Nau mai haere mai ki te Kura Tuatahi o Whakatu

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Nelson Central School - you will find us in Nile Street to the east of Nelson Cathedral. We are 'home' to 450 enthusiastic children aged 5 to 11 years. A mixture of old and new buildings are complemented by several beautiful, mature trees. We are fortunate that our school grounds feature two large playing fields and two adventure playgrounds. While being highly regarded by our community we do our best to achieve constant and never ending improvement. For further information, please contact the school office.

Heoi ano

Pip Wells


Principal's Message

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa te whānau whanui o te Kura Tuatahi o Whakatu – greetings to friends and family of Nelson Central School - and a very warm welcome to 2016.

As I reflect on term one during our last week, I can think of many highlights - and also a number of issues we have worked to resolve or improve. That is of course the nature of leadership in an organisation such as a school. We don’t always get it right but are determined to learn and continuously improve.
Thank you to those of you that have come to us with a challenge or opportunity to solve or address… and trusted us to do that.
Thanks also to those of you who have supported us to fly - and given students learning opportunities they would not have had without your support . You will see some of them reflected in our newsletter.
This support ranges from camps and class trips to paying what you can afford as a family donation to our school.
We have an incredible group of acve parents involved in different aspects of our school, and many plans in the fire. Thanks to those that responded to last week’s question. I am keen to hear from others if you have a brief moment.
All of this makes a real difference to what we can provide for your children.
You have an incredibly hard working team of teachers, and support workers who work many many hours to get the best for your children. I wish them, and you all, a safe and restful school break, so we are all recharged for the new term.
Ngā mihi nui



We have a current vacancy for a Scale A Teacher (LTR) Year 0-1. More information is available here.


Our newsletters are published weekly, the latest is here.

Year End Speech

It's a tradition at the closing ceremony each year that departing Year 6 representatives speak to the new Year 6 group, who then respond. Here is last years departing Te Pouahi year 6 student, Tiaki Sharpe.

Tamariki Toa Kapa Haka Trip

In November last year our Kapa Haka group, Tamariki Toa, travelled north to Te Mana Kuratahi 2015. This was the culmination of many hours of hard work by our tamariki, teachers and supporting whānau. Their fantastic performance can be seen here on HakaTV. (If you have trouble watching this contact us here). Below is a slideshow travel-log of their trip. Enjoy.

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