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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

Term 1 – Tuesday 3 February to Thursday 2 April
Term 2 – Monday 20 April to Friday 3 July
Term 3 – Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
Term 4 – Monday 12 October to Thursday 10 December (last day for students)

Term 1 – Wednesday 3 February to Friday 15 April
Term 2 – Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July
Term 3 – Monday 25 July to Friday 23 September
Term 4 – Monday 10 October to Thursday 15 December (TBC)

Due to the the large number of parents leaving attendance messages on the answer phone, if possible
please email attendance using:

NCEA Exam Timetable





Latest News

  • Nelson College Big Give 2015

  • November 23, 2015
  • Nelson College is one of the major sponsors for the Fifeshire Foundation Big Give 2015. Fifeshire support 200 families in the region and this annual event helps them give...
  • Nelson College Lock down update

  • October 16, 2015
  • We have been informed by the police that we can end the lock down. Boys will be kept in class until noon and then released for the day as per prior communication...
  • Shortened day Friday 16 October 2015

  • October 13, 2015
  • PPTA PAID UNION MEETING – FRIDAY, 16 OCTOBER 2015 As part of the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Employment Agreement there is provision to attend a PPTA meeting....
  • Term 3 Newsletter 2015

  • September 25, 2015


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