Nelson College for Girls

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Nelson College for Girls
Physical education class at Nelson College for Girls - Photographer unidentified, 1913.jpg
A 1913 physical education class at Nelson College for Girls.
Pietas Probitas et Sapientia
"Loyalty, honesty and wisdom"
Trafalgar St,
New Zealand

Coordinates 41°16′45″S 173°16′56″E / 41.2791°S 173.2821°E / -41.2791; 173.2821Coordinates: 41°16′45″S 173°16′56″E / 41.2791°S 173.2821°E / -41.2791; 173.2821
Type State single sex girls secondary (year 9-13) with boarding facilities
Established 1883
Ministry of Education Institution no. 295
School roll 1086
Socio-economic decile 7

Nelson College for Girls is a single-sex state school in Nelson, New Zealand. Established in 1883, it has close ties with Nelson College and has a private Preparatory School.

Nelson College for Girls was one of the highest rankings school in the Nelson region for NCEA with an average of 71% of Year 13 students achieved NCEA Level 3 in 2005. (This compares with a National average of 51.2% and Decile 7 Girls' schools - 68.9%) The boarding house, Clarice Johnstone House is headed by Mrs. Barbara Symonds and caters for around 120 girls from years 7-13.


The school has a proud sporting and cultural background and presents students with opportunities to excel in any field which she may have an interest in. Netball, Rowing, Rugby, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis, Basketball and Hockey are just a few of the sporting events and teams which girls can participate in.

The arts[edit]

Music and Arts are also very strong at the school, choirs, jazz band and orchestra and private tuition available for the musically inclined. The annual Arts Week organised by the Arts Committee is always a highlight in the year, presenting students from all over the school (even if not normally involved in the arts department) a chance to do fun artistic activities. The Sports awards, House Music event and weekly assemblies all provide chances for students to receive recognition from their peers for various achievements. Every week, they have a singing assembly. The arts committee chooses two or three for the girls to sing, they vary from cultural and traditional songs to jumpy, new hits. The whole school is very involved in the arts.


The school has five "houses" which divide the girls into groups for school competitions such as athletics, swimming, music, drama and academics. They are named after local landmarks, mountains, rivers and plains; Dun, Maitai, Maungatapu, Waimea and the boarding house, Whangamoa. Points are collected for each event and the end of the year overall winner is awarded with the Whangamoa Shield.

Notable alumnae[edit]

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