On Wednesday, 21 March the International ESOL students from Bucklands Beach Intermediate boarded the Half Moon Bay ferry to travel into the city.
After a brisk walk up Queen Street we had morning tea outside the Aotea Centre, before going into the Auckland Town Hall for the welcome ceremony. It opened in spectacular fashion with a powhiri by students from Mt Albert Grammar School.
It was exciting to see more than 2000 international students at the event. Penny Hulse, the Deputy-Mayor of Auckland, gave a friendly and informal welcome to everyone.
Two of the International students from other schools shared their experiences in New Zealand. Following that there was the first selection of the Spot Prizes. Two of our students won prizes. This was very exciting and interesting for us all to see the many different activities which can be done in Auckland and the nearby areas.
Next a hip-hop group wowed us all with their amazing street dancing. The MC of the day Kasina Campbell invited the audience to join in learning some dance moves. One of our students, Abdul Sukkar, enthusiastically joined in. Following this was a invigorating display of Samoan singing and sasa clapping rhythms by Avondale College.
On our journey back down Queen Street to the ferry, we found the time to have a quick bite to eat at McDonalds.
It was a great event.