Thank you for your interest in making an international student application to our school.
For details please contact:
Mr. John Ho
Phone: (07) 839 1304, Ext 859
P.O. Box 1267, Hamilton, New Zealand
Here at Hamilton Girls' High School, we have a special peer group called ISPG, which stands for International Students Peer Group. It is basically a group of international students from all over the world and some kiwi students who throw all their experiences together into fantastic friendships where everyone can have fun as well as helping and learning from each other. This year is no exception, with around 40 students in ISPG, all different ages and each with their own individual personality.
To start off the year 2006 in ISPG, we all got together to celebrate and get to know each other a little better. Shelly (a kiwi student living in Hamilton) invited us all over to her house for a pot luck lunch. A good map, many cars and a few days later on Saturday the 26th February, we turned up with a pair of togs and our own special dishes from our own country for others to enjoy. What an amazing feast - including sushi, dumplings, fried rice, a hot Argentinian dish, different salads, roast chicken and good old kiwi favourites: cherrios and sausage rolls. This was followed by dessert too of course, with meringes, crêpes, eclairs and lots of chocolate! I'm sure it must be a universal favourite food!
A few brave ones jumped into the swimming pool with a few shrieks while others got into some fast games of tennis. Emma, another Hamiltonian living nearby rode in spectacularly on her horse Quest and offered everyone a ride. Such a beautiful animal soon had everyone climbing up into the saddle. We also played air hockey and table tennis which caused just as many laughs and special moments.
After all the action we spent plenty of time just 'hanging out' too. We chatted, finding out a bit more about each other and some of the food we'd brought. The sun shone down on us as we enjoyed each others' company.It was sad that not all of our members could come and join us, but we in ISPG got to know each other much more, and plenty of photos were taken to remind us of the lovely time we had. What a fun, happy way to start the year and make friends!
The options I take this year are ESOL, International English, computer studies, Media studies and Music. For me, the hardest subject is computer studies, because there are heaps of words I haven't seen before, so I need to work hard on this course. ESOL and English classes help me to improve my English, I can ask about whatever I don't understand, that's good for me. ESOL Classes are small and there are lots of teachers around to help.
- Eva Chang
Being in ISPG is great because you get to meet really interesting people from all over the world. I think that being in ISPG is a good way to learn how to be more accepting of other cultures because you really get to know the other people and you begin to see more than just cultural differences; you get to know the people just for who they are. I also feel like I'm making a difference in someone else's life because I'm helping make their stay in NZ a bit easier to handle just by helping them with small things and being their friend.
I'm Soh-young Ahn. I'm from South Korea. I was in the 2005 Stage Challenge. It was so cool. I wore my traditional clothes and I danced with fans. We won and I couldn't forget that exciting feeling.
- Soh-young Ahn
Hi! I'm Sukti Monge and I'm from Costa Rica. I'm an exchange student during this year here in NZ. I've been enjoying a lot this first month and I really like the country.
At first, girls high school sounded scary for me but, now I'm starting to be adapted to the system which is totally different. I liked the swimming and athletic days and there are lots of extra curricular activities to do. Also, it's interesting having the opportunity of choosing your own subjects and study what u want. I am trying to improve my English and learn new things this year.
- Sukti Monge
Hello, my name is Moe. I'm from Japan and I live with a Kiwi host family. I think New Zealander between Japanese are little different. For example, dinner and got bed are very early. And New Zealander are funny, because My host family sometimes sing a song, and They are kind to me. They speak slowly English because I can't understand. They are always smiling. I like my host family.
- Moe Fukase
My name is Maud, i am from France, i am a student on intercultural exchange with Afs for one year. I arrived seven months ago and I started in year 12 wearing a uniform. I think it was the first difference that i found. I had never worn a uniform before and i didn't like it. I have discovered many differences here. In New Zealand we can choose our subjects, in France you have just seven or eight compulsory subjects. i found this very good here because you study what you like. Girls, you are lucky! You have too, a very good relationship with your teachers, i appreciate that teachers speak with me and ask me how is your exchange, your family, your week-end...?
I will never forget the welcome from the girls. Thank you so much, and i hope to see some of you in France.