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Young Men Taking Their Place in the World

  • Maori Head Boy leads the Monro House haka
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  • 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 2014

Term 1 – Monday 27 January to Thursday 17 April
Term 2 – Monday 5 May to Friday 4 July
Term 3 – Monday 21 July to Friday 26 September
Term 4 – Monday 13 October to Thursday 4 December (last day for students)

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

  • Nelson College A & P Show Promotion Stand

  • November 10, 2014
  • A & P Show Schedule Look out for the Nelson College stand at the following A&P Shows: Nelson 22 & 23 November Motueka 6 & 7 December Buller 11 January...
  • Term 3 Newsletter 2014

  • September 24, 2014
  • Term three has been a busy term for student success in many areas. A highlight was a visit from the Prime Minister John Key in August who spent time at the Gibbons Trade...
  • Students successes

  • September 15, 2014
  • Football Nelson College 1st XI have had double success by winning the Nelson Bays Football Men’s 1st Division title on Thursday by beating Suburbs 2-0. They then went on...
  • Winter Tournament and National Results

  • September 8, 2014
  • Winter Tournament Week round up: Football 1st XI finished 7th in NZ. Beating MAGS twice and Auckland Grammar once. Zac Muir was MVP for the tournament. Football 2nd XI...


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