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.

Anna Bettini - Italy

12 (Ex-student from 2008)

I was at Rangitoto College for six months in 2008. The whole experience helped me to improve my English and also helped me become more open-minded and interested in other cultures. The fact that I stayed in another country at that age helped me find my career path – anthropology. I did my undergraduate degree in the United States and had the opportunity to work with signing chimpanzees.

Now I’m a post graduate student in the University of Kent in the UK and I’m carrying out my field work in New Zealand for six weeks. My study is based around finding out how Maori culture is integrated into the education curriculum in New Zealand schools. I’ve interviewed a lot of teachers and principals and have spent time with children in a bilingual unit at Birkdale Primary school. When I finish my masters I will do my PhD and have already been accepted into the University of Alberta in Canada. I plan to study how climate change affects the traditional communities in Northern Canada.

Sono stata per sei mesi a Rangitoto College nel 2008. L’intera esperienza mi ha aiutata a migliorare il mio Inglese, ad acquisire una mentalita’ piu’ aperta e un’ forte interesse per alter culture. Aver vissuto in un’ altra nazione a quell’eta mi ha decisamente aiutato a trovare la mia carriera- Antropologia. Ho difatti conseguito la laurea negli Stati Uniti ed ho avuto persino l’opportunita’ di lavorare con scimpanzee in grado di comunicare con il linguaggio dei segni.

Ora sto concludendo la laurea specialistica presso University of Kent in Inghilterra e momentaneamente sto facendo ricerca per un periodo di sei settimane qui in Nuova Zelanda. Il mio studio si basa sul ricercare come la cultura Maori e’ integrata nel Sistema educativo all’interno delle scuole neozelandesi. Ho intervistato molti insegnanti e dirigenti e ho avuto l’opportunita’ di spendere del tempo con studenti all’interno dell’unita’ bilingue presso la scuola elementare di Birkdale. Quando concludero’ la specialistica, iniziero’ il mio dottorato di ricerca essendo stata accettata da University of Alberta in Canada. Li’ pianifico di studiare come gli effetti climatici condizionano le comunita’ tradizionali nel Canada settentrionale. 

Ziyi Jia - China


I came to New Zealand last year in July and I really like New Zealand - the most beautiful place in the world. Although it is a challenge for me to study in my second language, I enjoy studying at Rangitoto College. The teachers are very nice. They help me a lot and my English is getting better and better. I joined the school choir this year. Last week we had a show in the school auditorium for parents and students. I was a bit nervous but I had so much fun. I’m also having guitar lessons this year. I enjoy playing the guitar. I still need lots of practice to become a good guitar player  I’m looking forward to taking part in a sport club at school next year. My school life is colourful and interesting!

 我的名字叫Ziyi。我在Rangitoto College 上十年级。我来自中国。去年(2013)七月份我来到了新西兰—世界上最美丽的地方。虽然用第二语言学习对我来说是个挑战,但是我还是很享受在Rangitoto College 读书。老师们都对我很好,他们经常帮助我,我的英语也越来越好了。我今年参加了学校的合唱团,上周我们在学校的礼堂里面进行了一次表演,观众里面有学生也有家长们。我很紧张但是也玩的很开心。我今年也学了吉它,我很喜欢弹吉它。要练成一个很棒的吉它手,我还需要多练习  我很期待明年可以参加一个学校的体育社团。我的学校生活很丰富多彩也很有趣。

Alexandra Rolf - Germany


At Rangitoto College I had one of the most incredible times in my life. The school offers so many opportunities of which I could just dream of in Germany. It doesn’t really matter what you want to do, Rangitoto College such a wide range of clubs. For me, the dragon-boat team was one of the highlights here at Rangitoto College. Being a part of a team makes it a lot of easier to find new friends.

Since Rangitoto College has so many students, there are also a lot of internationals. I found some great friends among them, coming from countries like Brazil, Russia, China or Japan. It’s really different to my school in Germany, where we barely have any international students.

Everyone at Rangitoto College is really friendly and keen to help out if you’re lost, which can happen easily since Rangitoto College is way bigger than a standard school in Germany, but you get the hang of it quickly and after a week I didn’t have any problems at all to find my way.

I have never really thought about homesickness. My host family was the best fit ever. We got on so well and my two host siblings became like real sisters to me. We did a lot of things together and did always have fun. I’ve also been on trips with my host family, such as visiting “Hobbiton”, which was really awesome since I’m a huge fan of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”.

New Zealand is far too exciting to get bored. I did a sky dive and a bungy jump – both real adrenalin givers. I am so happy that I was able to experience this all for six months. I won’t forget my time here at Rangitoto College.

Ich hatte eine der besten Zeiten meines Lebens auf dem Rangitoto College. Die Schule bietet so viele Möglichkeiten von denen ich an meiner Schule in Deutschland nur träumen kann. Es spielt keine Rolle was man machen möchte, Rangitoto College hat eine sehr große Auswahl an Clubs. Für mich war das Drachenboot-Team eine der Highlights hier. Ein Teil von einem Team zu sein, macht es um einiges leichter neue Freunde zu finden. 

Da Rangitoto College viele internationale Schüler hat, habe ich sehr gute Freunde aus Brasilien, Russland, China oder Japan gefunden. Dies ist sehr unterschiedlich zu meiner Schule in Deutschland, da wir nur sehr selten Austauchschüler haben.

Jeder auf dem Rangitoto College ist sehr freundlich und immer hilfsbereit, wenn man mal verloren ist. Das kann sehr schnell passieren, da das Rangitoto College größer ist, als normale deutsche Schulen. Man gewöhnt sich allerdings sehr schnell an den großen Campus und nach einer Woche hatte ich keine Probleme mehr mich zurecht zu finden.
Ich habe eigentlich nie wirklich über Heimweh nachgedacht. Meine Gastfamilie war die Beste, die man sich vorstellen kann. Wir haben uns sehr gut verstanden und meine Gastschwestern sind für mich zu fast wirklichen Schwestern geworden. Wir haben viele Sachen unternommen und hatten immer viel Spaß zusammen.
Ich habe auch viele Ausflüge mit meiner Gastfamilie gemacht. Zum Beispiel haben wir  „Hobbiton” besucht. Das war unglaublich, da ich ein großer Fan von „Herr der Ringe“ und “Der Hobbit” bin. Neuseeland ist viel zu spannend um sich zu langweilen. Ich habe einen Fallschirmsprung und einen Bungy Jump gemacht  - pure Ladung Adrenalin.

Ich bin so froh, dass ich das alles für ein halbes Jahr erleben durfte. Ich werde meine Zeit hier auf dem Rangitoto College nicht vergessen.


Clementine Bouche - France

12 (2012)

If you want to go on an exchange, New Zealand definitely is the best place to go to. People are so welcoming and helpful, especially at Rangi! You will feel at home right away!

My trip to New Zealand enabled me to learn English, and also developed my taste for travel. Thanks to this experience, I am now able to go all over the world without worries. Indeed, I am going to Canada to study business administration.

If you’re looking for a good change away from your daily routine, go to Rangitoto College!

Si tu souhaites partir en échange, la Nouvelle-Zélande est définitivement le meilleur endroit où aller ! Les gens y sont extrêmement accueillants et prêts à t’aider à tout moment, surtout à Rangitoto ! Tu te sentiras comme chez toi en un rien de temps !

Mon voyage en Nouvelle-Zélande m’a non seulement permis d’améliorer mon anglais, mais m’a aussi donné le gout du voyage. Grâce à cette expérience, je peux maintenant voyager à travers le monde sans crainte. En effet, je pars étudier au Canada, faire un bachelor in business admistration.

Si tu cherches un super changement, loin de ta petite routine quotidienne, viens à Rangitoto College ! 

Tanakrit Topngnopnua - Thailand


New Zealand is a great country to pursue your education and there are many music groups students can get involved in here at Rangitoto College. I have had a wonderful experience playing piano as part of the Senior Big Band and the Senior I Jazz combo at Rangitoto College. The school music department is equipped with excellent facilities and practice rooms and the music department teachers and staff are very friendly and helpful. The North Shore, where the school is located, is very clean and beautiful.

ผมได้รับประสบการณ์ที่ดีมากกับการเล่นเปียโนในวงบิ๊กแบนด์และแจ๊สคอมโบที่ Rangitoto College แผนกดนตรีของโรงเรียนมีอุปกรณ์และห้องซ้อมที่เพรียบพร้อมและทันสมัยแก่นักเรียน อาจารย์และเจ้าหน้าที่ในแผนกดนตรีมีความเป็นกันเองกับนักเรียนและยินดีที่จะช่วยเหลือนักเรียนอย่างสม่ำเสมอ ที่ Rangitoto College นักเรียนสามารถมีส่วนร่วมในกลุ่มดนตรีที่หลากหลายที่โรงเรียน อาทิ วงแจ๊สบิ๊กแบนด์ ออเคสตร้า และ วงขับร้องประสานเสียง นิวซีแลนด์เป็นประเทศที่เหมาะกับการศึกษา บริเวณ North Shore ที่โรงเรียนตั้งอยู่นั้นเป็นบริเวณที่สะอาด ปลิดภัย และมีทัศนียภาพที่สวยงาม

Regina Rubio - Mexico


It's incredible the things you can do at Rangitoto College, such as participate in 40 different sports, play in a band or even learn a third language. You can shave for cancer, donate blood, dress up and have days at the beach. I'm glad I experienced this for a year. Your experience will be what you make of it and Rangitoto College gives you the tools to make it the best! 

Son increíbles las cosas que puedes hacer en Rangitoto College, como participar en 40 deportes diferentes, tocar algún instrumento en banda o aprender un tercer idioma. Puedes donar pelo para cáncer, donar sangre, disfrazarte o bajar a la playa con la escuela. Me da mucho gustó haber vivido esto por un año. Tu experiencia será lo que tu quieres que sea y Rangitoto College te da las herramientas para que le saques provecho!

Marcela Aguilar

Sending our daughter to New Zealand was the best thing we could have done. Regina loved the warmth and affection with which she was treated this year and truly felt part of the family. Her heart is now divided into two continents. Thank you New Zealand and Rangitoto College for opening your arms to our daughter!!!

Sebastian Matzke - Germany


This is now my second time here at Rangitoto College. On my first day here, I got completely lost because the school is so massive compared to German schools. Students have to move to a new room after each class and because of this, I have learned to be more organised and self-sufficient.

Another advantage of a large school is that you can participate in a large number of sports teams. I have been really involved in the school hockey team and was in the rep team for North Harbour Hockey. Playing sport has given me the opportunity to meet some great kiwi friends and really experience school life in New Zealand.

Das ist jetzt mein zweites Jahr auf dem Rangitoto College. An meinem ersten Tag hier, habe ich mich völlig verloren, weil die Schule im Vergleich zu deutschen Schulen unfassbar groß ist. Die Schüler müssen sich zu einem neuen Raum nach jeder Klasse bewegen, was mir half, besser organisiert und selbstsicher zu werden. Ein weiterer Vorteil einer großen Schule ist, dass man in einer großen Anzahl von Sportmannschaften teilnehmen kann. Ich habe mich  in der Schule im Hockey-Team beteiligt und spielte zudem in der North Harbour Auswahl Mannschaft meiner Jahrgangsstufe. Sport außerhalb der Schule zu betreiben hat mir die Gelegenheit gegeben, einige  Kiwi-Freundschaften zu schließen. Dies gab mir die Möglichkeit Das Schulleben in Neuseeland nochmals auf eine andere Weise zu erleben.

Natalia Pena Soto - Chile


I’ve been here for about 5 months and it’s awesome! Just the fact of it being so different from the Chilean school system, where you don’t get to choose your subjects, makes it a fun and memorable experience, besides giving me the chance to explore different fields, what will make it easier for me to choose a career in the future. The “kiwis” are kind and welcoming, that made it easier to find my way around. Although it may take time, you get to meet not only locals, but friends from all over the world who have made my experience fun and enjoyable. It’s a huge school with space for everything you need and a subject for every type of student. The food, the people, the weather, the environment, the places that I visited were beautiful and will forever be with me. My host family was a big part of the NZ experience too, they made sure I was safe and happy my entire stay, they also helped in keeping the homesickness away.

How can I sum up my experience and how amazing it’s been to be in Rangi in so few words? Come and live it yourself.

He estado aquí por alrededor de 5 meses y es increíble! El solo hecho de que sea tan distinto del sistema de educación chileno, donde no puedes escoger que asignaturas tomar, lo hace una experiencia entretenida y memorable, además de darme la oportunidad de poder explorar distintos campos, lo que me facilitará el escoger una carrera a futuro. Los “kiwis” son amables y hospitalarios, eso hizo que me pudiera ambientar más fácilmente. Aunque tome tiempo, no solo llegas a conocer locales, sino que también amigos de todos lugares del mundo, con quienes he disfrutado mi experiencia y la he pasado bien. Es un colegio gigante con espacio para todo y una asignatura para cada tipo de joven. La comida, gente, clima, ambiente, los lugares que visite son hermosos y van a estar por siempre conmigo. Mi familia anfitriona fue una gran parte de la experiencia neozelandesa también, se aseguraron que estuviera feliz, segura y cómoda por toda mi estadía, ellos me ayudaron a no extrañar tanto.

¿Cómo puedo resumir mi experiencia y cuan asombroso ha sido estar en Rangitoto College en tan pocas palabras? Ven y vívelo por ti mismo.

Vit Kalisz - Czech Republic


Staying in New Zealand is a pleasant change compared to Central Europe, where I live, because people here are far more social. Also the natural environment is healthier and cleaner and there is a lot to see in the whole country. The staff at Rangitoto College always try to help you. Homestays are well-chosen which guarantees the best possible care and plenty of fun.

Pobyt na novém zélandu je příjemnou změnou, oproti střední evropě kde žiji, protože lidé jsou tu daleko přátelštější. Také příroda tu je daleko zdravější a čistší a je tu toho hodně k vidění. Zaměstnanci Rangitoto Colege jsou vždy připravení pomoci s jakýmkoli problémem i přes jazykové problémy. Hostitelské rodiny jsou pečlivě vybrány což zaručuje výbornou péči a spoustu zábavy.

Soomin Kim - South Korea


Rangitoto College continues to provide me with unforgettable experiences and endless opportunities, helping me prepare for my future. I have been able to study many different subjects out of over 50 the college offers, including English, mathematics, sciences, music, graphics, drama, dance, economic, Spanish, history, classics, geography, sociology, and physical education. The wide ranges of courses offered at the college enabled me to study different fields of academics and decide which subjects I wanted to continue studying.

In addition to its exceptional academic aspects, the college has an amazing department of arts and sports, offering over 40 extra-curricular activities in each sports, arts and cultural sectors. Earlier in the year, I had a wonderful opportunity as one of the leads in the school musical. It was a memorable experience, through which great directors at the school helped me develop my performance ability and achieve my full potential.

Rangitoto College possesses amazing staff members in each department who actively engage with student’s learning and progress and help them achieve to the best of their ability. I believe that Rangitoto College is the best college of choice as it helps develop your field of interest and prepares you for a successful future life. I thank all teachers, peers and staff members who are always very supportive and create a warm friendly environment at the college. I will never forget the tremendous experiences I have encountered so far at Rangitoto College.

랑기토토 칼리지는 학생들에게 끊임없이 많은 경험과 기회를 주고 이를 통해 우리의 성공적인 미래를 위해 노력합니다. 학교의 50가지가 넘는 과목들 중에 저는 영어, 수학, 과학, 음악, 그래픽, 드라마, 댄스, 경제, 스페인어, 역사, 고전 문학, 사회학과 체육을 공부했습니다. 학교 규모가 큰 만큼 과목 선택 폭이 넓어서 다양한 과목들을 공부할 수 있었고, 학년이 올라가면서 제가 더 공부하고 싶고 흥미있는 과목들로 좁힐 수 있었습니다. 학교의 이런 좋은 학업적인 면과 더불어 학교에서는 수 많은 예술, 스포츠, 문화활동들도 왕성하게 이루어 지고 있습니다. 올 초에 저는 학교뮤지컬의 주연으로 잊지 못할 추억과 경험을 쌓았습니다. 실력 좋으신 학교디렉터들로부터 배우로서 많은 것을 배우고 또 뮤지컬을 통해 무대경험도 많이 쌓을 수 있었던, 뜻 깊은 경험이었습니다. 우리 학교에서는 각 분야에 유능한 선생님들께서 학생들이 하고자 하는 일에 적극적으로 밀어 주시고 키워주십니다. 저는 랑기토토 칼리지가 학생들의 멋진 발전과 미래를 위해 최선을 다하는 학교로서 뉴질랜드 최고의 고등학교라고 생각합니다. 항상 격려해주고 따뜻하고 친근한 분위기를 만들어주는 선생님들, 친구들, 학교관계자분들께 감사의 말씀을 드립니다. 지금까지 랑기토토 칼리지가 안겨준 놀라운 경험들, 평생 잊지 못 할 겁니다.