Saturday, 3 July 2021

Happy 36th Birthday, NaSA!

The National School of Aesthetics 36th Anniversary

Today, the National School of Aesthetics turns 36 years old.

Same owners, same high quality training, making us the oldest, and one of the best, beauty therapy and nail technology education providers in New Zealand.

A big congratulations to Noel, Don and our team, and a huge thank you for all the students, graduates, clinics, suppliers, members of the industry, and members of the public who have supported us over these last 36 years.

Friday, 3 July 2020

Happy 35th Birthday, NaSA!

The National School of Aesthetics 35th Anniversary

Today, the National School of Aesthetics turns 35 years old.

Same owners, same high quality training, making us the oldest, and one of the best, beauty therapy and nail technology education providers in New Zealand.

A big congratulations to Noel, Don and our team, and a huge thank you for all the students, graduates, clinics, suppliers, members of the industry, and members of the public who have supported us over these last 35 years.

Here’s to the next 35 years!

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

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

COVID-19 Notice and Letter from Our CEO

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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

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Happy 34th Birthday, NaSA!

Today NaSA turns 34

It’s our 34th birthday today! A big congratulations to Noel and Don for 34 years of high quality beauty, nail, and spa training; we’re New Zealand’s oldest and longest operating beauty education provider, and the boys have been here since day one. And a huge thank you to all our students and graduates, our team members past and present, our clients, our sister schools, and our industry for your support and for choosing us over the last 34 years. You are all also part of our success, and we are forever grateful to you all.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Happy 33rd Birthday, NaSA!

Today, NaSA turns 33.
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It’s our 33rd birthday today! A big congratulations to Noel and Don for 33 years of high quality beauty, nail, and spa training; we’re New Zealand’s oldest and longest operating beauty education provider, and the boys have been here since day one. And a huge thank you to all our students and graduates, our team members past and present, our clients, our sister schools, and our industry for your support and for choosing us over the last 33 years. You are all also part of our success, and we are forever grateful to you all.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Happy 32nd Birthday, NaSA!

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Congratulations to Noel and Don for their 32 years owning and operating NaSA, and a big thanks to all the students, graduates, industry, and NaSA team members past and present who have made NaSA the success it is today.

Congrats on being the South Island’s oldest (and leading) beauty therapy, nail technology, and spa therapies school with world-standard facilities, excellent resources, awesome outcomes and a wonderful team. A big thanks to all who’ve made this journey possible.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Happy 31st Birthday, NaSA!

Congratulations to Noel and Don for their 31 years owning and operating NaSA, and a big thanks to all the students, graduates, industry, and NaSA team members past and present who have made NaSA the success it is today.

Congrats on being the South Island’s oldest (and leading) beauty therapy, nail technology, and spa therapies school with world-standard facilities, excellent resources, awesome outcomes and a wonderful team. A big thanks to all who’ve made this journey possible.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

2014 Interview Changes for NaSA Courses

In my last post about Application and Interview Changes, I wrote about the application changes happening at NaSA for 2014 courses.  In this post, I’ll continue this by writing about changes in the interview process for 2014.

Changes in the Interview Process

As I explained in my last post, the interview process suited the era in which it was made, but, with the Web evolving to the point of hosting video without a problem and with a sizeable chunk of our applicants based out-of-town, we needed to evolve our own process to reflect the times.

Our previous interview process involved a group of applicants coming in to the school when most of it, especially the multimedia suite, was free.  These applicants would have a tour, be given a printed copy of the Student Handbook, experience an hour-long interview presentation given in a lecture style, and then wait for their individual interview with one or two members of the NaSA team.  This was fairly rigid and inflexible, not only for our applicants but also for our team.

Two of the decisions we made immediately made things easier for the applicant and us.

The applicant would download and read the Student Handbook from our Web site.  This saves us time and resources in printing and collating the handbook.  This lets the applicant read the handbook on-demand from the comfort of their own home.  And, it saves several trees (and is better for the environment) in the process.

The applicant would view the Interview Presentation on our Web site.  Again, this move is more convenient for applicants as they can watch the presentation where they want, when they want, and as many times as they want.  This also makes it more convenient for applicants living out of town.

We still can show applicants around the campus as a part of their individual interview.

Part of this change will also see the individual interview part expanded.  Applicants will now meet with a NaSA team member (most likely Jacqui) for a longer one-on-one interview to discuss the applicant’s goals and aspirations while discussing their background and skills in more depth with us.

And the best thing about this change is it is flexible.  Individual interviews will be able to be scheduled during  a greater range of times and dates than previously on offer.

We hope these changes will allow greater access for applicants to our courses and make the process easier for them.  As always, we welcome your feedback via the Contact the National School of Aesthetics page on our Web site.

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.

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In my last post, I wrote about a major change at the National School of Aesthetics in 2014 by offering a concurrent Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Certificate in Nail Technology course.  Now that we’ve updated our Web site with a fresh new look and uploaded our 2014 course information pack, I can write a little more about other changes at the National School of Aesthetics.  In this post, I’ll cover changes to application and interview requirements for 2014.

Two of the strengths our NZQA External Evaluation and Review report pointed out to us were our interest in each individual student applying with NaSA to determine their goals and aspirations and our ability to help students achieve and succeed, no matter what their educational background.  Both of these areas are very important to us.

Over the years, we have mostly decreased the evidence we need submitted with the application.  Even though we have done this, we recently came to the conclusion that all this information could be hindering some otherwise capable applicants from applying.

The interview process had grown slightly cumbersome and rigid.  We could only hold interview presentations on certain days at certain times due to our timetable, and, to make it worth our while and comfortable for applicants, we needed a few applicants at any given time to make it work.  While the interview process we had worked while the World Wide Web was in its infancy, now it would be hard-pressed to find an applicant who didn’t know what the Web was or how to access it.

Jacqui, Noel, Don and I had several conversations on ways to make applications and interviews easier and shift emphasis away from the application and interview parts and more focus on enrolment as the main event in the process while maintaining our focus on the individual applicant throughout the process.  Here’s what we emerged with:

Changes in the Application Process

Our previous application process involved a prospective student turning in several different submissions along with their application form, like a Curriculum Vitae, written references, and so on.  While these helped us sometimes understand an applicant and their background in many circumstances, we found that in some other circumstances, they did not represent the applicant, or gave us a small snapshot of the applicant, focussing on areas other than what would shine as their strengths in the course.

In addition, we ask various questions in the individual interview, which seemed to double-up these requirements.

We want to reduce barriers for our applicants to make the process easier for them to gain access to education.  There is a risk in doing this for some applicants (those who do not research the industry and the course, especially, as these people tend to think beauty therapy and nail technology will be easy; they aren’t), but no matter how many or few requirements we have, we will get the small minority who will do this nonetheless.  So, to reduce the barriers for the vast majority of good applicants is a better thing for the whole.

In 2014, applicants will need to submit the completed application form, including the declaration on any medical / learning / cognitive / mental conditions.  Most, if not all, of our applicants 20 and under should have a Record of Learning with NZQA (NCEA is reported on this).

If an applicant does not have any qualifications listed on NZQA’s Record of Learning site, then we’ll ask the applicant to provide these to us.

We need to determine all applicants can demonstrate the ability to achieve and succeed while studying with us, so the prior learning or applicable experience requirements still apply.

While the process is easier, we still respectfully ask applicants not to apply if they are unsure on whether this is the course or industry for them, but to talk to us first.  One of the major changes is that we are now charging applicants who apply but do not take their application further, or who decide after the interview that they will not contact us back, or in other scenarios as well.  When an applicant submits an application, this creates more work for us than if a prospective applicant came to us to speak with us about the course and industry first.  We are funded mostly through taxpayers’ money, and the less wastage there is, the more money we can pump into education and our students’ training.

But, overall, our new application process is a lot easier for applicants than the previous requirements.

In my next post, I’ll talk about Changes in Interviews for 2014.

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.