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 your child after their fourth birthday 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 have adopted the cohort entry system based on MoE guidance. This means there will be two starting dates per school term. YOUR CHILD WILL EITHER START at the beginning of the term or mid term, DEPENDING ON THE DATE OF their 5th birthday. 

Find out more about enrolment HERE 

Find out more about cohort entry HERE

School Visits and Transitions

For parents of children joining us throughout the 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. New entrant students who are starting school for the first time have two visits held the two Thursdays mornings prior to their start date.

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:

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:

Connect ... Nurture ... Inspire

Hono ... Poipoi ... Hiringa

Day Schedule

Gates open: 8.15am

School day: 8.45am – 2.45pm

Learning Session 1: 8.45am - 10.45am

Learning Session 2: 11.15am – 12.35pm

Learning Session 3: 1.20pm – 2.45pm

Ahutoetoe School

89 Maryvale Road





Term 1
Thursday 1 February - Friday 12 April
Waitangi Day – observed 6th Feb 

Good Friday – 29 March
Easter Monday – 1st April

Easter Tuesday - 2nd April

Term 2
Monday 29 April - Friday 5 July

Anzac Day – 25th April

Teacher Only Day - 31st May
Kings Birthday – 3rd June

Matariki  – 28th June

Term 3
Monday 22 July - Friday 27 September

Term 4
Monday 14 October - Tuesday 17 December

Teacher Only Day - 25th October
Labour Day – 28th October



Phone: 09 242 8100