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:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Travel awards and scholarships
Neihana Waitai – New Zealand Representative to Youth ANZAAS, Brisbane
Kara Hamilton – XLAB, Germany; 5 weeks, the only New Zealand Representative, 1 of 30 students worldwide
Kara Hamilton – Powering Potential scholarship, 1 of 40 in New Zealand
Saul Ramsey – Hands-on Science award, Otago University, through Cawthron Science Fair
Oliver Sircombe-Kohen – World Science Conference, Israel, the only New Zealand Representative
Mitchell Chandler – Youth ANZAAS, Melbourne (1 of 8 from New Zealand)
Adam Pauling – Youth ANZAAS, Melbourne (1 of 8 from New Zealand)
Devonne Holland, Sarah McConchie – Hands-on Science award, Otago University, through Cawthron Science and Technology Fair
Daniel Raatz – NanoCamp, University of Canterbury, 1 of 40 chosen from New Zealand
Mitchell Chandler – Blake Expedition, sub-Antarctic Islands
Katie Shaw – Hands-on Science award, Otago University, through Cawthron Science Fair
Kara Hamilton; Dick Roberts – Env Sustainability (Female) ($350)
Matthew Edmonds; Dick Roberts – Env Sustainability (Male) ($350), Forest and Bird Shield
Saul Ramsey; Hands-On Science Award (Otago Uni) (worth >$1000)
Zoe Risner/Andre Castaing; Plant and Food research award, Statistics NZ award
Adam Pauling; Gold, SUPREME WINNER ($750)
Katie Shaw; Silver, Youth Leadership Award (Sustainability), Env Sust Award ($600)
Kara Hamilton/Tash Knight; Highly Recommended
Devonne Holland/Sarah McConchie; Hands-On Science Award (Paid trip to Otago Uni each) (worth >$1000 each)
Ashlee White/Leah Brady; Albert Jones Award (best oral communication) ($100)
Jack Sawyer; Statistics prize ($60)
Daniel Batchelor; Menzshed Award (2 year membership)
Campbell Suter; Engineering/Environmental award ($500)
Big Science Competition:
High Distinction (top 5% of entrants): Helena George, Matthew Suter, Merlyn Barrer, Zao Martin-Noble Distinction: Celia Allen
Distinction: Matthew Suter, Jake McNaughton, Kara Hamilton
Australian National Chemistry Quiz:
High Distinction (top 1% of entrants): Matthew Suter
Distinction: Andre Castaing, Zoe Risner
Otago Science Competition:
Distinction: Andre Castaing
Distinctions: Adam Pauling, Mitchell Chandler, Oliver Sircombe-Kohen, James MacKay, Andre Castaing, Campbell Suter
Australian National Chemistry Quiz:
High Distinction (top 1% of entrants): James MacKay, Oliver Sircombe-Kohen
Distinction: Zoe Risner, Amber van Ginkel, Neihana Waitai
Bronze (top 10% of entrants): Kara Hamilton, Moira Gibbons, Rocky Smith
1st in New Zealand: Oliver Sircombe-Kohen
High Distinction (top 1% of entrants): Gerry Toft, James MacKay
Distinction: Kara Hamilton, Hamish Penrose, Sarah McConchie, Daniel Kirby, Tobias Jordan, Rachael Chittenden, Holly Chandler, Francis Williams-Roper, Jona Schmutzer, Andre Castaing, Charlie Abrey