What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?
Expats moving to Nelson can choose from both public and private schools. Crown is able to provide the information you need regarding the public and private schools within close proximity to your neighborhood.
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What are some examples of these schools?
A couple of excellent co-educational private schools in and near the city are St. Joseph’s (in the city) and Garin College (in nearby Richmond). The advantage of your child going to school in Richmond is that the primary, intermediate and college schools are in one area. In the Stoke area, the popular schools include Nayland Primary School, Broadgreen Intermediate School and Nayland College.
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Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?
Yes. Nelson has strict zoning rules for public schools. Zoning is an area surrounding a school where pupils must reside to be eligible to attend. Zoning areas should be checked with each individual school.

Although zoning rules do not apply to private schools, these schools have only limited spaces and you may be placed on a waiting list. It is important that you begin the application process as soon as possible.
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Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?
There is a vast range of pre-schools, including Montessori. Please note:public kindergartens have waiting lists; it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible.
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How are most kids transported to and from school?
Most parents drive their children to and from primary schools; carpooling with other parents is a very popular option. Most intermediate and high school students walk, bike or take the bus.
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When does the typical school year start and end?
The scholastic year is divided into four terms. Term one runs from January to April; term two from April to July; term three from July to September and term four from September to December.
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Is there anything else I should know about local schools?
Information about any school in New Zealand can be obtained from the Educational Review Office at the website listed below.

The Ministry of Education uses a decile rating system for school funding purposes. Schools in decile one have the highest proportion of students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Schools in decile ten have the lowest proportions of these students. In New Zealand, schools are given a rating depending on the income of the people in the surrounding areas. The decile rating ranges from 1 (lowest income districts) to 10 (highest income district).

School hours are generally between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. School hours may vary for primary, intermediate and high schools.
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Useful Links

Educational Review Office
NZ Ministry of Education
Database of New Zealand Schools

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Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.