Enrolment & Zoning

Home Zone

All students who live within the home zone shown on this map shall be entitled to enrol at the school. A more detailed description of the home zone is available by clicking here.

Each year, applications for enrolment in the following year from in-zone students will be sought by a date which will be published in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.  This will enable the board to assess the number of places which can be made available to students who live outside the home zone. Proof of residence within the home zone will be required.  It is important that you enrol your child at least one week prior to their entry but we encourage parents to enrol their children anytime after their 4th birthday.

How to Enrol Your Child

Willowbank School is a contributing Primary School and takes children from Year 0/1 to Year 6 (from 5 years of age to around 11 years of age).  

Please collect an enrolment pack from the school office and children can be enrolled at the school office between the hours of 8.30am and 4.00pm, or outside these hours by arrangement.  

Children can officially start school on the following Monday or Wednesday after all enrolment documents have been processed by the school administrator.

When enrolling your child please bring the following documents (orginals only):

  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport if not born in New Zealand
  • Immunisation certificate
  • Proof of residence– we can accept one of the following and it must have your name and address on it.
    • Power bill
    • Land-line phone bill

If you have any queries regarding enrolments, please contact the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 09 2711 077.

 

Before Your Child's 5th Birthday:

Right Start Programme

Right Start is a transition to school programme to help your child get a head start on their learning and support the starting school process. It is a series of 6 sessions where the children work with Adele Jacobs on foundation learning skills and early literacy and numeracy. During the session parents work with the members of the school's leadership team on how they can support their child's learning.

Right Start is one afternoon a week and children can attend in the term before they start school. There are strictly limited numbers and there is a small cost ($60.00). Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and an enrolment form.

Pre-school pre-entry visits

Pre-school children are welcome to visit the school, with parents, prior to the actual starting day. This gives new students and parents an opportunity to meet the teacher and class on an informal level. Two visits are recommended in the two weeks prior to starting school. The visits are from 9.00am to 10.00am. Parents of pre-enrolled students will receive a letter prior to these visits informing you of dates etc. Please confirm these visits with the office. For health and safety reasons you will need to stay at the school during your child's visit.

 

Out of zone enrolments

Each year the board will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone.  The board will publish this information by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.  The notice will indicate how applications are to be made and will specify a date by which all applications must be received.  Applications for enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:

  • First priority will be given to any applicant who is accepted for enrolment in a special programme run by the school (not applicable to Willowbank School)-: 
  • Second priority must be given to any applicant who is the sibling of a current student of the school: 
  • Third priority must be given to any student who is the sibling of a former student of the school: 
  • Fourth priority must be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school: 
  • 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: 
  • Sixth priority must be given to all other applicants.
 
If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth, or fifth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by a ballot 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 a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.

2017 Out of zone enrolments

 Due to the high number of in-zone enrolments, we will not be accepting any out of zone enrolments for 2017 other than for siblings of existing students. 

 

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