LEARNING AREAS

Curriculum Overview

Nayland College offers a broad and varied curriculum designed to cater for individual student needs.

As students start to specialise according to their strengths and interests, there are varied pathways that can best prepare them for their next steps beyond school.

These include academic courses in preparation for study at university or polytechnics, and the Gateway and award-winning Trades Academy programmes.

Gateway and Trades Academy programmes offer learning in conjunction with NMIT, Whenua-iti Outdoors and local employers to facilitate NCEA success while also giving students the ideal foundation for movement into apprenticeships and employment.

English

The Nayland College English programme helps students to understand the power of language to enrich and shape their own and others’ lives.

Students explore a range of strategies to deal with increasingly complex texts. They learn to clarify their ideas and express them. Literacy in English gives students access to the understanding, knowledge and skills they need to participate fully in the social, cultural, political and economic life of New Zealand and the wider world.

The study of New Zealand and world literature contributes to a developing sense of identity and an understanding of the world. A range of contemporary and classic novels, films, poems and stories are used to reflect our commitment to explore and engage students. Success in English is fundamental to success across the curriculum.

English is a compulsory subject until Year 12. The English department recognises that students bring a variety of experiences and interests with them to secondary school and that they have a range of strengths as well as areas which may need to be developed.

Our range of courses in the senior school and our banded classes in the junior school allow us to help students of all academic abilities to develop their skills as communicators.

The extracurricular life of the school offers opportunities for students with a strong interest in English. Nayland students participate in writing, speaking and debating competitions locally, regionally and to a national level. We also offer the ICAS English exam which is an international competition.

To find out more contact Leisa McCauley (leisa.mccauley@nayland.school.nz)

Mathematics and Statistics

The Nayland College Mathematics department is a group of enthusiastic and professional teachers. The department successfully supports students in their learning, from basic maths skills for everyday life through to preparing students for university and scholarship.

Dedicated staff also provide free extra tutorial help outside of school hours where students can go for one-to-one help. This includes mentoring students from Broadgreen Intermediate.

Our department website (maths.nayland.school.nz) was originally designed, developed and maintained by Max Riley, who won the Ernest Duncan Award, issued by the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers in 2009 and in 2013. We continue to develop and maintain this site as a department to support the teaching of Mathematics throughout New Zealand.

Students succeed in Maths:

  • Regional, national & international maths competitions
  • Over 90% numeracy
  • Regular scholarship successes in Calculus and Statistics
  • National award-winning Mathematics website
  • The great Nayland Pi Competition

To find out more contact John Walker (john.walker@nayland.school.nz)

Science

The word Science comes from the Latin scientia, meaning “knowledge”

The Nayland College Science programme investigates the world around us by applying theories, predicting, and testing. We are looking for explanations.

Teaching the Nature of Science enhances the way we observe and use evidence and understanding to make links between scientific knowledge and everyday actions and decisions.

Our specialist teaching team enable students to explore the five strands of secondary level science in years 9, 10 and 11.

Students choose to go onto an in-depth study of these in years 12 and 13. We offer:

  • Biology – living things and their interactions, including evolution, genetics and ecology.
  • Chemistry – matter and the changes it undergoes, including reactions, organics and types and properties of substances.
  • Physics – physical systems, such as forces, energy and electricity.
  • Earth and Space Science (with a Marine focus) – interconnected systems and processes of the planet Earth, our solar system, and beyond.
  • Horticulture and Primary Industries – the control and development of plants and agriculture for human benefit.

Our close relationships with the Department of Conservation at Lake Rotoiti, Richard De Hamel from the Otago University outreach programme, the Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology, and the staff at the Cawthron Institute ensure that students experience hands-on science.

The Nayland Science teachers are renowned for their contributions to the science community.

Some sites by our science teachers:

To find out more, contact Hamish McLellan (hamish.mclellan@nayland.school.nz)

Social Sciences

The Nayland Social Sciences programme is built on the interests of our students and the wide range of experiences our nationally recognised teachers bring.

We offer a range of exciting subjects in the senior school including Tourism, Sociology, Geography and History.

In years 9 and 10 students explore human rights, careers, culture, economics, migration, government, treaties and sustainability. A real strength is the passion and commitment our teachers have for their specialist subjects and for literacy.

We like to shake things up, stimulate new thinking and create change in the world.

In social studies, we enable students to take part in society by thinking critically about different ways of living, giving to their communities and being responsible young adults.

In the senior school we get our students out of the classroom and into their world. We take field trips to Kaikoura, the West Coast (Denniston and Stockton mines), Queenstown, the Gold Coast and Abel Tasman, as well as Tahunanui, Cable Bay and The Glen.

We get involved in the issues that affect Nelson. We support The Foodbank, the 40 Hour Famine and other community groups by taking social action and through the use of authentic inquiry learning. All our learning focuses on remembering knowledge, demonstrating understanding, inquiring and applying these skills.

For more information contact Glenn Cheyne (glenn.cheyne@nayland.school.nz).

Physical Education and Health

The Nayland College Physical Education and Health programme develops a sense of personal identity and self-worth through physical effort. Resilience, empathy and an awareness of a healthy lifestyle are looked at from both a theoretical and practical basis.

The programmes in health and physical education encourage enjoyment and personal satisfaction, improve skill level and develop kinesthetic awareness through physical challenge both in individual and group situations. The contribution of physical activity to a healthy life is a cornerstone of all the programmes. Teachers are skilled in role-modelling the importance of being considerate of others’ needs, feelings and varying ability levels in individual and group situations.

Regular opportunities to mentor younger athletes, to coach and to referee at local schools are offered as part of the programme.

Our modern gymnasiums and well-set-out playing fields and courts make participating even more enjoyable. The Sports Director and Sports Coordinator work closely with students and staff.

For more information contact Brennan Geddes (brennan.geddes@nayland.school.nz)

Technology

The Nayland College Technology programme offers students the chance to develop and design innovative solutions to real problems.

Technology areas include: Wood, Metal, Textiles, Food, Graphics and Digital Technologies.

All students begin their Nayland technology experience with a half-year module in one of these contexts. Year 9 students can also explore Fashion and Design, Creative Foods or Workshop and Design as an extension subject. At year 10 students select the areas that they are interested in and may wish to follow through to the senior school.

Problem solving, practical design skills and creativity are developed in a range of academic courses and industry-based vocational training. These courses build key competencies, often in real-world situations.

Industry-based training areas include automotive, mechanical engineering, building and construction and hospitality.

For more information contact Damian Roughan (damian.roughan@nayland.school.nz)

Visual Arts

With four fully equipped art rooms, a suite of computers, a darkroom, three full-time and two part-time highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic teaching staff the learning experience at Nayland College is a great place if you want quality art education.

All courses at all levels place the student at the centre of their learning. Students are actively involved in selecting and creating what is important to them.

At the junior level, students learn lots of different ways to create art and are challenged to experiment in ways of seeing and recording information. They may use pencils and crayons, but might also use biros, different coloured rice, toasted bread or M&M’s! What is very important to us is that the early experiences are good ones where the student feels valued and have some say in how and what they make.

At senior level the student takes control and direction of what they produce, the method they produce it and what korero they tell. Staff advise, direct and guide students.

From Level 2 onwards students may choose to study in up to three disciplines of Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture.

Students who pursue the Visual Arts at Nayland College successfully step into further education and work. They have entered careers in architecture, fine arts, interior and fashion design, photography, film, media studies, visual communication, illustration, graphic design, makeup modelling, game development, art history and photography.

To find out more contact Diana Maskill (diana.maskill@nayland.school.nz)

Performing Arts

Drama

Drama is offered at all year levels. Regular events are an opportunity to present performances both within the school and the community. Opportunities to both choreograph and act are offered from year 9 onwards. The Nayland Drama Company meets weekly and is open to all students.

The Performing Arts Centre ( the PAC ) was designed and built to showcase the artistic creations of our students. The clever use of space allows us to create, rehearse and perform professionally lit shows from every genre.

To find out more contact Anton Bentley (anton.bentley@nayland.school.nz)

Music

The Nayland College music teachers are performers themselves and bring their enthusiasm and experience into the classrooms.

Regular events are an opportunity for students to perform both within school and the community. We are often invited to play at the Red Square and Honest Lawyer. Students can both choreograph and perform music from year 9 onwards. Musical lessons are offered on-site in flute, violin, cello, guitar, drums and vocal.

The Orchestra and Jazz Band are a special feature of the music programme and offer students weekly opportunities to perform together.

The cleverly designed music suite creates a physical hub that celebrates creativity and fosters a musical community.

To find out more contact Nigel Weeks (nigel.weeks@nayland.school.nz)

Business

The Nayland College Business programme walks the walk to find and nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The programme takes a comprehensive look from the accounting, business and economics perspectives at how decisions impact on businesses, society, individuals and the New Zealand economy.

The tempting variety of exciting and challenging subjects offered from year 9 -13 allows success for students from a wide range of academic abilities.

Enthusiastic, dedicated and nationally recognised staff mentor students keen to continue in the Business field.

Nayland’s Business programme offers the full range of specialist subjects taught by specialist teachers with advanced qualifications and experience.

Nayland Business students have enjoyed success in national accounting, economics and business competitions at junior and senior level.

  • Top and top 10 placings in national Young Enterprise exam
  • Scholarship successes in NZQA exams
  • Scholarships and awards from Universities
  • Top of the South Young Enterprise Scholarship
  • Practical applications in the junior school

For more information contact Rob Ikink (rob.ikink@nayland.school.nz)

Languages

Maori

The Nayland College Te Reo Māori programme has the flexibility to cater for students at different levels of proficiency. This allows all students to progress at a manageable pace and have some success in the process. Each course is adapted as required to meet the needs of the current students.

Te Reo Māori covers the language, customs and traditions in Year 9 and during each successive year builds language development in Kōrero(speaking), Whakarongo (listening), Panui (Reading), Waihanga Tuhi (creative writing) and tuhituhi (writing) .

Students also have the opportunity to attend and/or participate in hui e.g. Powhiri, Ngā Manu Kōrero competitions and Kapa Haka. Kapa Haka is run on a weekly basis to prepare for powhiri and to tautoko the Principal for mihi and powhiri as needed.

Maori at Nayland College also supports students to understand their personal place in the world. This may be especially important for those students who identify as Māori and for whom te reo Māori is a second language. For these students, the enhanced sense of connection to a rich cultural heritage can be deeply empowering.

To find out more contact Chanel Ngaruhe (chanel.ngaruhe@nayland.school.nz)

International Languages

Speaking an international language is an important skill for communicating in today’s global economy.

New Zealand depends largely on tourism and exports and having another language, combined with some understanding of the cultural world that goes with that language can help open doors in life after school.

Learning another language has also been proven to improve overall memory and recall – which certainly helps in other subject areas.

Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin) are offered from year 9 and students gradually develop confidence in speaking and understanding so that by year 13 they can debate social issues or discuss their opinions of a movie. Along the way they learn about the food, traditions, festivals, lifestyle, music and culture of the countries that speak the language that they study.

As part of their learning journey they might go an exchange to Chile or spend some time in China. We have established school-to-school relationships in both these countries allowing students the chance to connect with real speakers of the language they have chosen to study.

To find out more contact Judi Boyd (judi.boyd@nayland.school.nz)