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

Freya Hogarth


Principal's Message

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

My name is Freya Hogarth and I am the Acting Principal for Nelson Central school during terms 2 and 3 until our new Principal takes up the position. I would like to personally welcome you all to be part of our school. I am very proud of the great education we provide the tamariki at Nelson Central School and encourage parents and whanau to be involved with your child/children's education as much as you can. Our teachers are all aware of the important role you play in ensuring your child gets the most out of their time at school and we see you as key partners in providing our tamariki with an excellent education.

This term we have many exciting things happening in and around the school. This includes our whole school "Food for Thought" fundraising for the Centre for Children's Happiness orphanage in Cambodia, Room 3 going on camp for four days; our up-coming whole school Matariki celebrations; special programmes running to extend our children with special abilities; ICAS competitions; heaps of winter sport opportunities; a hangi fundraiser run by Te Pouahi syndicate to help raise funds for their trip to Palmerston North in November to compete in the Kapa Haka nationals; parent information sessions to help you support your child's learning at home; and extra support to help children to accelerate their learning, this term this includes teacher aid support in every classroom.

Our school meets for a whole school assembly every second Monday at 12:00 pm outside the library (when the weather allows) to celebrate the great achievements of students in our school and to share our school-wide learning foci. I encourage all whanau to join us for these assemblies, when you can, to help us acknowledge the great accomplishments of our tamariki.

I encourage you to join us with whatever activities you can, as your involvement helps us to provide the best education to all our tamariki.

Nga mihi,

Freya Hogarth, Acting Principal

Our Board of Trustees is investigating, with the Ministry of Education, the possibility of an enrolment scheme. We encourage you to view this
presentation which outlines the background behind the enrolment scheme investigation and the boundaries for a zone that have been recommended by
the Ministry. If you wish to make a submission regarding the zone please email your response to principal@nelsoncentral.school.nz
Nga mihi,
Freya Hogarth
Acting Principal

After 5 years of extremely successful fundraising we are once again running a Food For Thought sponsored challenge to raise money for the Centre for Children's Happiness (CCH) orphanages in Cambodia. Our sponsored event will be held on Saturday 23rd May; the same weekend as the Forty Hour Famine. However, the big difference for us is that all the money we raise will go directly to the orphanage and we will be able to receive photos and updates of how the money is being used.

The challenge for our children is to eat the same meals as the children in the orphanage for one whole day. Money will be raised through the children gathering sponsors from family and friends, by donations and other events. This year we also hope to be selling friendship bracelets made by the CCH children with our school moto 'Aim High' on them.

You can learn more about CCH Orphanage and our fundraising on the Food For Thought blog at foodforthoughtncs.blogspot.co.nz


Camp was awesome! We kayaked, abseiled, cycled, walked in the rain, swam in the sun (including Matua Scott), swam in the rain, made damper, played spotlight and capture the flag (kid's version) and ate very well indeed. The weather proved to be far better than the forecast. All the parents who helped were superb, and so were the kids!! Great memories.

A big thankyou to all the parents who provided transport; to those parents who came and helped for the day; to Ray for the boat; to Josh for the fish; to Hayley, Paul, Jacqui, Karla and Phillipa who stayed one or two nights; to Chris 'the veteran' who stayed the whole time and Cherie 'camp mother' who organised and bought the food and cooked almost everything!

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