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

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.

We have had another busy week. Many students have been involved in the first sessions of a high quality water safety programme at Riverside, and others have benefitted from the excellent services of the Suter and Nelson Museum staff, learning about measurement and responding to the work of contemporary artists.

Our ability to access these opportunities for our students’ learning is dependant on our location, in the heart of the city, and your support with supervision to and from events.

This is a privileged position that other schools in our region greatly envy; and one that supports us to provide educational opportunities that will deepen students awareness of their place in our world, and their ability to strengthen ‘learning muscles’ that will prove pivotal to their lives in our 21st century world.

Our education system has been built on the needs of an industrial society, but a world reliant on huge numbers of compliant, unskilled labour is well gone.

Our children are expected to have multiple career changes, and work in a range of part time , full time, self employed, partly employed etc environments over their working life.

What they need, to be equipped for an ever changing future world, differs from what previous generations have received. We need to support our tamariki to embrace new learning and challenge, to be resilient and collaborative, curious and creative.

Our role as educators and parents, is to support but not rescue. Our children need to be empowered to stretch their educational, physical and social worlds.

Our teachers work to work with you to identify what your child’s learning needs are, and support them to take the next steps by providing explicit teaching, opportunities to practice and challenge to succeed.

You help by ensuring they are healthy, loved, ready for learning, and that their efforts and failures are valued as important learning, as well as their successes.

At the end of this term we plan to support the children to share their learning with you by introducing student led interviews. You will hear more about what this means, and what we hope it will achieve, in future newsletters.

Ngā mihi nui



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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