Information for New Entrants

We understand

Starting school at five can be an exciting and nervous time for both children and their whānau. This is an important event in your child’s life, and we are here to support you through this transition.


Enrolling within six months before your child turns 5 helps our school to plan for their arrival. A member of staff will contact you to arrange a time to meet with both you and your child so we can form strong connections and get to know you before we start our journey together.

We will be adopting the cohort entry system based on MoE guidance. This means there will be two starting dates per school term. You may choose whether your child starts at the beginning of the term or mid term after their 5th birthday.

School Visits and Transitions

Updates, videos and photos of the development of our temporary school will be shared so we can get to know our new learning areas together. Once the temporary school is set up, we will create a virtual tour of the school and classroom so that you can watch as often as you’d like - could be videos/photos with commentary explaining everything you need to know.

For parents of children joining us throughout next year, the school will hold a meeting with all parents and children the term before you start where we will present an information session followed by a tour of Y1/New Entrant classes. We’ll then arrange a time for your child to have one school visit with you and one where they are welcomed into the class without you to stay to eat their morning tea before being picked up.

Essential Skills

Research indicates that independence, problem-solving (communication skills) and resilience are the key indicators of success in 5 year olds.

Here are some examples of essential skills your child should aim to have before they start school:

  • Dress themselves (including shoes and socks)

  • Carry their own bag and hang it up

  • Put their book bag in the classroom

  • Open and close their own lunchbox and drinks bottle

  • Put rubbish in the bin

  • Read and write their own name (capital to start then lower case)

  • Count to 10, verbally and using objects

  • Use scissors to cut paper

  • Tidy up equipment and put it back where it belongs

  • Listen to and follow instructions from an adult

  • Share with others

Desirable skills

We all want our children to succeed and have their strengths nurtured. Some children are more than ready to start school and there are extra things you can do to inspire their learning before starting school:

  • Name the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make

  • Sound out and blend simple words (red, dog, cat, yes, cup, bag)

  • Hold a pencil comfortably and draw simple shapes, numbers and letters

  • Talk about, and answer questions about, a familiar story

  • Count forwards and backwards up to 10, verbally

  • Count objects then add and subtract a small amount

  • Group objects by size, shape, length, colour, etc.

  • Sit, stand, run, jump, throw and catch

  • Describe themselves, their family and what they like

  • Name and identify some emotions in themselves and others (sad, happy, angry, etc.)

Connect ... Nurture ... Inspire

Hono ... Poipoi ... Hiringa


Gates open: 8.30am

School day: 9.00am – 3.00pm

Brain Food: 10.00am – 10.10am

Morning tea 11.00am – 11.20am

Lunch: 12.50pm – 1.30pm



Phone: 022 357 3504


Term 1
Wednesday 1st February - Thursday 6th April
Waitangi Day – observed 6th Feb

Good Friday – 7th April
Easter Monday – 1
0th April

Term 2
Monday 25th April - Friday 30th June

Anzac Day – 24th April
Queens Birthday – 5th June

Matariki – 14th July

Term 3
Monday 17th July - Friday 22nd September

Term 4
Monday 9th October - Friday 15th December
Labour Day – 2
3rd October