Our Enrolment Scheme
Tītahi Bay is a fast growing suburb, and our school is very popular. To enable our local students to attend our school we have an Enrolment Scheme in place with a school zone, and a public ballot for out of zone families to apply.
In New Zealand, children can start primary school once they reach 5 years of age, and must be attending formal schooling by the time they reach 6 years of age.
Our Enrolment Zone
Our ‘in zone area’: (In a clockwise direction):
From the northern point at the intersection of Beach Road and Bay Drive the boundary is a line such that addresses in Bay Drive are in zone. Richard, Whanake, Thornley and Herewini Street addresses are not in zone. The boundary continues such that all Kapiti Crescent addresses are in zone. Jillett Street addresses (both sides) from Main Road to the intersection with Kapiti Crescent are in zone. All Mana Avenue addresses are in zone. Morere Street addresses are not in zone. Dimock Street addresses 1 to 45 inclusive on the odd side and 2 to 58 inclusive on the even side are in zone.
From the intersection of Dimock Street and Downes Street the boundary line is such that addresses 1 to 21 inclusive on the odd side and 2 to 26 on the even side of Downes Street are in zone and the boundary line then extends to the Tītahi Bay Golf Course in the north-east. Mapplebeck Street, Rothwell Street and Gloaming Hill addresses are in zone. Keith Hart Grove addresses are not in zone.
The eastern part of the boundary follows the reserve south including Onepoto Rd addresses as in zone. The boundary then follows the sea until opposite Te Pene Ave.
Continuing clockwise the south to west boundary is a line such that Te Pene Ave addresses are in zone, Te Puke Street addresses are in zone, View Road addresses are in zone and Tireti Road addresses are in zone and the boundary line extends to Stuart Park and the sea and follows the Tītahi Bay sea line until it connects to the intersection of Beach Road and Bay Drive (the starting point). Piko Street, Taupiri Crescent and Pikarere Street addresses are not in zone.
In Zone Enrolments
At the time of application for enrolment, the address provided must be the student’s usual place of residence when the school is open for instruction. This means that if you currently live at an in-zone address but move to an out-of-zone address before your child’s first day of attendance at the school, your child will not be entitled to enrol at the school. If you are in the process of building at an in-zone address, your ‘usual’ residence, i.e. the house you are living in on a day to day basis whilst building, is the address counted for enrolment purposes.
The Ministry of Education has advised that parents should also be warned of the possible consequences of deliberately attempting to gain unfair priority in enrolment by knowingly giving a false address or making an in-zone living arrangement which they intend to be only temporary e.g.
- renting accommodation in-zone on a short-term basis;
- arranging temporary board in-zone with a relative or family friend;
- using the in-zone address of a relative or friend as an “address of convenience”, with no intention to live there on an ongoing basis.
If the board has reasonable grounds for believing that the given in-zone address will not be an ongoing genuine place of residence, the board may withdraw any offer of a place which it may have made on the basis of the given address.
After attendance has begun, if the school learns that a student is no longer living at the in-zone address provided at the time of enrolment and has reasonable grounds to believe that a temporary in-zone residence has been used for the purpose of unfairly gaining priority in enrolment at the school, then the board may review the enrolment. Unless the parents can give a satisfactory explanation within 10 days, the board may annul the enrolment. This course of action is provided for under section 11OA of the Education Act 1989.
On enrolment parents are asked to give proof of residence (proof of residence such as a utility bill, a lodged tenancy agreement or a completed sale and purchase agreement). A copy will be kept on the student’s file and address information will be entered into the Student Management System (ETap) by the Enrolment Officer.
We regularly monitor addresses to ensure they are in-zone and request updates for personal details.
Out of Zone Enrolments
Please note: There are no out of zone ballots being held for 2023.
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 and on the school website. The notice will indicate how applications are to be made and specify a date by which all applications must be received. The notice may indicate how many places are available.
Applications for enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:
This priority category is not applicable at this school because the school does not run a special programme approved by the Secretary.
Will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students.
Will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students.
Will be given to applicants who are children of former students.
Will be given to applicants who are either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school.
Will be given to all other applicants.
If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth 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.
Applicants seeking second or third priority status may be required to give proof of a sibling relationship.
Starting School at Age 5
Starting school is an important milestone in the life of a child. It is a time of change and adjustment both on the part of the child and his/her parents. However you can overstress its importance. Some children have such a build-up they become unnecessarily concerned and fearful – others develop unrealistic expectations and are disappointed.
Your child may be tired for the first few weeks and some behaviours may regress but they will adjust. All children go home at 3pm but if your child is over tired you can take them home at 2pm for the first 4 weeks, please ensure you sign them out at the office.
Spring Bulbs is for 4 year olds starting our school. Every Wednesday afternoon from 2.00-2.50pm. It is recommended that children have up to 3 school visits before their 5th birthday. Once your enrolment is confirmed (approximately 6 weeks prior to their 5th birthday), you’ll be given dates your child can attend.