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Student evaluation, reviews, interviews, examinations and reports

The academic progress of students is constantly being evaluated throughout the year through a variety of assessments. Senior students are given an a schedule of assessments in each subject.

Years 9 and 10
Regular Deans’ meetings monitor the progress of individual students. A progress report is issued in Term 1. Academic reports are issued during Term 2 and at the end of Term 4. Parent-Teacher interviews are held twice a year.

Years 11 – 13
A progress report is issued in Term 1. Academic reports are issued during Term 2 and Term 3. Parent-Teacher interviews are held twice a year. Practice exams are in Term 3. Internal results are available to be viewed via the parent portal.

Provisional report and exam practice timeline

Term 1
Week 7 – Progress report
Week 9 & 10 -Parent Teacher Interviews
Term 2
Week 6 – Senior Reports
Week 10 – Junior Reports
Term 3
Week 3 – Parent Teacher Interviews
Week 5 – Senior Practice Exams
Week 10 – Senior Reports
Term 4
Weeks 4 & 5 – NCEA External Exams
Week 9 – Junior Reports


The importance of homework, home study and review

Nelson College endorses the importance of home study as an essential component in the learning process. Students can expect home study tasks on a regular basis from all their subject areas.

Common forms of homework include:

  • Completing a task from the day’s class.
  • Practising new skills or reinforcing new content learnt during the day.
  • Completing assignment work.
  • Preparing for a test.

If there is no set task students are encouraged to review and revise completed units of work or spend time on personal reading. Latest research shows that these activities are essential for committing knowledge to long term memory and building vital literacy skills.


In 2017 Nelson College decided to make the use of devices compulsory for students in Year 9 and 10 with the intention to phase this into all year levels by 2020. In 2020 BYOD (bring your own device) is compulsory for all year levels.

Our motivation is to enable the use of devices in class as often as possible, where applicable, as well as create an increasingly smooth transition between school and home. Devices are becoming powerful tools for work at home regardless of their usefulness at school. Collaboration, critical thinking, self-regulation and digital literacy are regarded as vital skills for the future and are at the core of our use of IT in the classroom.

For more information on BYOD at Nelson College such as device recommendations, where to buy, finance, security and FREE Microsoft Office 365 visit:

Parent Sign In

Parent Portal
Sign in to check:

  • Current contact details (update if necessary)
  • Attendance
  • NCEA entries and results
  • Reports
  • Fees Information
  • Course Selection (Term 3)


Usernames and Passwords
User names and passwords are emailled to parents in term 1.
For help contact Student Office (03) 5483099 x833
or email