Enrolling at Waipawa Primary School
Starting school is an exciting event. Establishing a robust home-school partnership starts with beginning the enrolment process early. This partnership will ensure a positive experience for you and your child.
We have an enrolment zone in place. Details are further down:
If your child is turning 5:
Your child can start school between the ages of 5 and 6. Most parents start their children when they turn 5. We provide a transitional experience that is inclusive and flexible to suit your needs. We encourage children and whanau to have a number of transition visits prior to starting.
Enrolling at least six months before they turn 5 helps the school to plan for their arrival. There are a number of people who will help you:
Sue, in the office, will talk with you around the enrolment process
Paul, the Principal, will show you around and talk to you about the school and its current and future direction
Karena, the Assistant Principal, will talk to you about the classroom, the transition visits and those first few weeks
Once a place at Waipawa Primary School is confirmed, a transition programme will be provided to ensure a successful school start.
If your child is changing school, you need to let their current school know. Once you have completed the enrolment process we can discuss a transition or they can start their schooling at Waipawa.
Waipawa Primary School Zone
Waipawa Primary School is a full primary that caters for learners in Years 1-8. Students living within the determined school zone will have an absolute right to enrolment at Waipawa Primary School.
The boundaries of the home zone are as follows:
From corner of Lindsay Road and Ongaonga Road north to the intersection of Tikokino Road and Range Road.
Continue east to the hairpin bend on White Road near number 252.
Continue along White Road to Racecourse Road then continue east to the corner of Tod Road and Evan Road.
Continue south east to the north end of Hautope Branch Road.
Go south to the east end of Hautope Road
Go west to the corner of Tamumu Station Road and Pourerere Road
Go across to the south end of Tapairu Road
Continue to the southern end of Kaimotu Road then north west to the corner of Lindsay Road and Ongaonga Road.
General Enrolment Zone Information
School enrolment zones stop schools from getting overcrowded,
and give children who live in the school area (the zone) a guarantee that they can go to their local school.
What does zoning mean?
In a nutshell, zoning means:
Children who live in the school’s area (the zone) are guaranteed a place at their local school
If the school has extra places, children who live outside the zone can apply for those places
If the school has zoning you need to give an address within this zone when you apply to enrol your child. This must be your usual place of residence. If the school finds that you have given false information, they may cancel your child’s enrolment.
Not all schools have zoning.
How do I know if a school has zoning and whether I’m in their zone?
To see if a school has an enrolment zone and whether you live within that go to the find a school tool on the education counts website, type in a school or address and search. You can then choose to see the enrolment zone in place for that school or address. Find a School tool
You can also talk to the school - they can tell you if they have an enrolment zone and whether you live within it.
What if I want to enrol my child at a school but I’m not in their zone?
Each year, schools are required to put a notice in a local newspaper saying:
how many out of zone places are likely to be available
the closing date for applications for these places
any ballot dates for out of zone places
However you can contact a school at any time to ask about zoning and have them send you an enrolment pack which will have important dates.
How does the application process work?
Applicants are accepted in this order:
First priority must be given to any applicant who is accepted for enrolment in a special programme run by the school.
Second priority is given to any applicant who is the sibling of a current student of the school.
Third priority is given to any applicant who is the sibling of a former student of the school.
Fourth priority must be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school
Fifth priority must be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school
Sixth priority must be given to all other applicants
If the board receives fewer applications than there are places available all applicants will be enrolled.
What if there are more applicants than places?
The school must hold a ballot (draw) to fill the places available, and to create a waiting list for applicants who are not successful in the ballot.
Within 3 school days of the ballot happening, the school must post letters informing applicants of the outcome of the ballot.
Successful applicants then have 14 days to confirm they accept or reject the offer of a place. If they don’t respond within that period, the place will be offered to the first person on the waiting list established by the ballot.
The Secretary of Education’s instructions to schools are that siblings at the same year level should be kept together for the purpose of the ballot, so that if one sibling’s name is drawn, the other is automatically successful also.
Some primary schools with enrolment zones will hold more than one ballot each year. This is for 5-year olds who are starting school.
What if my application isn’t successful?
The school will put you on a waiting list, and tell you your place on the list. If a place comes available and you are the first on the list, the school will let you know, and you will have the option of accepting or rejecting the offer of the place. The waiting list expires when the next ballot is held.
Enrolment Question and Answers
How can I prepare my child for school?
Being independent and able to manage themselves and their belongings are the most crucial elements for making children feel comfortable and able to cope with the school setting. We encourage children to have opportunities to see and talk about the world around them; including letters, sounds, shapes, colours, numbers and other areas of interest. It is not essential for your child to know all of their letters and numbers before starting school as introducing these are key parts of our early learning experiences. We provide a play-based learning environment in our New Entrant studio, and you can support this at home by encouraging your child’s curiosity, creativity, questioning, and talking about their interests.
How long should I stay at school with my child on their first full day?
The teacher will advise you on when it is best to leave. Some children are more focused when they are away from their parents, so it is good if you settle them in before the school day officially begins, tell them you are leaving and do so in a matter of fact way. We invite you to come down to the staffroom by the office to make yourself a hot drink and spend some time in this space once you have left your child’s learning room.
What will my child do at break time?
There are many places your child can play during break times. A teacher is always on duty and children are supervised while they are eating.
What can I do to continue supporting my child?
Share the excitement of starting a new school. During the first few weeks visit your child’s learning room before or after school so they can share their learning. Listen to your child talk about their day and celebrate their successes. Remember that settling fully into school can range from a few days to some weeks.
How will I know what my child is doing at school?
The school will keep you informed about what is happening at school through regular newsletters, website updates , class Seesaw posts and our Facebook page. Stay in touch with the school staff and if you have concerns talk to your child’s teacher. Communication can happen informally as an opportunity arises in the classroom or formally by arranging a time.
Please familiarise yourself with the following documents. You will be asked to provide consent regarding these on the enrolment form and sign when we meet.