Stu­dents get chance to air their views

The Leader (Nelson) - - YOUR HEALTH - LOUIS DAVIS

A new Nel­son radio show driven by two stu­dents cov­ers top­i­cal is­sues and events at Nay­land Col­lege.

Nay­land on Air rep­re­sents the stu­dent body and in­cludes live mu­sic per­for­mances, in­ter­views and read­ings of school­work.

It is an ‘‘ex­pe­ri­en­tial learning process’’ for the stu­dents and cov­ers school cul­ture, mu­sic, sci­ence and art, as well as LGBTQ is­sues.

The show launched in May and broadcasts ev­ery sec­ond Tues­day on Fresh FM between 6-7pm.

Year 10 stu­dent Emma Barnes-Wetere presents the show along­side year 11 stu­dent and tech­ni­cian Caleb Fitzger­ald.

Barnes-Wetere said the show had been a ‘‘big learning process’’ and raised her self­con­fi­dence.

‘‘It al­lows the com­mu­nity to get to know what we’re do­ing and be in­ter­ested and learn some­thing new about the way our school works,’’ Bar­nesWetere said.

Fitzger­ald said he was focused on mak­ing the show run smoothly, but oc­ca­sion­ally made com­ments on air.

‘‘At the stu­dio I run the sound desk and pretty much ev­ery­thing tech­ni­cal that makes the pro­gramme tick.’’

Barnes-Wetere is keen on pub­lic speak­ing and a pos­si­ble ca­reer in me­dia while Fitzger­ald has ex­pe­ri­ence in radio from Broad­green in­ter­me­di­ate.

The pair want to see more stu­dents in­volved for live in­ter­views and stu­dent-based con­tent.

Teacher John Valen­tine handed over his reg­u­lar Fresh FM slot, Pale Blue Dot, which was about en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial is­sues, to two keen Nay­land Col­lege stu­dents.

‘‘Nay­land Col­lege has a unique char­ac­ter and the radio about Nay­land is unique be­cause of that.’’

Valen­tine said there were a lot of stu­dent shows on Fresh FM but Nay­land on Air was dif­fer­ent be­cause it focused on the school.

Me­dia stud­ies teacher and Nay­land on Air team mem­ber Duncan McKinlay would like to see old-fash­ioned radio plays per­formed on the show, which were orig­i­nally done on Radio Nay­land years ago.

‘‘Nay­land has a rich her­itage in this genre. A few decades ago, when Nay­land last had a radio sta­tion, they pro­duced a radio play that was broad­cast on Na­tional Radio.’’

Nay­land on Air are look­ing for more stu­dents to join the team.

It also needs sup­port from spon­sors as each show costs $60. Spon­sors can ex­pect live men­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion about spon­sor­ing the show, please con­tact John Valen­tine on john.valen­tine@nay­

Caleb Fitzger­ald and Emma Barnes-Wetere are be­hind a new radio show fo­cus­ing on Nay­land Col­lege, with Matt Budd from Fresh FM.

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