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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

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)

Term 1 – Wednesday 3 February to Friday 16 April
Term 2 – Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July
Term 3 – Monday 25 July to Friday 23 September
Term 4 – Monday 10 October to Thursday 15 December (TBC)

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