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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)

Due to the the large number of parents leaving attendance messages on the answer phone, if possible
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Latest News


  • May 6, 2016
  • Nominations are invited for the election of FIVE parent representatives to the Nelson College Board of Trustees. A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations...
  • Parenting Roadshow

  • May 2, 2016
  • We are excited to announce that The Parenting Place is coming to Nelson with a not-to-be-missed Hot Tip event! Event details Raising happy, confident and resilient...
  • Term 1 Newsletter 2016

  • April 13, 2016

  • April 7, 2016
  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE      –              BECOME A SCHOOL TRUSTEE Being a school trustee is an important role that needs people with a range of skills and experiences,...


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