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Enjoy your stay...Some of the international students with Timaru Deputy Mayor Richard Lyon (in white jacket). PHOTO:SUPPLIED

by Chris Tobin

Timaru Deputy Mayor Richard Lyon recommended some “must-dos” for 190 international pupils from 12 countries at a mayoral welcome in Timaru last week.

After thanking them for choosing South Canterbury as their place of study for this year, he said during their time in the region they should enjoy local produce such as fare from Barkers of Geraldine, Pleasant Point real fruit ice creams and a Fairlie Bakehouse pie.

Many of the pupils gathered with representatives from the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce, Aoraki Development and the Timaru District Council for the annual welcome.

Craighead Diocesan School head pupil Meghan Templeton also extended a welcome to the pupils on behalf of all schools in South Canterbury.

The Timaru Girls’ High School kapa haka group provided a cultural performance to begin the welcome, with additional musical items by the Roncalli College Choir, Roncalli’s Neve O’Connor and Mountainview High School’s jazz band.

Education South Canterbury chair Sabra Moore said it was a special event.

“This welcome reinforces how unique a South Canterbury educational experience is,” she said.