Ngaio School Enrolment Process
There are lots of different ways you can begin the enrolment process with Ngaio School. The outline below is for the most common, and most complete process. Each stage is described in detail following the list.
It helps everyone if the school gets early notice of a new enrolment. Then the school can be well prepared for your child's start here, and your child and whole family has had a chance to learn a bit about school beforehand.
If you have moved to the area and have a child already of school age, please contact us today to talk about your needs:
(04) 939 6455
Check the Enrolment Zone page for the limits of our zone. Due to roll pressure, Ngaio School is unfortunately unable to accept any children from homes outside that set area.
The standard enrolment process - for children who are turning five
- Contact the school office to say you're intending to enrol a child - as early as you like.
- Book for a 'Parent Information' session: for parents and caregivers. The 2018 dates are as follows: Wednesday 28th February, Wednesday 30th May, Wednesday 22nd August and Wednesday 14th November, beginning at 1.40pm in the staffroom. Please come to the office.
- You can then collect an enrolment pack from the school office.
- Complete the enrolment form and supporting documents and deliver to school - at least eight weeks before the likely start date.
- Join the Link transition to school programme (with your child) - usually for four weeks before the start date.
- Purchase a starter stationery kit (available from the office, payable by cash, cheque or eftpos - the cost is $55). Buy a 'sunsmart' hat if your child doesn't already have one - the cost is $18.00.
- Start school on the agreed day!
1. Early Notice
We are pleased to hear from any families and whanau thinking of enrolling at Ngaio School. The earlier we learn of likely new children, the better we can plan and be ready to support your child's start at school.
Ngaio School liaises closely with many preschool centres about prospective enrolments, however we are always happy to hear directly from parents.
Contact the school office: 04 939 6455 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Enrolment Packs
You can call into school anytime to collect an enrolment pack from our school office. The easiest access to the office is from Abbott Street or from Colway Street.
The pack includes all enrolment documentation.
3. Parent Information Afternoons
We hold these each term, aimed at the parents/caregivers of children likely to start school in the next term or so. Please let the office know you are coming. email@example.com
The information afternoons are publicised through invitations sent to preschools, in newsletters, and on the website.
There is childcare available, provided by school parents.
For more detailed information, see Transition to School.
4. Enrolment Forms
You need to formally enrol at least eight weeks before the planned start date for your child. This is eight weeks of school term time - so don't count any school holidays.
It is helpful to provide the supporting documents at the same time, as outlined in the Enrolment Pack.
5. Link Programme
This is Ngaio School's Transition to School Programme. Generally, children attend a Link session one afternoon a week for the four weeks before they actually start school. However for children born in December and January, two sessions will be offered in December. Parents/caregivers attend with the child. It gives everyone a chance to get to know each other and how school works in a friendly context. You and your child will also have a meeting with the Principal before his/her first full day at school.
The Link Programme currently runs on Tuesdays, from 1.30pm to 2.45pm. You need to book to attend - dates for this and to meet the Principal are settled when you bring in an enrolment form. See Link Programme.
6. Stationery starter kits and 'sunsmart' hats
You can buy a stationery starter kit at the school office, which provides everything a new entrant needs for the classroom. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or EFTPOS. Alternatively you can pick up a list of stationery items to purchase.
You can also buy hats at the office (the cost is $18.00) that meet the school requirements for sun protection. 'Sunsmart' hats are compulsory in the summer months (Terms 1 and 4) - as set by the Board of Trustees in our Shade Policy.
It is fine for you to supply your own child's hat, but it has to meet these specifications
Source: SunSmart Schools: Hat Guidelines for Schools
These hats are:
- Brimmed (or has long side and back flaps) to shade the face, nose, neck and ears
- Made from a tightly woven fabric
- Comfortable – cool, but firm around the head to stay on in the wind
The Cancer Society and many retailers sell a variety of hats that comply with these SunSmart specifications.
The only other dress requirement is that your child wears suitable footwear for outdoor activities, so no jandals.
We do recommend that everything is named.