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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.

2018 Term Dates

Term 3 Monday 23 July to Friday 28 September
Term 4 – Monday 15 October to Thursday 13 December

2019 Term Dates

Term 1 – Start of the year

Preparatory School Monday 28 January at 11am
Nelson College students Tuesday 29 January
Nelson Anniversary holiday Monday 4 February
School closed Tuesday 5 February
Waitangi Day holiday Wednesday 6 February
End of term Friday 12 April

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


NZQA External Timetable

Latest News

  • Media Release – Why a single-sex education is best for boys

  • September 10, 2018
  • Nelson College Headmaster Gary O’Shea dons his black gown and walks on stage to address a sea of students. 1,100 curious faces stare back at him, from fresh-faced...
  • Winter Sports Tournament Nelson College Final Results

  • September 10, 2018
  • Congratulations to all the students who participated in winter tournament and many thanks to all who supported our players. 1st XI Football at Nationals in Christchurch...
  • Winter Tournament results – Wednesday

  • September 5, 2018
  • 1st XI Football at Nationals in Christchurch Beat Napier BHS            2-0 Beat Kings HS                 3-0 Drew Avondale               0-0 Into Top 16 Lost to St Pat...
  • Winter Tournament Tuesday 4 Sept

  • September 4, 2018
  • 1st XI Football at Nationals in Christchurch Beat Napier BHS               2-0 Beat Kings HS                    3-0 Avondale – 1:30 pm Tuesday 2nd XI Football at “B”...

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