Students from different parts of the world have decided to return to the schools in the Timaru District. 83 schools in the Timaru District have welcomed international students.
Timaru District welcomed international students from different countries such as Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, China, America, Laos, and Thailand. The students attended the Carolina Bay Hall on 20th March for the welcome ceremony.
Leonie Rasmussen, the Education South Canterbury spokesperson stated that the specific Mayoral Program is one of the most unique traditions of the Timaru District.
Rasmussen also stated that the welcoming ceremony served numerous key purposes. Not only the students successfully met with other international students but also connected properly.
Thanks to the homestay teaching, families, and support staff, the students get to experience a truly remarkable event. Before this mayoral welcome, Rassmussen stated that the last time Timaru District help this welcome program was in February 2020.
Due to the severity of COVID-19 and travel restrictions, only a handful of international students came to New Zealand for their study abroad experience in 2020-2021.
However, this year the schools are witnessing a positive growth in the number of international students.
The different education providers from the Timaru District that have a significant number of international students are the Ara Institute of Canterbury, Timaru Girl’s High School, Craighead Diocesan School, Timaru Boy’s High School, Roncalli College, Geraldine High School, Gleniti Primary School, and Opihi College.
How Timura District Welcomed the International Students?
The Timaru District featured different types of activities in the welcome ceremony. The kapa haka group from Roncalli College and the jazz band from Mountainview High School performed in this function.
The guest speaker of this welcome ceremony for the international students was MP for Rangitata Jo Luxton and district mayor Nigel Bowen.
There were other special guests such as Nigel Davenport (Chief executive of Venture Timaru), Katie Houston (General Manager of Multicultural Aoraki), and Barrie Suter (Chairperson of Timura sister cities committee).
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