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Welcome to Nelson College

Nelson College is an innovative boys’ school founded in 1856. The 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.

2017 Term dates

Term 1 –  Wednesday 1 February to Thursday 13 April
Note: Preparatory School start Tuesday 31 January
Term 2 – Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July
Term 3 – Monday 24 July to Friday 29 September
Term 4 – Monday 16 October to Friday 8 December


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Latest News

  • Open letter to the Nelson College Community from Nelson College Board of Trustees

  • March 16, 2017
  • ­­­­­­­The Nelson College Board of Trustees wishes to take the opportunity to congratulate the Nelson College and Nelson College Preparatory School Leadership, Management...
  • International Rugby 7’s Tournament

  • March 13, 2017
  • Nelson College will represent New Zealand at a global secondary schools sevens rugby tournament at the birthplace of the game,Rugby School in England, later this month....
  • Year 11 Skills for NCEA

  • March 10, 2017
  • “Skills for NCEA” sessions for the year 11 boys These sessions will be run during the timetabled resit class Wednesdays period 5, starting this coming Wednesday 15/3/17....
  • Nelson College Academic Colours 2017

  • March 3, 2017
  • Congratulations to the 106 students who achieved Nelson College Academic Colours for 2017. This was celebrated at a special assembly on Wednesday 1 March.

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