College Facilities

Nelson College for Girls is set in parklike surroundings with a campus that successfully blends together both traditional and modern architecture.

Recent projects include complete refurbishment of the Library building, upgrade and extension of the music and drama suites and seismic strengthening to meet required standards.

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Our current library building was first established on 6 December 1988 and was named for a former Principal of the College, Miss Lois Voller. A generous bequest from her estate continues to support the acquisition of resources in the library.

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In 2013, a major internal renovation of the Library took place to equip it to be at the centre of 21st century learning. This renovation has enabled opening of the spaces and new colourful furniture to be bought. The library is a vital and central part in learning programmes for students.


In 2013, our Music and Drama spaces had a major renovation, which has enabled them to be equipped to support the technology and performance requirements of today’s curriculum. These renovations have allowed the spaces to be reconfigured to make maximum use of the available space.

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In 2008, a magnificent gymnasium was built and named after Mrs Alison McAlpine, who had been Principal for 17 years and who retired at the end of Term 1 2008.


This space has transformed what is possible in terms of Physical Education and Health teaching and also provides wonderful facilities such as a weights and fitness room.  The Centre is available for hire outside of school hours and is widely used by local sporting teams for practices and tournaments.

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In 2017 we transformed 5 standard classrooms into a Modern Learning Environment, which enabled learning to be more individualised and allowed spaces for break out groups to work in. This area of the school is used by our English Department and has allowed them to be very innovative in their teaching practice. 

The modern, colourful furniture and the different types of seating have made a big difference to the feel of the space.  Digital technology systems have also been able to be integrated into the spaces.  This is a must see of our facilities. 

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Support, Guidance & Careers

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Robyn McLean

Head of Careers

Careers education at NCG facilitates students' development of self-awareness, which enables them to understand themselves and the influences on them. Students are able to competently explore the opportunities available to them in learning and work through access to career guidance from teaching staff. They are then able to make and adjust plans and take appropriate action. This means students and Whanau have ready access to full and accurate course and career information.

The career education needs of Maori, Pacifica, refugee, gifted and talented, special needs and students at risk of not achieving are identified and are met through differentiated career programmes.

Career education is integrated into everything we do, particularly in pastoral care and in the curriculum.

Nelson College for Girls strives to be a friendly, helpful and caring school where every girl has a sense of belonging. We invite every student to make the most of the support network.

Form Tutors, Deans and are all here to provide a consistent and cumulative understanding of student needs depending on the area where a student requires support or assistance, be it every day classroom issues, course selection, timetable management, discipline or general advice.

Our Guidance Counsellors can assist with any health, medical, emotional or practical concerns that any student may encounter.