New Entrant Procedures and Enrolments


Whangaparāoa school has adopted the following cohort entry rule for children starting school.
We will have two intakes per term, One at the beginning of each term and a mid-term cohort throughout the year.
Children can only start school if they are 5 years old.
If you have any questions please email or
We look forward to meeting you and your family in 2020.


2020  Start of Term   Mid Term Entry Date   End of Term 

Term 1  

Children having 5th birthdays after March 9th
will start in Term 2

 Whanau Connect Meetings
February 3rd & 4th

March 9th   March 27th  

Term 2

Children having 5th birthdays after June 2nd
will start in Term 3

April 15th   June 2nd   July 3rd 

Term 3 

Children having 5th birthdays after August 24th
will start in Term 4

July 20th  August 24th  September 25th 

Term 4 

Children having 5th birthdays after November 16th
will start in Term 1, 2021

October 12th  November 16th   December (TBC) 


Before starting school for the first time it is important that you and your child attend our orientation programme; “Tohora iti” (Little Whale). During this programme you and your child will learn about our school, meet the staff, become familiar with the environment and learn about being “school ready”. 

The trial “Tohora iti” programme consists of five consecutive sessions on Wednesday mornings. The children will go with teachers to spend some time in a classroom. They will be taking part in various activities to encourage a positive transition to school. Parents and Whanau will have the opportunity to meet other new parents, have a tea or coffee and receive valuable information and tips to make the transition to school as seamless as possible. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

You will be able to look through the uniform shop and we will assist you in ordering stationery during the first session.

Whanau Connect days give you and your child the opportunity to spend time together before their first day. The expectation is that you and your child attend this and you will be able to book a 30 minute slot online at a later date. 

If your child has been enrolled you will receive a letter from our transition leader with information about dates and times for orientation. If you have not already enrolled please contact the office for an enrolment pack.


For all other new enrolments please contact the school office to arrange a meeting with the Principal - Tel: 09 424 9029

You will need to collect an enrolment form from the school office prior to your visit.

Please return your completed forms along with:

  • Child's original birth certificate and passport
  • Proof of in-zone residential address eg: sale and purchase agreement, rates demand, power bill. A current proof of in-zone address will be required when your child starts school.

Please note: The Ministry of Education requires children to remain in zone once enrolled.

When you contact the school, please ask for Jane or you are welcome to email us at