saw the Whales crying Koro says is "Who is Blame?". After all Koro was glad because Paikea's did her best to be a LEADER!! She is imporant in the film because she has shown her bravery and she did her best. - Jonnie
Photo by Melork

Friday, August 10, 2012

New Students Year 10 - Welcome

We wish a warm welcome to our two new Year 10 students. From the Phillipines and China. We hope you enjoy your time with us at NPGHS.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Open Evening 2012

Thank you to the Kunei High school International students from Japan who helped out last night for our Open Evening. Well done!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Welcome to New Internationals

Hello and welcome to our new International students for Term 3. This term we have new students from Japan, France, Korea and Germany. We hope you have a fantastic time in your new country and your new school. You will soon meet new friends and your English will improve quickly. Remember to ask questions if you are not sure of something.

Monday, July 16, 2012


We say a sad farewell to Pia, Franka and Anna. We hope you had a great time studying with us in NZ and wish you the best for the future back in your home countries.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

My Mr.Bean essay

In the following, I'm going to talk about Mr.bean by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis. I am going to describe a main character and explain why I like his character. The main character, I have chosen is Mr Bean. He is a really strange man. He tries to behave as a normal person, it looks really strange! For example, when he went to the restaurant, he pretended that he got a birthday card from his friend. But actually he wrote the card to himself. And he never asks questions. For example, when he went to the restaurant, he ordered steak tartare even though he doesn't know what it is. He's also awkward. For example, he put on a skirt instead of his pants by accident when he went to the laundry. He is childish! He played with a knife nad fork at the restaurant... I like Mr Bean because he makes me laugh all the time!! He is the most ridiculous and stupid man that I know, in the world!! Madoka
Photo by Canburak


In my essay,I am going to talk about Mr,bean by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis. I am going to describe a main character in the text I have studied and explain why I liked this character. The main character I have chosen is funny,naive,expressive and ridiculous. *He is funny. Because when he to went to restaurant for his birthday, he wrote a birthday card for himself and when he went to the laundrette, he made a mistake as he wore the woman's skirt. *He is naive. Because he is like a child. When he was in the laundrette and when he saw the karate man, he was scared of him. *He is expressive. His face changes with his feelings everytime. For example at the laundrette, he made a mistake when he wore a skirt then his face changed to be in a hurry face. *He is ridiculous. When he was in the restaurant, he hid meat he disliked everywhere. It was so ridiculous. I like Mr.Bean. Because he is so funny,so he makes me happy. He is always strange and he does funny things, but it is funny. And to watch Mr.Bean on the TV is fun!! Ai
Photo by Ian McFadyen

Mr. Bean

I am going talk about Mr. Bean by Rowan Atkinson & Richard Curtis. In my essay I am writing about Mr. bean I liked him and I want to share my thoughts. I liked him because he is a quiet, funny man, with lots of jokes and stupid things he does to himself. I laughed watching his movie when he went to the restaurant because he wanted to celebrate his birthday in an expensive restaurant, but he ordered a steak tartare and he ate this. He didn't like it so he made a funny face HAHA!. Then he pretended to eat the food and he hid it everywhere and he played with the knife he looked like he pretended to kill somebody It was so awkward & crazy to see this he always makes a mistake to himself, it is so embarassing. In the launderette this is very funny all his stuff turns into small things, like his teddy bear looks so cute but it is so little HAHA. Here the funny thing Mr.Bean does is he drinks the fabric conditioner because he wants to get revenge on the young man. He changed the coffee into conditioner and the young man's karate suit turns to the colour of coffee. HAHA!. That is what I liked Mr Bean because he is very funny and you always makes you laugh or smile. Check this out the other movie of Mr.Bean and watch it and forget your problems :) . Jonnie <3
Photo by Clacton Radio

Mr.Bean essay

In my essay,I'm going to talk about Mr.bean by Rowan Atkinson + Richard Curtis. I am going to discribe a main character in Mr.Bean and explain why I like his character. The main character I have chosen is Mr.Bean! He is silly ,for example he entered into a drying machine at the laundrette. And he is also funny because he pulls strange faces all the time. For example when he drank fabric conditioner. He is too shy as he never asks questions. For example he didn't ask where his trousers were. But sometimes he is cute!!! His face is ugly so I dont't know why that I thought he was cute! I like this character "Mr. Bean" Although he is naughty or ridiculous or something, these things make me laugh and happy!!! Karin(^^*)/
Photo by Luis Arriola