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.

Matariki Celebration
Thank you to all that supported our Te Pouahi team with their hangi fundraiser.A special thank you to all those who helped out with the hangi preparations and clean up.

Key Competency Focus – Managing-Self
This week's managing-self focus is taking responsibility for my actions and my belongings.I know from looking at the piles of lost property that mount up during terms how many items are missing from children's wardrobes at home.Please take time to talk with your child about how they can look after their belongings at home and at school.
At Nelson Central School we use a restorative approach to dealing with challenging behaviour.This has very strong links to managing-self and in particular taking responsibility for our actions.The restorative process is all about students taking responsibility for their actions and their words and understanding the impact they have had on other people.

Parking outside school at busy times

Please remember the way you behave in your car when dropping off and picking children up from school is noticed by your children. Please remember road safety is everybody's responsibility, how well do you manage yourself in these situations? Parking is definitely at a premium at these busy times so please help keep everybody safe by being prepared to park further away and walk to school to drop off or collect your child/children.

School Cross Country Event

It was wonderful to see all the school participating in the school cross country event last week. Well done to all the children for your fantastic participation on such a cold day.I was very proud to watch so many of you running and doing your best.Ki runga rawa! Aim high!

Enrolment Scheme

The Board of Trustees is continuing our investigation into the possibility of adopting an enrolment scheme, which would prevent future over-crowding in our school by creating geographic boundaries and restricting enrolments to students who live within these boundaries.

The Board is considering this option as the popularity of Nelson Central School is starting to put strain on the limited number of classrooms we have, and on our playground space. Too many pupils will mean that extra-curricular learning activities are limited through lack of space, while our teacher aides and reading recovery kaiako will struggle to find enough room to work with children outside of the classroom. High pupil numbers will also inevitably led to high teacher to child ratios, which puts pressure on both the teacher and learners.

The school has a survey open here to get your opinions on whether to put in an enrolment scheme. Your opinions are important. For the reasons outlined above the Board is moving toward putting a proposal to the community in term 3. Your input at this time is most appreciated.

Pai marie,
Dr. Bradley Hannigan
Chair of Nelson Central School Board of Trustees

You can also collect a paper survey from the school office. The survey has been extended until the end of term 2 (Friday 3 July).

If you wish to make a submission regarding the zone please email your response to principal@nelsoncentral.school.nz.

Trash and Treasure Sale

On Friday Ayla and Sylvie L organised and ran a Trash and Treasure Sale to raise funds for people affected by the earthquake in Nepal. They raised $235.30 which they will donate to First Steps Himalaya.

Well done Ayla and Sylvie and thank you to all those that contributed. This is a great example of Participating and Contributing - locally and globally.

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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