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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.

2019 Term Dates

Term 1 – Start of the year

Friday 12 April End of term

Term 2 – Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July
Term 3 – Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September
Term 4 – Monday 14 October to Wednesday 11 December


Latest News

  • Young Enterprise Scheme Awards 2018

  • January 21, 2019
  • High School entrepreneurs exceed limits with innovative NanoSign Six secondary school students from Nelson College have developed an innovative solution to temporary...
  • End of Year Newsletter

  • December 17, 2018
  • Junior Prizegiving Awards 2018

  • December 13, 2018
  • JUNIOR PRIZEGIVING 2018  Thursday 13 December 2018 Guest Speaker: Hamish Fletcher (LLB), Old Boy, Board Member of Autism NZ Cultural and Sporting Prizes Athletics –...
  • Nelson College Senior Prizegiving 2018

  • November 2, 2018
  • Congratulations to all our 2018 Senior Prize winners. Nelson College Senior Prizegiving 2018 Thursday 1 November 2018, 7pm Guest Speaker – Frances Valintine CNZM,...

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