24 Mar Sports Director Mark Cochrane farewells Nayland
Of the six years my family and I have lived in Nelson, I have worked over four of them at Nayland College.
I started in 2011 in the part time Rugby administrator position with the Nayland College 1st XV having just entered the Press Cup competition. I also taught some classes that year in health and physical education along with relief teaching throughout the school. My second stint started in 2014 where I took on the Director of Sport role.
I have really enjoyed my time in what has been a period of change and growth for Nayland College. Some of my personal highlights include taking students skiing to Cardrona for the South Island Ski Champs, visiting New Zealand House while up in Wellington for the Tawa College exchange, being awarded a scholarship to visit top sporting schools in Victoria, Australia and attending numerous Volleyball tournaments with our school teams. There have been many other enjoyable moments like seeing the 9A girls team win the South Island Divison 2 Volleyball title and listening to the Maroon Mist cheer on our boys basketball team, but the thing I have enjoyed the most is simply seeing our students enjoying themselves playing sport. We have so many engaging students at Nayland and that is what makes the school.
I want to thank everyone who I have been involved with at Nayland including teachers, support staff, coaches, managers, volunteers, parents and students. I will keep in touch and will likely be in school from time to time with my wife Janelle now working in the International Department. I look forward to seeing the schools future successes and wish you all the very best.
By Mark Cochrane