Alan Fu (Year 13) – International Leader
This year, I was lucky to have been chosen as one of the Heads of International Culture. Through this role I was able to meet all the amazing students from around the world who decide to come to St Andrew’s College.
However, we have had a lot of misfortune with COVID-19, which put a stop to many of our plans, but we have been working around it and doing what we can to make the best of it. It hit our international students particularly hard as a lot of them had only been in New Zealand for a couple of months before we went into full lockdown. This was a hard time for me trying to survive six weeks with no contact with my friends and I can only imagine how much harder it must have been for our new international students. They were thrown into this strange environment, with almost no friends and then they were stuck in a homestay where they weren’t even able to be a part of the community they had formed as international students. To help them through this time we held a few online events, to allow them to socialise with each other and just have a bit of a breather. Now that we’re back at school, we have been holding fortnightly meetings with them in order to reconnect and revitalise the bond they had with us.
As we slowly get back on track with our plans, we had an inter-school potluck for all the international students at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Christ’s College and St Margaret’s College. This was an attempt to create a community for the international students, not only within the school but as a community between all the schools in Christchurch, that we hope will only grow bigger in the years to come.