Kia ora whānau of students starting in 2021! AO TAWHITI BEGINNING SCHOOL INFO FOR NEW STUDENTS AND WHĀNAU IN 2021 We are so looking forward to meeting you next week! This communication outlines the important information for the first week of school and has some further links you may find helpful. MONDAY 1 FEBRUARY – […]
STARTING DATES FOR 2021 Monday 1 February – Homebase selection day [School open for visits only]Tuesday 2 February – Teacher only day [School closed]Wednesday 3 February – Teacher only day [School closed]Thursday 4 & Friday 5 February – IEMs [School open – supervision for Y1-6 only] Saturday 6 February – Waitangi DayMonday 8 February – Waitangi […]
No. Unfortunately we’re not like your local school. You cannot just arrive on the morning and have your child in a class later that day … even if you live right next to the building. We must follow our enrolment scheme. This normally means that we will take your registration of interest, ballot it with […]
In short, no. We do provide offsite learning opportunities for our students. You can arrange these with your child’s homebase learning advisor. We are still a school, and while we are extremely open to working with you and your unique needs, we do need you to attend and meet the requirements of any other school.
It depends. Each year we find that we have slightly different demands at each year level. In general we ballot at all year levels. There is usually more demand at Y1-6.
Ao Tawhiti is a state school. There is no cost to attend.
The answer is, it depends. We don’t see students as a condition or need. We see them for who they are and what they want to learn. We have many students who have struggled at other schools and are flying here. Equally we have made things worse for some students who have struggled elsewhere. It’s […]
We believe that the city has resources that are better than anything we could build onsite. We get our students out into the city regularly and do not feel that our students are disadvantaged by this. Fortunately, most (if not all) other Christchurch schools have playgrounds, so if it’s a deal breaker for you, you […]
No. We don’t take bribes and we can’t work outside of our enrolment scheme
A JP draws names. The ballot is a formal process designed to ensure that we are seen to be fair to all those who enter the ballot.
You must agree to the special character before you can attend the school. As a special character school we can choose not to accept your enrolment if you do not understand and agree to our special character. We are not a school for everyone. We are a school for students who want to follow their […]
We have a maximum role of 670 students. We have 166 Y1-6 students and the remainder are in Y7-13. We expect to be full at all year levels from 2021.
Ao Tawhiti’s zone encompasses Christchurch city. If you live outside of Christchurch you can still enrol, but you will be balloted after the students within the zone.