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 whānau whanui o te Kura Tuatahi o Whakatu – greetings to friends and family of Nelson Central School.


Congratulations to our two school bands, Central Station and Central Beats, who performed at Bandquest on Saturday. It was great to see you performing on the stage. Both bands performed really well. Central Beat did an amazing job for their first public appearance, and really held it together! A special congratulation goes to Central Station who won a total of $200.00 for the school by winning The Best Original song, and then also coming 3rd overall. Individually we also had some outstanding results with Paige Sofield winning best female vocalist, Kayla Burgess winning rock solid bass player, and Seren Holden winnng best keyboard player. Each student won $50.00 in vouchers for Rockshop. We are so proud of you all!

Nelson Central School is now on Facebook!

We finally have an official Nelson Central School facebook page. You can find us here @ www.facebook.com/nelsoncentralschool.

Key Competency Focus – Using Language Symbols & Text

This week we begin our focus of using language, symbols and text. Effective use of language, symbols and text is important for all forms of communication, verbal, written and visual. When our tamariki are learning about this key competency we also teach them about their right to learn and to go to school (UNCROC Article 28) and their responsibility to come to school on time and ready to learn, and their right to have information (UNCROC Article 13) and their responsibility to listen, read, write, understand and share information as best as they can.


This week is your last chance to buy tickets & return permission slips!
PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 2nd September. Your child needs to be at Nelson College Hall by 6.50pm. There is usually parking available on the far side of Hampden Street and the Franklin Street entrance to Nelson College – please allow a 5-7 minute walk to get to the Hall. Disabled parking is available on the school grounds. When your child arrives at the hall they will be marshalled to the correct area where they will report to Tanya/Helen who will mark them present on a roll. Please ensure your child knows who will be picking them up from the collection area after the show finishes around 8.45pm. Children must be signed out before they go home. Children need to wear a brightly coloured plain top and tidy jeans or trousers on performance night – no black, white or fluoro colours please. (Backbeat choir have different shirts). Any queries please email helenz@nelsoncentral.school.nz or send her a message via the contact form.

Parent Survey

The BOT is conducting an anonymous survey of all school Parents. Please take the time to fill out the survey here, to help with our planning.

Māori & Pasifika Survey

We are also currently surveying our Māori and Pasifika whānau and tamariki to help us improve how we meet your needs. Some of you have already been emailed these surveys, we thank you for your contributions if you have completed a survey. This information will be used to review how we meet the needs of our Māori and Pasifika students and their families. If you have not already completed a survey we would really appreciate you taking a few minutes to do so. Please encourage all of your tamariki to each complete a survey also (they may need some help from you to do so). Please click on the appropriate links below:

Science & Technology Expo

Last week we had our first technology expo, it was a low key event and provided an opportunity for some of the syndicates to share their projects with the rest of the school. The children had a great time discussing what they had learnt. Thanks to all the teachers for your help with this event. Thanks also to Bruce Rudge who came along to take a look at our projects, he was very impressed with our work. Bruce is the Marlborough Science and Technology Fair co-coordinator and he was able to give us some valuable feedback about our next learning steps. It was great to see some parents come along too.

Safe Scooting

Marty Clark's team came to Nelson Central School recently to help us learn all about being safe on our scooters. Room 9 and the rest of the Syndicate really enjoyed their sessions. We learned the safest way to use our scooters - stopping, braking, and turning corners as well as having a lot of fun.

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