Translated School Profile - German - .pdf

 

Andreas from Germany:

 

My Time at Rangiora High School

 

I was very excited on the days just before I came to New Zealand. It was a very strange feeling leaving home, my family and my friends for one year to go to somewhere I have never been to. Of course, the organization I went with gave me piles of brochures and much advice on how to behave, what to do and how to “fit in”. And I had a few books about New Zealand so I had a pretty good idea where I was going to spend the next year. But still, I was nervous.

 

Saying good-bye to my family was hard but not as hard as I thought it would be. Then, after a seemingly endless flight, I arrived in Christchurch and was picked up by my homestay family. They were very nice and I got on well with them. Everything felt very strange. It looked quite European but somehow different. Also, I arrived in New Zealand in July, which means I arrived in the middle of winter. However, very soon I found out that people and daily life in New Zealand were not actually all that different from good old Germany. So I did not experience any culture shock. Even the large time difference did not seem to bother me.

 

Then came the big moment. The first day of school!!! All new international students were welcomed at school by Sue Anderson, who is the director of international students and Julia Arden who is the homestay coordinator. They were really nice and told us many useful things about life in New Zealand and at Rangiora High School. It was great to meet the people whose job it is to look after our welfare. They really try very hard to help us international students with all possible problems.

 

One such problem arose when I had to change homestay families. Unfortunately, I did not get on too well with my first homestay. However, Julia Arden found me a new family and I was soon able to move. My new family was absolutely brilliant and we really got on well with each other.

 

School life at Rangiora High School was very different than what I have been used to in Germany. Everybody was wearing a school uniform and we were all in houses, just like Harry Potter.

Teachers were in general much friendlier than in Germany. They were much more keen to help and were not as authoritarian as their German colleagues. The whole class room atmosphere was therefore much more relaxed and not as strict.

Also, the New Zealand students were really nice and it was quite easy to make friends.

 

One highlight was definitely the Outdoor Adventure Programme. This is organized by Sue Anderson and is a great way to experience New Zealand. Every second week we went out on a little trip. The activities ranged from mountain biking, windsurfing and tramping to things like caving! It was simply amazing. On top of these day trips once every term Ms Anderson took us on trips further away, like the West Coast or Nelson.

 

After I had been to New Zealand for more than half a year I decided to finish school at Rangiora High. This meant having to start working again and it really made me appreciate the great teachers I had and how much better Rangiora High School was than my old German school.

 

Going to Rangiora was a life-changing and fantastic decision and I can recommend Rangiora High School to anyone.

 

 

Nicola

 

Hallo ihr Lieben,

Mein Name ist Nicola Coens und ich habe die letzten neun Monate in Rangiora verbracht. Rangiora ist ein kleines nettes Staetchen,mit einem super netten Cafe namens Coffee Culture, in dem ich Stunden mit meinen Leuten verbracht habe J. Dort bin ich auf die Highschool gegangen und es war einfach eine super, interessante und faszinierende Zeit, die viel zu schnell vergangen ist!

An Rangiora Highschool wird einem das Leben sehr einfach und lustig gestaltet. Eine Hauptperson die dies fuer uns Internationals moeglich macht ist Sue Anderson! Zu ihr kann man immer kommen, wenn man Kummer oder Sorgen hat, sie organisiert auch verschiedene Trips fuer uns, wie zum Beispiel: Adrenalien Forest\High ropes, den Westcoast trip, Nelsontrip, Dunedin\Mt Cook Trip, Schwimmen mit Delfinen in Akaroa, Antarcic Center und viele andere Sachen.Die Aktivitaeten verlaufen immer genial, auf dem Rueckweg danach wird meistens an einem Eisverkaeufer gestoppt, der super leckeres selbst-gemachet Eisverkauft! Auf jeden Fall probieren!!!! Sue weiss halt immer wie sie uns gluecklich machen kann J. Sie ist die gute Seele der Schule!

Auch die anderen Lehrer sind wesentlich freundlich und gelassener als in Deutschland. Das Schulsystem mit den sechs verschiedenen Haeusern (Hillary, Sheppard, Nata, Lydiard, Rutherford, und Mansfield) ist eine super Abwechslung, so gibt es unter dem Jahr Wettkaempfe zwischen den verschieden Haeusern, in Sport und Gesang.

Ihr solltet euch auf jeden Fall in ein Sportteam integrieren! Es gibt zum Beispiel ein Maedchen Fussball Team,( bei den Jungs bin ich mir da nicht so sicher), ein Volleyballteam, ein Basketballteam und ein Rugbyteam. Ich habe im Rugbyteam der Maedchen mitgespielt, es war super! Erstens habe ich schnell neuen Anschluss gefunden und eine neue Sportart gelernt! Es ist eine super Sportart um Aggressionen loszuwerden :D !!!!

Auch die verschiedene Faecherwahl ist echt gut!! So bin ich mit meiner PE Klasse fuer eine Woche kayaken geganen!! Super anstrengen aber echt genial!!!

Fuer uns wurde auch Reiten organisiert. So sind wir einmal in der Woche nach Lobourn zu Alistar und Eline gefahren die eine eigene kleine Reitschule haben. Ich hatte Glueck, denn Eline und Alistar haben mir angeboten dass ich auch gerne am Wochenende zum Reiten kommen koennte, das war fuer mich total toll da ich ein richtiger Pferdenarr bin und meine Reiterrei schon ein wenig vermisst hatte. Klar konnten die Pferde dort nicht mein Pony von daheim ersetzen aber immerhin hatte ich etwas zu reiten.

So was gibt es sonst noch zusagen? Geniesst eure Zeit genau wie ich und falls ihr irgendwelche Fragen habt koennt ihr euch gerne bei mir melden: n_coens@web.de

Ich wuensche euch nur das Beste

Nicola

 

Lena and Julia from Gemany

 

Kia ora Koutou / Hallo,LenaandJulia

 

Wir sind Lena & Jule und in Neuseeland auf der Rangiora High School. Im Februar 2007 hatten wir uns gemeinsam auf die lange Reise hierher gemacht und nun neigt sich unsere Zeit schon wieder dem Ende. Bereits 2 Tage nach unserer

Ankunft (extreme Yetlack J) mussten wir schon yur Schule; Faehcer waehlen, Uniform kaufen, Schulrundgang…alles gaaaar nicht soo leicht….

Allein schon die Faecher sind ein Thema fuer sich. Es gibt eine riesige Auswahl, aber man muss auch einiges bei der Wahl beachten…das werdet ihr hier aber sehr schnell verstehen. Unsere Faecher:

 

Lena:LenaandJulia2

Englisch – mit anderen kiwistudents (normal)

P.E. – sehr akademisch orientiert (viel Theorie und extreme viel Praxis)

Food – wenig Theorie und wir haben SEHR viel gekocht

Art – viel Zeichnen

Drama – zum Kontaktknuepfen toll geeignet

Mathe – Fortgeschrittenenkurs (in den Normalkursen macht ihr meistens Sachen, die ihr in Deutschland schon vor langer Zeit hattet, aber in diesem Kurs geht es einigermassen)

 

Jule:

Englisch – fuer international students (ganz toll zur Vokabelerweiterung und schriftliche Weiterentwicklung)

Classics – klassische Geschichte, total interessant und an deutschem Standart anlehnend und man kann sich im schriftlichen verbessern, indem man viele Essays schreiben)

Maori – einzelne Internationalklasse, geht anschneidend in verschiedene Bereiche der Kultur

Drama - siehe Lena

Food - siehe Lena

Languages – Spanish, Japanisch, Deutsch und Franzoesich

Mit diesen Faechern zu enden hat uns einige Zeit gebraucht….wir haben des oefteren mal getauscht. All in all, die Schule ist echt riesig….es gibt total viele kleine Gebaeude, auf einem Gelaende von 49 Hektar verteilt (Schulfarm etc eingeschlossenen).

Kleiner Ratschlag am Rande, guckt euch den Plan der Schule sehr genau an bevor ihr einen Raum sucht, denn Schulplaene lesen soll gelernt sein… Wir haben es fertig gebracht mitten auf dem Sportplatz nach unserer Matheklasse zu suchen, weil wir nicht mitbekommen haben, dass unser Raum in einem der 2ten Stockwerke sein sollte J

Man kann auch sehr vielen Sportarten nachgehen, allerdings sind diese oftmals in den Pausen oder mittwochs in der letzten Stunde. Wenn ihr einen Team spielen wollt, geht gleich zu eurem Formteacher und holt euch die notwendigen Informationen, denn Teams werden schnell gebildet.

Jeder Schultag hat 5 Periods, je 60 Minuten lang, und 2 grosse Pausen. Es gibt allerdings keine kleinen Pausen zwischen den Stunden. Nach der zweiten Sunde ist Interval und nach der vierten ist Lunchtime…die ist sowieso der Hammer….

 

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Freunde treffen

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Spass, Spiele, Lachen J

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Cantine – Riceballs (muesst ihr probieren)

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“ersthafte” Gespraeche fuehren oder nur rumalbern….mit den Kiwis ist fast alles moeglich….haha

 

Ihr werdet euch hier schnell einleben am Ende wollt ihr gar nicht mehr weg….eine von uns(Lena) hat jetzt sogar schon beschlossen aus einem halben jahr ein ganzes zu machen. Falls ihr zu irgendwelchen Punkten Fragen habt, oder nicht wisst was ihr mitnehmen solltet, schreibt uns einfach…..

Lot’s of love

 

Jule and Lena

 

P.S.: Wer Schuluniform tragen muss, sollte sich ein paar voll Schwarz Schuhe mitbringen, die weder Markenzeichen noch andersfarbige Streifen haben, da sind sie hier sehr streng mit….

 

 

Fee from Germany

 

You’re interested in coming to Rangiora High School as an exchange student? Good on you, because I’m here for the year and it has been the most amazing time of my life!

 

Outgoing, lively people, who are keen on outdoor activities such as surfing, snowboarding, rock climbing, horse riding and much, much more, that’s what Rangiora High School is looking for. If you’re a party-bee only dreaming about drinking and partying, I won’t think Rangiora, which is in the middle of beautiful New Zealand landscape, is the right choice for you.

 

Well, it was surely the right choice for me!

 

My name is Felicitas Rahders and I’m a 17 year-old German exchange student from Krefeld (that‘s near Duesseldorf or Cologne for those who have no idea where it is). I’ve been in Rangiora since the 10 July 2007 and I’ll leave on the 7 July 2008.

 

I live not far from the school, in fact it takes me 15 minutes walking to get there.

 

When I first got the information sheet about my New Zealand home, I was honestly disappointed…

 

I had told my organisation I definitely wanted to live on a farm with horses (for I’m a very keen rider!) and a lot of little host siblings. And now they were sending me to a middle-aged couple with another host student…

 

But they turned out to be the best host family I could have ever dreamed of, I mean it!

 

Although they are not that old in age (50 and 53) my host parents are grandparents for six grandchildren from four of their five children. Not living at home anymore almost all of them drop in regularly with their children and I can say I finally got my little host siblings I had wanted (actually even more than I could imagine).

 

My host parents decided to take two international students at a time, therefore I was given two lovely Japanese sisters throughout my year exchange.

 

Thanks to them I also got to know the Japanese culture. My sisters told me a lot about their traditions, daily lifestyle and food, so I learned to make Sushi and how to eat with chopsticks (although I still struggle). Furthermore I’m invited to visit my first host sister in Japan at some stage, so there’s no need to tell you where I am going to spend my next holidays, is there?

 

Our host parents took us to uncountable events and showed us around the South Island. We’ve been included in their family as their own children and we’ve had a lot of fun together.

 

Not living on a farm (which normally includes a lot of work and usually longer rides to town) gave me the freedom to do all other things. There was no trouble to drop into town quickly, visit friends easily and come straight home after school within 10-15 minutes.

 

Anyway, my life in New Zealand has been very busy from the moment I got in the plane in Germany. School keeps me busy with all sorts of things and it is not only homework, I can assure you!

 

School goes virtually the whole day from 8.40am to 3.20pm. Every lesson is 60 minutes long and is called a “period”. All the students are divided up into houses (yes, like “Harry Potter”) and form classes.

 

A school day:

 

Starting off with “Form time” at 8.40am, your form teacher reads the “bulletin”, that gives daily information about things going on at school and chats a little to make sure everybody is happy at RHS.

 

At 9.00am you go to periods 1 and 2, followed by a 25 minute break at 11.00am.

 

Periods 3 and 4 keep you busy until lunch time at 1.25pm, where you chill out with your friends and have something to eat.

 

During the breaks you’re welcome to use the library, that provides a wide range of great books and DVDs! You might also end up running around the school grounds trying to find certain teachers you need to talk to or going to meetings.

 

The last period goes from 2.20pm until 3.20pm, when everybody longs to go home. But if you’re participating in some sports or musical activities, that’s when they start, after school.

 

At the end of the day you’re normally so nackered, that you’ve just got time to eat some dinner and afterwards your bed starts to look quite inviting.

 

The subject choice is so big it’s not funny anymore! It’s hard to choose from such a cool variety from Maori, French, tourism, physics, over photography, drama, sport and economics to agriculture, equestrian and farming.

 

A must take is the Year 13 Outdoor Pursuit class, which includes all the outdoor activities a real Kiwi is not allowed to miss! I learned to do the Kayak Roll for example, although it took quite a bit of courage to feel comfortable being stuck under water in an upside down kayak. This course is also great to make some friends, as lots of funny (and silly) games are played to feel relaxed within the group.

 

Not to forget are all the optional activities you can do: things like soccer and rugby, snowboarding/skying, dancing/choir/orchestra verse all the events organised by the school such as Stage Challenge, Musical Production, House activities, trips to other towns and so much more!

 

As an international student you will be going on trips with awesome Sue Andersen who is in charge of all the Internationals and who makes sure everything goes right for you at school. She’ll take you to the High Ropes Course in New Brighton, windsurfing at Sumner Beach, to the National Antarctic Centre in Christchurch and to the Hanmer walks and hot pools.

 

But outside school there is a lot you can get hooked up with, too.

 

With Rangiora being so close to the beaches and the mountains there are a lot of possibilities for weekend activities.

 

Surrounded by farmland I had no problems finding an opportunity to go horse riding. Once a week I’ve been biking to a lodge and have learned lots about horses ever since! I saw a foal being born (and made before), helped breaking in the young ones and training the problem cases and ended up racing in a cart around the track .

 

I tried new things like bungy jumping (best thrill ever!), tramping for three days, swimming with dolphins (absolutely breathtaking experience!) and snowboarding.

 

Of course my English has improved a lot and one of my friends told me talking to me made no difference to talking to one of her English friends. Isn’t that unbelievable?

 

Unfortunately homesickness is not to avoid, but whenever I felt miserable my Kiwi family supported me by cheering me up. But considering all these amazing things I tried to describe above, it’s worth it! And one year can go by extremely fast, I’ll tell you!

 

So what are you waiting for? Prepare yourself for the most exciting year of your life, come to Rangiora and you’ll hopefully enjoy your exchange as much as I did (and still do).

 

Life change guaranteed!!!

 

Yours, Fee

     
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