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Nayland College

NAYLAND COLLEGE Inspiring People

Nayland College is a co-educational High School of approximately 1000 students located in Nelson, the sunshine capital of New Zealand. Nayland College attracts between 50-60 international students each year.

Nelson is at the heart of a thriving region bounded by three national parks. Nelson is a safe, friendly and caring city with the reputation as the arts capital of New Zealand. Nelson offers an amazing range of sporting, outdoor, creative and cultural experiences.

Nayland College is renowned for its academic success, quality teaching staff and our innovative teaching programmes. We are national recognised for our care of International Students and we pride ourselves on the support that we provide students, both at school and in the homestay environment.

A full range of curriculum areas is available. Areas of specialisation include: Outdoor Education, Marine Science, Psychology, Journalism, Photography, Art, Music, Dance, Drama, Sciences, Spanish and Chinese

Our Vision: Inspiring people

Inspiring learners
Connected, engaged and resilient learners who have purpose and belief and are confident adaptable contributors in a rapidly changing world.

Inspiring learning

Personalised learning, powerful community partnerships and authentic, innovative learning opportunities that stimulate deep thinking and inquiry. 

Our Values – SOAR


learners who aim for personal excellence


learners who take every opportunity to reach their goals


learners who are engaged, collaborative and curious


learners who show manaaki (respect and concern for learning, for others, for themselves and for the environment) and whanaungatanga (connection and belonging).

Our students leave us as confident, adaptable contributors:

“My time was amazing!!! I enjoyed every single thing that I did here at Nayland. Never has any School looked after me so well as you guys did. I will miss Nayland and all of my friends and teachers. You helped me to have the best year of my life. I am really thankful” — Ana (Brazil)


“Thank you so much for an awesome four years at Nayland... you are all amazing. You have opened so many doors for me and now I will go to University in Tokyo” — Momoko (Japan)

“I love my Nayland teachers and their passion for teaching. You can study so many subjects at this school.” — Jia (China)


ERO reports:

“The school effectively supports international students, promotes their involvement in the life of the school and fosters their wellbeing and learning”

“Nayland College places a high value on promoting and maintaining strong relationships within a culture of inclusion, diversity and individuality. Supporting the wellbeing of students remains a key priority and feature of the school. A range of rich learning opportunities within and beyond the school promotes student interest and engagement.” 

For more information please look at our website: www.nayland.school.nz

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