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Makeup Movers: KSSM

A great environment, friendly faces and a passion for practice are what make for a perfect place to carry out study.



A love of makeup is the reason that in 12 years the Kristen Stewart School of Makeup has seen more than 500 diplomas awarded to eager students, some of whom have attained prestigious roles in the industry throughout New Zealand.

Speaking to Kristen herself, it’s evident that the makeup connoisseur lives and breathes what she does.

She was excited to announce that they’ve now moved premises. “It’s nice to be in a space I’m really excited about. I’ve always wanted to provide a cool space with a nice vibe.”

The school offers “a good opportunity for people to kickstart their career. The main diploma happens four times a year for eight weeks and the part-time option, which involves two nights a week between 5-8pm, is great for people working or students in their final year of school who want to get ahead,” Kristen says.

There is also a great community of students past, present and prospective that showcase the KSSM name.

“We instill professionalism in our students and make sure they’re work ready. But when they leave the doors don’t close, we’re always here. They are all like family”.

Thinking of picking up the brush?  The next diploma starts 20 July, followed shortly by the part-time option commencing 21 July.


Meet the Principal: Selwyn House School

Dr. Lyn Bird – Principal

At Selwyn House School, the critical skills of creativity, self-regulation, empathy, adaptability, innovation and collaboration are infused throughout the Selwyn House curriculum, culminating in a unique senior leadership programme that prepares all students for their future lives. Our students develop deep discipline knowledge across subjects and then use their ability to collaborate and innovate to solve complex real-world problems. Employers across the world have emphasised the need for today’s young people to possess both deep knowledge and critical human skills, a combination that is commonly termed ‘T-shaped’ professionals – Selwyn House is developing young ‘T-shaped’ students. Their ability to utilise their ‘T-Shaped’ attributes and deep knowledge results in powerful thinking and problem-solving – skills and attributes that are in high demand today and in the future workforce.



Selwyn House School is a leading girls’ school for Years 1-8, with an onsite Boarding House and co-ed Pre-School.

It features modern facilities, outstanding resources, and a rigorous future-focussed curriculum implemented by highly qualified, expert teachers.

The school offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, which focusses on the total growth of the developing child, encompassing intellectual, social, physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs.

Their students achieve excellent results in their core subjects and internationally perform significantly higher than the international student cohort.

They consistently achieve at local, national and international competitions, with 73 recipients of national and international awards between 2017 and 2019.

As well as being able to explore their passions in specialist subjects including Science, Mechatronics, Spanish, Music, Visual and Performing Arts, and Physical Education, students undertake future and community problem solving tasks and leadership initiatives.

Selwyn House School has a proud tradition of offering an innovative education that continually adapts to meet future challenges.

The strong ‘STEAM’ programme at Selwyn House School uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

Their STEAM Hub provides every student from Year 1 to 8 access to state-of-the-art equipment including 3D printers, a kiln, a laser cutter, sewing machines and Virtual Reality headsets.

Mechatronics, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are Selwyn House subjects that ensure students are equipped with 21st century skill sets and fully prepared to lead in a future that is heavy in technology.

The school provides exceptional educational opportunities for girls, in a stimulating and nurturing environment.

Their focus is on developing globally minded learners and leaders who will become confident and capable young women.


Meet the Principal: Nelson College

Richard Dykes – Head Master


“My tenure as Headmaster at Nelson College began very recently, in June 2020. My educational philosophy is simple…to make amazing young people even more amazing. At Nelson College, I have seen already that we have impressive young men. They’re confident, articulate and resilient. My job is to provide our students with amazing opportunities, support and challenge – by employing and supporting dedicated teachers. Nelson College is a place where we build a legacy and a future through academic, sporting, artistic, student leadership and service”.




Nelson College Boarding is well known for its welcoming family environment.

This was highlighted when the COVID Lockdown occurred.

Most of our internationally based students chose to stay, along with staff, and form a safe bubble of 80.

This included Year 13 kiwi student Mac Harris, whose parents live in Japan.

When the lockdown happened, Mac thought about going home, but decided it was safer to stay at school. “I wanted to stay here in case things got worse and I couldn’t come back,” Mac says.

“Being in lockdown with all the international students also meant I got to know everyone really well. They’re pretty awesome.”

Nelson College has long been a progressive and innovative boys’ school.

Our learning environment focuses on ‘inspiring young men to take their place in the world by fostering the values of manaakitanga through quality education’.

We take great pride in nurturing each boy’s individual interests and potential across all areas of academia, sport, arts, culture, and leadership.

“Our boarders sit at the heart of the school and we’re incredibly proud of them,” Director of Boarding Samme Hippolite says.

“We know how formative these years are, and we want the boys to have every opportunity to develop their interests. We also want them to have fun, make lifelong friendships and create unforgettable memories within the context of a clear and safe structure.”

Set alongside the main college campus, the college’s two boarding houses – Rutherford and Barnicoat – are large heritage buildings that have recently had major refurbishments.

“Our experienced staff are committed to creating a strong and caring community within the boarding fraternity,” Samme says.

“We ensure that our boys are supported throughout their educational endeavours, and we also make sure that they get to experience everything our beautiful Nelson region offers.


A bright future in agriculture: Telford College

Forming an integral part of New Zealand farming history, Telford has been preparing students for their future in agriculture for more than 50 years.



As the newest faculty of the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT), Telford has benefited from significant investment in the last year, and as a result has had essential work carried out on campus, including deferred maintenance, IT infrastructure, and technology development. Further funding from the Government allows SIT’s continued commitment to campus improvement, ensuring Telford is capable of providing a contemporary educational experience to each new intake of students.

The future is bright for this well-established and respected campus, with fresh investment, new programmes and forward-thinking direction.

Telford is situated in South Otago, within a thriving rural community and is just 5km from Balclutha.

Set over a generous 851 hectares of farmland, the campus sits in majestic grounds of mature trees, gardens and sweeping lawns, with an historic homestead at its heart.

In addition to halls of residence, where students can be accommodated throughout their studies, Telford has a wide variety of facilities, including technical workshops (machinery, carpentry and welding), classrooms and livestock units.

Telford is also equipped with excellent equine facilities – including indoor and outdoor arenas and well-organised stable blocks.

All training is undertaken with the supervision of experienced tutors and farm managers, ensuring students are both safe and comfortable in the agricultural environment.

Students gain real-life, practical training and participate in regular work experience on external farms, relevant to their area of study.

Students are also given the opportunity to train their own working dog whilst studying at Telford, with 30 dog kennels on-site for housing their animals.

This experience is frequently mentioned as a highlight when graduates look back on their time at Telford.

Run as a commercial entity, Telford Farms provides a unique and commercially realistic ‘classroom’ to develop students farming skills.

The property is home to a sheep and beef unit, dairy unit and forestry unit, providing students with an accurate view of what their future could hold within their chosen industry upon graduation.

On-campus programmes are not just limited to agriculture, with Telford expanding into other areas.

Options now include: Diploma level agriculture, rural animal technician, farming systems and equipment, and sporthorse.

Blended delivery options are available in: wool technology, apiary, photography and project management.

Looking ahead, SIT is currently working on accreditation and hoping to offer the Bachelor of Applied Management (Agribusiness Management) at the rural campus.

Whilst this work has currently been disrupted by Covid-19, keep an eye out for further developments.

Telford’s Taster Camps provide a hands-on opportunity to discover what it’s like to live and learn at Telford.

Usually taking place during school holidays, the 5-day camps also provide students transitioning directly from High School to Telford the chance to meet and make friends with other like-minded students choosing to study there.

The 2020 camps are scheduled to take place on 29 September – 03 October, and 08 – 12 December, 2020.

For more information about a Telford Taster Camp, Semester 2 programmes, or the Zero Fees Scheme at Telford, visit the website.

Telford students are also eligible to apply for SIT’s innovative Zero Fees Scheme, for full details please go to the SIT website.