Starting school is an exciting time and an important milestone in your child’s life and maybe also your life – particularly if this is your first child to come to school.

 We look forward to working with you and your child to make the transition from preschool to school a positive experience. 

The staff at Whataroa School welcome you, your family and your five year old, and recognise the importance of a smooth transition into school. 

At Whataroa School we have an open door policy and see communication between home and school as an integral part of your child’s learning. If you have any questions, please come and see us so we can discuss these. 

If this is your first child at school often it is new for you as a parent as well as so much has changed perhaps since you were last a student. Some children are comfortable and gain confidence quickly while it is natural for some to take a little longer to settle into school life. 

We recognise that children bring many different skills and experiences to school with them so along with the literacy and numeracy skills that are focused on in the first year, we encourage the children to begin to develop the key competencies through our school programmes. These are the skills identified in the New Zealand Curriculum that they will need to be successful life-long learners. Thinking, Relating to others, Using language, symbols, and texts, Managing self, Participating and contributing 

If you wish to enrol your child at Whataroa School please telephone the school to arrange an appointment. 

When you enrol your child please bring with you, the child’s birth certificate, emergency contact numbers, immunisation certificates and any relevant information on health, medication and general development. 

Enrolling five year olds are encouraged to visit the classroom on 3 or 4 occasions before their birthday. This helps make the transition from home to school smooth and secure. 

Please contact the school to arrange these visits.

When you have completed this enrolment Form, please bring it in with the following:

*    The Enrolment Form signed

*    Childs Birth Certificate

*    Childs Immunisation Record

*    Information on any relevant Health concerns


If you have any queries or would like some guidance while completing this form, please just ask at the Office.