Each year an International Student is selected to be a member of the student leadership team.
International Student Leader 2012
When I first arrived in New Zealand, I was worried and afraid of the fact that I have to adapt in a new environment. I could not speak English very well at that time and I thought I would not be able to make any new friends and achieve very well. St. Bede’s College was my first school in New Zealand and I thought I would face a lot of troubles. However, my thoughts were completely wrong. All the students in my form class, teachers and my classmates were very helpful and friendly which helped me to become the confident and bright person I am now. This is my fifth year in New Zealand and I have spent all five years at St. Bede’s College. These five years at St. Bede’s College have given me some of the most valuable memories and experiences of my life.
This year, I was given the huge responsibility of being International Student Leader. The role of the International Student Leader is to help international students so they can fit in well with the kiwi friends and adapt to the new environment and culture. All the international students have enjoyed their school life this year and I am very proud of all the international students, who have worked through their problems and adjusted to studying in a completely different environment.
Outside of the school, we attended a dinner at Foodsing Restaurant with international students from Villa Maria. We had the chance to spend some social time with other international students outside of St. Bede’s and it was an enjoyable experience for all.
I encourage all international students to get involved in all parts of St. Bede’s College life. Whether it be sporting, cultural or community activities, give it a try. You will form relationships with other students throughout the college and have a great time as well.
I hope all the international students have enjoyed this year and I wish you all the best for the future.
Thank you to Mrs. Bradley for supporting me in my role as International Students Leader this year, and for all the hard work she does for the international students.
I have greatly enjoyed my five years at St. Bede’s College and am proud to call myself a Bedean.
Other International Students share their views on their time at the St Bede’s:
St Bede’s College is the perfect school for international students as it has a warm friendly environment and very experienced staff members who look after students with care.
I like St Bede’s boarding because there are many kiwi students and they are nice to me. When I joined the boarding school I was very worried, but the dorm masters and my friends helped me to be part of boarding life. This is the best time of my stay in New Zealand and I will always remember this time.
I came to St Bede’s College because my guardian, my parents and I chose this school. The teachers are kind and friendly especially to international students. I find it easy to make friends so I am really enjoying studying here and will not forget this school when I leave, because I have had lots of fun and good experiences.
I enjoy St Bede’s College because of the way kiwi students willingly interact and help me with academic subjects. This improves my English and makes my days happy here.