I learnt many valuable lessons at Iona

​​​​​​​My name is Priyanit Jindapadungrat and I went to Iona College for five years, from Year 9 through to Year 13. During my years at Iona, I learned to excel in all areas; academic, sporting, cultural and social. I met amazing girls whose friendships, I’m sure, will endure for life. The teachers at Iona are incredibly helpful and friendly, creating a rich learning environment in the classroom.

When I started in Year 9, academic achievement was the most important thing to me. However, my years at Iona taught me that being a well-rounded person is just as important. As well as receiving excellence endorsement in NCEA, I participated in many other extra-curricular activities including badminton, debating, speech exams, voluntary work and I represented young people of Hawke’s Bay as a Hasting Youth Council representative. All of this showed my resilience and understanding of others, qualities that set me apart from the other candidates for my university programme and helped me gain a place in the joint medical programme between Nottingham University and Srinakharinwirot University.

As a boarder, I learnt to take care of myself and to live and share common space with other girls. It’s also very important that I mention how good the food is at Iona, food is very important for teenage girls.

In Year 13, students live in the “gate house” which is a separate house for Year 13 students, where we have a taste in flatting, cooking for ourselves on the weekends and being able to be responsible for our own washing. This was certainly one of the highlights of my last year at school.

All in all, I had an amazing experience and learned many valuable lessons at Iona College.

Priyanit Jindapadungrat (Chacha) Year 13, Thailand

There is an Old Saying in China “Teamwork is strength”

At Iona there are many opportunities to work together. In China, we just work by ourselves. It is good that at Iona we help each other, not just think about ourselves because when we grow up we can’t just work by ourselves, we must work with others.

Elsa Zhou Year 7, China

Preparing me for my Future

Studying at Iona definitely prepared me well for my integrated international study degree. It helped me to communicate with foreign teachers and students easily and now writing is not that difficult for me.

At Iona I lived with my classmates and friends. It’s such a cool thing to do. I remember the fun times we’ve had sitting on the bed, chatting about songs, movies and stars.

Marina Arai (University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Iona College is a small school so I can get help from teachers easily

Jae Won Shin Year 12, Republic of Korea 

Weekends with my friends

The weekends in with my friends is one of my best memories at Iona. We all helped cook our favourite food eg. risotto, stir-fry, homemade pizza and lots more.

It makes me feel like I’m home with all my family. We have movie night every Saturday night and I have a chocolate bar or ice cream and get cosy under the blanket or bean bag.

Pornthip Thanusutiyaporn (Mook) Year 13, Thailand