Student Stories

Ryusei Kosaka, Japan

Year 13, International Student 2017 - 2018

Hi, I am Sei Kosaka. I stayed at OSC for two years. When I came here, I was so nervous I couldn’t even let as much food go through my throat. I had to put a lot of effort into getting accustomed to a new culture. For, example, everyone here had a completely different taste of humour to what I had having grown up in Japan. However, once I learnt how to go along with the different culture, I started hitting off with so many people in this school.

I think that getting to know other cultures and making yourself merge into them are superbly important. If you are an international student,I would suggest that you try yourself and make yourself out of your own community, because that way, it helps you learn English and cultures which are what I would suppose you came here for. I hope that you guys will understand this and challenge yourself.

Nam Khanh Vo Le, Viet Nam

Year 13, International Student, 2017-2018

Nam Kkhanh Vo Le, Viet Nam.png This is my fourth year in New Zealand and the second year in Ormiston Senior College where I am studying at the moment. The first impression I got when I landed on New Zealand is the traffic. Unlike Viet Nam, there weren’t a lot of motorbikes, instead, most of the traffic were cars and buses. In my opinion, comparing Ormiston Senior College to my previous school which is Massey High School, Ormiston is much better because of people, teachers and students. They are friendly and caring about each other. Moreover, Ormiston also has cultural events such as Oceania Evening or sports events such as Spirit World between orange and green which bring people together. Overall, Ormiston Senior College has a suitable environment for international students and native students.

Đây là năm thứ tư của tôi tại New Zealand, và năm thứ hai tại trường Ormiston, nơi tôi đang học vào lúc này. Ấn tượng đầu tiên tôi nhận được khi tôi đến New Zealand là giao thông. Không giống như Việt Nam, không có nhiều xe máy, thay vào đó, phần lớn giao thông là xe ô tô và xe buýt. Theo tôi, khi so sánh trường Ormiston với trường Massey, Ormiston tốt hơn vì mọi người, giáo viên và sinh viên. Họ rất thân thiện và quan tâm đến nhau. Hơn nữa, Ormiston cũng có các sự kiện văn hoá như buổi tối Châu Đại Dương hay các sự kiện thể thao như thế giới tinh thần giữa màu da cam và màu xanh lá cây mang lại cho mọi người cùng nhau. Nói chung, trường Ormiston có môi trường thích hợp cho sinh viên quốc tế và sinh viên bản xứ.

Nopparuj Yiamyongchai, Thailand

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Year 13, International Student, 2016-2018

This is my third year in Ormiston Senior College and my third year in New Zealand. My first impression of the country was the beautiful

weather. After I’ve met my homestay, I noticed that people were so friendly and I was going to be just fine.

Ormiston Senior College is a high school, this school has less students and smaller campus compared to others schools, because it’s is only for year 11-13 students. I really like this because teachers have better control of students. The fact that there weren’t too many students made the school feel like a close-knit community and seeing similar faces all the time helped me getting to know people really well.

My favourite part of learning in New Zealand is the freedom the teachers gave us to do whatever we want during study periods which prepare me for university. Overall, this school gave me all I need.



Sokchomroeun Kaing, Cambodia

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First thing first, I would like to appreciate all the Ormiston Senior College teachers for the delightful guidance throughout my senior journey. OSC has given me whole new experience in term of learning and socialization. I would say as an international student, the struggle is quite different from local students. My primary obstacle was language using. However, I feel grateful that the OSC teachers seem to precisely understand my obstacle, so they provide me with extra supports making sure I’m on the right track achieving my ambition. OSC also has me adapted to the new system of independent studying which will benefit and prepare me to a further education on a big stage in the foreseeable future. Moreover, all the OSC students are kind and supportive, and this is one the reasons behind why OSC is one of the New Zealand’s most forward-thinking senior high schools.

I would also love to say thank you to the particular teachers such as Ms. Lisa and Ms. Peters that have been behind my back helping me with all the immigrated application and marvellous advices. My learning advisor, Mrs. Sneddon, has played a big role in these two years to support and empathize me when there was the barriers. If you’re reading this Mrs. Sneddon, you’re the best LA, and I’ve pleased for your cares and support.

I’ve learnt heaps from Ormiston Senior College that’s helped me applying my explicit knowledge to see the world more broad and better. Again, my appreciation and love to all the OSC teachers and friends that have given me a warm cares through my high school’s journey in New Zealand. Thank you!

Sodtha Vann

Year 13 International Student, 2017 - 2018

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I transferred to Ormiston Senior College from Cambodia at the tail-end of my high school years so I wasn't able to be exposed to the school in all of its glory. Regardless, I enjoyed all the activities I've participated here in my two years, whether it being the action-packed Spirit Days or mixing some strange, sort of dangerous, solutions in Chemistry.

I can't stress enough how helpful all of the teachers and international staff have been and you could clearly tell that all they ever wanted was for you to succeed. This hardworking environment had a major positive impact on my study and I truly owe my success in school to this atmosphere that has been meticulously crafted and woven together by the teachers and staff. I have made a lot of friends and memories here, therefore OSC will always hold a special place in my heart and I won't trade that for anything else. Coming to OSC was a great choice and I'm delighted to say that I do not regret this decision at all.

Khiang Lim, Cambodia

Year 13, International Student, 2014-2016

Khiang Lim, CambodiaI was pretty nervous when I arrived in New Zealand for the first time by myself. I was all alone and had to adapt to a new environment to mature without my family. Life is hard without having parents by your side to help you survive, but this is the struggle that I need to pass through to become a better person.

I had a really great time when I first arrived in New Zealand because my LA advisor taught me lots of things, encouraged me and supported me towards my careers and goals. I had a really great time playing badminton in Ormiston Senior College as a Year 13 where I made bonds with many new friends and coaches who helped me to improve my skills and fitness. My great experience I had with a teacher was with Mr Loh because we made great memories together during badminton training, shared dinner, etc.

Sumeshnee Pillay, South Africa

Year 13, International Student, 2015-2017

Sumeshnee PillayI am Sumeshnee Pillay. My experience at OSC was one of the best throughout my schooling career. I have learnt to love and care for people and things around me. I loved every moment with OSC. I would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Crossley and Mrs Peters for all their guidance and help with school and my student visa.

Thank you to the OSC family for all the love they have shared with me. A special thank you to my teachers that have helped me improve in my learning abilities. I would also like to thank my family for supporting me in New Zealand. A very big and special thank you to my LA, Mrs Sneddon and Principal, Mrs Patience for an amazing experience at OSC.

Coming to OSC has changed my life around to become a more smart and independent young lady. Thank you.

Molyka Leng, Cambodia

Year 13, International Student, 2016-2017

Molyka LengI’ve studied here since 2016. When I first came here it was a little hard for me as it is a new environment. My biggest obstacle is my English because it is not my first language and I cannot use it well. I chose all science subjects, Math and ESOL at Level 2. Physics was the hardest subject among all the subjects that I’ve chosen. Because I sometimes couldn’t understand the questions and express my answers well. But the teacher helped me a lot. She often asked and explained on any misunderstanding questions. For other subjects, teachers were supportive. They explained and taught how to write/answer questions clearly. My ESOL teacher helped me a lot with my UE Literacy. He explains and put a lot of effort on our work. He is one of the great teachers I’ve ever met. The start of Level 3 means that things are getting more serious. I chose the same subjects as last year. This year, Biology is the hardest subject for me because there are a lot of technique words that I have to remember. Teachers do their job gratefully. I appreciate it so much as the effort that they put on me.

My friends also help me a lot in my study. The International Manager is a grateful person. She helped me on my visa issue and more. All teachers and friends here are helpful and easy-going which help me in adapting to a new environment easily. Lastly, I would like to thank them all for their support and effort that they give to me.

Kittitat Tungsakul, Thailand

Year 13, International Student, 2016 - 2017

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I have studied at Ormiston Senior College for almost 2 years and also have had a lot of great memories and stories.

Back in the time I first arrived, I thought that it is going to be very hard for me to study in New Zealand as I barely spoke English. However it was easier than I thought because I got supported by all of teachers and also encouraged by my lovely friends.

I am proudly to say that Ormiston Senior College is truly a place for International students, I literally got many new friends from all around the world which means I automatically learned new cultures at the same time and even now I’m still connecting with all of my friends and I believe that these friendships will be with me forever. I also gained many new experiences and adventures that I would never have a chance to do in Thailand. Teachers and staffs are very kind and lovely too, they helped me everything without any hesitation even though I already graduated from this amazing school. Another one important aspect from me is there are very few Thai student in OSC therefore it is the best opportunity to learn and practice English.

I will never forget my journey there and the last thing I want to tell you is I have no regret that I have been in OSC.


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Sunny Sun, China

Year 13, International Student, 2015-2016

Sunny SunWhen I first arrived in New Zealand I was excited but also a little scared. My first impressions were it was a beautiful country with great weather. My English has improved at OSC which helps me to understand more. I have met several international friends. My homestay family is nice and friendly. I will now do a foundation course and then move onto the University of Auckland (AUT/MIT) to hopefully study Arts and Graphics. Thank you.

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