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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 1 – Wednesday 31 January to Friday 13 April
Note: Preparatory School start Tuesday 30 January at 11am
Term 2 – Monday 30 April to Friday 6 July
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


Latest News

  • Term 2 Newsletter

  • July 9, 2018
  • CLICK HERE TO FOR PDF VERSION   Term 2 2018 Nelson College Newsletter July 2018 Go to this Sway    
  • Nelson College – Shirley Boys High School Exchange

  • June 29, 2018
  • Sunday 1 July 6 pm         Shirley Arrive – Billets allocated in Assembly Hall  Monday 2 July                  Rugby: 1st XV                                     Front...
  • NCEA Public workshops

  • June 15, 2018
  • You are invited to shape the future of NCEA The government’s review of NCEA is now underway, and people all over the country have started talking about, and sharing their...
  • NC student Max Meffan windsurfing in Japan

  • May 11, 2018
  • Congratulations to Nelson College Year 13 student Max Meffan who has been selected for a major international windsurfing slalom event in Japan Nelson Mail stuff post  

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