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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

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

  • Academic Colours

  • March 4, 2015
  • Congratulations to the following students who achieved Nelson College Academic Colours for their 2014 NCEA results.  
  • Visual Arts Scholarships

  • February 27, 2015
  • The Visual Arts Department would like to acknowledge the achievement of two students who gained New Zealand Scholarship, Visual Arts , Design – 2014 . Alex Coventry...
  • House Swimming Sports Results

  • February 26, 2015
  • Thanks to everyone for the support.  Results: Domett                14 Fell                         12 Chaytor                10 Barnicoat     ...
  • 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....


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