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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 2016

Term 1 – Wednesday 3 February to Friday 15 April
Easter break – Friday 25 March to Tuesday 29 March
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)

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Latest News

  • Our Korean super star

  • February 4, 2016
  • Korean Nelson College Old Boy Jang Keun-suk visited Nelson College yesterday with his 25-person crew to film as part of filming his upcoming album based on his...
  • Junior Prizegiving Winners 2015

  • December 10, 2015
  • NELSON COLLEGE JUNIOR PRIZEGIVING 2015 10.00am Thursday 10 December 2015 Nelson College Assembly Hall Guest Speaker Michael Fitchett Old Boy (1996-2000) New Zealand Tall...
  • Term 4 Newsletter 2015

  • December 8, 2015
  • Junior School schedule 7/8 December

  • December 2, 2015
  • On Monday 7 December these classes will be involved in outdoor activities in periods 3,4 and 5 and may wear mufti 9JJ; 9LW; 9RX; 9GD; 9MK On Tuesday 8 December these...


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