Extroverted leader strikes school life balance

New student leader Jaid van den Berg-Kaire is an active and dedicated member of the 2018 team. An extrovert by nature, Jaid finds her middleground in life by enjoying quiet downtime at home.

New student leader Jaid van den Berg-Kaire is an active and dedicated member of the 2018 team. An extrovert by nature, Jaid finds her middleground in life by enjoying quiet downtime at home.

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Student leader embraces new role

Sam trains with the Giants.

Year 13 student leader Sam Seelen enjoys being able to have a positive impact on Nayland College. Sam has attended Nayland since year 9 but only decided he would like to run for the role as a student leader last year.

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Exchange student scores final goal

Inka enjoys the relaxed team spirit of Waimai United.

After learning English for 10 years, German exchange student Inka Hoehne was given the opportunity to experience life and sport in a different country for a year.  The choice to live in New Zealand for a year was ultimately up to Inka, with input from her little brother, who agreed on her chosen destination across the globe. “I was like, ‘wow, New Zealand’,” said Inka, recalling the thought of visiting such a foreign country.

Once here Inka became a team player of local hockey team, Waimai United and noticed that playing hockey in New Zealand is very different than in Germany.  “I played in a really, really, really, really good team and they always had to win everything,” said Inka. “It’s so much more fun here, just to have fun.”  What interests her about hockey is the team playing aspect and success that everyone shares a part of. “You have together this success if you win, or you lose together.”

While staying in New Zealand, Inka tried a handful of different activities such as tennis and athletics. She admits to having a love for sport, though since her time in New Zealand has come to a close, her priorities have changed. “I just want to spend as much time with my friends, so I stopped,” she said.

Besides studying at Nayland College, the 16 year old and her family have travelled around the South island as well as up to the Bay of Plenty. “I did a bungy jump in Queenstown and that was one of my highlights.”

Inka spoke of how the bigger cities in the South Island made her think of her home in Hamburg.  “I missed the big city feeling, so I was really happy that New Zealand has a big city as well, that was cool,” she said.

The move to New Zealand was a challenge for her younger brother, who couldn’t speak any English. Inka admitted that her family spoke German at home because her brother wasn’t fluent. “He enjoys it and it’s probably really exciting speaking another language,” she concluded.

Inka said that her family loves New Zealand and the way that everything is much more relaxed. “In Germany, it’s always stressful. Everyone needs to be on time and everything needs to be planned and everyone is always in a rush,” she said.  Here the attitude is very different.  “Everyone is like, ‘don’t worry about that too much’,” Inka said.

Inka met many new people from all around the globe on her exchange to a country that she hadn’t been before, including the friends she has made at Nayland College.  “I’m pretty sure that I’ll come back even after I’ve finished school, to travel and meet my friends again.”

Perseverance is the key to success

Andre focuses on his work.

With an Excellence endorsement for Level 2 at the end of Year 11, Andre Castaing may have the opportunity to attend university at the end of 2016, earlier than most students his age.

The high achieving Year 12 student said that the key to his success is about enjoying learning and being enthusiastic about it too. “It’s about just maintaining a positive mindset and being prepared to do the stuff that needs to be done,” he said.

“It’s interesting seeing my class from when I started at Nayland, and the ones who just haven’t cared, have struggled,” he said when he spoke about the learning attitude of some students.

While most of the other students in his year group intend to sit for Level 2 credits, half of Andre’s six subjects are at Level 3. “I should get University Entrance this year and fingers crossed, Level 3 with Excellence,” he said.

The keen learner gave credit to his Year 9 accelerate English teacher, Ms. Forder, for enforcing the quote, ‘Self determination is the most important factor for the outcome of your life’ on her students, right from the beginning of the first term.

“I think that’s become self fullfilling overtime,” he referred to the quote from one of his first teachers at Nayland and the impact that it has had.

Andre said that the accelerate classes at Nayland are beneficial and cater for the students who need them. “A lot of that is about pushing students to where they want to be, but the students need to have some enthusiasm nurtured in them first,” he said.

As for New Zealand’s education system, Andre said that there are definitely some aspects that could be improved, although he said that lot of learning that takes place depends on the teacher.

He said that having an enthusiastic teacher, “Makes you enthusiastic about learning, so it means that you are engaged, you’re enfranchised, you’re enjoying it,” then added that Mr. McLellan helped him to enjoy his learning.

“Learning is progressive. You could say that the first time that you learned to write was the first time you learned to hold a pen and scribble, or the first time you did maths was the first time you counted, ‘one, two, three four,” said Andre, when he commented on the learning capability of students.

Andre said that his perseverance is what allowed him to do well in school. “You have to, have to, have to ask the questions when you don’t understand things,” he said.

For Nayland College’s pupil, Andre is yet to know what career he wants to pursue for the rest of his working life, or if he will even attend university. “Perhaps something sciencey, something commercey, maybe engineering, maybe air traffic control,” said Andre.

The decision to attend Nayland College came down to the location of where his family bought a house, that ended up being close to the school.

“I prefer co-ed school because I think it has a better atmosphere about it,” said Andre, although the decision ultimately came down to location. “We moved just down the road, it would make no sense to go anywhere else.”