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 - and a very warm welcome to 2016.

We especially welcome new families to our school, and our new teachers Dee, Roz and Sarah.

Our kura can provide an exceptional education for our students because of the strength of our community. I know you will make them all very welcome.

This year we are working to “polish” all the great practices identified by the ERO team in last terms review, and we have signed up to become an enviro school.

We are also focussing on strengthening our student’s ability to manage and drive their own learning (in partnership with you and their teachers). The ability to learn and relearn is becoming more and more important in a world of constant change.

I will post more about these focus areas throughout the year.

The saying that underpins this year’s work is a quote from Dr Suess-

“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes,

you can steer yourself any direction you choose…”

Through this we hope to signal to our tamariki that they are vital partners in planning their learning at school - and the importance of making good decisions, setting ambitious goals and grabbing opportunities as they arise.

Teachers intend taking the next few weeks to build their understanding of their students and will meet with whanau in week three to answer any questions and share some of their expectations: and then again in week five to work on identifying learning goals for our tamariki.

Thank you whanau, for ensuring your child is ready for the new year - It is great to have the school populated again.

I look forward to meeting and working with you throughout 2016.

Year End Speech

It's a tradition at the closing ceremony each year that a departing Year 6 student speaks to the new Year 6 group, who then respond. Here is this years departing student, Tiaki Sharpe.

Tamariki Toa Kapa Haka Trip

In November our Kapa Haka group, Tamariki Toa, travelled north to Te Mana Kuratahi 2015. This was the culmination of many hours of hard work by our tamariki, teachers and supporting whānau. Their fantastic performance can be seen here on HakaTV. (If you have trouble watching this contact us here). Below is a slideshow travel-log of their trip. Enjoy.

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