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The Board of Trustees, staff, students and College Community have affirmed that Nelson College is a school that wants a uniform and that it should be worn well. 

Uniform helps instil a sense of identity and purpose.  Self-esteem is enhanced by wearing a uniform with pride.  If students feel good about themselves, they are very likely to perform better at school.

We’re able to loan or provide spare uniforms through the deans as needed. Uniform shop opening hours are listed on this page.

Thanks for your support in this matter.

Extended Holiday Opening Hours

26 November – Boarders Testing Day     2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
Thursday 20 January                10.00 – 4.00 pm Tuesday 1 February              8.00 – 4.00 pm
Friday 21 January                     10.00 – 4.00 pm
Saturday 22 January                 10.00 – 3.00 pm NORMAL OPENING HOURS RESUME
Monday 24 January                  10.00 – 4.00 pm Tuesday             1.30 pm – 2.15 pm
Tuesday 25 January                  10.00 – 4.00pm Thursday           1.30 pm – 4.00 pm
Wednesday 26 January            10.00 – 4.00 pm
Thursday 27 January                10.00 – 4.00 pm
Friday 28 January                     10.00 – 4.00 pm


Regulation items of uniform that may be worn in any combination include:

  • Pale blue long-sleeved shirt with open neck
  • Light blue polo shirt with school crest
  • Regulation dark grey shorts or trousers
  • White shirt and school tie with trousers (number 1’s)
  • School jersey (dark blue – juniors: light blue – seniors)
  • School jacket
  • Regulation socks
  • Black leather lace up shoes (shoes must be totally black)
  • Sandals – one colour, black or dark brown, any style
  • Physical Education regulation shorts and t/shirt (Year 9 and 10)
  • Lava lava for formal occasions

It is important that students wear these uniform items correctly:

  • Shorts need to be pulled up appropriately (boxers should not be showing)
  • Socks must be up (blue socks are beginning introduced, grey socks 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
  • Jandals/plastic beach ‘scuffs’
  • Running shoes/cross trainers etc.
  • College Sports Jackets
  • Any visible jewellery
  • Caps / beanies (unless College)

Number 1’s – Compulsory Wednesdays Term 1, 2 and 3 

  • White long sleeved shirt
  • College tie (a Year 13 tie is available to purchase)
  • Grey trousers
  • Black leather lace up shoes or dress leather slip on shoes (no trainers or canvas footwear)
  • Blazer optional


All other times normal uniform or Number 1’s


Hair (personal grooming)

  • neat and tidy
  • Long hair must be tied back.
  • Style and colour 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.

Please Note:
An enrolment is accepted on the understanding that uniform rules will be observed. See Uniform Policy.

Nelson College chooses to have a uniform as part of the style of education that we provide.  The students who choose to be part of our college also choose to accept that wearing our uniform well is part of what Nelson College is.

At times a student may not be able to comply with the uniform standard.  If this does occur then it is expected that parents write an explanatory note for that day.  This note should be presented to any of the senior leadership team, either Tim Tucker, Brian Hore or Jarrod Aberhart for an exemption note.


  • The College appreciates the support of the whole community for the enforcing of our uniform standards.