The local elections will be held by postal vote, so people need to be enrolled correctly by 16 August to get their voting papers in the mail. Forms and brochures are available at the school office.
We have 22 exchange students from Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany & Italy arriving in July who are anxiously waiting to hear news of their host family in New Zealand.
They are about to embark on a huge adventure to become an exchange student in New Zealand and not knowing where they will be hosted is hugely stressful for the students and their parents alike. I know you will understand their anxiety.
You can learn more about our exchange students by visiting our website. Below is just a small outline of the students who will be arriving.
Australia – 15 year old Adam is a student from Australia. His biggest passion is BMX bike riding, this occupies most of his free time. Adam hopes to continue riding his BMX while in New Zealand and is also looking forward to experiencing a new culture, some city life and meeting new people. His parents tell us that he’ll be happy to participate in household duties, he makes a good barista coffee and that there are no ‘airs’ and ‘graces’ with him. He describes himself as quiet, modest and good humoured.
Denmark – Sara is a 15 year old student from Denmark who also speaks some German. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, watching Netflix and hanging with her friends. She also goes to Rhythmic Gymnastics twice week, works in a Bakery and looks after two small children. All this and fitting in her homework too. Sara has travelled extensively with her family and is looking forward to experiencing the New Zealand culture and meeting new people. Sara describes herself as energetic, fun, aspiring, caring positive and competitive. At home, Sara helps cooking once a week, mowing the lawn and doing the dishes.
Finland – 16 year old student Aino from Finland also speaks Swedish. Her hobbies are hiking, scouting, snowboarding, climbing and jogging. Aino describes herself as a happy and helpful person. She is very active and is looking forward to joining in some new activities with her host family and improving her English while in New Zealand. She helps look after the family dog and general cleaning around the home.
France – Clemence is a 14 year old French student who also speaks Spanish. Her favourite subjects at school are English, History and Sport. In her free time, Clemence enjoys cooking, drawing, dancing and DIY . While in New Zealand she looks forward to experiencing the culture, nature and the warm people. Clemence describes herself as quiet, helpful, sociable and organised. At home, she helps with the cooking, keeping her room tidy, vacuuming and clear the table.
Germany – 15 year old German student Frieda also speaks Spanish. Her favourite subjects at school are Art, Maths and Geography. In her free time, Frieda enjoys swimming, drawing, painting, playing board games and going to the movies with friends. Her activities include playing the guitar, dancing all styles, basketball and volleyball. She tells us that she is excited to learn about a new culture, country and lifestyle while in New Zealand. Frieda describes herself as happy, relaxed, social, friendly and curious. At home, she helps by cleaning her room, grocery shopping and helping out in the kitchen.
Italy – 16 year old Italian student Stella also speaks German. She tells us her subjects at her school are very hard and include, Ancient Greek, Philosophy and Latin. In her free time, Stella spends her time with her friends enjoying a coffee downtown and hanging out. She is hoping to see as many places as possible while in New Zealand and looks forward to improving her English and meeting new people. Stella describes herself as curious, kind, independent and responsible. At home, she helps set the table, stack the dishwasher and walk the dog.
Welcoming an overseas exchange student into your home is a very rewarding experience. Host families help provide students with the chance to experience life in New Zealand. It’s a great way to practice your language skills, share your stories and establish a lifelong link to a family in another country.
Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation that is registered with the Ministry of Education in NZ and all state and territory Departments of Education around Australia. We were the first secondary exchange organisation in the world to be certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and we ensure the highest standards of care and support to our participants. You can find out more about our organisation by visiting www.studentexchange.org.nz.
The students arriving in July are a great bunch of kids and we are currently working round the clock to finalise their placements. If you can help by hosting one of these students or if you know someone who may be suitable, please contact me as soon as possible.
Open Morning – Tuesday 6 August
Parent Information Evening – Wednesday 7 August
Auckland St Johns Netball Club, also known as ASJ, was formed to provide netball for players who do not have school teams or wish to play in a club team. ASJ caters to school years 3 – 8 with teams playing at either our St Johns venue or our Windmill Park, Mt Eden venue.
There are not trials for ASJ teams however, the coordinator puts players into teams based on age and experience.
St Johns Venue – Years 3-6 | Thursday nights
Years 7-8 | Tuesday nights
Windmill Park Venue – Years 3-4 | Thursday nights
Years 5-8 | Wednesday nights