International Student Testimonials

"I have had a good time at Newlands College with friends, internationals and also the domestics. All are very nice and friendly. School has high quality activities and I had a very good time at the camping trip I did in Year 11 with different people I met from around the world. The support of the International team at school is always available when we need it. School appreciates every success that students make by giving them prizes and awards each year to encourage them more."

Libie (Phan Quynh Huong) Nguyen from Vietnam

"Time has flown so fast in the past two years; it’s really sad to say goodbye to wonderful people at Newlands College who meant so much to me. The diversity of Newlands College students is amazing and everyone gets plenty of support to adapt to the New Zealand school system really quickly. All the staff constantly provided support and showed consideration for international students. The teachers and my homestay family always checked up on me about workload, friends and every little matter that I might struggle with, and this made me feel like I belonged in school, which was an amazing experience. Overall, the support at Newlands College is first class."

Soyoon Lim from Korea

"Even though I was only at Newlands College for one year, I had a really awesome time. I met a lot of good friends and I never felt bored during school time because Newlands College has so many activities that I could join and enjoy. I performed guitar in a school band, as well as being a solo performer, and I joined a dance group which was really, really fun. I had a brilliant time at Newlands College and I am glad I chose to come here."

Max (Makoto) Giga from Japan

"I really loved my time at Newlands College; if I had to choose a school again, I would definitely choose Newlands College for study. I have made lots of lovely friends, both domestic and international. One of the reasons I was impressed with Newlands College in the beginning is that new international students are paired up with a “buddy” who can assist in our programmes during our time at college. My buddy was very friendly and she has become my closest friend at Newlands College since I arrived. She is also a person I can share both study and personal feelings with; she helped me through two years and I am sure we will keep in touch after we graduate. 

In my perspective, I prefer to study in a diverse environment like New Zealand; it is simply because I can make more friends from various backgrounds and nationalities. For me, the quality of Newlands College is outstanding with excellent facilities and various equipment provided for all subjects.  My host family was lovely and attentive; they are more like my ‘own’ family instead of my ‘host’ family. The international team at Newlands College is high-quality; they always encourage me to do my best academically and patiently listen to me when I need someone to share my feelings.

Daisy (To Nghi) Quach from Vietnam

"I have had lots of memorable times at Newlands College. The students are awesome, and the teachers are so enthusiastic and dedicated. During two years studying at Newlands College, I have learned a lot of new things and met really good people who have all helped me to grow. In Vietnam, I did not even know how to take the bus by myself, but since moving to New Zealand I have learnt how to organise myself and catch a bus to get to school on time. I have also learnt how to manage my time to complete assignments before the due dates. I have found myself to be a lot more mature over the past two years. The school and my host family have helped me a lot and comforted me because I have to live far away from my family. I am so grateful to Newlands College and everyone who made “a Ruby” like today. I appreciate all things I have learnt and experienced since I have been here."

Ruby (Do Minh Ngoc) Nguyen from Vietnam

"I had a good experience in Newlands College. My three years here have been fun. I hung out with friends and participated in school’s activities. People were nice, and teachers were encouraging and very understanding."

Diana (Sreypich) Vong from Cambodia

"I have had a lot of good times with domestic friends. People are very nice to me. School has heaps of activities for us to be involved in as well. School has all the equipment and everything we need for study. Newlands College is supportive with everything we need or even personal things. Newlands College is very good at acknowledging student successes, such as having awards for students who gain a lot of NCEA Excellence credits. I love how Mrs Barbara always keeps asking if everything is alright which made me feel good, and that shows me how they care and worry about us. It is so easy to get to school as there are many buses to and from school for students' comfort."

Woonsen (Punyaporn) Phansombun from Thailand

"I am very happy that I spent my high school years at Newlands College. Newlands not only let me make friends from different countries, but also let me learn a lot of knowledge during my high school years. I am very grateful to the school and teachers for taking care of our international students. I will always remember Newlands College and the teachers of Newlands."

Haotian Liu from China


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