Introducing Joshua Naylor, History, Geography, Commerce, Business Studies and Economics Teacher

In 2014 HSIE teacher Josh Naylor left behind the moors and dales of Yorkshire for the beaches of Sydney.

He grew up in the small community of Queensbury, playing rugby, attending the local school and watching Australian shows on television.

“I always liked Australian TV and I was massively into Rugby League”, he says. He dreamed of playing League, so Australia was always beckoning on the horizon.

As the son of a teacher, Mr Naylor was drawn to a teaching career himself, initially thinking PE would be his subject. Yet he enrolled in International Business at Sheffield University which he followed up with a postgraduate certificate in teaching from the University of Huddersfield. At Santa Sabina Mr Naylor teachers History, Geography, Commerce, Business Studies and, from 2019, Economics.

With all his life and education in Yorkshire and two years’ teaching elsewhere in England, Mr Naylor jetted off for two years teaching (and playing rugby) in Qatar before moving at last to Sydney, via Melbourne.

Mr Naylor had been heavily influenced by a BBC One TV series called Wanted Down Under – a reality show in which British families are given a look at life in Australia and New Zealand ahead of possible migration. In addition, many of Mr Naylor’s friends were moving “down under” and encouraged him to join them.

Arriving in Australia two years ago, he worked as a relief teacher and a sports coach until his appointment at the beginning of 2018 at Santa Sabina.

“It’s been a big learning curve but a really good experience”, he says. The complete culture change between the state schools of the UK and an Independent Catholic School in Sydney has been helped by a “very supportive HSIE Department”

Australia is still the number one destination for British migrants and Mr Naylor has now realised his dream of becoming a naturalised Australian. He has played Rugby League and is now playing Rugby Union for the famed Easts rugby club. In most aspects he is a true cultural fit – sporty and outdoorsy and living at Bondi Beach.

His one disappointment with Australia? The recent axing of his favourite Australian TV program growing up: The Footy Show.

“It’s disappointing”, he says.

“After the restructure last year, I could see it happening. In my opinion, sport or the NRL should be on television as much as possible.” 

But in one aspect he remains firmly British – in World Cup Rugby he is not a Wallabies fan. For him the Lions come first – “always England”, he says.