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Top Student on US Scholarship

Abigail Foster on US Scholarship

Abigail Foster applied for a scholarship as an exchange student after competing in the 'Language Perfect World Championship', which was made possible through Abigail's French class. Abigail required glowing references from her teachers to get her to the final 10 candidates. Also, an intense 3.5 hour interview with a co-ordinator from NZIIU who fund the scholarships, covering all the pro's and con's of six months away from home. Then a congratulations email arrived a few days later stating she had won a $4000 scholarship and would make a perfect candidate as an ambassador for NZIIU.

Abigail will head off to America next August to live with a host family for six months, and attend a High School as a Grade 11 student for a semester, to soak up all there is American from culture, food, religion, the education system and environment, experiencing the full-on American love for their annual holiday festivities such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years etc.

Abigail says: "A massive thank-you to NZIIU for this incredible opportunity, my French teacher Ms Jarbeau, Ms McLeod and Mr Tuisamoa for believing in me. What an adventure it will be – Abigail Foster."

Pacific Project (Muna Youth)

From the 3-19th of July, our senior Harim Kim attended the Pacific Project, a UN Youth annual trip that educates participants on New Zealand’s relationship with the Pacific. Harim was honoured to receive the opportunity to be selected as one of only ten students chosen to represent New Zealand at the UN Youth Australia’s National Conference held in Adelaide. Over the time Harim explored the theme of ‘The Future Democracy’ and had the chance to learn from experts in international relations, participate in interactive workshops, and formally debate at the Parliament House of South Australia.

In Vanuatu, Harim has visited the High Commission of New Zealand and was involved with the discussion of the current process of how it is informing and taking actions in representing New Zealand regarding current political, social, economic and especially current military events in Vanuatu. Harim has also visited the Parliament of Vanuatu meeting with Ralph Regenvanu the Minister of Lands and the Foreign Affairs Minister of Vanuatu. Harim has been discussing the democracy of Vanuatu, the parliament system and particularly the relationship between New Zealand and Vanuatu.

Additionally, the New Zealand delegations met with NGOs in Vanuatu such as the CARE International, discussing how they are helping the community and people regarding environmental as well as human rights issues. At the start of the year Harim has also been selected as a High School Ambassador of UN Youth at Waitakere College and her trip is one of the first steps to her future of international law and politics.



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Electric Nans Knit for NICU

A heartfelt thank you and massive kudos goes out to our electric nans of Waitakere College who together gathered 4 vests and 40 hats to be donated to the premature babies of Auckland hospitals. 

Over the last few weeks, staff members and parents have been knitting away like electric nans to help with the shortage of premature baby clothing across Auckland hospitals. Mrs Garner, Mrs Loveday, Ms Bonkowski, Miss and Mrs Powell, Mrs Hoye and Mrs Adams have all given their time, dedication and money into producing these beautiful items which no doubt will find their way to a grateful and deserving family. Thank you so much! - Ms Dingle

If any parents or whanau are happy to contribute further to this worthy cause, please contact Ms Dingle (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) who can supply patterns and is continuing to make hospital trips for deliveries.



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