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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

  • Nelson College Athletic Championships 2nd March

  • February 17, 2017
  • Nelson College Athletic Championships are on Thursday 2nd March on the front field. Entry forms and schedule are available from their Homeroom teacher or the sports...
  • Nelson College Precautionary Health Notice

  • February 17, 2017
  • This is a precautionary note to ensure that all parents are kept informed re the current sickness bug at Nelson College. We have had an outbreak of a gastrointestinal...
  • Academic Colours application now open

  • February 17, 2017
  • ACADEMIC COLOURS CRITERIA The award of academic colours is our most prestigious recognition of academic excellence for NCEA and is awarded to current Year 12 and Year 13...
  • Class photos 16 & 17 February

  • February 14, 2017
  • Reminder that Thursday and Friday this week are Class photo days. The photo order forms have been given out to students at Homeroom this week. These forms must be...

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