Nel­son col­lege

ACT­ING HEAD­MAS­TER – TIM TUCKER

Latitude Magazine - - FEATURE -

Nel­son Col­lege is unique in many ways. Not only are we New Zealand’s old­est state se­condary school, but we are also one of the few schools in a re­gional city that of­fers a com­pre­hen­sive board­ing pack­age.

Nel­son Col­lege Board­ing is a main­stay of our school; with our two her­itage board­ing houses on cam­pus, set against the back­drop of the Grampians Re­serve. In the last few years, these build­ings have had a com­plete re­fur­bish­ment, so that the fa­cil­i­ties are now amongst the best in the coun­try. We have a strong fo­cus on cre­at­ing a wel­com­ing fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment for our stu­dents from around New Zealand and the world.

Nel­son Col­lege’s aca­demic re­sults are con­sis­tently above na­tional aver­age rates for boys. This is due to our teach­ing ap­proaches and cour­ses cater­ing for boys and their style of learn­ing, as well as the school’s at­ti­tude of self-re­view and im­prove­ment.

Within our board­ing com­mu­nity, we pro­vide tu­tor sup­port for their stud­ies through­out the year. Ev­ery boy at Nel­son Col­lege is en­cour­aged to de­velop a solid work ethic, along­side valu­ing them­selves and oth­ers through re­spect, in­clu­sive­ness and gen­eros­ity.

Nel­son Col­lege’s well-rounded learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment of­fers cour­ses in arts, drama, mu­sic, tech­nol­ogy and com­mu­nity as well as our high-level sport­ing and lead­er­ship pro­grammes. Our es­tab­lished sports acad­e­mies pro­vide pro­grammes for both in­di­vid­ual and team ac­tiv­i­ties and con­tinue to meet suc­cess at a na­tional level.

We ac­tively en­cour­age our stu­dents to pur­sue their in­ter­ests, with weekly school as­sem­blies cel­e­brat­ing their achieve­ments.

Our Board of Trus­tee Medal­lions are awarded to stu­dents who win a na­tional or in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, or who rep­re­sent New Zealand in a na­tional team. In 2019, there were more than 50 medal­lions with a truly in­spir­ing va­ri­ety of ac­com­plish­ments, rang­ing from moun­tain bik­ing, row­ing, ju­jitsu, rugby and un­der water hockey through to busi­ness en­ter­prise, Fu­ture Prob­lem Solv­ing and or­ches­tral com­po­si­tion.

I am in­cred­i­bly proud to be

Act­ing Head­mas­ter of this dynamic and in­no­va­tive se­condary school. At Nel­son Col­lege, we work hard to cre­ate a sup­port­ive and vi­brant com­mu­nity across ev­ery as­pect of school life, where ev­ery stu­dent can ex­pe­ri­ence a true sense of be­long­ing. At its core, our col­lege has a ro­bust and pos­i­tive school cul­ture, where ev­ery boy is val­ued and re­spected. We equip our stu­dents to dis­play man­aak­i­tanga, make the most of di­verse op­por­tu­ni­ties, pur­sue their pas­sions and be re­silient in their quest for ex­cel­lence.

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