STUDENT STORIES

MAURIZIO BINDA SAFFON, Venezuela

So, how do I go about this…?
Without a shadow of doubt, I feel immensely sad about leaving Pakuranga College and its students. These three months have definitely been something I hadn’t expected when I first set out to New Zealand. For one, I never thought that I was going to be received with such overwhelming warmth by both the staff and the alumni, nor did I think I would experience such an amount of personal growth, and not for a second did I expect to be this sad of leaving the school. Because all that happened.

 

The amount of dedication, effort and care that everyone puts into both the classes and their social aspects is something I’ve come across only once in my life, and everyone is willing to help you with no strings attached to it. Even in the grey days of winter people wore smiles regardless, and they were infectious,  for I found myself smiling more often than I had in the months before I came here. Academically, the school is thorough but doesn’t punish mistakes, and I found myself learning something new every day, be it from the teachers inside the classes or from both the students and the teachers outside of them. I want to thank the people who made this experience possible: my agents at Study Union (I love you Carlos!); my parents, whom I thank from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to do something this crazy and for such an extended period of time; the students of Pakuranga College who, be being themselves,  made everything so much more enjoyable; the teachers, who with their unrelenting assault of dad jokes, puns and funny anecdotes always made me leave the classroom with a smile; and the folks at the International Office, whose endeavours ensured that my stay here was indeed a happy one. Words really cannot express my feelings of gratitude towards all the mentioned parties.

 

Should anyone be looking for a school I’d recommend, and should they be in my same situation, then I’d say Pakuranga College without delay or a second thought.

ANNICK STIERLI, Switzerland

I had a wonderful time here, and the school was a big part of it.  Everyone saw me as a member of the “team” even when I was an international student staying half a year. That was what made me happy.  The enthusiasm that the teachers put into their lessons, the coaches put into their teams and the ladies of the international office put into our wellbeing, was amazing!  Pakuranga College for me was better than I ever thought possible!

PABLO LEGEWIE, Germany

It was an absolutely amazing experience to live a part of my life in a completely different country!   During this whole year, I have made a lot of new friends, seen amazing places and absolutely enjoyed my time here. I don’t think there has been a single moment I have wished not to be here. All in all it was an awesome experience!

MATEO SABAG CHAIN, Bolivia

Pakuranga College gave me the opportunity to meet some really nice people that I will definitely miss. I went on incredible trips and school activities and especially enjoyed my Outdoor Education class and the great activities we took part in. Teachers and staff were always helpful and friendly and made me feel so happy in this environment.

MARIA PATERNINA MORA, Colombia

This school gave me many opportunities and made me feel at home. I enjoyed many activities such as football, dance and drama plus I enjoyed the school talent show and the school production.  I enjoyed lots of things that I could not have done at home in Colombia and I would like to have spent more time at this school!

FELIX SCHMIDT, Germany

My decision to spend my year abroad at Pakuranga College was one of the best decisions I have ever made! The basic reason why I wanted to do a year abroad was to improve my English. Through my experience here, I realised that this is not the most important thing you learn while being away from your home country. This is because you don’t only become fluent in a second language, but you also get to know yourself better, and you become more mature in general as a person.  I joined the school 1st Xl hockey team which helped me meet more people and feel comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings.

I will never ever forget probably the most important journey of my life.

VALENTINA LEAL, Colombia

Pakuranga College is an awesome school!

The people are nice and my teachers were kind and patient with me. You really get to connect with them.  The international office treat you like their own child which is really cool because when you are away from home you kind of need that warmth sometimes.  I wish I could have stayed longer than 6 months and graduated from here, but, oh well, at least I had this experience which made me so happy!  I will miss you all!

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