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

Dr Paul Potaka


Principal's Message

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

Welcome to the New Year – Te Tau Hau. I trust everyone is well rested and ready for a busy 2015. Welcome to all families new to the school and to five year olds starting school for the first time. We hope you enjoy your time with us.

Meet the teachers

Thanks to everyone who took advantage of the opportunity to meet their child's teacher. The next formal opportunity for you to meet your child's teacher will take place between 23rd & 26th March when the focus will be on goal setting for 2015. Further information will be published in a future notice.

Central Station Band

In 2013 and 2014 we had very successful school rock bands – Central Station. This year we would like to continue that success. Band teacher, Zoe Jackson will be conducting auditions for year 5's and 6's in week 5 - Wednesday 4th March at 3.15pm in the Arts Centre.

Summit Club

Students from the Summit Club on their end of year ascent of Mt Arthur.

And from the students themselves …

On 12th December 53 brave children and 27 adults made a breath-taking attempt to do a stunning 3 hour walk to the summit of the big, tall and frosty Mount Arthur! (Ben)

The walk started fantastically and got more amazing and better as we climbed. We went through bush, tussock and rocky, steep, slippery rock and snow. The open air, drops and scenery were all amazing. (Lukas)

I dig my hands into the whiteness as a jolt of electric cold shivers up my body and I heave myself over the ledge to the top! (Riley)

"And dig your hands in." Dave said. "Abby, I'll be right behind you." "OK." I smiled, feeling very special. As soon as I stuck my hands into the snow, I wished I hadn't. It was stabbing my hands just like knife, plunging into my flesh again and again. "Are we almost there?" I shouted above the wind, "I'm in agony!!"
"Nearly," Dave replied. Finally!! I picked up a flat, hot rock and put it in the pile. "Smile!!" Dave shouted as the camera flashed. (Abby)

See, this summit club has given me opportunities to see things unlike any others in the world, see creatures of a unique sort and has let me realise why I'm so lucky to live in Nelson; thank you Nelson, thank you. (Will)

The cold fresh air blows past my face as I walk up the mountain with intense concentration because the rocky ruts are directly in my way up the gravelly track. (Kobi)

As I look up to see the people above me, I realise, I'm at the top of Mt Arthur! My feet burn as I take steps to the crowd of proud and tired people. When we had finished at the top, I stick my hands and feet in the snow and make my way down the mountain.
I love that mountain! (Payton)

Standing proudly with my friends, cameras flashing lights at us as we stare out at the amazing view; we are at the summit! (Izzie)

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