“Studying here is a great opportunity for me. The study programme is a combination of the theories and practicality. The teachers always have time for discussion at the end of each class”.

Richie Chen

“I chose Palmerston North to study for the relaxed pace of life of a small city.  My parents and I heard a lot of good recommendations from our friends about its safe and welcoming environment,” Richie says.

Richie is studying at Palmerston North Boy’s High School.  A new way of learning in New Zealand keeps his interest in study. The hands-on learning teaches him to think critically while supporting him to work with others and solve problems.

“Studying here is a great opportunity for me. The study programme is a combination of the theories and practicality. The teachers always have time for discussion at the end of each class. The school also organizes trial exams which allow us to gain experience and better preparation for achieving the National Certificate of Education Achievement (NCEA), Richie says.

Richie says art is his favourite subject.

“I loved art when I was a child. Studying art in my school is very enjoyable and relaxing with nice teachers. The content of lessons is so amazing; we have painting, photography and design lectures. It is a space to pursue my interest.”

As well as study, Richie loves joining in the outdoor activities run by his school.

“We have many outdoor activities like snow trips and camps throughout the school year. They are great chances for students to relax, make friends and learn from each other.”

Richie believes his study in New Zealand is freer compared with his school in China. He usually plays basketball in his spare time. He frequently hangs out in the City Library and the Youth Space with his friends at the weekend.

Thanks to the support of his school, Richie is living in a homestay in Palmerston North. His homestay life helps him learn about the inclusive, multicultural environment in New Zealand.

“I am living with a Fijian Lady and her friends. She is so sweet and caring. She is a part of my family now.” Richie says.

“When I first came to New Zealand, I was a little bit scared as it was a new environment,” Richie says. Newfound friends have made his life more interesting and helped him cope easily.

“I joined an international group that has many students from different countries and backgrounds.  We play sport together and help each other.  I try get involved in as many activities as possible and make friends with others.  Kiwis are friendly and welcoming as well.”

Richie proudly says he has many good friends.

Richie believes his secondary education in New Zealand is a great starting point for his personal growth. He plans to enroll at The University of Auckland to study aircraft engineering. The experiences and knowledge he has gained will set him up for a successful future.

Richie Chen Palmerston North Boys High

Richie Chen, Palmerston North Boys High School student

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