The International Department at Liston College has been very busy this term. We have been lucky enough to host students from Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, China, and Japan.
The true value of hosting these visiting students is two-fold. They have a golden opportunity to enhance their language and cultural awareness in New Zealand, and as a result our local boys can proudly represent our school and country and experience cultural differences as well. It is a pleasure to see Liston students enthusiastically greet international students. They make strong connections and learn a lot from their new friends.
This week, we had a Powhiri to greet new students. During the haka, two young Hong Kong boys joined in. This welcoming cultural inclusion is a fantastic demonstration of how our program leaves these visitors with a wonderful impression of our school.
Last week, our short-term group took a trip around Auckland. They loved visiting the Sky Tower, seeing a cultural performance at Auckland Museum, and most of all – fish n chips at Mission Bay.
Our international students are developing great habits and improving in many ways. Most notable are Tom Vu, from Vietnam, and Chrysto Sivi from New Caledonia. Tom has been elevated from level 1 to level 2 classes. He is really doing very well. Another stand out has been Chrysto. We have seen his English improve incredibly over the last few months.
Bringing the program back to life after a few years of low involvement, it has been a very fruitful year. We have delivered great experiences to many students and are already seeing strong interest for 2024.