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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