Georgia’s NZ Gap Year Part 4- October School Holidays

Posted on the 9th November 2018

Georgia Bone is a Lattitude Volunteer at St Matthew’s Collegiate in Masterton New Zealand. Here she is a schools assistant at a girls’ boarding school, mainly helping in boarding, classroom assisting and library duties.

As Naomi ( the other tutor at my school) and I were located on the North Island, we decided to travel around there. We booked hostels early to get a good price and planned our route. Hostels can cost around $400 each for two weeks (around £200). We explored Taupo, Auckland, Coromandel and many others places.

Term two is a little easier as you’ve found your feet and settled in. At my school the girls move bedrooms each term to ensure each girl has a turn in a different room. The first day back is chaos. You think you’ve finally got to grips where everybody’s room is and where people congregate in their free time….well that all changes. Soon enough though, you’re into the swing of things and it feels like you’ve never been away.

The temperatures get hotter and everyone gets excited for the summer and for Christmas. It does seem rather odd being excited for the two things at the same time. The students get excited for their summer holidays and where they’re going to visit; Australia, Bali, Fiji, Germany, UK, Vietnam.

Before holidays, prize giving takes place, where everyone gets ‘glammed-up.’ They receive their prizes based on the exams they sat earlier in the term.

This term you may gain more responsibilities. I got to teach twice a week, run the library if the librarian was away on top of helping out in science class, which I had been doing previously. Also, most teachers now knew who I was and would ask me for help.

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