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New Entrants

We welcome inquiries from parents at any time during the school year. Most parents arrange an interview with the principal, Mike Anderson, and are given a tour of the school during school time.

Before your child starts:

- An orientation meeting for new entrant parents is run in the term before your child starts.

- Pre-entry visits for four-year-olds are arranged during the weeks leading up to the child’s fifth birthday.

- We meet with you around six weeks after your child starts to really get to know you and your child well. 

This induction process is managed by deputy principal Katrina McLauglan. Don't hesitate to email or phone us with any questions. We are here to help.

Starting school is a very special time in a child's life. Their attitude about school and learning is formed very quickly so we want to make sure that turning five and going to school is a wonderful experience for them.

Enrolment Zone (Home Zone)

All students who live within the home zone shown on the zone map described below are entitled to enrol at the school.


An area with a continuous boundary, including the west side of Papanui Rd from its intersection with Normans Rd to the start of the Main North Rd; the west side of Harewood Rd from the start of the Main North Rd to Greers Rd; the south side of Greers Rd from its intersection with Harewood Rd to its intersection with Condell, the south side of Condell Ave, (including Brent Pl) to Jennifer St, both sides of Jennifer St to Wairakei Rd; the north side of Wairakei Rd from Jennifer St to its intersection with Normans Rd, and the north side of Normans to Papanui Rd.

Each year an indication of projected enrolments for the following year from in-zone students will be sought. This will enable the Board to assess the number of places which can be made available to students who live outside the home zone. 

If you live in our home zone you have the right to enrol you child regardless of pre-enrolment but the pre-enrolment process allows us to plan staffing and classes with a high degree of accuracy.

Out of Zone Enrolments.

The legislation affecting enrolment schemes for state non-integrated schools has been updated, particularly in relation to the selection of applicants who live outside a school’s home zone.

The Education Act 1989 (the Act) provides the legislative framework under which a board of trustees may develop, implement and operate an enrolment scheme. The Education Amendment Act (No 3) 2010 has changed the requirements in s11F of the Act around the order of priority for applicants who live outside a school’s home zone. The order of priority is as follows: 

  1. First priority must be given to any applicant who is accepted for enrolment in a special programme run by the school: This priority category does not apply at Waimairi School because we do not run a special programme approved by the Secretary.
  2. Second priority must be given to any applicant who is the sibling of a current student of the school: 
  3. Third priority must be given to any student who is the sibling of a former student of the school: 
  4. Fourth priority must be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school: 
  5. Fifth priority must be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school: 
  6. Sixth priority must be given to all other applicants.

Applications from out of zone students are only accepted if a school board chooses to take a number of these students. Out of zone students must be taken in the order of priority listed above. A ballot is used if there is a need to make a selection from within a priority category. It is conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989. Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in the Christchurch Press.

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