Stereotypes get broken
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.