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, science labs, 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, Internet Safety Workshops (Protecting and Valuing Identity), 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 – Foods, Materials Textiles, Digital Design: Students develop practical skills and apply these in a variety of problem solving contexts. Classes are held in College Technology Suites.

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

Languages: Year 7/8 – Japanese, French

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