Procedure for enrolling a new entrant in zone student:

  • When your child turns 4 years old, complete the online enrolment form
  • Email the required paperwork (see below) to office@waitakiri.school.nz or bring them into the school office
    A copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport
    – Visa or residency permit (if required)
    Your child’s MMR immunisation certificate (if immunised) which shows they are immunised up to the age of 5
    Proof of residential in zone address, we require two utility accounts (power/gas/internet account etc) dated in last 30 days
  • Once the above is received, you will be sent an email to confirm enrolment.

The Deputy Principal in charge of the junior school shows prospective parents and children our school on Mondays at 9.15am and Thursdays at 1.45pm each week. If you would like to book a time to do this please contact the school office or email jacqui.malham@waitakiri.school.nz

Prior to your child starting school, you will receive an invitation to attend a mihi whakatau (welcome) to meet the Principal, Deputy Principal, your child’s teacher and other parents and children from the class. You will find out everything that you need to know about starting school at this meeting.

Children are invited to attend three school visits, usually the week leading up to their fifth birthday. You will be given a letter with dates for the visits. A typical visit schedule would be:

Visit 1             8:40 – 11.00am             Bring brain food snack & morning tea
Visit 2            8:40 – 12.30pm            Bring brain food snack & morning tea
Visit 3            8:40 – 1:30pm               Bring brain food snack, morning tea and lunch

You may need to provide an updated proof of current residential address again (within in the last 30 days) before your child’s first day of school.

4-6 weeks after your child starts school, their teacher will make a time to meet you and your child for a 3 way learning conference to talk about how they have settled into school and to get to know your whanau.

Procedure for enrolling a child already at school, living in our school enrolment zone.

All Enrolments:  Please download and read the following important information before you complete the online enrolment form.


Out of Zone Enrolments
Waitākiri School has an enrolment (home) zone. An Out of Zone ballot will be held each term for a limited number of new entrant children only (those who have not already attended school). We are unable to take any other year groups. If you have a new entrant child and would like to apply for an Out of Zone place, please contact the school office for ballot dates or email office@waitakiri.school.nz

Out of Zone Priority Criteria
The Education Amendment Act (No 3) 2010 changed the priority of out of zone students selected via the ballot. The change only affects students not living in school’s home zone.

Applications for out of zone enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:

  • First priority must be given to students who have been accepted for enrolment in special programme(s) run by the school and approved by the Secretary for Education.
  • Second priority must be given to applicants who are siblings of current students.
  • Third priority must be given to applicants who are siblings of former students.
  • 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 there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by a ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary for Education under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989. Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulated in the area served by the school.

The enrolment scheme, which includes a precise description of the home zone, may be viewed on the school website and at the school office where copies of the scheme are also available.

For further clarification or any out of zone queries, please contact the school office.