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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

  • Term 4 Newsletter 2016

  • December 14, 2016
  • Nelson College achieves a 4-5yr ERO review report

  • December 7, 2016
  • Kia ora koutou Results of the Nelson College Education Review office visit in September (attached confirmed report) Nelson College was last reviewed in 2012, at the time...
  • Nelson College Big Give 2016

  • November 22, 2016
  • Nelson College is delighted to be an official supporter of the Fifeshire Foundations Big Give 2016. The Fifeshire Foundation is a local charity that’s been helping locals...
  • College & Prep School Open 15 November

  • November 14, 2016
  • Kia ora koutou An engineers inspection has been completed and the buildings are safe for use, the College will reopen tomorrow at 8.45am with classes for Year 9 and 10...

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