Tauriko School Welcomes International Students

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Settling into our new classrooms

International Student Manager
A very warm welcome to 2018 to our international students - both returning and new.

It has been lovely spending time with you in your classrooms and seeing how well you are settling into school life here at Tauriko School.

Your happy faces are an indication that things are going well for you. It is so lovely to see you making new friends.

What a wonderful term we are going to have together.

Experiencing Tauranga - welcoming our new families

International Student Manager
Last Friday, our new international students enjoyed a special day tour hosted by Education Tauranga, Tauranga City Council and New Zealand Educational Tours.

Our new international students and their parents enjoyed this opportunity to get to know one another, including other international students and parents from other schools. 

We enjoyed local sights including seeing our beautiful city from the top of Summer Hill. We then travelled to Comvita for a private tour where we learnt about the very special role bees play in our lives. A highlight was tasting the many varieties of delicious honey. After this we continued on our bus journey to Maketu Beach where everyone was served their own portion of fish and chips - in true Kiwi style. It was really special having lunch sitting watching the rolling waves crash around us. And it wouldn't have been complete without a hokey pokey icecream to finish!

We ended the day at the Mount hot pools. It was a perfect introduction for our new families to our wonderful city, and a wonderful opportunity for new connections and friendships to be made.

E hoa ma, ina te ora o te tangata

Happy Students and Teachers

International Student Manager
Welcome to a new year at Tauriko School. It has been great seeing the old faces return and we give a big warm welcome to our new students. 

The last few weeks have been taken up with getting to know the teachers, class and just settling into school routines- not easy when everything is so different!

In ESOL class we have started finding out what each student knows and what needs to be taught next. 

Here are photos of the children at school now, meeting their new teachers.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Celebrating a wonderful year of learning

International Student Manager
What a very special morning we had on Tuesday.

We gathered together with our International Students and their buddies to celebrate another fantastic term and year together. 

This celebration was hosted by our International Ambassadors - Gloria and Aya. Congratulations to Gloria and Aya for being our first ever Ambassadors this year. You have been excellent role models and provided wonderful support for our International Students.

Our International Students shared highlights of this term, and shared their 'best work'. It was delightful listening to the children and seeing how proud they were of their work.

We were sad to farewell Caden, Sean, Ryan, Chanhee, Jenny and Gloria, however we wish them well for the next chapter on their journey ahead. We know they leave Tauriko School with wonderful memories and friendships. 

Gloria wrote and presented a speech about life as an International Student. Gloria spoke beautifully and from the heart. Thank you Gloria for sharing your very personal journey with us. 

We wish our families a wonderful Christmas and holiday. Thank you for being part of our wonderful school community at Tauriko School.


  • Suzanne BillingtonPrincipal
  • Laura FlemingInternational Student Manager
  • Cathy CampbellESOL Learning Programme