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

School closure

School is now closed for the summer break and will reopen on Tuesday 3rd February 2015. I trust everyone will take the opportunity to have a good break and recharge their batteries ready for a great time in 2015.

Meet the teachers
Early in the New Year there will be an opportunity to 'meet the teachers' and get to know what they have in mind for their classes. At this stage that has been set down for the week 16-20 February – details for each syndicate will be sent home early in the New Year.

The new draft strategic plan can be viewed here.
The minutes for the November 2014 BOT meeting are now available here.

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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