New Performing Arts Coordinator at Nayland College, Sarah Luton, has an background of missionary work. She has traveled to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia.
Part of her work in these third world countries included helping start up an organisation involved in counter human trafficking.
Her missionary work with her family has now taken a back seat, although she is still greatly involved with the Equippers Churches in New Zealand. “[Missionary work is] something we care about but something that we support from a distance financially rather than actually being the ones on the front line at the moment,” she said.
Mrs Luton only moved to Nelson from Gisborne in August last year. She wasn’t initially ready to look for a job because her family had just shifted into their house. However, when the school was in need of some temporary administration support, her aunt who works at the college mentioned Sarah’s name. “I started [in the Performing Arts department] just in a temporary role but it ended up becoming a permanent role,” she said.
Sarah’s job as the Performing Arts Coordinator is to provide administration support for the dance, drama and music teachers behind the scenes. “It’s a very busy department, there’s a lot happening here,” she said. She helps the teachers with the admin side of their work to “enable them to maximize their use of their time and their skills.”
As well as her work in the Performing Arts department, she also works for the Nayland Music Trust. The trust aims at providing students from the local primary schools with access to music and opportunities to take up an instrument.
In her spare time Sarah and her two kids like to go adventuring and seeing what Nelson has to offer. She said that her family have enjoyed going to spots like the Lee Valley, Aniseed Valley and Cable Bay. She’s enjoyed exploring the places that “everyone in Nelson loves that [her family is] still discovering.”
By student reporter Emma Nell