The Preparatory School has use of the College facilities which are set in attractive grounds. 

Students are taught in well-resourced classrooms and enjoy excellent specialist facilities, such as the gymnasium, library/resource centre, computer suites, music suites, art and technology suites.


NZ Curriculum learning areas

The Ārahi teacher in each class at the Preparatory School teaches the following curriculum:


Reading, Writing (including Word Study, Spelling), Oral and Visual Language.


Number, Geometry, Algebra, Measurement and Statistics.

Social Sciences

Curriculum requirements at levels 3/4 in a variety of topics covering NZ Curriculum requirements.


Including Mindsets/resiliency learning, DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), Keeping Ourselves Safe/Kia Kaha alongside NZ Police Educators and Life Education.

Physical Education

Use of the College gymnasium and sports facilities to ensure a wide range of physical skills are taught.

Education Outside the Classroom

Overnight/day trips which utilise the diverse environmental opportunities in the Nelson region.



Specialist Teachers in the College teach the following subjects:

Science: Extension of students’ knowledge of general science. College laboratory facilities are utilised.

Technology – Hard Materials, Foods, Materials Textiles, Design & Visual Communication: Students develop practical skills and apply these in a variety of problem solving contexts.  An introductory course into Design & Visual Communication. Classes are held in College Technology Suites.

The Arts - Visual Art, Drama & Music: Aims to develop students’ skills using a range of techniques and media.  College Art and drama studios are utilised. Covering instrumental, choral, composition and preparation for performance recitals.

Languages: Year 7/8 – Maori, Japanese, French

Digital Technology: An  introduction to Coding.

Academic opportunities

  • Maths/Science Badge Scheme
  • Speech and debating competitions
  • Merit Awards – rewarding work ethic and positive attitude
  • Incentive Award Scheme – rewarding participation, leadership, achievement
  • International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling, Digital Technologies
  • Otago Problem Solving Challenge (Mathematics) – all students participate
  • Kids Literature Quiz
  • Nelsomathix – Maths Problem Solving Team Challenge
  • Science Fair (Biennial College based)
  • General Knowledge Quiz – College based