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Young Men Taking Their Place in the World

Welcome to Fell House

We have a very straightforward Statement of Standards that you will find later in this guide. We want you to treat other people with respect, being loyal and supportive to fellow House members, being honest, tolerant and understanding.

We want the House to be a family environment where the procedures and rules are understood and accepted by all. We are aiming to not only provide a safe and secure place for boys to stay while studying, but also a place where they learn about tolerance, respect, responsibility and integrity.

Current rules, practices and procedures have evolved over many years, often as a result of consultation between House staff, students and parents. They have been relaxed or tightened as experience has demanded and they have proved reasonable and practicable. Staff have a duty to ensure that they are understood and obeyed at all times. It is the responsibility of students to help maintain self-discipline at all times and in all circumstances.

As a student you will have plenty of opportunities in the sporting, cultural and academic areas. The skills and independence that you will learn in such a community as Fell House will be very important for your future years. Make the most of your chances. See your time in boarding as a positive opportunity to widen your outlook. Remember: you only get out what you put in. Your future is yours to create – don’t wait for others to do it for you.

  • History

    Fell House is the oldest of the three houses in its tradition and history. It was named after Alfred Fell who was an entrepreneur from Blenheim that was on the then Board of Governors. In the College‘s early days, boarders were housed on the top floor of the main school building in School House. When numbers became too great, a second house, named College House, was built on land owned by the College on the West side of Waimea Road. This house was also known as the Tin Wing due to its cladding of corrugated iron.

    Numbers continued to grow and a third house, called Fell House, was established in Fairfield House at the southern end of Trafalgar Street.

    In 1929 the Murchison Earthquake severely damaged the main College buildings including School House. As a response two new houses (Barnicoat and Rutherford) were built and opened in 1931.

    Fell House plus School House were united into one `Fell` entity to make up one of the six Nelson College Houses. Because the houses were geographically separate, there was fierce rivalry between College men and Fairfield men. Fell members were finally united under one roof on the opening of the new Fell House in 1964. This history is reflected in the dormitory names, Fairfield Upper and Lower in the north wing for seniors and College Upper and Lower in the south wing. Construction begins on Fell House in 1962

  • Calendar

    The first term will begin on Wednesday 31 January 2018.  Year 9’s & Year 13’s should arrive in their Houses by 12 noon Tuesday 30 January. All other boarders should arrive in their Houses between 1.00 – 4.00 pm on Tuesday 30 January. BBQ’s follow at 4.00 pm

     The following are important dates for 2018:

    TERM 1 

    First day of Term One Wednesday 31 January
    Sports Weekend Sunday 11th March
    Sports Concert Sunday 7.15 pm
    House Sports & Parent Interviews Monday 12th March
    EASTER BREAK Friday 30th March – Tuesday 3rd April
    End of Term One                               Thursday 13th April

    TERM 2 

    First day of Term Two Monday 30th April
    Queens Birthday Monday 4th June
    End of Term Two                               Friday 6th July

    TERM 3   

    First day of Term Three Monday 23rd July
    Winter Boarding Day Friday 10th August
    Boarding Parent Interviews Friday 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm
    Parent / Student Dinner Friday 6.00 pm
    Teacher only day Thursday 6th September
    Mid Term Break Friday 7th September
    End of Term Three                            Friday 28th September

    TERM 4 

    First day of Term Four Monday 15th October
    Labour Day Monday 22nd October
    End of Term Four                               Thursday 13th December
  • Newsletters

    2018 – Term 2


    Daily Routines

    Monday to Thursday
    7.10 am           Wakeup call
    6.45 – 7.45       Breakfast – students must have breakfast
    8.15 am           House inspection.  Beds made, areas tidy, duty done by 8 am.
    8.40 am           Bell for homeroom (in house) to be there by 8.45 am.
    1.25 pm           Lunchtime and return to House
    2.15 pm          Bell for school.  Year 9-12 are to leave house by 2.05 pm at the latest.
    3.15 pm           End of school, return to House.  Afternoon tea, sports etc
    5.45 pm           Any day leavers return and sign in with afternoon supervisor.
    6.00 pm           Dinner
    6.40 pm           5 minute warning bell for prep / meeting.
    6.45 pm           Prep begins / House meeting
    8.15 pm           Prep ends
    9.00 pm          Phones / Devices collected (Year 9 – Year 11)
    9.15 pm           Year 9 & 10 to get ready for bed (in bed at 9.30pm, lights out and quiet by 9.45pm)
    9.30 pm           Year 11 to get ready for bed, (in bed at 9.45pm, lights out and quiet by 10.00 pm)
    9.45 pm           Year 12 to get ready for bed (in bed at 10.00 pm, lights out and quiet by 10.15 pm)
    10.30 pm         Year 13 in own rooms and silent

    The House is out of bounds during school teaching time and morning interval – unless senior students have a study period.

    As for Monday to Thursday until after school, then:

    3.30 pm           Town leave
    5.45 pm           All boys to be signed back in.
    6.15 pm           Evening leave (if permitted)

    8.00 am           Breakfast eaten and lunches to be made
    9.00 am          Beds made, duties completed to required standard.
    5.20 pm          Dinner
    6.45 pm          Evening leave (if permitted)

    Leave throughout day

    9.00 am           Breakfast eaten and lunches to be made
    10.00 am        Beds made, duties completed to required standard.
    5.20 pm          Dinner

    Leave throughout the day

    Weekend Notes:
    Sign outs throughout the day over the weekend.
    Roll checks am, pm and at various other times during the day


    Students will need to leave and are encouraged to leave the house for a variety of reasons. The process is straight forward, but it is essential that it is followed and the systems are adhered to. Leave and sign out systems are not designed to prevent boys going out or to be difficult. The purpose is so students can go out and staff are aware who is in / out of the house, where students are, what their plans are and when they will be back.

    Prior to leaving the house and house grounds, students need to ensure they adhere to the following:

    After school (3.15 – 5.45 pm) weekdays and weekend leave (including Friday and Saturday evenings)

    • See the matron / supervisor on duty
    • Explain what your plans are (what you are intending to do, where, with who, how you will get back and the time you are expected back). If they are satisfied, they will sign you out
    • Upon your return, see the person on duty to sign back in

    Overnight or weekend leave
    Permission for home leave or overnight stays must be sought from the Housemaster on the leave form.  Either a note, text, email or a telephone call from parents must accompany requests for home leave.  Boys must make contact with their parents before Wednesday evening and arrange for their permission for weekend leave.  This permission must accompany the leave form or can be sent directly to the Housemaster.  Weekend leave should be organised by 8:30pm on the Wednesday before.

    Requests for overnight stays elsewhere must have:

    • A note, email, text or a telephone call from parents AND
    • A phone call, email or text from the host to the Housemaster.

    Leave will be granted if commitments are complete.  It will be confirmed by the Housemaster Friday Morning.

    Leave Times

     All Boys
    After school                   3:15 – 5:45 pm
    Weekend                      Saturday and Sunday – no longer than three hours at a time unless negotiated with duty staff
    Overnight                      Housemaster’s discretion

    Friday and Saturday nights (after dinner)
    Year 9 and 10           No leave – up to 7.00 pm Terms 1 & 4 (max 3 hours).
    Year 11                       9.30 pm
    Year 12                       10.00 pm
    Year 13                       10.30 pm


    • All students granted leave must report personally to the duty staff as they leave and as they return.
    • Off site includes school fields and school grounds as well
    Signing out for the weekend means you are under someone else’s care. You may NOT return to the House during this time without a legitimate reason.
    If you wish to return early to stay you must contact Duty Staff beforehand.

    Emergency procedures / evacuations

    In the event of an emergency, try to remain calm and follow the procedures we will have practiced.

    Fire Alarm
    Take the closest safest exit and make your way briskly to the Basketball hoop. Stay close by and relatively quiet and a roll will be taken.
    You will be informed when it is safe to go back in the house
    Fire drills are carried out from time to time, but any fire alarm should be treated seriously.

    The building has a very good earthquake rating. In a large earthquake staying inside is safer than trying to get out.
    Drop, cover and hold.
    When shaking has stopped, wait for advice from staff about evacuation and a safe place to meet.
    Do not hang round just outside the building where objects may come down in aftershocks

    Lock down (signalled by continuous bell at school)
    Remain in house, upper floors (windows and curtains shut, all doors locked)

     Note: Fell is connected directly to the Fire Station, and once the alarms are activated they cannot be cancelled. The Fire Service has a policy of making establishments pay for any false alarms. Any boy who sets off a false alarm maliciously may be charged for the callout.  The cost is approximately $1,725.  A prosecution by the Fire Service could also follow.


    Attendance at meals is expected.  Boys who have other commitments may arrange an early or late meal by filling in a request form for the Dining Room, available from the Dining Room. Specialist meals, such as vegetarian, are available upon request.

    The meals are well balanced, healthy and filling and boys are not to miss meals to eat food in the house such as pizzas, toast and noodles.

    All boarders eat together at designated tables in a common dining room where meals are served cafeteria style.  During the weekend they make packed lunches, only eating breakfast and dinner in the dining room.

    Boys wear neat and clean clothing to evening meals. Singlets, scarves, hats and sports practice gear are not allowed in the Dining Room.  Footwear must be worn at all times.

    Afternoon tea and supper are provided and can be made in the house.

    The Dining Room and Boarding House each have a water filter that boys may use to fill their drink bottles.

    Breakfast runs from 6.45 am (cold) untill 7:45am (hot from 7.30 am) on school days, 8:00am on Saturdays, and 9.00am on Sundays.  Boys queue for their breakfast.  Each boy must clean up his eating area.

    Lunch runs from 1.25 pm until 1.40 pm on school days.  Boys form two queues to facilitate a smooth flow. Duty groups carry out other duties as required.  On weekends, boys make a cut lunch at breakfast time.

    Dinner runs from 6.00 pm to 6.30 pm Monday – Friday.  5.20 – 5.50 pm Saturday & Sunday.  Boys sit at their tables until invited to queue for their meal.  Houses queue in turn, in a senior and junior queue, starting at 6.00 pm with the Duty House queuing last.  Boys must join the queue in an orderly manner.

    It is important to eat healthily in order to perform in the classroom and on the sports field.

    Boys who have sports or other commitments that clash with meal times may arrange an early or late meal by filling in a request form, the morning of the clash, at the Dining room.  The Dining Room has a water filter which many boys use to fill their drink bottles from at meal times.

    Prep (Homework time)

    Prep is study time.  It is held four nights per week (Monday – Thursday) with optional prep on Sundays.  A warning bell sounds 6.40pm.  Boys should be in the prep room or their individual cubicles by 6:45.

    Years 9 and 10 have supervised study in the prep room.  They should complete any homework, study for upcoming tests, revise the day’s lessons or read a book.  It is very important that all boys have the necessary equipment eg: pen, ruler, rubber, paper etc. to complete their homework.  We also advise that boys have access to books to read during times they have less prep.  Duty staff will supervise during prep hours.

    Year 11 and 12 Students are expected to remain in their cubicles and not disturb others. They will be supervised by a staff member.  If they are not able to work individually they will be sent to the prep room for a supervised session of prep.

    Year 13 Students are expected to study in their rooms, unsupervised, but checked upon.

    Homework outside of prep hours will often be needed and is encouraged for those with more on. This should be communicated to staff so they can try to ensure the prep room remains quiet for study.

    Boys may be excused prep for regular sports practices or other commitments.  In such cases boys are expected to complete their homework before school, after school or after their scheduled activity.

    Prep Times: 6.45 – 8:15 pm (this will often vary depending on house activities scheduled particularly at the start of Term 1 WITH Pyramids training and in Term 3 with House Singing practice)         .

    There should be no calls/ texts / face book etc during prep time.

  • Life in Fell

    Boys will need to bring their own duvet cover and pillow. Pillow cases, sheets and mattress are all provided.

    Bicycles should be kept in the bike shed at the rear of the house (and locked away). Students will need and are expected to wear a helmet.  A good lock and set of maintenance tools are recommended.

    Buddy / Mentor System
    All students have House Leaders to help them and act as guides and mentors. Year 9, Year 10 and Prep students have their own Year 13 Mentor to support, guide and provide advice for them throughout the year. They meet formally and informally regularly. The mentor system here has proved very successful and provides positive support for students new to boarding.

    Year 13 students (and in some cases Year 12 students) can apply to the Director of Boarding to have a car at school. Having a car in boarding will have conditions and systems in place to ensure safety (these will be communicated between the student, parents, housemaster and director of boarding).

    Students travelling in cars should let staff on duty know who they are travelling with and should only be travelling with people legally able to take passengers.

    Cell Phones
    No use of cell phones during prep time or House meetings.  Cell phones are collected from juniors at bed time Sunday through to Thursday evenings and handed out in the mornings.  Use of cell phones after lights out will result in the confiscation of the phone for up to one week.

    Clothes should be named with indelible ink and/or labels (please remember to name shoes).
    A uniform list should be provided with the start of year information.
    Students are encouraged to change from their school clothing afterschool.
    Neat and clean mufti needs to be worn in the dining room, as well as footwear (no slippers, singlets, scarves, hats or sports practice gear.
    Fell House shirts (maroon polo shirts / singlet) can be purchased in the first term for use at House Competitions.  Expect a cost of approximately $40.00 for the Polo Shirt and $30 for the singlet.

    The school has counsellors who are very experienced and are great to talk through any issues with. It is a confidential service offered through the school. Offsite counsellors can be organised as well.

    As covered above, students will get duties. Extra duties may be given if students do not complete their duties or there are other issues where they have not adhered to the rules and systems in place.

    Electronic Equipment
    The responsibility for the care and security of such items as laptops, cell phones, MP3 players etc is that of the owner. All electronic gear should be photographed (serial numbers & model).  Parents should keep warranty cards/receipts of purchase.

    Examination Leave
    The last day of the school year for seniors concludes with Senior Prize Giving, which all boys are expected to attend.

    Most of the seniors have end-of-year exam commitments. Those that do not and have no internal coursework to complete work to complete have finished for the year and should make arrangement to go home for the holidays.

    Boys should leave as soon as practicable after their last examination is completed – and parents need to make contact with the housemaster regarding their plans.

    Inter House Competition
    Throughout the year there are up to 20 house events that the boys will partake in representing their house. Some events such as Haka, Singing and Cross Country have all boys in them. Others such as cricket, chess, touch, football have the amount required for the team. It is expected that all boys partake in these at some stage.

    Internet / wireless
    The school and House have wireless internet capability. Students have access to the internet via school and the House.  Students must sign an internet agreement at Nelson College and the same rules must be adhered to in the Boarding House. See Safe Use of IT Policy.

    To access the free wireless provided by Nelson College, students need to have some settings changed on their device by the IT Department. Boarders need to be aware that there is a filtering system on the wireless network and that inappropriate use will be reported to the Director of Boarding for further action.

    The school gymnasium is available for use. Students may use it during the hours that it is open. These will be circulated during the year.

    House Accounts
    Each boy has a House account to which expenses incurred during the term will be charged. They may charge the following items against their House accounts:

    • Travel booked by the Housemaster (eg. to and from home by bus)
    • San expenses incurred by the College Nurse
    • House organised Activities, Trips, Events and Photographs
    • House Shop purchases & dry cleaning

     Boarders will have to pay for all other expenses in the same manner and on the same timeline as the day boys. These include such things as as school expenses, course costs, class trips, sporting subscriptions / trips, ball tickets)

    House events
    Events such as hydro-slide, beach trips, paintball, sporting fixtures, ten pin bowling, go carts and movies will be organised for the house. These are not compulsory but are very much encouraged. The cost of these will be charged to your account.

    House Meetings
    In addition to homerooms been held in the house, a short meeting of all the House is held in the common room at least twice a week. General business, any issues and house events are discussed and organised.  The meeting finishes with the House prayer, which is quickly learnt.

    House shop
    The Fell House shop opens daily.  It is stocked with mostly snacks. Profits from the shop go towards buying equipment and providing extra facilities for the boys. Parents should monitor the amount their son spends and set limits for shop spending at the beginning of each term. Please communicate to the Housemaster the limit that you want your son to have on their House account. Not all students have an account at the shop and it is not an expectation. Those that do generally have between $20 – $40 per month. Those that don’t use cash.

    House staff (see profiles under Pastoral Staff tab)
    Fell has a Housemaster, four supervisors, and a part-time matron.  Matron arrives at 7.15 am and is in the House until 10.15am.  She attends to housekeeping matters, supervises the laundry and boys’ clothing needs.  She may also deal with minor illnesses and refer boys to the San nurse for further treatment.  From 3.00 – 6.00 pm the Matron is on duty for organising duties, signing boys in and out and any other issues which may arise.

    After dinner there are 2 staff members on duty from 6.30 pm until 10.30 pm.  After 10.30 pm there is always a staff member in the House.  The duty staff supervises all prep, the House Meeting and bedtimes.

    It is natural that most boys will experience some degree of homesickness which generally soon disappears but may resurface from time to time. Mentors (who have been in the same situation) will help the boys out and spend time with them. House staff are also there to provide support for the boys. If parents are concerned they should telephone the Housemaster to get an overview and some reassurance.

    Insurance and security
    Please make sure that all of your son’s gear is covered by your household insurance policy. All valuables like wallets, cell phones and electronic gear should be locked away when not being used.  If clothing or gear comes home that does not belong to your son please inform the Housemaster.

    Items you will need
    Pillow, duvet and cover
    Debit / EFTPOS Card
    Coat hangers
    Drink bottle
    Sun hat, sunscreen
    Washing Powder
    Cell phone
    A practical device for school work

    Lockable areas
    Every boy in Fell has a lockable wardrobe, drawer and area under their bed which can be locked. They will be provided with a key for these (1 key for all three).  Please lock all valuable items in these.

    Mail for Fell is delivered to the main office at Nelson College on weekdays and put in the Housemaster’s pigeon hole for delivery to students in the evening.   Letters should be addressed to

    Son’s Name
    Fell House
    Nelson College
    Private Bag 16
    NELSON 7042

    Or for Parcels
    67 Waimea Road
    NELSON 7010

    Each boy should have his own eftpos / debit card with parents being responsible for depositing the amount of funds necessary for pocket money and any purchases such as clothing, footwear etc.   It should be unnecessary for boys to be carrying around large amounts of cash in their pockets or wallets. Wallets should be locked away.

    Please do not give your son large amounts of pocket money, just enough to cover minor expenses.  Major purchases can be dealt with as the need arises and the money transferred into your son’s account.

    Music / watching videos / TV etc should be played in such a way that it does not disturb and annoy others.

    Screen Time
    We want to balance the amount of time students spend on devices with other activities. Devices are essential for communication and school work and provide for entertainment during down time. However too much use is discouraged and we expect you to manage the amount of time spent on them. If you cannot manage this and if house staff have concerns then we will monitor this and if necessary will apply restrictions to your personal IT usage.

    Phones and devices will be collected at 9.00 pm for years 9 – 11. Seniors are not to be on their devices after lights out. If they are, phones will be collected from them.

    Years 9 – 12 are not to have TV’s, play stations, X-box’s and extensive sound systems in their room. These can be used in the common room. A lap top should be sufficient to view material from in their room.

    Self-management / personal responsibility
    One of the best attributes and personal qualities that you will learn and develop at Fell is that of self-management and the independence to take responsibility for yourself.

    • Personal Hygiene – This is very much the responsibility of each individual (with reminders from staff when required). It is expected that boys will clean their teeth at least in the morning and evening, be showering at least once a day and more if required after sports practices, regularly change clothes and regularly do their washing.
    • Duties – To facilitate a house that is clean, tidy and that has a cared for, each student will need to complete assigned duties. All Year 9 -12 boys can expect to be part of a duty team that carries out various jobs around the House. Duty teams are led by Year 12 students.  Teams are part of a roster with each group only having about 3 – 4 duties per term.
    • Laundry / ironing – With the exception of sheets and pillowcases (the matron has a schedule for this) all other washing is the responsibility of the boys and is done in the House laundry. Matron is there to assist where needed and is very helpful with this and ironing. Fell has a drying room is available during bad weather. At all other times boys should use the clothes lines. An iron and ironing board is in the Matron’s storage room.
    • Room / Area – students need to keep their rooms in a reasonable state, with beds made in the morning, clothes neatly put away and rubbish in the bin. The Matron and other staff will remind you if extra is needed to get your room to the condition it should be.
    • Respect for property / reporting damage – It is vital that property and equipment is respected and used in the intended way. All damage whether through carelessness or accidentally needs to be reported straight away to staff on duty or the housemaster. Even if the damage is not by you and in your area it should be reported.
    • Keys – Boys will be issued a key to unlock the wardrobe, drawer and under bed storage in their room. It is their responsibility for the key and they should keep these safe and in a location not known to their peers. Any lost key needs to be reported. A replacement (charged to the student) will be given. All keys must be returned at the end of term time.
    • End of term Pack up – All possessions need to be removed from rooms prior to departure. Where it is not practical, some items may be stored in the house, but the rest must be taken.
    • Screen Time / Device usesee above

    No shoes are permitted to be worn inside the house.

    Boarders have access to the Sanatorium 24 hours a day, where either the school nurse or one of two night nurses is available.  Boys who have illnesses that require time off school will move into the San or will often go home where practical. First Aid kits are kept in the Houses and staff will give basic first aid for bumps, bruises, headaches etc. Students who the staff think need more care will be taken to the Sanatorium / hospital.  If necessary, the San staff will administer treatments ordered by the hospital or doctor. In the case of illness or injury, parents will be notified by San staff.

    Social Media
    The ability to communicate and keep in touch via social media is an integral part of life. We encourage students to use it thoughtfully, appropriately and with consideration and to not misuse it and cause harm to others.

    Sports Hobbies outside activities
    We actively encourage you to take advantage of the variety of outdoor pursuits and sports offered in Nelson. If there are percievd barriers as to why you cannot do them, please discuss with the housemaster to come up with ways you can be involved with these.

    Swimming Pool
    Available during daylight hours with a staff member present.

    All boys have a cell phone and this is generally the best way for them to keep in contact
    There is one free-calling local phone in the house (phone number: 03 546 6758).
    An 0800 number or use a calling card can be arranged for domestic and international calls

    The Housemaster can arrange boys’ travel for weekends and the ends of term on buses.  Costs are charged to House Accounts. Before travelling during school time, please check first with the housemaster. Often assessments run near the end of a week and term. If these are not considered, students may miss the opportunity to sit these and gain the credits from them.

    The College has an arrangement with Intercity for cheap fares down the West Coast and to Picton / Blenheim and return.

    When travelling on public transport boys wear full dress uniform – blazer, white shirt and tie, grey trousers and black shoes without exception.

    Non-House-members must sign in with the staff on duty.  Guidelines for visitors will be posted and expected to be adhered to.  No access to dorms.

    Girls visiting:
    Girls are allowed to visit senior students in the house during normal leave time. If you wish to have a female visitor, the following applies:

    1. Introduce your visitor to the staff member on duty
    2. She is only allowed to be in the Prep Room; she must not go into any dormitories
    3. She must leave the house no later than 9.00 pm for Years 11; no later than 9.30 pm for Year 12 and no later than 10.00 pm for Year 13
    4. Your female visitor is to use the bathroom facilities in the meeting room and not in the dormitory floors.

    Washing should be done frequently and not be left to build up.  When washed, hang it up, outside if fine, or if raining in the drying room).  Bring it in straightaway when it is dry. Please ensure you use the name tag system that will be explained to you.

  • Pastoral Staff

    We have an experienced and caring staff whose job it is to provide care for your sons. They have specific tasks to perform, but fundamentally they are an adult that provides support, structure, care, advice and maturity to ensure the well-being of your son.

    House Master: Any concerns that you have should be addressed to the housemaster. She is responsible for pastoral care, the day to day running of the hostel, discipline, general issues and the systems in place. She is also on night duty from 10.30 pm – 7.30 am week days and 11.30 pm – 8.00 am weekends. She will also be on duty some weekends.

    Matron: She is responsible for care of the boys in the morning (7.30 am to 10.30 am) and after school until dinner (3.00 pm – 6.00 pm). She ensures that they are up, rooms tidy, duties done, breakfast eaten, washing completed, morning routines followed, sewing, ironing and signing boys out and in.

    Supervisors: Are responsible for the boys from 6.30 pm until 10.30 pm, including supervising prep, putting to bed, signing out and in. They will have weekend duties where they are responsible for the boys over the weekend (wakes up, roll checks, ensuring place is tidy, checking the sign outs and sign in).

    Housemaster – Sharon Lukitau-Ngaamo

    Kia ora,

    I have been a teacher at Nelson College since 2007 and enjoyed various roles within the college – Year Level Dean, Domett Housemaster, leading student trips to South East Asia, Head of Performing Arts, basketball coach, CACTUS co-ordinator and even a Fell live-in supervisor in 2011. Currently I teach English/Performing Arts and will be Year 13 Dean in 2018. Prior to my time in Nelson I have lived in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with stints overseas as well. I love sports and in Nelson have been involved in basketball, touch, waka ama and netball.

    The boarders here have access to a huge range of opportunities. They can be involved in positive groups across the academic, arts, sporting, cultural and social spheres. Our role is to encourage and support them to take these opportunities while providing a safe, supportive and fun environment where their wellbeing is paramount.


    I live in the middle of Fell House with my husband Brayden and son Izri. Brayden has Niuean and Māori heritage and works with ANZ Bank, Izri is almost two years old and attends the local Montessori preschool. We look forward to working with our Fell young men and you as their whānau to make 2018 a year they can be proud of.

    Assistant Housemaster – Rob Anderson

    I am originally from London, England and have lived in New Zealand for the past fifteen years. We came to New Zealand because we are keen skiers and love the outdoors and the kiwi mentality of a can do attitude.

    I teach Physical Education and Health here at the College and coach a college football team.

    I am enjoying my role as Assistant Housemaster and providing opportunities for our Boarders to excel. I am also a firm believer that students can gain valuable life skills and leadership qualities when engaged in activities. The boarding house also promotes the values of the school and creates friendships that last after their school years.


    Matron – Carmel Barrett

    Kia ora Koutou

    This is my second year at Fell house as Matron.  I previously worked at Nayland College for 10 years and am really enjoying the change.  I enjoy the outdoors and compete around the country in Outrigger canoeing.  I have a Husband – Peter, two grown up children – Nicole and Dennim and a granddaughter Daisy whom I adore!

    My door is always open for the boys and at times there is standing room only before and after school when we all have a laugh or a ‘yarn’ as the boys call it.

    Activities Mentor – Michelle Anderson

    I am a PE and Health teacher and, Health Coach/Personal Trainer. Mum to three amazing children Caitlin, Jay and Emmy and married to Rob.  I love running, boxing, training but generally anything that makes me move especially outdoors with my family.

    I have a bachelors degree and a Master of Science Degree in Sport and Exercise Science. I have always been passionate about psychology and what our minds can do (and don’t do!) for us.  I have just gained my NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programme) Certificate 1 and 2.  I have taught at various schools around NZ and the UK for 18 years before gaining my PT qualifications and setting up my own business EnergiseYou as a Health Coach and PT.

    I am enjoying getting to know the young men in Fell House and assisting them to become more active than sedentary in their spare time and connect with one another through activities to create a balance for their well-being.

    My vision in life is to help motivate and inspire people to a healthier lifestyle. One where you live a life full of energy where you can achieve your goals and have that belief in yourself that anything is possible.


    Fell House Supervisor – Mareko Nariaria 

    Bula Vinaka/Kia ora Koutou
    I was a Fell House Boarder during my Nelson College years and then became a supervisor for Fell House from 2005 to 2011 but had to move down to the West Coast of the South Island due to work and rugby commitments. As a former Fell House boy, I am grateful to be given another opportunity to come back and work at Fell House from Term 3 of last year,2017. Apart from a Fell House supervisor, I currently work for Air New Zealand.

    It is a privilege giving back my experiences and knowledge to the boys through advising and helping them carve their lives through any obstacles that they may face during the time they spent here in Fell House but also preparing themselves for when they finish college.

    I am married with two children: my wife is Dee and our children are Iosefo (five years old) and Charlotte (three years old). I am originally from Fiji and have been in and out of Nelson since 1997.
    We live on site and we are so happy to be a part of a big Fell House family.

    Fell House Supervisor – Kelly Shatford

    As a mother and grandmother of boys/men I am keen and enthusiastic to be a supervisor of Fell to help encourage and enable your young men to grow and be the best they can in the world. I enjoy outdoor activities including camping, tramping, playing sports and have been involved over the years as a coach, player and supporter.  I also enjoy the quiet side of life and tale this with me into the house. My time at Fell has been a lot of fun with playing board games, cards, chatting with the boys, and being as involved as I can  to help meet their needs.   


    Generally new boys are nervous when coming into boarding. One of the obvious areas of concern is bullying. Boys are taught that it is never appropriate to victimise or exploit another student under any circumstances. There are no initiation ceremonies.

    Fell, and Nelson College as a whole, has a very successful mentoring system whereby seniors get alongside the juniors. Parents are usually impressed at the positive way in which our seniors relate to their junior counterparts. Our philosophy is that:
    • Every student in our school has the right to enjoy learning free from harassment
    • Our school community does not accept any unkind actions or remarks, even if these are not intended to hurt or offend.
    • It is ok to tell. Students should support one another by reporting instances of bullying.
    • We are an open and listening school. Bullying is too important not to report.
    • Bullying will be treated seriously.

    What should I do?
    If you feel that you or someone else is getting a hard time from another student, see the person on duty, the Housemaster or your mentor and talk about it. It is particularly important that you let the housemaster know sooner rather than later as they will work through the issues.

    Often it is only a small conversation from the staff member on duty or the Housemaster that is required and the issue gets resolved.

    Depending on the seriousness of the issues, more formal steps are available. Before any action is taken, the Housemaster will discuss with the aggrieved person possible options for resolving the bullying and why he thinks it will work. Where possible, much time and effort is put into ensuring that there are no repercussions for the victim, making them feel more comfortable about the process.

    Steps in the process followed to resolve bullying issues are:
    • All parties involved will be talked to independently by the Housemaster, and will be given a chance to have their say (this is written down)
    • The housemaster will take to account the information provided
    • The Housemaster will talk to the person who was picked on and discuss with them workable solutions
    • The housemaster will then decide a course of action for all parties (from fairly informal, to very formal, which may involve the director of boarding / the principal – depending on the issue). This will communicated to the person causing
    • Parents will be contacted at various stages to have the information and decisions made communicated to them (depending on the issue)

    Refer to college anti-bullying code (link)

    Missing / Lost Property
    Most of the problems you will come across will be because people forget what they did with their items. This accounts for most of the missing items. Borrowing (without asking) accounts for a small percentage of other missing items. Borrowing without asking permission is not condoned and students doing this can expect consequences which will vary depending on the severity of their actions. Theft happens infrequently, but can happen. You can minimise the risk by being tidy and locking all your goods away including clothes, shoes, devices, electronic equipment and sporting equipment. Bikes should be locked in the bike shed. Money should always been in your wallet, locked away. Large amounts of money should always be left with the Housemaster for safe-keeping.

    Please report any suspected theft to the person on duty / housemaster as soon as you suspect it has been stolen

    In General if you have a problem or concern:

    Talk to a friend if this helps.
    Talk to your mentor
    Talk to a House leader.
    Talk to the Housemaster or another House staff member.
    Get your parents involved

    Contact the Housemaster
    In most cases discussion of the issue with the Housemaster will resolve it. There is often more than one perspective on any given problem!

    Contact the Director of Boarding
    If the concern is not resolved, contact the Headmaster Gary O’Shea to discuss the matter.
    If necessary, the he will set up a meeting with the parties involved.
    The Headmaster should also inform the BOT Representative of the concern, and the outcome of the meeting.

    If matters remain unresolved a meeting will be set up with the Headmaster, Director of Boarding, BOT Representative and complainant to decide on suitable procedures.

  • Fell values

    • Show allegiance to the fellow boarders and the House in appropriate and positive ways
    • Willingness to act for the common good of House members and to modify personal behaviour.

    Leadership and Moral Courage
    • Ability and willingness to lead and organise others in appropriate behaviours, activities and ideas
    • Ability to maintain ethical and proper behaviours in the face of individual and peer pressure to the contrary

    Organisational Skills
    • The ability to manage one’s time effectively
    • The ability to adhere to House routines punctually

    Social Skills
    • The ability to deal with personal emotions and other people in constructive and appropriate ways

    Respect for Legitimate Authority
    • To respond to all House staff and leaders with politeness as befits their position, responsibilities and duties they are charged with.
    • To accept correction gracefully in the realisation that it is aimed at modifying an undesirable behaviour.

    Consideration, Concern and Respect for Others’ Needs and Rights for:
    • A sense of security
    • A feeling of well-being
    • Friendship and acceptance
    • Recognition as individuals
    • A desire to succeed
    • Happiness through achievement
    • Self-respect
    • The right to private ownership of personal possessions

    High Personal Standards
    • Tidiness
    • Health and hygiene
    • Dress and grooming
    • Table manners
    • Language

    Academic Excellence
    • To attain the highest standard possible
    • To maintain the highest standards in attitude and industry

  • Contact / admin

    House Phone (03) 546 6758
    Housemaster Sharon Lukitau-Ngaamo cell phone 027 430 0655
    Matron Carmel Barrett
    Mareko Nariaria
    Kelly Shatford
     Activities Mentor  Michelle Anderson

    Face book Page
    Please click on the following link to join the facebook group (please note this is a closed page) Fell Facebook page

  • Discipline

    Students have the right to be treated with respect, fairness and free from verbal or physical harassment. They have the right that their property is left alone and not interfered with by others.

    Students in the boarding house who interfere with these rights or who do not adhere to the systems outlined in the boarding handbook will face appropriate consequences as considered by boarding staff and boarding management.

    Students have the responsibility to ensure systems and procedures are followed and that they are not involved in activities such as:

    • Theft
    • Using the property of others without their permission
    • Offensive language / swearing
    • Absences without leave
    • Verbal or physical harassment / assault
    • Possession of dangerous property / weapons or property that can cause harm
    • Illegal substance usage including alcohol, tobacco and drug use
    • Vandalism

    Drug Testing – Random testing and searches may be carried out at the request of the Housemaster and with the permission of the Director of Boarding in consultation with the Headmaster.

     Room Searches – Students may have their rooms/dorms searched if there is a suspicion of theft or illegal substance.  They will be present as well as a staff member.  Searches are a last resort and not pleasant for all involved.  They are not common, but are sometimes needed.  The Director of Boarding will be notified prior to a room/dorm search.

    Possible Nelson College Boarding Consequences

    Note: This is not intended to be a complete list, rather an idea of the likely consequences will follow from a range of indiscretions

    Please read the boarding disciplinary scheme for Nelson College