By Justin Tamisier
Hello, my name is Justin Tamiser and I am a French exchange student staying in New Zealand for around 2 months. When I first came to school I noticed there were several differences between my school in France and this school in New Zealand. In France, I go to a Catholic school called Marie Pila. First of all, we normally have 8 hours of school each day. We start school at 8 in the morning and go to 12 in the afternoon. Then we have lunch and start again at 1 pm and go to 5. We have an interval and afternoon break as well.
We have to learn 3 languages (French and 2 others). We don’t have an option of food technology and don’t have any assemblies. Our school in France does not have any sports, arts or cultural teams. We have to join a club and play for them. We don’t have any school iPads and we write everything thing down on paper.
Only have 600 students compared to almost 2000 here.
I was very surprised when I first came here and saw so many students. In my school in France, we only have 600 students compared to almost 2000 here. We are not allowed to eat our own food on the school grounds. We have to either buy food from the school canteen or go out of the school grounds to eat our own food. We also have no uniform at my school in France.
Finally, we are not allowed to use our phone at all during school time. These are the several differences between my school in France and Tauranga Boys’ College.