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Young Men Taking Their Place in the World

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  • Maori Head Boy leads the Monro House haka
  • Nelson College Bulls. Winners of the senior college grade trophy. From left to right: Connor Higgins, Miles Ford, James Anderson, Matt McKay, Ben Anderson, Jeremy Zindel, Coach Tony Anderson.
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  • NZ Secondary Schools Culinary Champions 2014 - Louis Clark & Chakkapong Klahan
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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 2015

Office open for communication Wednesday 21 January 2015  phone (03 ) 548 3099
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)


Latest News

  • Barnicoat House Fundraising Appeal

  • December 16, 2014
  • The Nelson College Board of Trustees have made a commitment to the refurbishment of the three Boarding Hostels, with a change of use of the Rutherford Boarding Hostel....
  • Weekend sporting highlights

  • December 8, 2014
  • Congratulations go to: The Nelson College Inline Hockey team came 2nd in the NZ Secondary Schools Championship in Hamilton. Josh Barry was placed 5th in the Senior 800...
  • Cricket – Gillette Cup final

  • December 8, 2014
  • Nelson College 1st XI are competing in the Gillette cup final this week for the first time. This is the top 6 secondary schools team event. Representing Nelson College...
  • Nelson College Football Programme

  • November 28, 2014


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