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Schools in Nelson

September 21st, 2010

Today I have placed some more info on Nelson schools here on this site.

The preferred method I have decided to use is that of a visual one, courtesy of  Community Walk, a great site where you too can make your own maps.

You’ll notice that I have also included this in my main title bar at the top most of my home page too.

This will be a work in progress, so to be best kept up to date on what schools are available in the Nelson region, its  probably best to click there.

Schools with-in the Nelson City Zone

Schools with-in the Nelson City Zone

You’ll see an image of a map, but you’ll need to click on that map to be transferred to the actual map site.

Be happy to answer any readers queries about the subject too.

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Stoke’s Nayland College wins National Enterprise Award

4th November 2009

What has Stoke Nelson’s Nayland College** got that other NZ Colleges haven’t?

Well for the second year running, really special students it would seem.

Last November the Nelson Mail reported that Nayland College’s Marissa Renwick, 18 picked up a NZD$12,000 study grant for achieving New Zealands highest mark in the Young Enterprise Exam. She was competing against 1680 other students nationally.

Fast forward to 2009. This time Nayland College not only achieves first place, they take second place and then scoop the field by taking third place as well!

You tell me …………………….co-incidence?

Its great to see young adults being trained for the “real world” reality for which they will undoubtedly enter soon, not just in a theory sense, but – also in a very practical one – and in an award winning way.

For any parent, now this would be a crowning achievement for your youngsters.

The exam was set and marked by a university and moderated by Cambridge International Examinations. Students who passed gained 14 credit equivalents at level three.

Could there be something in the local water, after all nearby we have reputably rated by Guinness no less, the worlds clearest water.

A reason why Stoke – Richmond – Nelson was rated tops in NZ

Back in June an article was published referring to two studies on suburbs/regions/towns and how they have coped re property pricing over recent times.

The Real Estate Institute analysis across 41 suburbs was sent to find which places had increased or decreased in value over a 3 month rolling median, when compared to an equivalent time back in 2007.

And the result in case you haven’t read it already (from the NZ Herald article)

The Nelson suburb of Stoke survived the housing slump in the strongest shape…..

While most homeowners have watched their home values slide since the market peak at the end of 2007, Stoke, Pukekohe and Wellington Central defied the downturn, enjoying gains.

An Infometrics study in which 73 suburbs and towns over a previous 3 month period up to May 09.

And the result in case you also haven’t already read it was…..

Nelson also came out on top.

According to the report in the NZ Herald…..

The five top-scoring areas are Richmond in Nelson, Auckland’s eastern beaches, Titirangi in West Auckland, Albany on Auckland’s North Shore and Eastern Wellington.

Before we buy too much into “green shoots” hype, ANZ chief economist Cameron Bagrie warns stabilisation is unlikely to be across the board.

Because good-quality houses are in short supply, those in the right location and priced right are selling relatively quickly.

I think one of the main reasons our suburb of Stoke is so popular has to do with schooling.

As I have discovered across at Zoodle, they have a nifty screen where after you type in an address you can see all local schools, primary, intermediate and secondary, plus how far away they are from the address you just typed in. They also note whether the address location you just typed in, is either “in zone”, or “no zone.”

Potentially very handy with families and I am sure, once you see the fantastic local selection we have for all ages, one of the main reasons why we came up trumps.

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NZ’s third oldest school is in…..


Nelson College is New Zealand’s third oldest school – preceded only by Christ’s College and Wanganui Collegiate.

Nelson Boys CollegeModern Nelson was founded by the New Zealand Company in 1842 – and if Nelson College had been built straight away, it would have been the oldest school in New Zealand.

Nelson College has a very proud history and a clear and unequivocal vision: to prepare young men to take their place in the world.

Nelson College has indeed educated many prominent citizens over the years.

From its ranks have come:

  • the founder of Rugby in NZ, Charles Monro¹, who organised, coached and played the first rugby game in New Zealand, on 14 May 1870, played between teams from Nelson College and Nelson Rugby Club at the Botanical Reserve
  • six particularly eminent scientists – including Noble Laureate Lord Ernest Rutherford
    whose discovery of how to split the atom changed the world forever – ushering in the nuclear age,
  • two Prime Ministers, Sir Wallace Rowling, and Sir Geoffrey Palmer, and I’m told a couple of Foreign Ministers, including Rt Hon Don McKinnon, now the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth,
  • ten Senior Defence Force Personnel – among them Chiefs of Defence, Chiefs of Staff, Air Vice Marshalls and Rear Admirals,
  • six All Blacks (and as mentioned in the previous post, the first rugby game in New Zealand, on 14 May 1870, was played between teams from Nelson College and Nelson Rugby Club),Match Ball
  • five New Zealand cricketers and a New Zealand soccer goal keeper,
  • ambassadors, and Rhodes Scholars,
  • artists, writers, entertainers, journalists, and broadcasters – including one of the current hosts of Morning Report on National Radio.

Since 1856 Nelson College has been motivating both staff and students to aspire to the highest possible standards in achievement and behaviour.

Maybe there must just be something in the water here ……….

¹ Charles Monro, prior to being sent to Christ College, Finchley in London from 1868-1870, went to Nelson College 1861-1865, while his father Sir David Monro, a Nelson founder was one of the first Governors and Trustees of Nelson College.



Hey you…at the back of the class.

Wow are we spoilt for schooling choices in the Nelson region?

Education is compulsory for all children aged between six and sixteen years. Most children are enrolled at school on their fifth birthday.

The New Zealand Education Act (1989) provides for free education in state schools administered by boards of trustees.

Home schooling is possible for those who prefer it, on the condition that a standard of education similar to that available in a registered school is provided. At 1 July 2006 there were 6,298 students involved in home schooling.

Schooling in New Zealand

The aim of early childhood education is to promote children’s learning and development. The main providers of early childhood education are:

  • Kindergartens, which operate sessional early childhood education for children between the ages of three and five.
  • Playcentres, which are collectively supervised and managed by parents for children aged up to five years.
  • Education and Care Centres, which provide sessional, all-day, or flexible hour programmes for children from birth to school age. They may be owned by private businesses, private trusts, public bodies or community trusts.

Compulsory education in New Zealand is divided into primary, intermediate and secondary schooling.

Primary schools are the first level. They cater for children from the age of five years – from entry to school – to the end of year 6 (usually age 10).

Children in years 7 and 8 (age 11 – 12) may either be in a separate intermediate school or part of a primary, secondary or composite/area school.

Secondary schools usually provide for students from year 9 (age 13) until the end of year 13 (age 17).

Adult students who return to school enter in whichever year the majority of their subjects are in.

…and after this its on to University (referred to as College in North America I believe) or similar higher learning institutions like our own local NMIT. (The largest training provider in the upper South Island of New Zealand, formerly known as Nelson Polytechnic )

Starting School

A child starting primary school for the first time between July (when the school roll is counted) and 31 December of a school year, and aged between five and six, will be classed as year 0.

Children who begin school for the first time between 1 January and before the July roll count will be classed as year 1.

Children most commonly start school when they turn five even though schooling is compulsory from age six.

Where children start school for the first time after the age of six, they are placed in the same year as other children of the same age.

….and once you decide on a school name, picked by the link above type it in here to check out heaps more info.

Check out SCHOOLS on the banner above at the top of this page for more info about Nelson area schools.