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Aliah Janssen, Year 11 – Germany

I really liked my school year at Pukekohe High School. I made lots of friends and had lots of fun. My favourite subject was Outdoor education.

Birgit Halwachs, Year 11 – Austria

I really enjoyed my time here at Pukekohe High School. The school is huge and I always got lost. I found most of the subjects quite easy compared to my school in Austria. I also joined gymnastics when I was here where I met lots of other people. I like the people in New Zealand they are nice.

YingZhi Jiang, Year 13 – China

Hi, I am YingZhi Jiang from China. I have been in New Zealand for nearly 3 years. Since I arrived in May 2015, I have made a lot of new friends they are not only kiwis but also come from all over the world. The thing that I enjoyed most is that the teachers here are very helpful and supportive, they are actually caring about the students and are keen to help them achieve their goals and make it easier for them, especially for international students. My home stay experience has been brilliant as the family I live with gave me so much help in every aspect of my life here. The time I have spent with them I will never forget.

Togo Saji, Year 13 – Japan

Hello my name is Togo. I am graduating high school this year. I have many friends and had lots of new experiences.
First time when I arrived in New Zealand I was not able to write an English sentence. After four years my English improved a lot and now I will be able to live in an English Country without any help.
New Zealand is a great place to study and live. I will always look forward to coming back. I love New Zealand.

Chayada Sudson, Year 10 – Thailand

Hello my name is Chayada. I have been here for 1 ½ years. I like Pukekohe High School very much. All my teachers have been very kind and helpful. My favourite subjects are Science and math. In School in Thailand we just read and write with not many experiments. I found here there is much more detail and it is easy to follow and understand. Since being in NZ I have caught a train and bus to Auckland City and have been to the temple a few times which I enjoyed very much. I feel blessed to be in such a clean green country. I will try very hard to achieve my goal.

Risa Hokazono, Year 12 – Japan

These two and half years I have been in New Zealand have been such an amazing experience in my life. When I first came here, I couldn’t even speak in English at all. However, now I have learnt a lot of things including speaking English at PHS. I have also met wonderful friends and homestay family whom I still want to keep in touch with. I will never forget these beautiful memories in New Zealand.

Senling Liu, Year 13 – China

I am Senling Liu and I have been in Pukekohe High School for 2 years now. I think Pukekohe High is a great place for studying. Not only the pleasant environment but also the subjects available for students to choose. My favourite subjects are calculus and economics. The teachers here are very reliable and kind. The students are also friendly and I have made lots of friends here. I want to go to University to study Quantity Surveying or Engineering. My English has improved a lot in these 2 years. My homestay family and friends taught me a lot. Talking is the best way to improve my English. My homestay family treat me as their daughter so I felt really comfortable and welcome to live there.

Miguel Vida Lamegal, Year 12 – Brazil

Ola! My name is Miguel and I have been studying at Pukekohe High for 8 months and it has been an amazing experience. I’ve been able to not only improve my English but also travel all around NZ and visit places of indescribable beauty. I have made a lot of new friends and I’m sure I’ll keep in touch with them for years to come. The teachers are really good and you can see they care for each of their students. It has been the best year of my whole life and I highly recommend to do an exchange at Pukekohe High and have the same experiences I did.

Gonzalo Maldonado, Year 10 – Spain

The term I had at school was really nice with teachers and students. I achieved by goal of learning English. My advice to international students is to try and enter in all the activities in the school and if you listen to the teachers you won’t have any problems with tests.

Margherita Laviani – Year 13 – Italy

I’m Margherita and I’ve spent 6 months in NZ for an exchange program. I can strongly affirm that it has been the best experience I’ve ever had. Firstly, I was glad to be able to choose my favourite subjects focusing on my future goals and passions, in this way every class was fun and interesting. I really appreciated the Pukekohe High’s atmosphere, indeed there everyone, both teachers and guys, is relaxed, supportive and encourages you to always do your best. I’ve been introduced to an amazing group of friends that even if my English wasn’t very good, always made me feel part of their group. Finally, I have to say a massive thank you to all the international coordinators that always planned fun activities and excursions in order to show us a little bit of New Zealand and help us making new friends from all over the world sharing different cultures and traditions.

Will Zhou, Year 13 – China

I came to New Zealand two years ago as a Chinese international Student. I was full of excitement and curiosity coming to a new country and meet lots of new friends. Over the past 2 years I have had a lot of people help me including Teachers, homestay family and friends. I am going to study in Auckland University next year. I want to say thank you to all the people who helped me and I will keep fighting till the day I reach my goal.

News & Events

Wednesday Bell Time Change
As communicated previously, on Wednesdays, students should be in their whaanau roopuu (form class) by 9.40am, as staff professional learning has moved to Wednesday mornings…
2021 Centenary
SAVE THE DATE – 22 to 24 October 2021 for the Key Event! We hope you can join us! Our new PHS Centenary page on…

Daily Notices


  • Hotel Management Course School Hols
    Pacific International Hotel Management School Limited - Career Week provides any year 12 or 13 student in New Zealand with the opportunity to experience PIHMS, our culture, lifestyle, education, training to see if this is where your future lies. Explore first-hand the world of hospitality, tourism and hotel management at PIHMS before making the right decision. If you are interested in a career in hotel management and would like to find out more about the Career Week please come to the Careers Centre.
  • Interested in becoming a Vet?
    Massey University is holding a number of upcoming online and in person free events, aimed at high school students and their whānau. ONLINE - Veterinary Sciences Information Evening: Wednesday 14 April 7pm-8:30pm This in-depth information session will involve a panel of experts and the opportunity to ask questions about becoming a Vet and studying Veterinary Sciences at Massey University.
  • Moneyhub
    MoneyHub has published a money guide for students to give you the tools and information so you can develop a great relationship with money. Check it out here:
  • Tennis Champions
    Congratulations to our PHS Tennis Champions. Senior Girls Champion Benika Vandermeer, Runnerup Briar Warren Senior Boys Champion Sam Shaw, Runnerup Cohen Brady-Leathem Intermediate Girls Champion Jessica Nepia, Runnerup Drew McKenzie Intermediate Boys Champion Ronnie Woods, Runnerup Ben Fausett Junior Girls Champion Abby McCort, Runnerup Kate Shaw Junior Boys Champion Leif Cornu, Runnerup Scott Thompson
  • Girls Rugby 2021
    There will be a Girls Rugby session happening on Tuesdays every week after school (3:35pm-5pm) on PHS Top Field for all Girls who are interested in rugby in 2021. Bring your rugby gear, mouthguard and boots.
  • Rugby Registrations 2021
    Rugby Registrations for the 2021 Season are now OPEN! You can register online via this link: Register NOW!
  • STAR Courses
    STAR Courses support students to explore career pathways and help them make informed decisions about their schooling and future work or study. STAR Courses can motivate students, and facilitate their smooth transition to further education, training or employment. STAR Courses are available for discussion at the Careers Centre, come in and see what is on offer. These courses can be from 1 day or longer.

BYOD for Learning

With the resurfacing of COVID in our region and changes in
Alert Levels causing students to continue their learning from home, having a
reliable device at home to access online learning, remain connected with
teachers, and receive feedback about their work makes 
BYOD more essential than

Click here for a reminder of our BYOD recommendations.