Nelson College for Girls
|Nelson College for Girls|
|A 1913 physical education class at Nelson College for Girls.
Pietas Probitas et Sapientia
"Loyalty, honesty and wisdom"
|Type||State single sex girls secondary (year 9-13) with boarding facilities|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||295|
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.
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.