Thursday, February 07, 2008

Nelson College

Referred to Nelson Boys, or Boys College, (because there is a Nelson College for Girls), Nelson College takes boys from age 15. Though called a college, it is a high school, not tertiary/university. We've not quite come to grips with the different names applied to NZ schools, but here's the Ministry of Education blurb. There used to be Standard (number) and Form (number), which have been replaced by Year (number) a few years ago. Children start going to school sometime during the calendar year they turn five, and compulsory education (Year 1) starts when they are six.

A school can be called (name, often location of) School, Primary, Intermediate, High School, Prep School, and Grammar, the last I understand also to be also high school.

Of special note, there are Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Maori, Maori immersion kindy and schools, that run parallel to the main stream system; these have contributed greatly to the resurgence and survival of the Maori language. Related Wiki here.


  1. Just about every secondary school in NZ has at least one "Nelson Block" - an H-shaped block of 8 classrooms. Apparently, they are all named after the original block of this design, which was built in Nelson. Presumably, somewhere behind that imposing facade, is the "real thing".

    Nice light.

  2. How interesting to read today. Love it. Nice photo too!


    Guelph Daily Photo, My Photos.

  3. Really, Chaz? How interesting. I will remember that. In fact, I wonder if I should go to Boys College and ask!

    I was on the slope at the edge of the rugby field, looking into the setting sun and sliding backwards in my sandals. I just about fell backwards right after I shot this.

    Thanks, Pat.


Thanks for taking your time to comment! If you have trouble seeing word verification, you can get another one by clicking little circle. Make sure you separate two words with space. We also welcome for any comment on our facebook page.
We have reserve a rights to remove comments include link to ads and spam without any notice.