Sacred Heart College International Students Newsletter

International Student Newsletter - Term 3 2015

9 September 2013

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Agents

Season’s greetings from Sacred Heart College Auckland. With the days getting longer, weather warmer, and flowers blossom, the spring is definitely in the air.

At the start of Term 3, we welcomed 10 new boys to our Sacred Heart family. We are pleased to see the positive attitude shown among them and always amazed how quickly they have adapted to new school and settled. A huge thank you to Mrs Whineray also to our homestay families who continue to provide a safe and caring environment to our boys. From our experience we all know being happy at host family will definitely help them do well at school.  
Recently at a school assembly our Deputy Principal Mr. Pepping emphasised the importance for the Years 11-13 students to focus on academic study, as they will soon sit the school examinations on the 1st day of Term 4 they are back, and then go into the end of year NCEA External Exams 3 weeks after. It is crucial that the seniors reflect on what needs to be done in the coming weeks and seek any necessary support from teachers. We hope all our International Students well prepare their studies during the term break, and achieve good results.  

Sacred Heart College campus in the spring.


International Students Rugby Tournament

Studying in Sacred Heart College has provided some very exciting opportunities for our International Students, but when it comes to Rugby, a sport with a proud tradition at SHC, the general feeling among them is often “that’s not for me.” Well in 2015 with a new crop of international boys taking part in the International Student Rugby Tournament (watch our video), this has all become history.

As part of a plan to grow the participation of International Students at college sports, students from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Spain, France, New Caledonia, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji come together and form an International Student Rugby team. Managed by Ms Hooker, the International Student Dean, the boys started with a range of training sessions on a weekly basis. For many of them, it was their first experience of the game, but with tireless promotion and encouragement from staff, the game has rooted strongly and the boys are all enjoying it.
“It was pleasing to see the students so willing to learn and get involved. We always look at ways to grow the team among our International boys and run a tournament with other schools." said Ms Hooker. Thanks to Mr Haden for reffing, Mr Plamus for coaching and Mrs Spence for her tireless promotion and logistics, the College held two International Students Rugby tournaments at the end of Term 2 and mid Term 3. Students from Glendowie College and our sister school Baradene College also came to play and support the players. There was a fantastic display of talent for the 5-a-side tackle game, as well as the full contact 5-a-side rugby game which saw the boys fearless and ruthless, tackling everything that moved. Excuses such as vision impairment, size differences and fatigue were quickly forgotten and the boys played strong and aggressive games for their teachers and fellow school mates in these games. There were some beginners who were enthusiastic in running ahead and calling for the ball then wondering why they couldn’t get a pass and the more experienced showing off their skills with some wrapping and cutting. They were a pleasure to coach, watch and referee and Ms Hooker certainly has a plan to get more International Students from other schools to be involved and encouraged to join our next tournament in 2016.
International Students Rugby Tournament at term 3

International Boys leaving marks at KBB Music Festival

Since 1983, the KBB Music Festival has attracted many of New Zealand’s finest young musicians performing in secondary school orchestras, concert bands, jazz bands and chamber orchestras and been showcasing the best in secondary schools from Auckland region. This year a large number of International Students involved themselves in the College’s String Group, Intermediate and Senior Concert Band, and represented the College at the Festival for their outstanding performance.

The SHC String Group competed in the orchestral section of the KBB with 5 International students. As reported by Mrs Ferens, the Head of Music Department, the boys played very well and they couldn’t have played any better!  They presented themselves superbly and with marvellous strong leadership from Photon Lee played with great accuracy, discipline, style and heart. The boys’ behaviour was excellent and they thoroughly enjoyed hearing performing from some other schools.

The Senior Concert Band also played very well. The skills required to perform in the events of this nature require personal dedication, time as well as musical understanding and social responsibility working with other students and musical staff. Their performances were very exciting and they captured the real heart, rhythms and style of their music. The standard for Concert Bands is very high and the boys behaviour was excellent.

Both the String Group and Senior Concert Band won a Bronze Award at the end, well done!
Haoran Wang, Robin Chiang, Photon Lee, Alex Arbus, Ryan Wei, Pavel Xiong featured in photos.

Old Boy Toya Hirokawa speaks at Term 3 birthday celebration

International Students at Sacred Heart College have the opportunities to celebrate their birthdays every term with their peers and International Department staff. This term we invited Toya Hirokawa, one of our Old Boys from Japan to come to celebrate with the boys and speak to all our International Students.

Toya was an outstanding International Student when he studied at Sacred Heart College between 2012 and 2014 and was a recipient of Dunningham Cup for the most outstanding International Student. Admitted into Keio University in Yokohama, one of the very top universities in Japan, Toya is going to major in Environmental Management and is very excited about the opportunities over there for the years ahead. In his speech to the boys, Toya talked about his time at SHC and how he was involved in Sport, Social activities, English Learning, and making most of his time at SHC Hostel. He emphasised to the boys the importance of having personal goals and dreams, and advised on the strategies of realising these goals. We would like to wish Toya all the very best for his university study and certainly look forward to seeing him back to Sacred Heart again in the future.
Old Boy Toya Hirokawa speaks to all International Students at Term 3 birthday celebration

From the desk of Mrs Whineray, Homestay & Welfare Cordinator

Our Homestay & Welfare Coordinator, Mrs Marie Whineray, has been out and about this term visiting some of our host families and it has been wonderful to receive feedback from her on how the boys are doing at home.

At Sacred Heart College we are very fortunate to have many caring homestay families, who help make the transition to a new country and culture a warm and positive experience for our students. We encourage new students to make an effort to spend time getting to know their new families, and to participate in family life and activities. The benefits can be a rewarding experience for both the boys and their families. 

Homestay mother Shelley pictured here with her two homestay students Penghao and Changyang prior to leaving for the annual Year 13 Sacred heart College school ball, and the boys with their lovely dates.  Shelley organised a small pre-ball snacks and refreshments, and ordered the corsages for their dates. She was very proud of her two handsome young men

Ben and Nadine host two students, Dongseon from South Korea and Rato from China. For Rato’s birthday all the family went to a Chinese restaurant for a Hotpot dinner, a local dish from Rato’s home area. The boys feel very much part of the family, and enjoy the support and care of their host family. Dongseon is a senior who attends a Korean Academy in the evenings for additional tuition, and Rato enjoys weekend activities like skateboarding and park tours.
 Gabriella and Manuel also host two students, Haoxi from China and Genzui from Japan. The students were very fortunate to be included in their family holiday, and enjoyed a week exploring Taupo and Rotorua. When Haoxi’s mother visited she was invited to spend an evening with all the family. She returned to China feeling very happy and confident that her son is enjoying his time here, and is very well cared for by Gabriella and her husband, and is achieving well in his studies at school. Haoxi was finding it difficult with weekend transport, so has purchased a bicycle to make commuting to his friends and activities easier. He attends a local community church, and has joined an archery club in the weekends. Genzui enjoys playing rugby after school and weekend games, and has a personal tutor come to his homestay for additional English lessons.” 

Term 4 and 2016 Term Dates

Term 4 starts on Monday 12 October and will end on Tuesday 8 December. Senior students (Years 11-13) will go on their study leave 3 weeks after the term starts to prepare for their end of year external examinations. The Year 10 students will start their Year 11 course in the last 4 weeks so that they have a good start of the course before heading to the Christmas and New Year holiday.

2016 Term dates:
Term 1: Tuesday 2 February – Friday 15 April        Term 2: Monday 2 May – Friday 8 July
Term 3: Monday 25 July – Friday 23 September    Term 4: Monday 10 October – Tuesday 6 December 


Enrolments for 2016

Places are available at all levels from Years 9 -13. For students who are thinking of coming as an International Boarder, we have limited places available. Demands for Sacred Heart College Hostel are high,  so it is wise to apply early to avoid being missed out. For more information on how to apply for a place in Sacred Heart College and SHC Hostel, please visit our website to download the latest application forms and fee information. 

Why Sacred Heart College

  • With a history 112 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 homestay 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, and a new 1500-seat auditorium;
  • 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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