At Nelson College for Girls we are currently exploring the opportunities that exist, as we move further into the 21st century, to further develop our curriculum.

The information on this webpage gives an overview of our present curriculum.

While still retaining the best of the school's traditions and values, we incorporate into our learning and teaching content and methods which enrich the education of today's young women. Most of the students from this school continue their education at tertiary level. We want to ensure that we prepare them for these learning environments but also to develop a love for learning which is life-long.

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The school presents a broad and balanced curriculum covering the essential learning areas and offering a large range of experiences to widen students' knowledge, interests and skills. In all that they do, students are encouraged to achieve personal excellence in their studies and to achieve to the very best of their abilities.

Nelson College for Girls has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence. This is demonstrated strongly by our NCEA and Scholarship results for 2013. An example in NCEA is at Level 1, where over 30% of our year 11 students gained a Level 1 Certificate endorsed with Excellence.  At the end of 2013 in the Scholarship examinations, a total of 25 Nelson College for Girls students were awarded Scholarships. One of these students gained 3 Scholarship awards, thereby gaining a New Zealand Scholarship. Our boarders are well represented in these statistics. The School Curriculum is made up of 'essential' learning areas and 'optional' learning areas.


At Years 9 and 10 all students study subjects reflecting the Essential Learning Areas of the national curriculum:

  • Mathematics

  • English

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Languages

  • Health and Physical Education

  • Technology

  • The Arts - Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Dance

Students also choose a number of option subjects across these two year levels.  These are detailed in the Curriculum Handbook.

Students in Year 11-13 can choose from a wide variety of courses leading to qualifications in NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3.  We also have a strong emphasis on students aiming for Course and Subject Endorsement.


Conventional subjects include:

Accounting, Art, Art History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Digital Technologies, Design, Design and Textile Technology, Economics, English, ESOL, French, Food and Nutrition, Geography, Graphics and Design, History, Japanese, Mathematics, Mathematics with Statistics, Mathematics with Calculus, Music, Painting, Photography, Physical Education, Physics, Science, Te Reo Maori, Technology.

Full details of these subjects are included in our Curriculum Handbook.