Nayland College offers many leadership opportunities for both senior and junior students. We actively promote student leadership within our school and in the wider community.
This is an extension of the ‘Whanau’ philosophy which offers students the security of a sense of belonging by grouping them into smaller communities. It is also designed to further strengthen the relationships that we value so highly, between teacher/student, student/student and teacher/family. Each form class has a student representative on the school council.
Within each of the four houses there are many leadership opportunities for all year groups enabling students to gain valuable experience while assisting others and organising events. The underlying philosophy of ‘for the students, by the students’ allows student house captains and leaders to develop organisational skills, teamwork and creativity as part of a fun competition.
Both seniors and juniors sit on the student forums chaired by our Student Leaders. These, along with contributions to the Board, senior management, management committees and the PTA, give students significant input into making decisions about their school. Such involvement fosters a strong sense of responsibility.
In addition to house activities, many seniors work with juniors leading activities such as Stage Challenge, the Op Shop Prom, and Nayland’s Got Talent. They also coach sports teams and run events such as inter-form competitions. This interaction helps build positive relationships between year groups and sustains Nayland’s supportive environment.
These make an important contribution to inter-form competitions, mufti-day fundraising, the Senior Ball and social activities.
Our students also support groups such as Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD), CanTeen, World Vision, Amnesty International, the Nayland Environmental Sustainability Team (NEST) and a range of local charities.
“There are many opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and to contribute to decision making and the life of the college.” (ERO 2011)