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Welcome to Nelson College

Founded in 1856 Nelson College takes pride in being New Zealand’s oldest state school with a rich heritage of tradition forming a backdrop to modern educational practice.

The College is situated in a picturesque setting, with excellent facilities for learning, sport, leisure and performing arts. Twenty two hectares of impressive grounds include playing fields, a pool, two gymnasiums, and tennis courts as well as a traditional Hall and modern performing arts facilities.

Term Dates 2014

Term 1 – Monday 27 January to Thursday 17 April
Term 2 – Monday 5 May to Friday 4 July
Term 3 – Monday 21 July to Friday 26 September
Term 4 – Monday 13 October to Thursday 4 December (last day for students)


Latest News

  • Attendance phone disruption

  • August 25, 2014
  • Due to the high level of absence calls our attendance phone system is not coping at present.  If you can’t get through to  the absence line would you please leave a...
  • 2014 Practice Exams 8 – 16 September

  • August 11, 2014
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  • Year 11 Study Skills Seminars

  • August 7, 2014
  • Over the next few weeks we will be running a series of seminars for Year 11 students to support them in their time management, study skills and preparation for exams. The...
  • Year 10 Work Exploration Day

  • July 22, 2014
  • Year 10 ‘Work Exploration Day’ will take place this year on Wednesday 10th September for all Year 10 students. The purpose of this day is to enable boys to investigate...


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 Founders Granary
 Front Field
 Mataki Lodge
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 New Gym
 Rutherford Hotel
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 Trafalgar Park

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