I first knew about Wellington High from my parent’s friends whose son was studying at Wellington High School so I decided to come and study English and apply for Bursary examination in the future. The most difficult thing being a Japanese student is the language and also our writing and understanding the textbooks is difficult. Listening is a little bit easier. I have been here for a year but I am thinking about attending University here but that will depend on my results in Bursary. I find now that I’m enjoying things a lot better since my English has picked up but at the beginning it was very difficult to make friends and understand the teachers. It was harder for me because I arrived in term 2 and I was the only Japanese student. And the language is hard so I didn’t fell confident to speak to the New Zealanders. But one good thing that I think was good in the beginning was ESOL class, because you met people from different places and they are in the same situations you are. School trips are good to make Kiwi friends. I have travelled around New Zealand and enjoyed the beautiful places. I especially liked Milford Sound and Queenstown and I want to see more. Maho recently returned to New Zealand, having successfully completed university in Japan, to visit her favourite teachers and look around the school and country again.
My name is Chie Hasimoto. I’m 16 years old and I come from Hyogo, Japan.I’m studying in Year 12 at Wellington High School and I’m doing the interesting classes. I do Practical Food and Nutrition which I’m really enjoying, Japanese, Art and I have eight hours of ESOL.
My favourite subject is Practical Woodwork. I’m making a board game with a Maori design.
I live in a home-stay with a Kiwi couple, they are very kind and include me in every thing. My Host Dad is teaching me how to play the guitar and I’m also having lessons at school.
I like Wellington High School, it’s a liberal school and I’ve made many friends here, both international and Kiwi. Chie making a model in Art Wellington is very clean. There are lots of trees and scenery.
The subjects I’m doing are Mathematics, Physics, Recreation, Performance Music and Electronics. I’m enjoying all my classes; I’m also having lessons in playing the saxophone.
I live in a home-stay with a Kiwi couple and their adult son in Miramar in the eastern suburbs of Wellington.
They are really kind people, treat me like one of the family, the food is good and the house is nice. In the holidays they took me to Auckland for a wedding. We also did some sight seeing and in Taupo went bungy jumping.
I really like the choice of subjects at Wellington High School so everything I have chosen is something that I like. I find I can talk to the teachers more easily than at home.
I like Wellington too. It’s a compact city and easy to get from one side to the other and easy to get what you want.