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.

Stationery Lists for 2017 can be found on your child's classroom page to the right of this webpage.

Heoi ano

Pip Wells


Principal's Message

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa te whānau whanui o te Kura Tuatahi o Whakatu – greetings to friends and family of Nelson Central School.

Last week I was asked about the changes to schooling and their origins- which made me think. As someone who has been immersed in education for a long time, the movement towards what is now called “innovative learning environments” makes complete sense. However the real change is not in the look of classrooms ( ours haven’t changed significantly in the past 50 years), but in the way teachers support learners.

What has changed?

The impact of technology and travel has changed our working future. Society no longer needs to parcel people into a “pass and fail” system to provide large numbers of unskilled labour. It is hard to predict what knowledge will be needed in the future, and what future jobs may evolve. We also know a lot more about how to learn - mostly because of the gains in brain imaging.

These two things have meant we have needed to change the way we teach.

Teachers now provide learning that is personalised to each learner - rather than the learner fitting in to a “one size fits all” model. Even when children are working as a group they will be asked different questions and challenged in differing ways. Learning involves working with adults and other children in partnership, as well as using technology. Being able to listen and collaborate are important skills. Increased attention is given to deep learning and thinking, to creativity and resilience. The foundations of literacy, numeracy, curiosity and perserverance continue to be important.

These changes mean that the role of a teacher is a very complex, highly skilled one, and our teachers work hundreds of unseen hours to ensure your children are supported and challenged every day.

There are also implications for our buildings - which were designed for groups of children all doing the same thing at the same time, mostly in silence. We are working to see what we can do to make classrooms more effective for the learning that is happening.

As parents, everything you do to encourage your child to be curious, to ask questions, and to keep trying when it is tricky, will support them to be active successful learners. We talk about having a “growth mindset”; that intelligence is developed, and effort creates success.

We are looking forward to sharing some of this learning, and our successes at the end of this term, with student led interviews.

Ngā mihi nui


Latest Newsletter: Click Here

Nelson Central School Community Group are behind this successful annual event.

It is a fun way to raise funds for the school.

Check out this article on Stuff: Click Here

We have a permanent leadership position available, beginning Term 2 2018.

Are you a highly effective NZ registered teacher?

Are you a learner, a collaborator, a passionate leader of learning?

Do you have a strong sense of social justice and inclusion?

Do you approach challenge with flexibility, innovation, reflection and fun?

Do you have a real passion for making a difference?

Read further to see if you are a good fit for our school. Click Here

Below is Tamariki Toa performing at the Masked Parade October 2017.

(More photos on our facebook page.)

Are you in the Nelson Central School Zone?

If you click to view larger map (icon on top right)
then click search icon and type in your home address you'll see if you lie within the zoning boundary.

More detail on the school zoning under the Parents tab

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School Telephone number 03-5484 972, absentee line press 1 (please use the absentee line if possible)

School Cell ph 027 7590096 (text message only, will not take phone calls)

Via our website - "Notify Absence"

Please advise the child's name, room and the reason for absent - sick, dentist etc

If they are planning a holiday that is for more that 5 school days they need to email Principal for approval.


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Term 1 Start Date: 07/02/2018 Finish Date: 13/04/2018 Term 2 Start Date: 30/04/2018 Finish Date: 06/07/2018 Term 3 Start Date: 23/07/2018 Finish Date: 28/09/2018 Term 4 Start Date: 15/10/2018 Finish Date: 20/12/2018
15 May Year 5 & 6 Rippa tournament 31 May " Coming to school" meeting - prospective parents 6 pm June 1 School Cross country 1.15. pm June 4 Queens birthday weekend June 6 Totara Cross country June 15 Matariki June 26 NZEI primary teachers union meeting 2pm June 27 Totara syndicate Mahi toi June 29 School disco July 6 Last day of term 2
A reminder that the first of the Mays series started Saturday 5th May. Please encourage your kids to pre-enter via following instructions: Pre-registration is via nelsoncrosscountry@gmail.com Details needed are: name school (or home school) school year (NOT age) A race number will be sent by return email. The number must be written on the back of the left hand with marker pen so it is visible to recorders at the end of the race. Registration only needs to occur once as each runner uses their unique number for the whole series. Pre-registered runners do not need to sign in on the day. If you have a school sports shirt at home please wear this or see Sheryll in the library between 9.30am and 12.30pm to have one issued. Here are the details of this year's May Schools League. Please note that there are changes to the scoring system and the grades. We are grateful to Phil Costley who has designed a new format and scoring system for the series. We believe that this will make it fairer for all schools and reward the effort of even the youngest runners. Nelson Schools Cross Country League 2018: Saturday 5th May - Rabbit Island (western end), 3 pm first race starts Saturday 12th May - Branford Park, 3 pm Saturday 19th May - Rabbit Island (western end), 3 pm Saturday 26 May - Tahunanui Beach (next to Roller Skating rink), 3 pm

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