Ko te reo te tuakiri Language is my identity.

Ko te reo tōku ahurei Language is my uniqueness.

Ko te reo te ora. Language is my life.

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.

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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)