Health, Outdoor and Physical Education

With a range of courses across several media, including painting, printmaking,
photography, and design, we offer a high quality visual arts education.

Nelson College is proud to have a vibrant and creative Arts Faculty. We have experienced and enthusiastic teachers who are committed to developing great students and providing great opportunities.

Jamie Brown

Faculty Leader


Our Health Education junior curriculum aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions and develop attitudes that will enhance the well-being of themselves, others and wider society.

Years 11, 12 and 13 students study a range of NZ and International Health issues, issues around sexuality, drug related situations, analysing a range of different health practises and taking practical actions to enhance wellbeing. 

Junior Courses

Year 9-10 Health Education – compulsory one period a week

Senior Courses

Level 1 Health – optional

Level 2 Health – optional

Level 3 Health – optional

“I took Design to challenge myself to show creativity through the art of combining text and pictures. I would highly recommend Design to students wanting to go down this pathway in University and also for anyone wanting to start something new and fun.”

Student Name, YEAR 12 DESIGN

Outdoor Education

Senior Outdoor Education is a three year programme starting in year 11. Students go from developing personal skills in a range of outdoor pursuits to developing into independent outdoor adventures with assistant leadership skills. The pursuits developed include bush craft (survival, weather, navigation, camping and tramping), alpine travel, white water kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking. As well as developing hard skills a range of transferable soft skills are developed including communication, trust, self-confidence, resilience and risk management. We have a weekly adventure during class time and most terms involve either day or overnight expeditions where all the skills developed are put into practice.

Senior Courses

Level 1 Outdoor Education – optional

Level 2 Outdoor Education – optional

Level 3 Outdoor Education – optional

Physical Education

Our Physical Education junior curriculum aims to provide learning experiences in a wide range of interactive and physical activities with a strong emphasis on cooperation, fair play and skills development.

The senior courses consist of theoretical topics and practical elements including participation in athletics, volleyball, touch football, badminton, golf and basketball.

Junior Courses

Years 9-10 Physical Education – compulsory

Senior Courses

Level 1 Physical Education – optional

Level 2 Physical Education – optional

Level 3 Physical Education – optional


Students who take these courses are expected to be our top sportsmen in their sports code. They would already have been indentified as representative players and would have the potential to become NC Senior A team sportsmen.

Junior Courses

Year 10 Athlete Development Program – Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Mountain Biking and Volleyball – half year programmes optional

Year 10 Rugby Athlete Development Program – half year or full year optional

Senior Courses

Level 2 Sports Extension Programme Rugby – optional

Level 3 Sports Extension Programme Rugby – optional