From a parent
"I am pleased to know that my son spent his time and life at St Paul’s happily and successfully. When he decided to study in NZ, he could not speak any English at all. I was very concerned whether he could settle into a new environment due to his shyness. Right after he joined St Paul’s when he contacted me from the boarding house, he mentioned negative issues, such as he could not understand class content and instruction from teachers because of the language barrier. I worried about him, and that he may be losing his self-confidence. However, when he came home at the end of his first year, where he had been to Tihoi, he had grown stronger both physically and mentally as well as looking very different.
The following year, he adjusted to the school routine as well as daily life and settled down well. The more his English skills improved, so did his understanding of everything. He started to enjoy interacting with friends not only international but also Kiwi. He gained excellent academic results at Year 12, which made him grow in confidence.
Although we committed to study in NZ in a hesitant way, I have seen my son’s great growth in confidence. It has been an invaluable and lifelong experience for him thanks to caring support and warm encouragement by St Paul’s staff. Their response to any of my concerns has been always quick and accurate.
We selected St Paul’s from many schools in New Zealand and I am assured we made the right decision." Mrs Chisami Yonekura (mother of Kazuhiko Yonekura)