Student Stories

Our international students all have different reasons for choosing New Zealand and when they leave they have some amazing stories to tell. Here are some of the things they say about their experiences at Rangitoto College, living on the North Shore of Auckland, and travelling around New Zealand.



Yu-Bing (Rowena) Goh - Singapore

Year 
10

Hello, my name is Yu-Bing and I am an international student from Singapore. I have been here since 2015 and I'm really enjoying my stay in New Zealand.

Since joining Rangitoto College in 2016, the school has had a big impact on me and I strive to do my best in every subject and participate in as many activities as possible. Teachers at Rangitoto College are extremely approachable and friendly. The class that I like most is junior social science, which is taught by Mrs. Grey and she has been teaching me for 2 years. She is amazing as she is very good at teaching and answers all our questions patiently. Mrs. Grey motivates me to have more understanding about history and inspires me to work harder.

There are a wide variety of activities you can join at Rangitoto College. I took an interest in dance and went for many dance and musical auditions. These opportunities have built my self-confidence and helped me overcome stage fright. There are many sports activities that are available. I took part in badminton, archery and taekwondo, which were exciting new experiences for me. There is also voluntary work to sign up for at school which was good experience for me, enabling me to know friends from different countries.

Rangitoto College has given me so many fond memories and I look forward to another interesting school year.

 

至2016年从新加坡来到Rangitoto College读书后我便喜欢上了这里。这里的老师都非常的友善和有耐心、所以让我更想努力的去学习和参加更多的活动。我尤其喜爱我的社会历史学班、因为老师Mrs Grey是位非常有耐心、也很关心我们学习的好老师。她深深的影响我对历史上的认识和兴趣。

在Rangitoto College里有非常多的活动可参加。我因为喜爱跳舞,所以参加了很多跳舞与音乐剧的试镜。这些经验加强了我的自信心和减轻我对上台的恐惧。除此之外,学校里也有很多的户外活动。我之前就参加了羽毛球、射箭和武术班。除了这些活动外、我们也可参与一些义务活动、这让我有更多机会去接触更多不同国际朋友。

Rangitoto College 将会是让我有一个难忘又有趣的经验。我也很期待明年的新学年。

Quoc Anh Nguyen - Vietnam

Year 
12

On the 23rd January, 2016, I came to New Zealand for the first time ever. Two years have gone by and I had a lot of good memories from Rangitoto College. When I came to the school on the first day, I was amazed by how nice people are here in New Zealand and in the school. All of my teachers were super nice and they spent lots of time with me. My classmates were super friendly. They made me feel welcome and offered to help me whenever I faced challenges. Soon, I became a part of the class.

In New Zealand, I only have to pick six subjects, compared to 13 compulsory subjects in Vietnam. This makes a huge difference between the two education systems and I enjoyed picking subjects that will make a major impact on my career later on like Accounting, Construction, and Generic Computing. My favourite class is probably Generic Computing by Mrs. Hanley. She is the best teacher I’ve ever had!

Moreover, the school has a wide range of clubs and activities. I loved to participate in Chinese Night or Amnesty International as I met lots of new friends and learned new skills and unknown cultures. It has been an amazing journey and I will never forget my time here in New Zealand and Rangitoto College.

 

Ngày 23 tháng 1 năm 2016, tôi đặt chân đến New Zealand lần đầu tiên. 2 năm trôi qua, tôi đã có rất nhiều kỉ niệm đẹp với trường Rangitoto. Khi mình đến trường ngày đầu tiên, mình đã bị choáng ngợp bởi lòng tốt của con người New Zealand  và mọi người trong trường. Tất cả thầy cô của mình rất là tốt và dành rất nhiều thời gian với mình. Bạn cùng lớp với mình cũng rất thân thiện. Họ làm mình cảm thấy được chào đón và luôn đề nghị giúp đỡ mình khi mình gặp khó khăn. Không lâu sau, mình trở thành một phần của lớp. Ở New Zealand, mình chỉ phải chọn 6 môn, trong khi ở Việt Nam là 13 môn bắt buộc. Nó tạo nên một sự khác biệt giữa 2 nền giáo dục nhưng mình thích chọn các môn học mà sẽ có một sự tác động mạnh đến nghề nghiệp của mình sau này như là kế toán, xây dựng và máy tính. Môn yêu thích của mình là ứng dụng máy tinh do cô Hanley chỉ chạy. Cô ấy là giáo viên tuyệt nhất mình từng có. Hơn nữa, trường còn có một danh sách dài các câu lạc bộ và hoạt động. Mình thích nhất khi được tham gia vào đêm văn hoá Trung Quốc hay câu lạc bộ Ân xá Quốc tế bởi vì mình học được nhiều kĩ năng mới cũng như là nền văn hoá chưa được biết đến. Đây đã là một hành trình kì diệu và mình sẽ không bao giờ quên được khoảng thời gian ở New Zealand nói chung và trường Rangitoto nói riêng.

Leonardo Castellini - Italy

Year 
13

I have been here for 3 months and even though it's not that long, I have really enjoyed this experience. Since the beginning I felt welcome at the college, where the teachers made me feel more involved in lessons, and at home thanks to my host-family, who have been really nice to me.

Different to the Italian structure of school, where you have to study general subjects, here I had the opportunity to choose, join and learn more about other interesting classes. Through this experience, I have been able to focus and widen my view about what I'd like to do when I'll leave school.

Thanks to Rangitoto College I've met students from all over the world and I could even play rugby with the college's team, improving my skills, keeping fit and making new friends. It has been really amazing for me to play here, where the level of this sport is the highest worldwide.

Ho deciso di stare solo 3 mesi per non perdere giorni della mia scuola italiana e cosi ho dovuto sacrificare un estate intera per questa esperienza. Anche se all'inizio il pensare ai miei amici al mare ed io al freddo mi rattristiva, poi non mi sono pentito della scelta che ho fatto. Quindi vi consiglio di scegliere questo tipo di esperienza stando piu tempo possibile perche più stai, più impari e più ti diverti.

 

Koki Okabe - Japan

Year 
12

Hello, I’m Koki from Tokyo, Japan. I’ve been living in New Zealand for almost two years. I joined an English school called Unique for the first six months, since my English was not good enough to enter the college. Unique had a lot of students from a variety of countries. Because I was in Japan, where I spent most of my time with Japanese people, it was surprising for me to be surrounded by the people who have completely different cultural backgrounds and thoughts. At that time, since my English was poor, I couldn’t really communicate with these people. Being unable to speak something I wanted to say was very frustrating for me, even now. From what I experienced, I think this sort of frustration is a positive sign for all of you in terms of learning English, because it actually makes you motivated to do English studies as I experienced.

At the moment, I have some English speaking local friends at Rangitoto College. In my second year at a PE camp, I met one person, Jason, and we became really good friends. He is the one person I have related with most at Rangi and I think he has contributed a lot to enjoying life even more at the school. He gave me opportunities to interact with people at school by introducing me to his friends which, I believe, was critical for me to actually feel a sense of fulfillment at school. I’m so grateful for the fact that he helped me with such a thing. However, if I think back, I wouldn't feel comfortable here if not for these next two things. One of the things is my host family. They’ve always been nice to me and treated me as one of their own family members. In addition to that, they taught me a lot of things other than English, such as music interests, kiwi slang and lots of funny and interesting things that I could talk about in other social environments. These things may sound like nothing to some people but from my point of view, it’s really important for people from other countries to know local cultural aspects as to show respect to the country, and understanding these will help you make connections with people in the country.

Even though my English was poor, the things that I’ve learnt from them is one of the reasons why I could get closer to people here in New Zealand. Another thing, which I think is really important is the effort I made during my time in New Zealand. When I arrived in New Zealand, I decided to put more effort into meeting and conversing with people local to New Zealand and not just take the easy route and stick with only Japanese speaking people. The reason why I did this is that I wanted to pursue English studies and the cultural aspects in here. The effort I made created a big difference in terms of my approach to my learning and also my social skills. This was truly difficult for me as I spent most of my life in Japan and I also remember that I used to feel isolated in New Zealand. I can sincerely say that the things I mentioned above, wouldn’t have happened without this effort. Instead of hanging out with things that are normal and comfortable for me, I tried to learn from my host family. Lastly, based on what I experienced in here, I recommend Rangitoto College for those of you who have a strong passion to learn English and especially New Zealand culture.

 

こんにちは私は東京出身のKOKIです。ニュージーランドに留学して約2年になります。最初にニュージーランドでは、英語力を向上させるためUNIQUEという語学学校に6ヶ月間通いました。

学校には様々な国の生徒がいました。今まで日本人以外と接した事がなかったので、全く違う文化や生活環境の人達と一緒に授業を受けることだけで刺激的でした。

その頃私の英語力では、皆と会話をする事がほとんど出来ませんでした。その時に感じた言いたい事が言えない悔しさは決して忘れません。実は英語がかなり上達した今でも同じ様に悔しく感じる事がよくあります。

しかしその経験から、悔しいと思うことが英語上達には大切なことだと思っています。悔しいと勉強するからです。

ランギトトには現在、英語を話せる現地の友達が数人いますが、1年目はそのような友達はいませんでした。二年目に入って私はPEキャンプでJasonに出会いました。彼は本当に良い友達になってくれました。彼はランギトトで最も信頼出来る友達であり、ランギトトでの生活を充実させてくれています。また、とても大切な事である他の友達を作る機会も与えてくれました。彼にはとても感謝しています。

そもそもJasonと出会えたのもこれからあげる2つの理由からだと思います。

1つ目は私がホストファミリーに恵まれたことです。彼らは生活の面でいろいろと助けてくれ、私を家族の一員として扱ってくれました。それに加え、普段友達同士で話す様な音楽について、kiwi slangs、いろいろな面白い話題や興味深い事を教えてくれました。

これらの事はニュージーランド人にとっては大きな事ではないかもしれませんが、私のように海外から来た留学生にとって、文化を理解する点や人間関係を築くという点ではとても重要です。これによって英語が上手くない私でもニュージーランド人と仲良くなれたと思っています

2つ目は重要だと思いますが、ニュージーランドに来てから決心した事です。日本人といっしょに居る様な簡単な生活をせずに、現地の人と関わる様にすることです。なぜなら英語や文化を本当に学びたいと思ったからです。この努力は自分の学ぶ志しや友人関係を築く過程に大きな影響を与えました。日本でしか生活をしたことがない私にはこの決心は大変で時には孤独感を感じる事もありました。

最後に自分の経験を踏まえて、英語とニュージーランドの文化などを本気で勉強したいと思う人にはこのランギトトカレッジに入学することを進めたいと思います。

Bea MacDonald - Argentina

Year 
13 (2013)

What can I say about my exchange in New Zealand? I returned to my country, Argentina, more than 3 years ago and I still cannot find the words to describe how amazing the experience was. A new country, a new family, a new school and a completely different culture. All this helped me to be the person who I am today.

At Rangitoto I had the opportunity to choose the subjects I wanted to study. So I chose: photography, art, English, cooking and my last option was tourism. I chose it without knowing how much I would like it! And thanks to that, I decided that I wanted to study tourism and travel. I took the trip to the South Island: extraordinary! After New Zealand I went to Spain for a year, then I returned to Argentina and I am studying tourism.

I fell in love with New Zealand. With the way of life, the people, the culture and its nature. And it is in my plans to return in the not too distant future. What recommendation would I give to someone who is thinking about going on an exchange? Just do it. Or someone who is doing an exchange and is reading this? Enjoy. Enjoy every detail. Take some time to sit on the beach and watch the sunset. Have fun. Make new friends. Go out and fill yourself with new experiences. Do not be afraid to try new food or do new things. Because an exchange is lived only once. And what people do not know is that, it's not an exchange in your life. But it's a life in an exchange.

 

¿Qué puedo decir acerca de mi intercambio en Nueva Zelanda? Volví a mi país, Argentina, hace ya mas de 3 años. Y todavía no puedo encontrar las palabras para poder describir lo increíble que fue la experiencia. Un nuevo país, una nueva familia, un nuevo colegio y una cultura completamente diferente. Todo ello me ayudo a ser la persona que soy hoy.

En Rangitoto tuve la oportunidad de elegir las materias que quería hacer. Por lo que elegí: fotografía, arte, inglés, cocina y mi última opción fue turismo. ¡Sin saber lo mucho que me gustaría esa materia! Y gracias a ello decidí que quería estudiar turismo y viajar. Hice el viaje a la isla del sur: ¡extraordinario! Luego de nueva Zelanda me fui un año a España, luego volví a argentina y me encuentro estudiando turismo.

Me enamoré de Nueva Zelanda. De la forma de vida, las personas, la cultura y su naturaleza. Y está en mis planes volver en un futuro no muy lejano. ¿Qué recomendación le daría a alguien que este dudando en irse de intercambio? Simplemente hacelo. ¿O a alguien que se encuentre de intercambio y este leyendo esto? Disfruta. Disfruta cada detalle, tomate un tiempo para sentarte en la playa y contemplar la puesta de sol. Divertite. Hace nuevos amigos, salí y llénate de experiencias nuevas, no tengas miedo de probar nueva comida o hacer nuevas cosas.

Porque un intercambio se vive solamente una vez. Y lo que la gente no sabe es que, no es un intercambio en tu vida. Es una vida en un intercambio.

Hyelim (Abigail) Lee - Korea

Year 
9

I have been studying in NZ for 2 years and this year at Rangi was the most miraculous year that I have ever experienced. Rangitoto College has allowed me to look at the world in many different ways. This year, I got into Auckland UN Youth (United Nations), which I wouldn’t have known about if I hadn’t been at Rangi. Through UN Youth, I made lots of friends and learnt numerous things.

I love how at Rangi, you can choose the subjects that you want to take. For next year, I have chosen DVC, Performance Music and French. My favourite teacher, Mr O’Grady teaches my French class. He made French interesting and I love the jokes that he makes (they’re quite lame but I love them!)  I had three types of music tuition this year and that improved my musical skills significantly compared to last year. I have auditioned for and been accepted into two music groups for next year. The thing that I like about sport groups at Rangi is that they have social groups for sports. Social sports groups are for the people who just purely enjoys the sports and to interact with people so there isn’t any pressure on any of members in the group.

My favourites!!!! Let me tell you about my homestay family! We do all sorts of family things most of the weekends. I feel included in my homestay family and I feel so lucky to be accepted as a part of their family. One of my homestay sisters, Breana helps me with my school work and we always do everything together. It’s cool to live with my best friend, Breana also with Lynley, Rodney, Callum and Sienna.I love my homestay family so much!

“My learning, my responsibility.” This is the quote that I learnt in Rangi and this quote has pushed me a lot whenever I was having a hard time with tests and exams. Rangitoto College is the most marvellous school to be at in New Zealand.

 

뉴질랜드 유학 2년차인 나에게 고등학교(college)는 기대가 되기도 하면서 한편으론 걱정이 되고 무서운 곳이었다. 하지만 랑기토토에서의 1년간의 생활은 나의 걱정과 달리 어느 해 보다도 즐거웠던 한해였다.  

랑기토토는 나에게 여러가지 기회와 변화를 주었다. 특히  Auckland UN Youth에 참여한 기회는 여러 친구들과의 만남, 새로운 것으로의 관심 등 넓은 시야와 견해로 세상을 보는 값진 경험을 만들어 주었다. 랑기토토에서의 음악레슨은 내 음악적 지식과 실력을 향상 시켰고, 운동을 순수하게 좋아하는 친구들이 모여 부담 없이 운동을 즐기기 위해 만들어진 랑기토토에서의 소셜 그룹활동은 운동에 취미가 없던 내게 재밌게 운동하는 기회를 제공했다. 나는 배드민턴 소셜그룹에 들어가 재밌게 운동을 했는데 이것은 운동을 싫어하던 나에겐 정말 큰 변화 중의 하나였다.

랑기토토에는 많은 훌륭한 선생님들이 있지만 내가 제일 좋아하는 선생님은 프랑스어 선생님, Mr O’Grady이다. 언어를 배우는 시간이 때론 지루할 수 있는데 유머를 섞어 가면서 즐거운 시간을 만들어 주신다. 선생님의 유머는 때론 유치하기도 했지만 그래도 정말 재미있다.

랑기토토와 더불어 나의 뉴질랜드 생활을 풍요롭고 즐겁게 한 것은 홈스테이 가족들이다. 내 홈스테이 가족들, Rodney, Lynley, Callum, Breana and Sienna은 나를 가족처럼 대해준다. 학습을 하는데 있어 어려운 점들을 도와주고 개인적인 고민들도 상담해 주는 등 홈스테이 가족들을 만난것은 나에게 정말 큰 행운이다.

랑기토토 고등학교의 모토는 “내 배움,내 책임.”이다. 이 문장은 항상 내가 어려움을 겪고 있을때 나에게 큰 힘을 주었다. 나는 뉴질랜드에서 가장 훌륭한 학교는 랑기토토칼리지라고 말할 수 있다.

 

Bianca Louise Linatoc - Philippines

Year 
13 (2016)

Hi, my name is Billie. I have been living here in New Zealand for 3 years and I studied at Rangitoto College for 2 years. Rangitoto College will always have a special place in my heart because the school has made a big impact on me. The education system, the students, the teachers and the environment has helped me become the person that I am now. When I moved to New Zealand, I had 5 high schools to choose from but I chose Rangitoto College because I had a good feeling about it and they had a reputation for providing quality education. I would say that I have made the best decision because everyone was keen to lend a helping hand whatever the reason was. Studying at this school is great because you’re able to choose the subject that you’re good at and the teachers will give you endless support with every assessment that you have in their subject. This has made an big impact as it improved the way I study and it is good practice if you are planning to study at university here in NZ. It was my privilege to be a Youth Leader of Ignite Christian Group and became a Teacher Aid for year 9 & 10 English classes, which helped me build my confidence with meeting other people and being part of the school community. Meeting people and having friends all over the world is the best thing too as this can help you build long lasting friendships. I’m proud to be a graduate of Rangitoto College! Thank you so much for making my last few years of high school worth remembering! :) 

Hello po, ako si Billie. Ako ay nanirahan na dito sa New Zealand mga tatlong taon na at Jako ay nag aral sa Rangitoto College ng dalawang taon. Masasabi ko na ang eskwelahan na ito ay malapit sa aking puso kasi nabigyan nila ako ng malaking impact sa buhay ko ngayon, kasi tinulungan nila ako kung sino ako ngayon. Nung lumipat ako, may 5 high schools ago na pinagpilian pero ang pinili ko ay Rangitoto College kasi may good feeling ago about it at tsaka ang super ganda ng education nila. Siguro masasabi ko na best decision ko gun kasi lahat ng tao ang babait at tsaka matulungin sila. Compared sa pilipinas, lahat ng subject kailagan kunin pero dito pilian lang at tsaka nagfofocus say sa mga subjects na gusto mo for university. Naging leader aso ng christian group at stake naging teacher aid din ago nung year 13 na nag help sakin mag build ng confidence ko. Sobrang nakakatuwa maka meet ng mga people galing sa mga ibang bans kasi ang saya nila kasama. Maraming salamat sa mga last few years ng high school ko, Rangi! 

Hikaru Kamata - Japan

Year 
13 (2007)

Wanting to experience a new adventure, I decided to fly to Auckland. However, because I was still 15 at that time, my high school studies are yet to be completed. I chose Rangitoto College after consulting from local Aucklanders I knew at that time, and was utterly convinced to enrol when I heard them say that “It’s the best place to be!’’

I joined Rangi with a small amount of English skills. I had a lot of struggles understanding everything but the people around me were nice and had help me in all the different things I found hard. I managed to put through 3 years of studies and graduated with an improved and satisfactory level of English. It felt great being able to communicate in English with native speakers and learning diverse cultures and backgrounds.

After my studies at Rangi I still did not want to leave NZ so I went to University (AUT) to pursue 3 more years of studies. I’m grateful for all the experience I had in NZ. NZ is a place of stunning nature with wonderful people which brings so much adventure to one’s life. My time in NZ was certainly the best times of my life! Now that I spent great 11 years of my life in NZ, the next step was to bring back my experience and skills to my homeland and make use of it to help people find passion in learning the English language. As a result, my husband and I moved to Japan and started our own English school.

To Rangitoto college, where my new adventures began, thank you very much for helping me. I wouldn’t be able to be where I am now without you. 

何か思い切ったことをしたいと、日本の高校を自主退学しニュージーランドへやってきました。ホームスティや現地の方々の勧めでランギトトへ入学し3年間通いました。ほんの少ししかわからない英語で入学し最初は解らないことが殆どでしたがクラスメイトや周りの皆の暖かさに助けられながら3年間やり遂げることができました。現地の人々と関っている間に英語は上達し自分の成長に誇りが持てるようになり自信もつきました。ランギトト卒業後、AUT大学に進学しました。NZには日本では経験できない毎日で溢れていました。英語でのコミュニケーションやいろいろな文化の違いが学べるのが楽しくなって、あっという間に11年間という日々が過ぎていました。NZで結婚し今では家族で日本へ戻り英会話教室を開くことができました。NZで人生で最高の経験をすることができました。将来は又NZに戻り新たな冒険を続けたいです。

Dongmin (Jason) Seo - Korea

Year 
9

Hello, everyone. My name is Jason. I have stayed in New Zealand for more than 3 years. During this time I became quite fluent in English and good at Science. I came to New Zealand to improve my English. Rangitoto College has helped me in many ways. Without Rangitoto College I would not have excelled as much as I have in the subjects I have taken which include English, Math, Science and Social science. The school has also helped to improve my saxophone skills. There are so many different activities that I can’t even count them all. I love them. If you are looking for a great school to enrol in, choose Rangitoto College because this school is the best in the world. There are many subjects and co-curricular activities to choose from and the teachers are top class. I highly recommend Rangitoto College.

My goal for the future is to be accepted at the Korea Aerospace University. I would like to create modern technology like robots. My parents also support me in my decision. In order to achieve my goal, I have to study with determination. I have to excel at English and Math and also, I personally want to be someone who is fluent in English. Rangitoto College has helped me become better at English and Math. I was bad at English when I came to New Zealand, but now, I can read, write and speak in English with confidence. With further study I will continue to improve and I will be closer to achieving my goal. I know I will graduate from Korea Aerospace University. Rangitoto College is helping me get closer to my dream.

I think Rangitoto College is an amazing school in New Zealand. I like studying science because in science classes you learn lots of interesting facts about things such as cells or plants. My favourite subject in science is chemistry because it is fun to learn and my science teacher makes it exciting. Sometimes at school, we have practical experiments like shooting a rocket or dissecting a cow’s eye. The cow’s eye dissection was quite scary and disgusting but it was also fascinating and engaging. Experiments became a highlight of my day. My Science class teacher is Mr. Lloyd and he is a very entertaining teacher that has a funny moustache. He is a good teacher and I have learnt so much from him. He helps me when I am stuck on a difficult question. He is a great teacher who helps students very well. My second favourite class is Math as I am surrounded by geniuses. I am in an extension class so I am doing Math at a higher level. My Math teacher’s name is Mrs. McLeay and I think she is a wonderful teacher. She teaches through math games which help with my understanding. My test scores have been proof that my math skills have been improving. Next, my English classes are fantastic. My English teacher is Mr. Shadbolt and he teaches very well and his lessons are enjoyable. When I have a question about English, he would always be there to help. It has been good to study at Rangitoto College because the relaxed way of teaching makes it easy to learn.

I have made lots of friends from different countries. There is Ryan. He is from China but he was born in New Zealand, so he is bad at Chinese. He helps me with lots of stuff and we went to the same intermediate so we’re very good friends. Secondly, there is a Kiwi friend. His name is Clarke. We also went to the same intermediate. He is a mischievous boy and we had fun times together. Lastly, there is a Japanese friend. His name is Kai and we worked together. But he is a little bit bad at English, so I helped him when he has questions. I think when I go back to my country I will miss them!! I promised them that I will come back to New Zealand to visit them all. 

 

안녕하세요. 저의 이름은 서동민입니다. 저는 뉴질랜드에서 3년 동안 유학을 한 학생입니다. 2년 동안 Murrays Bay Intermediate School에서 공부했고 올해 1년 동안 Rangitoto College에  공부하고 있습니다. 그동안 현지 친구들과 농구도 하고, 같이 공부도 하며 친밀감을 쌓았습니다. Rangitoto College는 저한데 정말 도움이 되었습니다. 저는 이 학교에서 매우 많은 것을 배웠습니다. 영어, 과학, 수학도 제 생활에 많은 도움이 되었습니다. 영어는 제 스스로 놀랄만큼 늘었습니다. 그리고 과학은 한국에서 배우지 않을 것을 배워서 흥미도 있고 수학은 영어로 된 수학용어도 많이 배웠습니다. 또 저의 색소폰 실력도 늘었습니다. 저는 서울 항공대학교에 가고 싶습니다. 그렇기 때문에 영어와 수학에서 좋은 성적을 유지하도록 노력할 것입니다. 저는 이 학교 선생님들이 최고인 것 같습니다. Rangitoto College는 제가 경험한 학교 중 최고의 학교라고 생각합니다. 왜냐하면 이 학교는 수업을 즐겁게 할 수 있도록 도와주고  다양한 과목을 선택할 수 있기 때문입니다. 그래서 올해를 마지막으로 이 학교를 떠나게 돼서 조금 슬프기도 합니다.

저의 목표는 한국 항공대학교에 들어가서 로봇 기술을 공부하는 것입니다. 이렇게 배운 기술로 비행기를 만들어 사람들을 편하게 태우고 전 세계를 날아 다니고 싶습니다. 저는 어렸을 때부터 만드는 걸 좋아했습니다. 그렇기 때문에 한국 항공대학교에서 제가 좋아하고 잘 하는 것을 더욱더 공부하고 싶습니다. 이 대학교를 가려면 많은 공부를 해야지만 들어갈 수 있습니다. 그 중에서도 제일 잘해야 되는 과목은 영어와 수학입니다. 저는 이 대학교를 가기위해 끝까지 노력할 것입니다. 저는 영어 또는 과학 선생님도 되고 싶습니다. 그렇기 때문에 저는 영어 실력을 향상시키기 위해 최선을 다 할 것입니다. 저는 뉴질랜드에 처음 왔을 때는 영어를 잘 몰랐습니다. 의사소통 또한 어려웠습니다. 하지만 이제는 자신있게 영어를 쓰고, 읽고, 말할 수 있습니다. 영어의 발음도 처음보다 많이 좋아졌습니다.

지난 1년동안 제가 가장 좋아했던 수업은 영어, 수학과 과학입니다. 저는 영어 글쓰기를 가장 좋아합니다. 그래서 저는 저의 영어 선생님 Mr. Shadbolt 가 가장 기억에 남습니다. 선생님은 저의 영어 공부를  적극적으로 도와주셨습니다. 선생님과 저는 가끔씩 책 한권을 읽고 그 책에 대한 영화도 보았습니다. 영어 자막과 같이 나와서 듣기와 리딩에 많은 도움이 되었습니다. 제가 두번째로 좋아하는 과목은 수학입니다. 저의 수학 선생님은 Mrs. McLeay입니다. 선생님은 저를 친절하게 도와주셨습니다. 제가 모르는 문제가 있을 때 손을 들면 재빨리 오셔서 저를 도와 주셨고, 어떻게 하면 쉽게 이해하는 지도 잘 알려 주셨습니다. 마지막으로 과학입니다. 저의 과학 선생님은 Mr. Lloyd 입니다. 이 선생님은 영어에도 많은 도움을 주셨습니다. 선생님은 만약에 제가 어떤 단어를 모를 때 저를 위해서 뜻을 찾아주신 적도 있었습니다. 이 선생님은 재미있게 생긴 수염을 가지고 있어 더 기억에 남습니다.

Rangitoto College에서 공부하는 것은 저에게는 최고의 시간이었습니다. 이 학교에서는 다양한 과목을 선택할 수 있습니다. 예를 들어서, 영어, 수학, 과학, 사회의 필수 과목 외에 중국어, Food, Art 등 여러 과목들이 있습니다. 많은 학생들이 이 학교를 선택하는 이유도 재미있는 과목이 많기 때문입니다. 저도 재미있는 과목을 골랐습니다. 필수 과목 외에 Food, Art, Material 그리고 Health를 공부했습니다. 이 과목들을 공부하는 동안 참 즐거웠습니다. Food 시간에는 김밥도 만들고 판다 모양 주먹밥도 스스로 만들었습니다. Material 시간 때는 어머니를 위해 목걸이를 만들기도 했습니다. 이 목걸이를 만드느라 좀 애를 먹기도 했습니다. 목걸이를 만들 때 메탈을 자르고 부드럽게 다듬는 것이 힘들었습니다. 이제 한국으로 돌아가야 하는데 되돌아 보니 1년의 모든 순간들이 즐거웠습니다.

Sebastián Benavides - CHILE

Being at Rangitoto College was one of the experiences that I will never forget. I had the opportunity to meet people from all countries! Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, New Zealand and many more. 

I had a very good time with my friends, we did many tours  and alot of travel including a trip to the Coromandel with 10 of my friends. I stayed at Rangitoto College for 2 months and I liked alot of the subjects i chose; engineering, physical education and tourism were my favourites. Finally, this was an unforgettable experience and I would recommend to anyone that wants to meet New Zealand. Thanks Rangitoto and New Zealand. 

Estar en Rangitoto College fue una de las experiencias que nunca olvidaré. ¡Tuve la oportunidad de conocer a gente de todos los países! Brasil, Argentina, Paraguay, Nueva Zelanda y muchos más. La pasé muy bien junto a mis amigos, hicimos muchos paseos y viajes, como el viaje a Coromandel junto a 10 amigos más. Estuve en Rangitoto 2 meses y la verdad que la pasé muy bien en los ramos que escogí, Turismo, Educación Física e Ingeniería eran mis favoritos. En fin, esta fue una experiencia inolvidable y se la recomendaría a cualquiera que quisiera conocer Nueva Zelanda. Gracias Rangitoto y Nueva Zelanda.

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