Transition to School

When do I start school?

Most children start school at 5 although in New Zealand you do not legally have to start school until you are 6.

When should I be enrolled at school?

For school planning it is easiest (and best for your child) if you enrol at least one year before starting school although you do not have to pre enrol at all.

When do my school visits start?

School visits start about 6 weeks prior to the start date. This usually includes Friday mornings as this is our Discovery programme as well as a visit on other days  before they are due to start. Some children need / prefer more visits and this is different for everyone. Please talk to Ms Richmond or Mrs Miller if you think more visits will help you settle at school.  There are also other opportunities to come along and get involved at school. On Thursday from 2pm we have ‘choosing time.’ Come along and share the afternoon with us.

What should I wear to school when I am visiting and what else should I take?

Please wear comfortable clothes to play in – leave the school uniform for their first day as this adds to the specialness of the day. Comfortable shoes are preferred; we suggest that children wear sports shoes. The velcrostrap shoes are great as often children can manage these themselves.

Food - bring a small amount of food that could be eaten in the morning. We suggest a muffin, small sandwich or fruit. Packaged foods are not always the best. Tamariki often need to graze upon their kai during the day.

When you start school you need to wear your uniform every day. During Terms 1 and 4 you will need to wear your hat whenever you are outside. Many of our tamariki has their name embroided on the brim. Bring your togs during the summer as we try to swim every day.

Acorns Group / Pool Keys /School Grounds

Prior to starting school you are invited to join our Acorns Group on the 5th Wednesday of each term. 10am – 11am. A very informal cup of coffee and chat. Purchase a pool key for $50 or come and enjoy the playground at any time.  

What books do I need?

There is a ‘start to school stationery pack’ which has all the books and equipment you need. The cost of this will be put onto your school account.

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What happens when I am ready to go on the bus?

EVERYONE who goes on the bus MUST wear a bus vest. There are some spare vests that we can give you. Check with Ms Richmond or Mrs Miller about which bus you will be on. We will try to give you a bus buddy when you first go on the bus. We suggest that one way is the best way to start; This may be the morning route as we are often less tired or could be the shortest route.