Circuit News

Nayland Pride leads the way

The Nayland Alliance of Gays and Straights was established in 2002, making Nayland the first South Island school to establish a group for LGBT+ students. In 2020, the group – now named Pride – is still working hard to give students a place to feel supported and accepted.

IOS class paddle boarding and BBQ trip

Last Friday, on the 28th of February, the Institute of Sport [IOS] and their teachers went on an afternoon trip to Tahunanui. Most people biked and others went in the van. They had a paddle board lesson followed by a BBQ lunch.

Speed-skater finds her balance

Year 12 Nayland College student Zena Denton inline speed-skates at both a national and international level. Last year she competed at the Oceanias, while over the New Year period she competed in the flat track and road nationals. Two weeks ago, she competed again in the banked track event. She came 2nd in relays and …

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Our newest Deputy Principal

Busy getting her head into her new role, Deputy Principal Hannah Cameron has been making sure that all aspects of Nayland College are running smoothly. Already a month down, she looks forward to a dynamic year.

New teaching assistant an outdoor enthusiast

An experienced man of the outdoors, Andrew Hewison draws knowledge from various careers as he joins the Nayland College staff as a teaching assistant.

When NZ becomes home…

Lisa-Marie Soehngen is one of the group of international students who’ve called Nayland home for a stretch of time after joining us from around the globe. Here she shares her experiences of NZ with us before she heads back to Germany.

Nelsonian returns home

As we near the end of the school year, there are a number of newer staff who we haven’t yet introduced. Read on as the Circuit school reporting team tracks them down to find out how they’re settling in.

Third climate strike unites community in intergenerational march

The third nationwide school Strike for Climate was held on Friday the 27th of September and has been praised as the biggest so far with an estimated 170,000 people striking around the country.

Aha! moment the best for outdoors-loving new maths teacher

New to Nayland maths teacher Deborah O’Dell was born on the North Shore of Auckland and grew up in a house there before the Harbour Bridge was built.

New maths teacher a valuable addition to Nayland

While Nayland has seen a number of new teachers make the move down from Auckland, Anna Playford and her family have joined us from another direction: Sydney, Australia.

Emily lifts herself to top of the country

Power-lifter and Year 12 student Emily Rutherford recently became the National Youth Champion after competing in Christchurch last month.

Spirited Spanish teacher joins Nayland

Half-Kiwi, half-Spanish, and whole-heartedly passionate, new Spanish teacher Cristina Armstrong is set to teach here at Nayland for at least the next two terms.

Science teacher passionate about making it practical

Science teacher Maria van den Berg brings much experience and knowledge to her role, as she joins the staff at Nayland College this term.

Nayland alumnus earns impressive accolade

Since leaving Nayland College in 1986, alumnus Doctor Judith Bateup has garnered an impressive list of achievements, the most recent of which is her election as a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Kayaker navigates Nayland’s sciences

Hilary Hurst loves a challenge, whether that be a difficult student, or navigating her way through harsh rapids. Mrs. Hurst enjoys teaching science, but she also seeks a “low key” adrenaline rush time to time.

Our future with artificial intelligence: Friend or foe?

Nayland College alumnus and current Washington DC economist Kinley Salmon can now add ‘author’ to his list of achievements. He recently returned to his former college to launch his first book Jobs, Robots & Us.

From shipwrecks to science labs

Though she may think otherwise, science teacher Dr Dean has lead an interesting life, to say the least.

Forum selection for Nayland environmentalist

Year 13 student and passionate environmentalist Matthew Edmonds was recently selected to attend Blake Inspire. He shares his experiences of this with us here.

Chemistry student makes national selection

Year 13 Merlyn Barrer was selected as one of 32 students nationally to attend the New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad training camp, held in Auckland from the 13th -18th of April. He shares his experiences below.

House Ravenclaw for Miss Harvey?

Trudy Harvey comes across as any other relateable modern-day English teacher.

Oliver! opens eyes to world of talent at Nayland

Last week the college’s school production took to the stage. Here student reporter Aleisha Smith gives a review of the closing night’s performance.