We are in Alert Level 1

The Government has reduced New Zealand’s alert level to Alert Level 1 at midnight on Tuesday, 9 June 2020. This returns life in New Zealand to a relatively normal, mostly pre-COVID-19 state.

This notice contains information for different audiences. You can choose from the following information:


COVID-19 Notice

COVID-19 is a contagious disease.

New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 1. You can find out more information on alert levels at www.covid19.govt.nz

As of 9 AM on Tuesday, 9 June 2020, we have 0 active cases of COVID-19 in isolation in Canterbury or New Zealand, and we have no wider community transmission of the virus at this stage. We do need to remain vigilant.

Do NOT visit our campus if you have:

  • Chills, shivering, and / or fever (temperature above 38C)
  • Coughing and / or sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sneezing / runny nose or loss of sense of smell
  • Suspect you have been in contact with Coronavirus

Contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor.


Clinic Days Information

Clinic Reopening

  • Our clinic will reopen for appointments on Thursday, 30 July 2020.
  • Appointments will be held on Thursdays and Fridays.

Contact Tracing

  • You will need to complete a contact tracing form at reception before you enter the school proper.
  • You will need to sign out at reception before you leave the school.

Personal Hygiene

We require you to remain vigilant with hand washing and hand sterilisation.

  • Any client using the washroom should wash their hands with soap using the diagrams listed in the washroom for 20 seconds or more, dry their hands with the paper towels provided, and use the paper towels to open the door. Paper towels can be disposed of in the trash can in the small corridor outside the washrooms.
  • Any client is encouraged to use the hand sanitiser available in the public areas of the school after they have touched any surface.

Gift Certificates

  • All gift certificates that were set to expire between 23 March 2020 and Friday, 31 July 2020 will be extended to expire six months after Friday, 31 July 2020 to a new expiration date of Friday, 29 January 2021.
  • All gift certificates that were with an expiry date after Friday, 31 July 2020 will be extended to expire six months beyond the initial expiry date.

More Information

You can find out more information on our clinic at our Absolute Aesthetics page on our Web site.


Visitor Requirements

Appointments

Visitors should have an appointment before visiting the school.

We would appreciate if all bookings were made using our booking system.

If you show up without an appointment, we cannot guarantee we will be able to assist you.

All visitors are expected to supply truthful information including:

  • Their full name
  • Their full home address
  • Their email address
  • Their cell phone number
  • Questions regarding their own health and any potential exposure to COVID-19

Contact Tracing

  • You will need to complete a contact tracing form at reception before you enter the school proper.
  • You will need to sign out at reception before you leave the school.

Personal Hygiene

We require you to remain vigilant with hand washing and hand sterilisation.

  • Any visitor using the washroom should wash their hands with soap using the diagrams listed in the washroom for 20 seconds or more, dry their hands with the paper towels provided, and use the paper towels to open the door. Paper towels can be disposed of in the trash can in the small corridor outside the washrooms.
  • Any visitor is encouraged to use the hand sanitiser available in the public areas of the school after they have touched any surface.

Further Questions

If you have any further questions about this information, please feel free to contact us via our Contact Us page or call us on 0800 627 269 or 03 366 5037.

Thank you, and stay safe!

We are in Alert Level 2
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Our campus reopened to students on Monday, 18 May 2020 as per Government guidelines at Alert Level 2.

This notice contains information for different audiences. You can choose from the following information:

COVID-19 Notice

COVID-19 is a contagious disease.

New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 2. You can find out more information on alert levels at www.covid19.govt.nz

As of 9 AM on Sunday, 17 May 2020, we have 6 active cases of COVID-19 in isolation in Canterbury, but we have no wider community transmission of the virus at this stage. We do need to remain vigilant.

Do NOT visit our campus if you have:

  • Chills, shivering, and / or fever (temperature above 38C)
  • Coughing and / or sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sneezing / runny nose or loss of sense of smell
  • Suspect you have been in contact with Coronavirus

Contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor.

Clinic Days Information

  • Our clinic is currently closed to all clients until further notice.
  • We will be reviewing these guidelines in line with Government advice and the evolving COVID-19 situation.
  • We envisage the latest the clinic will reopen is when New Zealand shifts to Alert Level 1.
  • All gift certificates that were set to expire between 23 March 2020 and when our clinic reopens will be extended to expire six months after our clinic reopens.
  • All gift certificates that were with an expiry date after the date our clinic reopens will be extended to expire six months beyond the initial expiry date.

Visitor Requirements

Visitors without an appointment will be turned away.

Only the following types of people will be allowed to make appointments with us at the moment:

  • Prospective students for a tour and chat
  • Applicants for July programmes to drop their application off
  • Interviewees for July programmes to have an interivew
  • Enrolees for July programmes to finish their enrolment

All appointments must be made using our booking system.

All visitors are expected to supply truthful information including:

  • Their full name
  • Their full home address
  • Their email address
  • Their cell phone number
  • Questions regarding their own health and any potential exposure to COVID-19

Further Questions

If you have any further questions about this information, please feel free to contact us via our Contact Us page or call us on 0800 627 269 or 03 366 5037.

Thank you, and stay safe!

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

COVID-19 Update: 6 May 2020

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We are still accepting applications for the July 2020 intakes of the New Zealand Certificate in Nail Technology and the New Zealand Certificate and Diploma in Beauty Therapy programmes. Emailing your applications to us is the best option to ensure a speedy response.

New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 3 as of 11:59 PM on Monday, 27 April 2020.

While we have the ability to offer limited face-to-face training under Level 3, we have decided that we will remain offering distance and online learning to our students for now.

The New Zealand Government will issue further guidelines on what Alert Level 2 will entail tomorrow (Thursday, 7 May 2020).

They will also inform us if we will be moving from Alert Level 3 to a higher or lower alert level, or remaining at Alert Level 3, on Monday, 11 May 2020.

If the Government decides to move to Alert Level 2, we will be issuing further guidelines and instructions to our team members, students, and the general public. These will be in-line with Government advice.

While we believe learning will resume on-campus at Alert Level 2, the way we will interact may change in the interim to ensure health and safety of all are protected as best as we can manage it.

Some activities, such as clinic days, may not resume until Alert Level 1.

Even though we are in Alert Level 3, and may be moving to Alert Level 2 soon, it is important that you and everyone you know remains safe and vigilant. Stay within your bubble, stay home whenever you possibly can (no unnecessary trips), keep washing your hands with soap for 20+ seconds (and drying them well), be kind, and together we can beat this virus.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions or need further guidance. Stay safe!

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

COVID-19 Update: 25 March 2020

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This is duplicated from the emergency event added on our calendar on our Web site. For more information, see https://www.nasa.co.nz/event/covid-19-alert-all-students-online-distance-learning/

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic alert levels 3 and 4 put into place by the New Zealand Government as of 1:30 PM on Monday, 23 March 2020, all learning at the National School of Aesthetics has transitioned to distance and online learning.

The notice and further information can be found at www.covid19.govt.nz

Students will be completing all scheduled lessons and tasks in the week of Monday, 23 March 2020, except some minor introductory lessons are shifted until we are back on campus. Homework and other written assignments are due on Monday, 30 March 2020 as normal.

The New Zealand Government has moved April school holidays to Monday, 30 March 2020 through until Friday, 10 April 2020. With the Easter weekend in play, the school holidays extend to include Monday, 13 April 2020 and Tuesday, 14 April 2020. This means learning officially starts up again (off-campus) on Wednesday, 15 April 2020.

We will email students instructions on how to access the online learning platform as soon as it has been fully setup.

At this stage, we are planning on resuming on-campus training on Tuesday, 28 April 2020, which was the original starting date for Term 2. This may change due to the continuation of the alert level 3 or 4, and is entirely dependent on the Government’s instructions during this pandemic.

All team members are working off-campus, and all students have been assigned a tutor as their main contact for their class. In addition, students have been emailed information regarding what will be expected of them in each week during the distance / online learning phase while the Government has placed all non-essential services (including education at all levels) into isolation.

The isolation measures put in place are extremely important to follow to ensure we help reduce, or eliminate, COVID-19 and the threat to the New Zealand community. Please follow all Government advice.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions or need further guidance. Stay safe!

Monday, 23 March 2020

COVID-19 Update: 23 March 2020

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A Letter from Our Owners, Noel and Don

Hello and tena koutou katoa to our students, graduates, team, clients, supporters and the wider community.

We are Noel Turner and Don Kendall, co-founders and co-owners of The National School Aesthetics in Christchurch, New Zealand.

We founded the National School of Aesthetics in 1985. On 3 July 2020, NaSA will turn 35 years old. We are, and will continue our to be, the oldest beauty therapy and nail technology school in New Zealand.

2020 has challenged humanity. We are now facing a pandemic like the planet has not seen in our lifetimes. Our country is holding the COVID-19 virus at bay, but we all need to do our part to combat the spread of the virus in our community. We must remain calm, but we must also take strong measures in order to respond to this virus. That is why, as of Monday, 23 March 2020, the National School of Aesthetics has decided to take the following steps to help combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

I want to emphasise that there are 4 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canterbury as of 1:30 PM on Monday, 23 March 2020, and there are no known cases or links to COVID-19 in the NaSA community at this time. The population of the wider Christchurch community stands at over 350,000 people. Yet we have seen how aggressive this virus has been in other parts of the world where drastic measures have not been taken.

As of Monday, all appointments will be cancelled, including client day appointments, tours, application drop-offs, and interviews.

We will continue to accept applications and enquiries by email. We can conduct interviews by video conferencing, and we will continue to enrol students for July remotely. If we work together as a community and continue to suppress transmission within the country, things may return to some semblance of normal before the July intake starts.

For our existing students, we are moving to a distance and then online learning environment. By the end of today, all students will be completing their learning remotely for the rest of the first term, scheduled to end on Thursday, 9 April 2020. The April school holidays will remain the same. These school holidays are 18 days long, so give over 2 weeks of non-contact as-is.

Please check your email in the near future for further instructions about accessing the online environment during the rest of the term. We will continue to add lessons just in case we need to continue teaching this way after the April school holidays end.

All students will be assigned a specific tutor by class to be your liaison during this time. Please use email as your primary contact during this time.

This new process gives us over a month of self-isolation to help so our bit to combat COVID-19 in New Zealand.

This afternoon, the Government has ordered us to self-isolate during this time. It is not a time to go out and socialize or hang out with friends. All of us need to stay isolated at home unless making vital visits to the supermarket, doctor, or pharmacy. All students and team members are encouraged to get a flu shot as soon as they are available too, to reduce their risk of further complications.

We will issue further advice as it becomes available, and we thank you for working with us at this time.

Overall, we need to work together to control, and ultimately defeat, COVID-19 in New Zealand while ensuring the continuation of learning and education in our community.

We understand this is a difficult time for us all, but by working together, we can make it through this pandemic.

As always, if you have any questions, please visit us on nasa.co.nz or email us on [email protected] for more information.

Stay safe and kia kaha.

Yours Sincerely,

Noel Turner, PhD
Chief Executive Officer and
Co-Owner

Don Kendall
Director of Education and
Co-Owner

Aesthetics House Limited trading as The National School of Aesthetics

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COVID-19 Notice

COVID-19 is a contagious disease.

As of 1 PM on Friday, 20 March 2020, we have 2 known casse of COVID-19 in isolation in Canterbury, but we have no wider community transmission of the virus at this stage. We do need to remain vigilant.

Do NOT visit our campus if you have:

  • Chills, shivering, and / or fever (temperature above 38C)
  • Coughing and / or sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Suspect you have been in contact with Coronavirus

Contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor.


Letter from Our CEO, Noel Turner

Hello everybody,

I know there is some concern about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation.

I want to assure you that we are taking your safety and your final educational outcome with regards to your course very seriously.

While there are strict rules around absenteeism, the rules can be adapted somewhat in the case of national emergencies.  This was last tested by the Christchurch earthquakes when we had to close our school twice during a semester.  We worked with students and other organisations and managed to work along with hardly a problem.  The pass-rate was very good and no-one was disadvantaged by the situation. I was extremely proud of our team and our students and how they handled everything.

In this case, we are asking you to refrain from coming to the school if you have been exposed to, or have contracted COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  This is likely to be offset against your sick leave entitlement.  This is why we always emphasize that you need to keep as many days in your sick leave entitlement as possible available to you in case they are needed.  That to me, makes perfect sense. 

However,  you must not come to school if you suspect that you have contracted the COVID-19 virus or if you have been in close contact with any other person who has the virus.  If you do come to school when either of the above applies to you, it means that you might be responsible for spreading the disease through the school, forcing a closure and causing problems for everyone here.  You don’t want to be that person.

We are working away to ensure that procedures are in place to cover closures or absences caused by COVID-19.  In short, we will provide you with assignments  with measurable outcomes which you will be able to do at home.  Members of our team will be available for advice by email and phone.  We will guide and assist you where needed.  In the event we must close, the time you are away will not be counted as time-off and we will be providing course work and will assume that you are still studying and working under your own steam at home.

The final proof of the quality of the work you are doing will become dependent on the outcome of your qualifying examinations.   Simply – if you have done the work, you should pass.  If you have not, you may fail.

Other measures to keep everyone safe may be introduced at any time.  It is a difficult time for us balancing the quality of the school environment and your enjoyment of the course against the requirements of our governing bodies and the New Zealand Government.

I am concerned I am hearing reports some students have said they will come into school no matter what, even if they are sick.  Please do not!  You will be risking the health of everyone here. 

While at school, please wash your hands.  Often.  In addition, use the hand sanitisers in addition to (not in place of) hand washing. Take whatever precautions we ask you to take.  We are receiving up-to-date advice from several Government Departments, so we are working with the latest knowledge and instructions laid down by them.

With all of us working together and looking out for each other,  we should be able to continue on by simply taking extra care and precautions. That said, none of us know what the future holds, but we are all work with you, not against you.

And wash your hands.  I can’t emphasise this enough!

Above all, look out for each other.  We usually have students who have moved away from their normal environment to study with us.  Don’t feel isolated. Don’t let anyone feel isolated  Together we are strong so let’s not leave anyone behind.

I hope this clears up some of the worry you have regarding this.  As usual, if you have any worries, please speak to any staff member you feel comfortable talking to for further information.

Above all, wash your hands! 😊

Yours Sincerely,
Noel Turner, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Aesthetics House Limited trading as The National School of Aesthetics

Education Team welcomes new beauty therapy and nail technology students in the lecture room on 3 February 2020

Welcome to our new students! Glad to have you here studying with us. Here are our lovely beauty tutor team at orientation with our new students.

Jordan Taylor applies makeup

Jordan Taylor likes, “the sense of mastering the art of beauty.” Currently studying the Diploma in Beauty Therapy at The National School of Aesthetics, she feels she, “enjoys the practical application of ideas,” and the beauty programme is an outlet for these strengths. She’s passionate about make-up, waxing, manicure and electrology. Despite holding no formal secondary qualifications because school did not hold her interest, Jordan’s strong grades at NaSA reflect her passion.

After researching other beauty institutions, Jordan chose NaSA as she respected NaSA’s professionalism, strong reputation and welcoming staff. She also feels her classmates make her study more enjoyable.

Jordan’s not only starting a beauty career for herself but also for her two children, Ashton (6) and Noah (3). NaSA’s 9 AM to 1 PM class times have helped her negotiate study and motherhood. “Without NaSA’s flexible hours, it would have been impossible for me to study,” she says. Timing is a struggle sometimes, but it is easier than expected, she adds.

Other challenges include completing larger projects and homework while ensuring her children’s needs are met. Her children have grown to have, “a deeper understanding of homework.”

After completing her diploma, she’s studying NaSA’s Certificate in Nail Technology. Once Jordan has mastered these skills, she’ll open her small business from home while “comfortably negotiating my role as a mother”, and eventually develop it into a commercial practice as her children get older.

To launch your beauty career with NaSA, call 0800 NaSANZor visit www.nasa.co.nz.

This article originally appeared in the Christchurch Star on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 and was written by NaSA’s Director of Operations, Scott Fack.  A big thank you to Jordan for her comments and help with this article.  If you’re a NaSA student or graduate who would like to share your story with us, contact Scott.

Parts of Jordan’s Interview In Her Own Words

“I really enjoy the sense of mastering the art of beauty. The subjects I feel most passionate about are make-up, waxing, manicures and electrology. My fellow classmates have made it a much more enjoyable experience, as we have been through the highs and lows together we have become a lot closer.”

“The hardest aspects are the more academic components; however as I am driven by my enthusiasm in the beauty industry, I am finding I can drive myself to over come these hurdles this has also taught me resilience.”

“I have two children Ashton (6) and Noah (3). While they look like two peas in a pod, they are very different in personalities. Ash is the sensitive, ‘curious’, notebook-in-hand type of child who never ceases to tell others how important they are. Whilst Noah is determined he is the ultimate Batman here to save humanity from the baddies and whose sole purpose is to do good. the washing of the Batman suit produces many tears.”

“Challenges at times have been completing the larger projects whilst juggling childcare. At times, the children have learnt to understand that I need to complete study and they have developed appreciation for the quality time we have [and] also a deeper understanding of ‘homework’. I have managed to organize my study time whereby weekends for the most part are family time. I am fortunate to have family support and the children get outings with other loved ones when I cannot.”

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NaSA students perform manicures on one another. Source: Christchurch Press

Thursday night, 20/20 reported on the incidence of medical issues arising from poor hygiene and sterlisation (amongst other things) in some clinics in the Auckland region.  It’s interesting to note that some (if not all) of these nail bars seemed to be run in malls.  I would wager that some of the operators did not hold recognised qualifications.

If you didn’t see the report, you can find it here: http://tvnz.co.nz/20-20-news/nailed-video-6001303

At The National School of Aesthetics, we have pushed and continue to push for high standards in the beauty therapy industry.  These standards are apparent in appearance and uniform, and they extend to knowledge in anatomy and physiology, hygiene and sterilisation, record-keeping, diseases and disorders, contraindications, and so on.  We’ve built our nearly 30 year reputation through strong training and education.

In the early 2000s, the Tertiary Education Commission granted us additional funding to properly train nail technicians for inclusion in the industry.  We even ran Recognition of Prior Learning programmes to help nail technicians with non-NZQA-Approved nail technology qualifications upgrade to our NZQA-Approved Certificate in Nail Technology.  The uptake on the latter was poor, and this led to many nail technicians out there offering treatments without an NZQA-Approved qualification.

Despite pushing these standards, some potential students do not see the value in our 15 week NZQA-Approved Certificate in Nail Technology and decide to undertake a non-NZQA-Approved short nail technology course, thinking the less time they spend in a classroom, the better.  But graduates from these short, non-approved nail technology courses most likely do not hold the same level of competence in their skills or knowledge, especially in anatomy and physiology, diseases and disorders, or hygiene and sterilisation as our graduates do.  And therein lies the problem.

How can we help educate the general public about the importance of proper training and NZQA-recognised qualifications?

  • We can educate the general public about the importance of seeing an NZQA-Approved programme’s certificate or diploma hanging on the wall in the clinic or asking the nail technician or beauty therapist if he or she qualified through an NZQA-Registered provider, gaining an NZQA-Approved programme’s certificate or diploma.
  • We can explain that NZQA-Registered tertiary education organisations go through a rigorous process to gain registration and must go through stringent processes to maintain registration with NZQA.  Non-registered TEOs do not go through this process and most times have no outside monitoring to ensure they meet local and national guidelines.
  • We can point out that an NZQA-Approved programme goes through a very thorough process, including reviews by industry experts and industry in general, before being approved.  Non-registered TEOs usually are not moderated and many times have no outside input to ensure the best standards for their students and graduates are available and enforced.
  • We can keep providing the old adages that, “You get what you pay for,” and “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
  • We can attempt to curb the public’s behaviour of supporting clinics hiring non-qualified nail technicians or beauty therapists through an education campaign.
  • We can try to convince potential nail technicians and beauty therapists that they should train through an NZQA-Registered tertiary education organisation and gain an NZQA-Approved qualification.

As an industry, we have been threatened with licensing and other compliance measures that will add more time and effort for the clinic owner, many of who are sole owner-operators, to meet bureaucratic requirements.  This will mean less time to have appointments and make money, and more time to fill out paperwork and spend money on meeting compliance measures.  But maybe this is what the industry needs to protect the general public and properly-trained nail technicians and beauty therapists from the rogues and cowboy operators out there.

The choice is ours as an industry to make.

Scott Fack is the Director of Operations at the National School of Aesthetics. He remains one of the beauty therapy education industry’s leaders in compliance requirements and quality management systems.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

It’s at Times Like These…

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It’s at times like these you realise who your true friends and supporters are.

After the 7.1 earthquake struck Christchurch on Saturday, 4 September 2010, our servers and phones went down. Power was out. Since both Noel and I were in the United States at the time, Don Kendall, Soni Cayadi and our personal friends Adam and Katrina went (separately) to check out the NaSA campus. All reported back that, while there was some damage inside, the building was okay, which was a great relief to all of us.

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