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  • Nelson College operating at Alert Level 2, with all students and staff required at school.
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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.

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Headmasters Newsletter – Friday 9 September

Kia ora tātou A big thanks to everyone for supporting our rangatahi through the lockdown. Things seem to have clicked into gear relatively smoothly thanks to the energy and commitment of staff and whānau. I appreciate that many whānau and staff face some challenging situations, such as limited...
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Headmasters Newsletter – 6th August

Kia ora tātou Welcome back to Term 3. It’s a busy term with lots on. NEWSLETTER Junior Production – Back to the 80’s Congratulations to the cast and staff involved in this awesome production, especially the director – Ms Moran. Kapa Haka The college’s Kapa Haka group has joined with...
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Headmasters Newsletter – End of Term 2

Kia ora tātou It’s now been just over a full year since arriving at Nelson College. After working in various schools around New Zealand it’s fascinating and inspiring to work at one of the most iconic New Zealand schools – Nelson College. I enjoy how our college supports young men to be...
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Headmasters Newsletter Friday 25th June 2021

Kia ora tātou, On Wednesday last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with a number of Old Boys in Auckland, and hearing their memories of their time at Nelson College. It was a reminder that the life and work of the college extends well beyond the classroom, and even students’ five years at the...
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