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.

Welcome back and welcome to our new staff, students and families
Welcome back for another great term at Nelson Central School. I hope everyone was able to rest and recover over the holiday period. I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new students and their families. We have had quite a number of new students join us this week. I hope you are making friends and feeling included in your class and our school. We also welcome some new teachers this term, Reinga Te Huia who is teaching in room 2, Katrina Tikey who is teaching in Renwick 2 and Laurence Watts who will be starting up the Renwick 1 new entrant class next week. We also have Paul Nelson joining us as a teacher aide.

Key Competency Focus – Thinking - Wānanga
This week we introduced our new key competency focus – thinking. Thinking is such an important learning skill to develop and there can be quite a bit of discussion around the definition of thinking. What do you think thinking is? Is it the same as or different to what other people in your family think?

As we focus on thinking we will also be exploring the following UNCROC rights
  • #13 Your right to have information
  • #29 Your right to become the best you can be
Of course none of us can have these rights respected if we don't each fulfil our responsibilities to:
  • Listen, read, write, understand and share information as best as we can
  • Do our best and always try to do even better than before.

Bullying Prevention and Response
We consider it very important to do our best to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all our tamariki. Unfortunately there are still occasions where we have to respond to incidents of a bullying nature. To help everyone understand what bullying is we have adopted this widely accepted definition of bullying behaviour that emphasise the following four characteristics:

  • Bullying is deliberate – there is an intention to cause physical and/or psychological pain or discomfort to another person.
  • Bullying involves a power imbalance – there is an actual or perceived unequal relationship between the target and the initiator that may be based on physical size, age, gender, social status or digital capability and access.
  • Bullying has an element of repetition – bullying behaviour is usually not one-off. It is repeated over time, with the threat of further incidents leading to fear and anxiety. Repeated acts of bullying may involve single acts with different targets, as well as multiple acts with the same target.
  • Bullying is harmful – there is short or long-term physical or psychological harm to the target (eg, as a result of coercion or intimidation).

Naku noa, na

Freya Hogarth

Parent & Teacher Interviews

In week 4 (10-13 August) we will be hosting our mid-year parent and teacher interviews. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to discuss your child's individual learning goals and progress. Please make time to meet with your child's teacher. Interviews can be booked by visiting the school interviews website www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and using our school code J8UTN.

Science & Technology Expo

Next week on Wednesday 29 July 1:30-3:00pm we will be having a Science and Technology expo at school to showcase the Science and Technology learning the tamariki were involved in last term. We hope to see as many family members as possible visiting the school to share the learning with the tamariki.

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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