Cathryn Bright’s life has been one big adventure, but now the focus is on her career. Cathryn left New Zealand at just twenty-two and worked at a summer camp in the States. This led to backpacking through the Middle East on her own.
She’s lived a year in both Japan and Hong Kong, and even mountain biked around Tibet and to the base camp of Mount Everest. “It was my amazingest adventure in the whole entire lifetime,” she said. “I cant believe I did that!” Now Cathryn’s adventures are on a smaller scale, and her next goal is visit to Stewart Island with her family.
Family is a large part of Cathryn’s life as she grew up as the youngest of five in Blenheim. “Being the youngest, you kind of harden up to quite a few things,” she explained. She now lives on her husband’s fifth generation beef farm, with their two kids, Samara (8) and Charlie (7). She loves the country lifestyle, especially for her children to get out and explore.
This largely plays into Cathryn’s outdoor education background. On her travels, she worked at a ski resort and an Outward Bound school, going on to teach this at NMIT. She settled down into more office-based work at Waimea’s Job Track program, and then extended into youth services for at risk and vulnerable teens. This began Cathryn’s involvement with Nayland College.
She began as a new Nayland staff member this year, as the Gateway and Pathway Plus Coordinator. Gateway puts Year 12s into work placement once a week for credits, and Pathway Plus helps Year 13s learn industry employment. Cathryn organizes this, as well as many site visits for the students. This gives a more hands on experience to help students figure out their future. “For me now, it’s a bit more about a career,” she said. “[…]Just continue to learn and really use my skills of the past.”
By Student Reporter: Carmen Puklowski