The Director of Boarding issues a newsletter each term, as well as staying in touch with students and whānau by social media.  Follow the links to download the latest newsletter.

Boarding Open Day

Saturday 13 May 2023, 10.00am – 1.00pm

We would like to invite prospective students and their whānau to our Boarding School Open Day on Saturday 13th May. This is an exciting opportunity for you to discover what makes Nelson College so special and why we believe it’s the perfect place for you to grow and thrive.

During our Open Day, you’ll have the chance to explore our school and boarding houses, meet our boarding staff and matrons, and connect with current students.

We hope you’ll join us on our open day and discover what makes Nelson College such a special place to be.


10.00 am Morning tea on arrival in the Staffroom – meet current boarding students
Welcome and overview – Tumuaki|Prinicipal, Richard Dykes
Co-Curricular – Year 11 Dean, Richard Townsend
A current parent – an insight into parents’ Nelson College Boarding journey
Boarding life – Director of Boarding, Tim Middleton.
10.30 am School Tour
11.00 am Barnicoat and Rutherford House Tours
12.00 pm Lunch in Rutherford, followed by 1st XV v St Bede’s College on the school’s front field


Boarding Calendar

TERM 1 2023 Begins on Wed 1st Feb and ends on Thurs 6th April.
Holidays in T1: Waitangi Day 6th February
TERM 2 2023 Begins on Wed 26th April and ends on Fri 30th June
Boarding Open Day Saturday 13th May
Prospective Parents 10am – 2pm
Holidays in T2: Teacher Only Day 24th April
Anzac Day 25th April
King’s Birthday 5th June
TERM 3 2023 Begin on Mon 17th July and ends on Fri 22nd Sept
Course Selection Evening 2nd August
Practice Exams 28th August – 1st September
Winter Tournament Week 28th August – 1st September
TERM 4 2023 Begins on Mon 9th Oct and ends on 7th Dec
Senior Prize Giving 1st November
Junior Prize Giving 7th December
Holidays in T4: Labour Weekend 23rd October