ACTING HEADMASTER – TIM TUCKER
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.