Enrol

How to enrol

Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery is a designated character school established under Section 156 of the Education Act 1989. The students who are eligible for enrolment are those whose parents accept the designated character of the school as set out in the New Zealand Education Gazette notice of 4 April 2013.
The school also has an Enrolment Scheme.

Current families with siblings wanting to attend, must follow our enrolment process.

Our enrolment process

Our tours are on hold for now and we will make contact with you when they resume if you fill in the tour booking form. 

In the meantime, there is a lot of information about our school on this website and you can still register your interest below so we can contact you when we run our next enrolment process.

  1. Attend a tour
    To enrol at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery you first need to make the time to come on a tour of our school if you are not a current family. Tours are also for people interested in the school and who would  like to view the school and see how we operate. Our Director (Principal) takes the tour.
    You can book a tour by completing this form.
  2. Register your interest
    You can register your interest online at any time, however, we require all applicants to have attended a tour.
    You can register your interest by completing this form.
  3. Pre-enrolment reference information
    As we get closer to our interview times, the school will send a form to families for the student’s current school/pre-school to provide a reference.
  4. Attend an interview
    We interview both the parents and students to establish your suitability to work in our special character environment. After you have attended a tour, registered your interest, we will contact you to ask your student’s current school/pre-school to provide reference information and invite you to come in for an interview when places become available. If you are overseas or not based in Canterbury, we will conduct the interview by Skype.
  5. Confirm your details
    We will also ask caregivers to give us  contact details to get in touch with you after the interview plus provide information so we know which priority and category order your student will be in for the ballot.
2020 enrolments
We are not currently taking any new enrolments as we are full at most year levels from our enrolment process which took place in 2019.  We have  balloted waiting lists to work through first when places come up.  If these are exhausted and places become available we will run a new enrolment process once the COVID-19 restrictions are reduced and the school is in a position to be able to do this. To be involved in this, please complete steps 1 and 2 of our enrolment process above.

Currently years that do not have balloted waiting lists in place are Years 2, 10, 11, 12 and 13.  

2021 enrolments

Our timeline for 2021 enrolments follows.  To be involved in this, please complete steps 1 and 2 of our enrolment process above.

YEARS 7 TO 9

Mon 6 Jul 2020 Pre-communication to families booked on a tour or who have registered their interest that the enrolment process is starting in a week.
Mon 13 through to Fri 31 Jul 2020 Families notified of and complete the next steps of the enrolment process. This will be a series of links to forms for the steps 3, 4 and 5 above.
Also, families who are sitting on a balloted waiting list for a 2020 place will be asked to complete step 5 only if they wish to be part of this enrolment process.
Wed 22 Jul 2020 Last tour for this year group.
Fri 31 Jul 2020 Enrolments close and the last day to register interest.
Wed 29 to Fri 31 Jul 2020 Interviews.
Fri 31 Jul 2020 Last day for families to have completed the next steps to be included in the ballot.
Tue 4 Aug 2020 Ballot pulled by a Justice of the Peace or other designated person.
Fri 6 Aug 2020 Families notified of the ballot results. This will be either the first round of places offered or a waiting list placing.
Fri 14 Aug 2020 Last day for families to accept the first round offer of place.
Mon 17 Aug 2020 If required, second round of places offered to waiting list from those that did not accept the first round offer.
Fri 21 Aug 2020 Last day for families to accept the second round offer of place.
Mon 24 Aug 2020 If required, third round of places offered to waiting list from those that did not accept the second round offer.
Fri 28 Aug 2020 Last day for families to accept the third round offer of place.

YEARS 1 TO 6
YEARS 10 TO 13
YEARS 7 TO 9 – ONLY IF AUG BALLOTED WAITING LIST IS EXHAUSTED 

Mon 31 Aug 2020 Pre-communication to families booked on a tour or who registered their interest that the enrolment process is starting in a week.
Mon 7 Sep through to Fri 18 Sep 2020 Families notified of and complete the next steps of the enrolment process.  This will be a series of links to forms for the steps 3, 4 and 5 above.
Also, families who are sitting on a balloted waiting list for a 2020 place will be asked to complete step 5 only if they wish to be part of this enrolment process.
Wed 16 Sep 2020 Last tour for these year groups.
Thu 17 Sep 2020 Enrolments close and the last day to register interest.
Thu 17 and Fri 18 Sep 2020 Interviews.
Fri 18 Sep 2020 Last day for families to have completed the next steps to be included in the ballot.
Tue 22 Sep 2020 Ballot pulled by a Justice of the Peace or other designated person.
Thu 24 Sep 2020 Families notified of the ballot results.  This will be either the first round of places offered or a waiting list placing.
Fri 9 Oct 2020 Last day for families to accept the first round offer of place.
Mon 12 Oct 2020 If required, second round of places offered to waiting list from those that did not accept the first round offer.
Fri 16 Oct 2020 Last day for families to accept the second round offer of place.
Mon 19 Oct 2020 If required, third round of places offered to waiting list from those that dod not accept the second round offer of place.
Fri 23 Oct 2020 Last day for families to accept the third round offer of place.

After the above enrolment processes are run for 2021, another process would only be run if places came up and there was no balloted waiting list at that year level.  If families missed the cut off for these enrolment processes, please complete steps 1 and 2 and we  will contact you if we run another process.