Sacred Heart College International Students Newsletter

Sacred Heart College International Student Newsletter - Term 1, 2017

16 March 2017

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Agents

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2017 and a warm welcome extends to all new International Students. In the first week a comprehensive, age appropriate Orientation Programme was provided for new students to familiarise with their new school and new learning environment. It is pleasing to see most of new boys have settled well given the overwhelming culture differences and challenges they faced. One of the strengths of Sacred Heart College is that its Catholic, Marist and Champagnat values create a very friendly and caring family atmosphere, in which our students are welcomed like a family member, and they get to know each other easily and support each other.

New staff and students are welcomed in a traditional Powhiri welcoming ceremony. 

2016 Academic Results

The College is very pleased to announce the results from the 2016 NCEA and Scholarship Exams.
NCEA and Scholarships 
The table below shows how the College compares against National comparisons and other decile 8-10 schools for pass rates for NCEA Levels 1-3, and University Entrance. All results are 'Participation based'. The College is also very pleased to see that 26 Scholarships were gained by Sacred Heart students last year. 

  2016 Sacred Heart College 2016 National Average 2016 Decile 8-10 Schools
NCEA Level 1 98.1% 85.1% 91.4%
NCEA Level 2 98% 88.9% 93.1%
NCEA Level 3 95.5% 82.1% 88.1%
University Entrance 78.3% 61.3% 75.5%

Once again the NCEA Results for our International Students were very pleasing. They achieved 91.6%, 100%, 87.5% pass rates in NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3, and 87.5% for University Entrance.  It is a great credit to our students that their results are well above national average. Congratulation particularly goes to Haoxi Tan who gained NCEA Level 2 with Excellence Endorsement.

Haoxi Tan (middle), gained NCEA Level 2 with Excellence Endorsement, at the College's Scholarship Assembly

Parent Portal and Reporting

It is our endeavor to ensure that parents are well aware of the progress of their sons at the College, so this is a timely reminder that your students' progress is accessible through the College's parent portal. In this way you will receive regular feedback. A wide range of information are also available for you including: Daily Notices, Timetable, Attendance, Reports and NCEA Summary. The Parent Portal is password protected and they are sent from school to parents directly after your students have started at Sacred Heart. If you haven’t received your login and password and would like them sent to you, please contact Mrs Wrigley at

There are also some minor changes this year to reporting in light of the introduction of Weekly Notes and a wider review of reporting across different year levels. In a snapshot you will get these reports sent to you by the College:
Term 1: Weekly Notes for Year 9, 10, 11; Progress Report for Year 7-8, and 12-13;
Term 2: Weekly Notes for Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; No full report for Year 9-11, Full Report for Year 12-13 with written comments and assessment grades;
Term 3: Weekly Notes for Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; Full Report for Year 11-13 with written comments and assessment grades;
Term 4: Weekly Notes for Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; Assessment grades for end of year exams for Year 11-13; Full Report for Year 7-10 with written comments, assessment and end of year exam grades;
Parent/teacher interviews this year are scheduled on 26 June (students surname A-L), and 3 July (students surname M-Z) from 3:30pm to 7:30pm. The College office will be emailing information on registration in term 2.

International Student Committee 2017

The election for our new International Student Committee 2017 wasn't an easy one as there were 8 boys in total who put up their hands and wanted the job! We were really impressed to see quality CV presented and the candidates lobbied very hard to get their peers to vote for them.  The 2017 newly elected International Student Committee includes these boys:  Year 13 -Ryan Wei and Jason Li; Year 12 - Kyunam Kim and JongHyun Ahn. The boys have already been busy helping International Department organise various events and activities. They will also liaise and collaborate with 2 school Prefects assigned by the College for International Students. We look forward to witnessing their leadership, organisational skills, and hands-on experiences in a wide range of activities, and another exciting year.  

From left: Ryan Wei, Jason Li, JongHyun Ahn, Kyunam Kim. 


Study Centre 2017 and Math Clinic

This year the Study Centre is open from 3.30- 4.30pm Monday to Thursday. Each day the centre is staffed by teachers specialised in different subjects, who are there to provide supervision and assistance where required. It is highly recommended that International Students take advantage of what the Centre has to offer, as it is free, and they can work in the area that best suits their needs. It is open to all students from Year 7 through to Year 13, everyone is welcome. The Math Department also runs a Math Clinic for all students who might require extra help in their math studies. Maths Clinic is on Wednesday Lunchtimes in K13, all International Students are encouraged to bring along any work they require extra help with, or may come and do their homework.

Overseas Visitor 

Mr Kinoshita, a teacher from Osaka Meisei Gakuen High School, visited Sacred Heart College recently and his two students Ryoma Fujimoto and Koki Takahashi. Meisei Gakuen High School is a top Catholic boys school in Japan that shares many common values and philosophy with Sacred Heart College. It is pleasing to see Mr Kinoshita was very happy seeing his students doing well and well looked after by the College, particularly how happy and settled they were with their host families. Both boys have integrated well and enjoy their time with host families. They have also shown independence using transport system to visit a friend in weekend.

Mr Kinoshita with his students Ryoma Fujimoto and koki Takahashi from Meisei Gakuen High School 

From the Desk of Mrs Whineray - Homestay & Welfare Coordinator

We started the year off with an induction day and morning tea for new students, and the ISC (International Student Committee) organised a very popular lunch for all the International boys; chicken wings, pizza and hot chips! At the lunch the ISC members spoke about how they saw their roles, to offer help to all the boys, and to organise events to get everyone involved and integrated into school life and activities. To kick things off we had a compulsory after school sports afternoon that was organised and run by the ISC members. This was so that the boys could get to know each other and help to form friendships with other new students. The boys were divided into teams, some playing football and others baseball. There was a spirit of competition but mostly fun! Some boys were playing for the first time and it was great to see them not be shy, and to have a go!
The first weekend activity was our annual Fun Sports/Swim BBQ at school. The ISC organised the menu, shopped and budgeted for the BBQ. It was lovely to see all the boys involved in the setting up, cooking and cleaning up afterwards. Everyone was keen to help. The pool proved to be very popular, a great opportunity to cool off and have some fun! Our International boys enjoyed basketball, tennis and football. A very fun day for everyone! 
Term 1 Fun Sports/Swim BBQ day. 

Swimming Competition and Twilight Athletics Day

Two important annual events - Swimming Competition and Twilight Athletics Day went successfully this year and highlighted the spirits of Sacred Heart College as a Marist Champagnat Catholic school.  International boys participated well at both events. In particular, Masatsugu Takaki a Year 12 student from Japan came the 3rd in the Championship swimming in his year group; and Felix Huang, a new Year 9 boy from China who made into the 100 Meters semi-final and 1500 Meters final. It is where the whole school come together to create an atmosphere of team work and for boys to aim high. These pictures record some of the fine moments that the International students had.

Social Media for Sacred Heart College International Students

The popularity of our social media platform continues to grow. Apart from Sacred Heart College International Student Facebook page, We have also created our social media accounts in WECHAT (微信ID: shc1903) and LINE (ID: shc1903) which are two very popular social media in countries like China, Thailand and Japan. These social media accounts are great places to keep our overseas parents and agents updated on what’s happening to their boys at the College. Thanks to the tireless efforts from our staff, those pictures, videos and stories placed in our social media are really wonderful reflections on the daily lives of our students,their achievements, and their sense of belongs to the College and communities. We encourage parents, guardians and agents to join in and support us.

Auckland again one of most liveable cities in the world

Auckland once again has been rated the third best city in the world in a survey measuring quality of life. The 2017 annual report by recruitment consultancy firm Mercer looked at 450 cities around the world, and considered factors including a city's political stability, crime levels, economic environment, personal and cultural freedom, health services, standard of education, transportation, housing and environment. International students are lucky to live in such a world class city, as it illustrates a stable and safe society, beautiful scenery, quality education and lifestyle choices that are particularly appealing to the younger generation.

International Students Enrollment for 2017-2018

A couple of places are still available for 2017, and we are taking applications for 2018 at all levels now. Demands for both Sacred Heart College and SHC Hostel are high,  so we highly recommend anyone interested to apply early to avoid missing out. For more information on how to apply for a place at Sacred Heart College and SHC Hostel, visit our website to download the latest application forms and fee information. 

Why Sacred Heart College

  • With a history 114 years, Sacred Heart College is one of New Zealand's leading Catholic boys' schools with outstanding performance in academia, sports, music and cultural activities.;
  • International Students have the choices of living with a SHC homestay family or boarding at an onsite hostel catering for 170 boarders; 
  • Located on a magnificent site of 24 hectares of park-like grounds, only 20 minutes' drive from Auckland city centre;
  • Equipped with impressive facilities which include 9 sports fields, 6 teaching buildings, a state of the art technology block, 3 swimming pools, a large gymnasium, modern computer laboratories, a comprehensive library, a 1500-seat auditorium, and a brand new School of Imagination for Performing Art and Music;
  • NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 pass rates and excellence rates are consistently among the highest nationally for boys' schools; A large number of students gain NCEA scholarships each year in their chosen subjects and are accepted into top universities both in New Zealand and overseas;
  • Sacred Heart Sports Institute leads the development of top-level participation in six key sports: Cricket, Football, Rugby, Water Polo, Rowing and Tennis, and identifies and develops high-performing students who the College believes have the potential to become elite sportsmen.
  • A strong pastoral care system in the school, therefore our students are well looked after;

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Yours sincerely

Mr Ting Xu
Director of International Students

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