Nelson Central School
|Nelson Central School|
|70 Nile Street, Nelson
|Motto||Māori: Ki Runga Rawa|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||3209|
|Principal||Dr Paul Potaka|
|School roll||390 - 460|
Currently (2013) the board of trustees consists of six elected parent representatives, the Principal and the staff representative. The current chairman is Dr Bradley Hannigan.
For the school year ended in December 2012, the school roll opened with 392 students and closed with 452. During the school year, staffing entitlement ranged from 24.64 in February to 24.73 by December.
Nelson Central School is situated three blocks east of Nelson Cathedral.
As a primary contributing school, Nelson Central School sends pupils to Nelson Intermediate School Nelson College for Girls Preparatory School and Nelson College Preparatory School. Nelson Central School enrols children between 5 and 11 years of age. Typically, about 50-60 five year old children start each year.
Nelson Central School is now the oldest school in New Zealand still functioning on its original unitary site. Consequently its main building and Renwick House are of architectural interest (photo needed). The site of the present school was purchased by the Nelson Education Board in 1893 for £1600.
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The number of Māori children enrolled at the school is proportionately greater than would be expected given the total Māori population in the City of Nelson. This may be due to the presence of four Māori language immersion classes with a full-time Kaiarahi reo within Nelson Central School.
The current Principal is also Māori.
All students take part in the school's Mana Maori programme as required under the Treaty of Waitangi and all students have the opportunity to acquire some knowledge of Maori language and culture.
- Nelson Central School Board of Trustees (2007). Annual Performance Statement to the Community. (self published).
- Gee, Maurice (1978). 1878-1978 Nelson Central School - A History. Maurice Gee.
- Nelson Central School Board of Trustees (2007). Board of Trustees Newsletter - Term 2 - 2007. (self published).