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Photo: Year 13 2022 Graduation:  Shenyu Dai, Mrs Lancaster (ESOL Teacher), Wew Ketpichai

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Wew Ketpichai


Hi!  I studied at Lincoln High School for five years (2017-2021).  My first impression about Lincoln was how friendly and helpful teachers are.  They never discriminate you from being an international student.  They always try to help you get done with everyone. They try to understand you by not putting the pressure on you when you have problem with work. My second impression about Lincoln was about how many opportunities they can give you.  Whatever you want to do, they will make it possible.  All I want to say is that Lincoln is a good school.  I never regret choosing this school.  I hope you can find your perfect place in Lincoln High School, because once you did, you will love it here.   

Shenyu Dai

Shenyu Dai


I have been at Lincoln High School for four years (2018-2021) and what I enjoy the most (and will miss the most) are the fantastic teachers.  The lovely and caring ESOL teachers; Mrs Lancaster and Mrs Currie, who are so detailed and supportive, and thoughtful academically, as well as at general personal life matters.  They helped us so much more that what you would realise.  As a ‘Maths Mad’ student, I love, enjoy and am grateful to all the teachers from the Mathematics Department; Dr Wilkinson, Mr Taylor, Mr Phillips and Mrs Dillon.  Dr Wilkinson, the kind, experienced, inspiring teacher who is very easy-going and open minded about different problem-solving methods.  He is the one maths teacher that would sit all kinds of students, and anyone would feel lucky to have him as your Maths teacher.  Mr Taylor is very organised, fast paced, Calculus expert who always has good management of his class’s students’ behaviours and learning progress.  You’ll never need to worry about falling behind the schedule and he is also an expert in Chemistry and Physics, so feel free to ask him any questions you’ve got!!  I must also mention two Statistics teachers:  Mr Phillips and Mrs Dillon, who are the reason to choose this subject as they are so much fun! At first I was afraid that Year 13 Statistics would be too hard for me as I did not study Statistics in Year 12.  But it ended up being my favourite subject that I enjoyed the most.  Both of them are so good at teaching the content that they explain the knowledge in a daily relaxing chit chat way and everything just seems to make sense as they talk it through.  The great thing about their teaching is you learn the stuff without noticing you are trying to learn, and the way they tease each other and jokes in class, just make Statistics class a pure fun time.  

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Julie Piecha


Hello, my name is Julie and I’m a 16-year-old student from Germany. I have always dreamed of spending a couple of months abroad and studying in a country with a different culture, different traditions and a different school system. That’s why I thought New Zealand would be a great idea for this experience. Fortunately, friends of my family live here, so I had the possibility to stay with them during my time in New Zealand. First, I planned to come to this country in summer from February to May, but the borders were closed because of Covid-19, thus I was not allowed to enter New Zealand for a long time. This is the reason why I am in New Zealand now, but I can definitely tell you that winter here is at least as beautiful and special as summer would have been.

One of the first things I noticed at Lincoln High School was that everybody, teachers as well as students, are so friendly, approachable and supporting humans. They just start talking to you in such a nice and relaxed way so that you think you have known them for ages. This makes it super easy to find Kiwi friends and integrate into the school life.

Lincoln High School offers a lot of different and special subjects that are not taught in Germany, like drama, psychology or food studies. Furthermore, there is a very good and healthy relationship between teacher and student, so if you have any questions, just ask somebody and you will get help immediately.

Beside the school, my host family goes on a lot of trips and gives me the possibility to get to know the beautiful landscape of New Zealand and experience its amazing culture, like the traditions of the Maori.

I have been here for only 3 weeks, but I can definitely tell you that I already feel at home.

Thanks to Lincoln High School, my Kiwi friends and my amazing host family for always supporting me and making my time in New Zealand so unforgettable!

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Mind Jutrakul


M name is Mind Jutrakul. I’m a Thai student who studies at a high school in New Zealand. Lincoln High School is the school I’ve chosen to study at. I’ve learned a lot about living overseas by myself. I’ve learned to face problems by myself. In Lincoln there are lots of things I like such as the buildings. I like the teachers in Lincoln. They teach me because they want to not because it’s their duty. They help to understand the lessons. I feel so appreciative of the teachers.

Having friends at Lincoln is very good. People here are very friendly, kind and gentle. They are interested in what I am doing, where I am going and my recommendations. They also help me by answering questions I do not understand.

Having friends from other countries lets me know many things about their lives and also I can learn a little bit of their language for example: Chinese, Japanese, Korean and German.

My favourite thing is the school uniform. I really like the Lincoln High School uniform because I find it suitable for me. It is green so I think it is pretty and vigorous. I also like anything that has the Lincoln Brand on it. It don’t know why I feel proud when I have it on but I do.

In the future if I have opportunities to involve me in the New Zealand life I would like to come back. I think Lincoln High School is the best school to come and study. I love Lincoln High School.

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Inthuch Therdchanakul


Lots of people might want to know why I chose to come to New Zealand? Why did I have to come so far just to go to school and pay lots of money rather than go to a school in my country? And from all the schools that I could go to, why did I choose Lincoln?

After I finished year 9 in Thailand I decided to come to Lincoln High School. I have liked this school since the moment I walked into this school. It is something that I can’t describe. It is a feeling that you have to come and feel it yourself. This school helped me discover what I want to do in the future and guide me to it.

The teachers are very supportive. I have freedom to choose my subjects and it is something that I can’t do in my country. I have to say that I have a “HOME” here. I live with the best home stay here and I learn lots of things from them. It is an experience that you can’t find anywhere else. At the time that I’m writing this I’m in Year 12.

I’m also on the International Council at school. I knew from the first day that I couldn’t stay here forever but I didn’t expect it to be this soon. I don’t have a chance to run for the council as a Year 13 student but I believe that the next generation of international council will make sure that all the international students will have the great experience that I have had or even better.

I will never forget that I couldn’t have come this far without the school and my homestay. After I leave school, I will go to University of Manchester in England. I will follow my dream which is studying Computer Science. So now I think all I can tell you the reason why I choose to come here. Because it’s worth it.

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Lukas Sutter


My name is Lukas Sutter.  I’m 15 years old and I have spent the last year in New Zealand.  During my time at Lincoln High School I learned a lot about this country, its people and myself.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time here, thanks to many friends I made, my brilliant host family and the immeasurable support of the International Department.

I had a lot of fun during my stay at Lincoln High School thanks to all the trips and activities I participated in.  I also enjoyed the different way of teaching and school life in general from my home in Germany.  It was great learning in a more practical way, with all the teachers being more approachable, friendlier and more relaxed than back home.

During my stay I learned things like kayaking and rock-climbing.  I did a First Aid Course and travelled around New Zealand.  I saw the beautiful beaches of Nelson, walked through the exciting streets of Queenstown and made many friends from both New Zealand and all over the world.

On my first trip we went camping near a little beach and in the middle of the night we went outside to look at the stars.  I knew then it was going to be a great year.

I got quite a lot out lot of my stay in New Zealand and now that I’m about to leave, it is almost like leaving a second home.

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Adrian Hirt


Lincoln High School is a very modern and interesting school. I was quite surprised about how nice and friendly the students and teachers are. If you have a question you always get a satisfying answer.

I first came to stay for 6 months, now I am staying for 3 years; that is how much I like studying at Lincoln High School.I have got to know many new people and have become really good friends with a lot of Kiwi students.I am very committed to Drama and I have a lot of fun doing Drama performances.

One of the best aspects of Lincoln High School is all the School and House Events that happen quite regularly. I really like participating in these and have had so much fun participating in the House Film Festival and the Cross County.

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Lee Ga On


My name is Lee Ga On and I am from Korea. I came to Lincoln High School last year. Do you know why my English is improving? One reason is that Lincoln High School gave me a wonderful homestay. Another reason is there are so many kind teachers and Kiwi friends around me. The Last thing is that the international teachers organize lots of trips to go around New Zealand therefore I can learn about the New Zealand culture and this helps my English skills.

I am really impressed that Lincoln High School gave me a lot of chance to experience important things in my life.

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