St Peter’s College International Department

Posted Wednesday September 23, 2020

Time lengths can vary for a week or longer. There is a weekly homestay payment made to the hosting family as well as an additional activity payment for the Summer Holiday period. This is a time to share a special part of your Summer with some of our ten International Students.

For more information contact Nikki Cunningham (03) 208 9060 or

Hi, my name is Ophelia. I am 13 years old and I come from Hong Kong. My favorite subject is Maths, but sadly I am not good at it. I have been in New Zealand for one year. I am in New Zealand for study. My parents picked Gore because it is safe, and the people are kind. 2020 has been a challenging year for me. The hardest thing for me has been Covid 19 because I can’t go home and probably can't go until next year. It's hard being so far away from my family. Another challenge for me was lock down. I spent the whole time at the hostel. It was hard not seeing my kiwi friends. 2020 has also had some good things. I made a lot of new friends. I started playing hockey and I really enjoyed it. I also did my first hunting trip at my friend Chanelle's house. It was a lot of fun. I am looking forward to my Kiwi summer holiday because it will be my first summer holiday in New Zealand, I am looking forward to swimming at the beach and having some vanilla ice cream.
Hopefully in 2021 everything will be alright, and I can go home.
Hi my name is Batt Othavorn and I’m from Thailand. I am studying at St Peter’s College in Year 10. My parents picked New Zealand as they thought it would be a great place to improve my English. I have also improved my confidence which has helped me be part of this community. I love Gore because it's very peaceful and there are lots of activities to do.
2020 has been challenging because of Covid and we had to go in to lock down. I was expecting to go home in July to see my family, but I couldn’t; now I cannot go home, so this makes it hard.
I'm looking forward to spending time with a host family and friends during the summer. I love to play sports such as basketball. I'm looking forward to barbeques and I'd also like to have a go at waterskiing. I hope in 2021 I will continue to enjoy myself and do well at school.


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