Pastoral Support

House Deans and House Tutors

Each house has one House Dean. These teachers have been selected for their strength in providing support and guidance to students. The House Deans accompany students as they move through their year levels. They acquire a lot of knowledge and form close relationships with students and their families. House Deans oversee overall academic and pastoral support and should be contacted in the case of extended absence, concerns around well-being or if you need to let us know about notable personal circumstances.

The tutor class system is the next valuable tool in caring for our students.


Junior tutor classes are grouped according to year level and are the same as their core class. Year 9 tutor classes will have a number of Year 13 Peer Mentors attached to each class. Their role is to provide an extra layer of support between students and their House Tutor. Year 10 tutor classes will have two house tutors assigned to them.


Senior tutor classes are vertical through Year 11-13. Senior House Tutors accompany their students through their senior year levels, so get to know them well and are a great source of help for when times are tough or for suggesting new dreams to follow.

Our Deans and House Tutors work together to encourage each and every student to dream big and aim high. We have excellent support from our experienced senior leadership team, Mr Daniel Wilson, Mr Trevor Olley, Ms Jane Townsend and Mrs Hannah Cameron.

We communicate with parents and caregivers often. Teachers contact home about what their courses involve, how to succeed and what to focus on for assessments. House Tutors and Deans make contact quickly if there are issues. Regular and personalised contact with home is very important to us.

Formal written reports are sent home twice a year. Formal parent-teacher-student interviews for all levels are held in term one, and again in term four for junior students.


Pūaha Te Tai (Whānau Class)

'Pūaha Te Tai' means to 'smash the waves' and as we are a very diverse and dynamic group, our new name is very suitable for us as a whānau. Rangatahi (youth) are often faced with many new and overwhelming challenges and it is important for them to have a positive and uplifting mindset and not a negative one. Therefore we have laid the challenge to all of our rangatahi to stay positive, be resilient, and to smash the waves and conquer your fears.

Any student can elect to be part of Pūaha Te Tai. In addition to usual tutor class activities, this class has a tikanga Māori focus. All students will be expected to either study te reo Māori or Nga Toi as option subjects or to participate in kapa haka.

“Nayland College is a welcoming school with a positive tone and warm relationships. There is a culture focused on students’ well-being and support through a strong pastoral care system. Students demonstrate a sense of pride in their college.”

Education Review Office Report