Stereo­types get bro­ken

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

Claire Baker and Kate Han­cock, both 15, are two of Mata­mata Col­lege’s youngest stu­dents to go on an ex­change.

Although Claire only knows Aus­tria as it was the lo­ca­tion for the Sound of Mu­sic, she has gone off to ex­plore that coun­try and Kate will go to France. They will both be over­seas for a year.

Kate chose to ex­change this year go so

on she won’t miss out on the im­por­tant as­pects of NCEA.

The pas­sion­ate French speaker said France was the ob­vi­ous choice as she wanted to im­merse her­self in the lan­guage and ‘‘ not many places speak French’’.

She is look­ing for­ward to see­ing Paris and eat­ing a crois­sant in a French bak­ery.

A French ex­change stu­dent, Adele Theiven, said Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents had a very stereo­typ­i­cal view of her when she first came to school two months ago.

‘‘They asked ‘did you eat frogs, did you eat snails, do you wear a beret’,’’ she said.

‘‘ I said ‘ no, I have never tasted frogs or snails or worn a beret’.’’

Adele, and Ger­man ex­change stu­dent Marieke Wol­fram, had just a stereo­typ­i­cal view of New Zealand, how­ever.

Their main im­age of New Zealand was the All Blacks.

the The pair went to see the All Blacks play in Auck­land re­cently.

Adele, along with two stu­dents from Thai­land, Chatchawan Wong­wait­rakarn and Cha­randa Arnold, also wanted to learn more about Maori cul­ture.

– Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents in­ter­ested in go­ing on ex­change are en­cour­aged to talk to the Dean of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, Jac­quetta More­ton.

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