As the borders are still closed, the Assistant Exchange Programme was in jeopardy. The College was lucky enough to secure contracts with Olga Sanchez and Phoebe Dupont.
The role of the Language Assistants is to work closely with the classroom teachers to enhance the delivery of the curriculum, aiming to improve student achievement in their chosen language. By having them in the classroom more individual feedback and support can be provided to students, improving their achievement and competence.
Through the year Olga and Phoebe will help run both the recovery and extension programmes in the junior and senior schools. They will also create presentations to the classes on subjects about their home country, provide extra opportunities to have formal and informal dialogues, have discussions of topics already studied, among many other activities.
Here is a brief introduction of the Assistants:
Phoebe (Pictured above):
My name is Phoebe, I come from Clermont-Ferrand, in France. I am quite sporty and decided to come to this part of the world for its stunning nature and landscapes. I am looking forward to working at King’s College this year as a French Assistant.
I arrived in New Zealand in January 2020 and I am glad to be starting a second year in such a beautiful country. I would be glad to share my culture with whoever might be interested.
My name is Olga and I am the new Spanish Assistant for 2021. I am originally from Murcia, Spain and moved to New Zealand three years ago looking for new experiences related to my background.
I have been teaching Spanish for over 20 years in Spain and now here, in New Zealand where I have found the perfect place to settle down personally and to continue growing professionally.
I am grateful to King’s College for the opportunity to get to know their community this year. My response to that will be to do my best for their students by sharing my Spanish cultural knowledge with them.