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

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.

Masked Parade

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Nelson Masked Parade on Friday afternoon. It was a wonderful example of the Nelson Central School values of Community and Participation. A big thank you to all of the parents and whanau that helped with organisation – you helped to ensure a successful event.

Enrolment Scheme

The Board of Trustees invites submissions on the following proposal:

That an enrolment scheme be adopted from the 5 th week of term 4 with the following boundaries:

Richmond Avenue extension, Brougham Street to Trafalgar Street South, Trafalgar Street South, Nile Street East of the Cathedral to Collingwood Street, Collingwood Street to include Sovereign Street and then in a straight line to the intersection of Queen Elizabeth II Drive and Atawhai Drive and then to the hills. Maitai and Brook Valleys will be considered the "home zone".

Please address written submissions to the Board Chair, Nelson Central School, 70 Nile Street, Nelson 7010 . A public meeting will be held at the Nelson Central School Library on Wednesday 7 October at 7:00pm to hear responses to the proposed enrolment scheme.

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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