Whakatapoko – Enrol

Atā whakatapoko – How to enrol

We are 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. We have an Enrolment Scheme.

As we have more interest than spaces available we have to ballot our home zone and at every year level. This includes current siblings who must follow our enrolment process. Because we are a special character school, balloting the home zone is different from a regular school where students who live in the home zone are automatically enrolled. 

Te hāpete o mua – Our pre-enrolment process

  1. Rēhita – Register your interest and attend a tour
    You must register your interest so we can contact you when we run a pre-enrolment process.  You also need to attend a tour so you can view our school and see how we operate.  Our Senior Leadership Team take the tour and there is the opportunity for questions as part of this process.   If you are unable to make the date you booked, please fill this form in again for a future tour.  Due to demand, we are unable to offer tours or visits outside our scheduled dates.
    Click here to register your interest and/or attend/change a tour.
  2. Te Kōwhiri – Pre-enrolment and ballot information
    When we start a pre-enrolment process, we will email whānau who have registered their interest with the next steps.

2A Reference
A link for you for to forward to your student’s current pre-school or school to fill in.

2B Whānau family caregiver information
A link for you to fill in so we have the correct information for the ballot and to establish the suitability to work in our special character environment.  We may contact whānau to come in for an interview if we need to discuss this further.

2021 Whakatapoko – Enrolments

We have balloted waiting lists in place and families who took part in this were all sent either offers of place or a waiting list number.

Balloted waiting list status – updated 19 May 2021
Year 1 – was 16 in total, now number 5 at the top of the list
Year 2 – was 3 in total, now number 2 at the top of the list
Year 3 – was 8 in total, now number 2 at the top of the list
Year 4 – was 13 in total, now number 3 at the top of the list
Year 5 – was 18 in total, now number 5 at the top of the list
Year 6 – was 17 in total, now number 3 at the top of the list
Year 7 – waiting list exhausted
Year 8 – was  27 in total, now number 8 at the top of the list
Year 9 – waiting list exhausted
Year 10 – 8 in total, no change
Year 11 – 3 in total, no change
Year 12 -waiting list exhausted
Year 13 – waiting list exhausted
For those on a balloted waiting list, we do not contact you every time the waiting list moves.  If a place comes up we will send you an offer by email and at the same time text so you know this has been sent.

New pre-enrolment enquiries are welcome to follow our process above however it is important you know we will only contact you if our balloted waiting  lists are exhausted and we need to run a new pre-enrolment process. 

2022 Whakatapoko – Enrolments

Our timeline for 2022 pre-enrolments follows. To be involved in this, please complete step ‘Rēhita – Register your interest and attend a tour‘ further up the page.

Spaces available for 2022
Year 1 – Estimate 15 new places available to offer after the ballot
Year 2 – Estimate zero places. Requires current students to leave and no offer can be made until this happens
Year 3 – Estimate zero places. Requires current students to leave and no offer can be made until this happens
Year 4 – Estimate zero places. Requires current students to leave and no offer can be made until this happens
Year 5 – Estimate zero places. Requires current students to leave and no offer can be made until this happens
Year 6 – Estimate zero places. Requires current students to leave and no offer can be made until this happens
Year 7 – Estimate 20 new places available to offer after the ballot
Year 8 – Estimate zero places. Requires current students to leave and no offer can be made until this happens
Year 9 – Estimate 25 new places available to offer after the ballot
Year 10 – Estimate zero places. Requires current students to leave and no offer can be made until this happens
Year 11 – Estimate 10 places. Requires current students to leave and offers cannot be made until this happens
Year 12 – Estimate zero places. Requires current students to leave and no offer can be made until this happens
Year 13 – Estimate 13 places. Requires current students to leave and offers cannot be made until this happens

2022 Pre-enrolment timeline
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 May to 17 Jun 2021 plus Thu 1 Jul
Tours run 10am for an hour (If COVID-19 alert levels allow). To be involved in this, please complete step ‘Rēhita – Register your interest and attend a tour’ further up the page.  A virtual tour is also available at this link https://aotawhiti.school.nz/virtual-tour/

Mon 14 Jun 2021
Families notified of the next steps of the pre-enrolment process. This will be a series of emailed links to forms for the steps ‘2A Reference’ and ‘2B Whānau family caregiver information’.
Also, families who are sitting on a balloted waiting list for a 2021 place will be asked to complete step ‘2B Whānau family caregiver information’ only if they wish to be part of this enrolment process.

Fri 9 July 2021
Pre-enrolments close for 2022. This is the last day for families to register interest and to have completed the next steps to be included in the ballot.  This will be followed by interviews if required. We would only contact you if we feel the need to assess the family and student’s suitability to work in our special character school.

Wed 4 Aug 2021
Ballot pulled by a Justice of the Peace or other designated person. Places available for students living in the school’s home zone are based on the roll.

By Fri 6 Aug 2021
Families notified of the ballot results. This will be either the first round of places offered or a waiting list placing.

Mon 16 Aug 2021
Last day for families to accept the first round offers of place.  If required, second round of places offered to those on the waiting list.

Fri 27 Aug 2021
Last day for families to accept the second round offers of place.

Mon 30 Aug 2021
If required, third round of places offered to those on the waiting list.

Fri 10 Sep 2021
Last day for families to accept the third round offers of place.

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