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.

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

Our 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.
    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.
2019 enrolments

We are not currently taking any new enrolments as we are full at all year levels, with a balloted waiting list to work through first when places come up.  In the meantime, please follow our enrolment process above.

2020 enrolment timeline

Years 7 to 13 (see additional note in italics)

Our 2020 enrolments closed on 22 July 2019 however you are still welcome to attend a tour and register your interest in case the school runs another enrolment process for this year group in Term 4 or next year if places are available.

We will be running another process for Years 10, 12 and 13 along with the years 1 to 6 process  as outlined further below in Term 4 2019.  These year levels currently do not have a balloted waiting list in place.

Years 1 to 6 and also Years 10, 12 and 13.

Week ending Sunday 13 October 2019 (Last weekend of Term 3 holidays)
Email sent to families with pre-enrolment information. This will include a link for the student’s current school to provide a reference and the interview booking information.

Sunday 27 October 2019 (Term 4 Week 2)
Close off date for 2020 enrolments.

Wednesday 30 October 2019 (Term 4 Week 2)
Last tour of the year.

Monday 4 to Friday 8 November 2019 (Term 4 Week 4)
Interviews.  To be eligible to attend an interview you must have completed steps 1 to 3 of our enrolment process which includes a tour, registering your interest and providing the pre enrolment plus reference information.

Tuesday 12 November 2019 (Term 4 Week 5)
Ballot held for year groups.

Thursday 14 November2019 (Term 4 Week 5)
Results of the interview process, balloted waiting list and/or offers emailed to families.

Friday 22 November 2019 (Term 4 Week 6)
Offers of place application documents returned by families to the school. If the offer is not returned by this date, the place is offered to the next person on the balloted waiting list.