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  • Attendance & General Requirements

    If a student is absent it is important that the school is notified.  Please either complete the Online Form or email or call the Attendance line on 548 3099 Ext 2. Please leave the student’s name, the reason for their absence and if known, how long they will be absent.  On returning to school please collect a pink slip from the Attendance office to show to your teachers. Click here for full attendance guidelines

    Off Site
    It is a College rule that no pupil leaves the College grounds at lunchtime unless they have the permission of the Deputy Principals.  A note from home would be accepted.
    The neighbouring dairy and bakery are out of bounds during interval and lunchtime.

    Appointments should not be arranged during College time.  If this is unavoidable there is a procedure that boys need to complete before they are granted leave.
    Students should bring a written request for leave to the Attendance Office for a pink slip which they then show to their teachers.

    All students are expected to be in their timetabled class.  This will be monitored and parents contacted when students are not present.  All absences from class should be explained and parents should provide their sons with an explanatory note.  Failure to provide a note will result in the student being disciplined and the parents contacted.  Parents who wish to take their sons on holiday during term time need to contact the Headmaster.

    Students are not to leave school if they are feeling unwell without permission.  Please inform the classroom teacher and then report to the reception.  The College has a trained nurse on site to deal with illnesses during the school day.  If a student needs to go home the Nurse or reception will contact the student’s parent/caregiver.  DO NOT JUST LEAVE SCHOOL.

  • Bikes / Vehicles

    Bikes: There is a bicycle compound at the College for safe keeping of boys’ bicycles during the College day.  This compound is locked before period one and opened again at the end of period five.  Boys must lock their bikes as well as putting them in the compound in order to minimise the possibility of theft or vandalism.

    Cars / Motorbikes: Students who bring a vehicle to and from school are under New Zealands Law’s and are expected to comply with all statutory requirements.

    • All licence requirements must be followed
    • They must not park on the school grounds and must park legally on public roads (includes scooters).
  • Buses

    Route 7094 : Hira
    7.58am – leaves Rest A While Stops foot of Gentle Annie only
    8.20am – arrives at Girls Rutherford Street entrance 8.25 Boys College Hampden St stop

    3.25pm – from Boys College Hampden St stop 3.30pm from Girls Main Gates

    Route 7096 : The Glen – Todds Valley
    7.50am – departs The Glen
    8.20am – arrives at Girls Rutherford Street entrance 8.25 Boys College

    3.25pm –  from Boys College 3.30pm from Girls Main Gates

    Route 7097 : Tui Glen
    7.50am – departs Tui Glen – Malvern Ave – Brooklands Road – Cemetery exit – Iwa Road
    8.20am – arrives Girls 8.25 arrives Boys College

    3.40pm –  from Boys College 3.45pm departs Girls Main Gates

    Route 7104 : City Boundary
    7.50am – departs City Boundary, Clifton Tce, Marybank
    8.20am – arrive Girls 8.25am arrive Boys

    3.40pm – from Boys 3.45pm from Girls Main Gates

    Route 7102 : Dodsons Valley
    7.50am – departs St Peters Church, Dodsons Valley (by Supermarket)
    8.15am – arrives Girls Rutherford St 8.20am arrives Boys

    3.30pm – from Boys 3.35pm from Girls Main Gates

    SBL / NBUS – Port – Tahunanui – Stoke – via Annesbrook
    7.45am – leaves Richmond
    8.15am – arrives SBL Bridge Street depot
    8.115am – leaves Richmond
    8.48am – arrives SBL Bridge Street depot

    3.15pm, 3.45pm and 4.15pm departs Bridge Street depot. NBUS routes

    SBL / NBUS – Wakatu – Stoke – Richmond
    7.30am – leaves Richmond
    7.59am – arrives Girls Rutherford Street entrance
    8.00am – leaves Richmond

    8.37am – arrives NCG Rutherford Street entrance

    * 3.30pm – departs Girls Rutherford St 3.35pm from Boys.  This is a NBUS
    3.20pm – departs Girls Rutherford St 3.25pm Boys to Richmond ONLY on Motueka buses if room

    *  NB All Richmond students should use this service

    SBL – Hope – Brightwater – Wakefield
    7.35am –  departs Wakefield
    8.35am –  arrives Boys 8.40am arrives Girls Rutherford Street

    3.20pm – departs Girls Rutherford Street 3.25pm departs Boys opp Hospital


    SBL – Coastal Route – via Mapua
    7.10am – depart from Motueka I-Site
    8.40am – arrives Boys 8.45am arrives at Girls Rutherford St

    3.20pm – departs Girls Rutherford St 3.25 departs Boys College

    SBL – Motueka (Inland Route)
    7.10am – departs from Motueka Clock Tower
    8.35am – arrives Boys 8.40am arrives at Girls Rutherford St

    3.20pm – departs Girls Rutherford St 3.25pm Boys opp Hospital

    SBL service enquiries, please contact Suburban Bus Lines: 548 3290
    SBL Richmond/Wakefield routes –  ORANGE TICKETS
    SBL Motueka routes – BLUE TICKETS

    SBL Tickets are not valid on NBUS Services

  • Canteen & Dining room

    The school canteen has a large selection of cold and hot food, snack & home baking and drinks.
    Opening hours are at interval and lunch time.

    See full canteen menu

    Dining room lunch meals available each school day for $7.00
    Hot item of the day, pasta dish, salads, cold meat platters, juice
    Payment by cash at the dining room or meal tickets can be purchased from the finance office

  • Cell Phones

    Cell phones are to be turned off and out of sight in class. Texting is not permitted during class time.

    Phones will be confiscated and handed to the Deputy Principals or the Deputy Headmaster if these rules are not followed.

    1st Offence – mobile phone usage  Confiscation for 3 school days.
    2nd Offence – mobile phone usage Confiscation for 5 school days.
    3rd Offence – mobile phone usage Confiscation indefinitely with parents uplifting the phone.

    Regulations governing confiscation of communication technologies and the use of technology within the College campus are stipulated in the College Cybersafety policy and its associated acceptable use protocols.

  • Information Technology at Nelson College


    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 in over a number of years. 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. Devices are becoming powerful tools for work at school, as well as create an increasingly smooth transition between school and home. 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.

    All relevant information for you is now on the Nelson College website under BYOD at Nelson College.

    Computer use
    Students and staff are expected to sign an acceptable use agreement form before they are permitted to access the College’s Network and the Internet.  Breaches of this acceptable use agreement may result in being locked out of the network, impositions and/or disciplinary measures.

    Website/electronic access
    The College encourages parents to visit our website to keep up-to-date with current information. The website also provides a parent sign in to our secure web environment where parents and caregivers can access information to keep them informed of their son’s learning progress including attendance, timetables, report, achievement data and daily notices. New parents will be given a password for the Parent Portal early in the year. Students will be able to access the same information as well as many learning resources and information via Ultranet. They will also be given a password early in the year.

  • Stationery

    Stationery lists will be available online on the college website and from two suppliers, Paper Plus or Office Max (Term 4).  Stationery lists will also be held in store at these two suppliers.  Both websites can be found below for ordering online:
    Paper Plus:
    Office Max:


  • Uniform Guidelines

    It is important that students wear these uniform items correctly:

    • Shorts need to be pulled up appropriately.
    • Socks must be up (blue socks are beginning to be introduced, grey socks are still acceptable)
    • Blue polo shirts may be out (all other shirts in).
    • If students choose to wear a belt it should be dark blue or black.
    • Singlets and/or polypropylene vests are recommended in winter but should be short sleeved and not visible.
    • In particular it is not acceptable to wear:
    • Mufti clothing & Beanies / Jandals / Running shoes/cross trainers etc.
    • College Sports Jackets /Any visible jewellery.
    • Long sleeved polyprops (unless under a long sleeved shirt) / Caps (unless College)


    • Hair (personal grooming)
    • neat and tidy / Long hair must be tied back.
    • Colour should a natural shade, uniform (no multiple colours) and that is acceptable to the management of the school.
    • No dreadlocks, mohawks, ‘rats tails’ and designs/logos cut into the hair.
    • Facial hair is not accepted.  Students must be clean shaven.

    Parents are encouraged to seek the College management’s guidance if they are concerned their son’s proposed hair style might be unacceptable.

    Uniform Shop
    This is run by the PTA and all proceeds are returned to the College.  The shop is located in the basement of the main Administration Block and is the sole distributor of Nelson College uniform.

    Tuesday           1.30pm – 4.30pm
    Thursday         1.30pm – 4.30pm

    Click for holiday hours timetable (TBA)

  • Wet Day Arrangements

    On wet days the Hall is available at interval and lunch time for boys. Staff will be on duty.