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What’s coming up at COLC

As we move past the shortest day our thoughts are turning to what the better weather of the next New Zealand summer has in store.  We are starting to get inquiries and bookings for English plus Activities, and English plus Environment, both of which will run alongside our General Course this summer.

FCE Exam Course 

We are also providing an FCE Exam course this year, beginning on the 10th of September. This is a 12 week course and will finish in time for the early December exam dates. This is an opportunity to come and do your study and gain a qualification all before the very best summer weather kicks in, in NZ.  Once the exams are done you can either join the Activities course or head off on your travels around our beautiful country.

COLC classes are fun.

COLC classes are fun.

English Plus Activities  

 

Beach games at Otama

Beach games at Otama

Summer brings all the fun of activities to school and learning English takes on a whole new meaning.  Learning often happens best when we shift the focus away from the language.  Those who have been to COLC know what we mean by “Learning by Doing” and our summer activities programme is the best way to experience it.

Boogie Boarding

Boogie Boarding

We will take you places and give you experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life. 

 

English Plus Environment  

 

New life at Comers Rd fire site.  This is where we are planting our Kauri trees. 

New life at Comers Rd fire site.  This is where we are planting our Kauri trees. 

English plus Environment gives you a new way to learn.  English lessons in the mornings are mixed with 3 afternoons a week out in the environment taking part in projects that are really making a difference.  We don’t just talk about caring for the environment, we get out there and do it. From helping re-establish Kauri trees on the peninsula, to kiwi protection, and the growing and planting of thousands of native plants. You can come to NZ to learn English, and make a real contribution to nature while you are here.

English plus Environment runs all year round and covers many different sorts of conservation. Different projects may take priority at different times of the year, but you will do a variety of different things while you are here. The world is finally waking up to the fact that we all need to take care of our environment and the COLC Environment Projects are a great way for you to play your part. 

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Avoid the crowds in NZ!!

April 2016 - Two COLC students on a sailing trip at a remote beach on Great Mercury Island, NZ

April 2016 - Two COLC students on a sailing trip at a remote beach on Great Mercury Island, NZ

Are you looking at traveling to New Zealand and want to avoid the crowds?

Traditionally, New Zealand welcomes its highest number of visitors of every year in December, January, and February.

Most of these people will enjoy New Zealand's warm weather and holiday vibes, sharing full campgrounds, busy beaches, and big city accommodation price rises.

We would like to share some inside knowledge with everyone who is interested in visiting New Zealand and wants to avoid the crowds.

March and April are awesome months to travel in New Zealand. 

In March the weather is fine with summer breezes and warm days. It is common to have hot days in March, so protecting yourself from the sun is still important. New Zealand children are back in school and parents are back at work.

In April, New Zealand enjoys stunning colours as the leaves change colours on the trees. The mornings are cooler but the days are very beautiful. 

 

 

 

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Changes to Activities from 2017

River Swimming

Many students come to COLC because of our amazing activities programme. From 2017 the way we offer activities will change, in a way that will make activities accessible to more students.  The price for English plus Activities will reduce to the same price as our General Course.  Yes, it will cost no more to do activities that it will to do the General Course.  For this you will get 3 activities per week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Fridays and on Saturdays in the summer there will be extra activities available, that you can join if you want to.  You will pay for the extra activities you join, but you don't have to do anything that you don't want to do.  It will be cheaper, offer more choice, and fairer for everyone.

We are looking forward to bringing you this new Activities format and giving you a chance to get involved in what we do better than anyone else.

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A View From Kim's Seat

Surfing has been popular this year.

As my trip to Europe for this year’s IALC Workshop gets closer, there are a couple of things on my mind.  Firstly I am really looking forward to catching up with the large number of past students that I am going to see on this trip.  This is what the Big COLC Family is all about and it never ceases to amaze me that so many people are prepared to make the effort to get along to the reunions just to say hello.

When you get a room full of COLC people, most of whom don’t even know each other, it really is amazing to see the friendship created just by sharing stories about their time in Whitianga.

 

The other thing on my mind is to look back at what has been a very busy summer period.  We have been full or nearly full for 5 months, and that means a lot of work and a certain amount of stress for everyone.  I think there are a few people looking forward to a couple of quieter months.

Activities continue to be popular but we are seeing a change to our activities bookings.  More and more people are choosing the English plus 3 option and less seem to be booking full time activities.  Added to this is a big change in Health and Safety laws in New Zealand, and this is putting a lot of pressure on activities and the way we have offered them in the past.

 

So a big rethink is underway and you can expect a remodelled “Activities Package” to be in place for 2017.  We hope to reduce the price of the mainstream activities program that students can book, and then have an “add on” system for Fridays and Saturdays where students can join the more expensive activities if they want to.

 

Watch this space for more information as it comes to hand.

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