Nelson College

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About Nelson College

Nelson College is an innovative boys school founded in 1856. The college takes pride in being New Zealands oldest state school with a rich heritage of tradition forming a backdrop to modern educational practice.

Nelson College offers:

  • An exciting opportunity to learn in a progressive boys' school
  • High NCEA results and academic achievement
  • Multiple curriculum pathways for boys
  • An extensive co-curricula and sporting programme
  • A safe community and pleasant climate

Nelson College engenders a strong sense of pride and belonging in its students through its traditional House system. House based Homerooms provide a safe and nurturing environment within which boys are supported to realise their academic and social potential. Student support services include an on-site medical facility, counsellors, careers advisors and mentors from both the College and the local community.

Nelson College has high expectations of its students in their academic, co-curricular and personal development. We pride ourselves on providing many and varied opportunities for young men that will give them a bright future and allow them to take their place in the world.

What makes us different?

We offer multiple curriculum opportunities tailored for boys. Our curriculum Book is published annually in July and defines subjects available, their structure, and learning opportunities.

We offers NCEA at Levels 1, 2 and 3 as well as University Entrance and NZ Scholarship.


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67 Waimea Rd Nelson 7010

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67 Waimea Rd Nelson 7010

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03-548 3099
03-546 6932

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