Enrolment Procedures

Children may attend school when they have reached the age of five years.  In New Zealand it is compulsory for children to attend when they are six. Enrolment may be made at any time, but it is recommended that it takes place at least 6 weeks before starting school.  When enrolling a child for the first time, parents/caregivers must show a birth certificate or, for children born in another country, their passport.

Since the start of 2018, we have had a cohort entry policy in place to guide when children start school. This means we have one entry date per term for New Entrant children beginning school. All New Entrant children start school at the beginning of the term closest to their fifth birthday or the beginning of any following term until their sixth birthday, if parents choose to delay their starting date. On enrolment further details and choices of starting dates will be explained further.

The school procedures are as follows:

1.    Contact the school office to make an appointment to meet the Principal.

2.    Depending on preference or non-preference enrolment:

    • Preference students:Parents make an appointment to meet the parish priest and take the preference enrolment form to be signed
    • Non-preference students:Your child’s name may go on the waiting list for the 10% non-preference students

3.  Bring all completed forms to the school office.  Preference students are not enrolled without the signed preference enrolment form

4.     Following the enrolment form being returned to the school office:

    • A letter of acceptance will be given to you
    • A letter will be sent to your home a term before your child’s starting date with details about our 6 weekly school visits
    • You should be able to find all information you need on the website, or if required an information pack is available at the school office

It is our philosophy to keep the junior classes as small as possible.  Within the smaller classes, children are given the opportunities to explore the joys of learning, building an appetite for their life-long journey of learning.

Integration Agreement

“The school is a Roman Catholic School community, through the general school programme and in its religious instructions and observances, it exercises the right to live and teach the values of Jesus Christ. These values are as expressed in the Scriptures and in the practices, worship and doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, as determined from time to time by the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese”

Criteria for Preference Enrolment

1.    The child has been baptised or is being prepared for baptism in the Catholic Church.

2.   The child’s parents/guardians have already allowed one or more of its siblings to be baptised in the Catholic faith.

3.  At least one parent/guardian is a Catholic, and although their child has not yet been baptised, the child’s participation in the life of the school could lead to the parents having the child baptised.

4.   With the agreement of the child’s parent/guardian, a significant familial adult, such as a grandparent, aunt or uncle who is actively involved in the child’s upbringing undertakes to support the child’s formation in the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.

5.    One or both of a child’s non-Catholic parents/guardians is preparing to become a Catholic.

Attendance Dues

Accounts are sent from the Catholic Schools’ Board.  These fees are used to pay for the upkeep of our school buildings and property and are administered from the Arch Diocese of Wellington. The Catholic Schools Board website has up to date information regarding fees and methods of payment.  A local parish committee has the responsibility for monitoring payments.  In cases of hardship please discuss with the parish priest or the principal.

Preschool Programme

Our introduction to school is a six week programme of 3 afternoons, then 3 full days spent in the new entrant class.  We believe this works well to help learn the routines of the class, build friendships and ease the transition to school.