Cohort Intake &
Pre-School Visits 

NEW ENTRANT ENROLMENT - COHORT SYSTEM

When enrolling your child for school, please come first to the main office in the administration block.  Please bring your child’s birth certificate or passport  to confirm that your child may attend school in New Zealand and their immunization certificate with you.  We also require proof of your residence in our school zone.  You will then be taken to the your child’s classroom.  Completing an enrolment form prior to your child beginning school would speed up the enrolment process.  These can be collected from the school office.

Papakura Normal School has implemented a policy of cohort entry system. This means that groups of 5-year olds will start school at the same time twice per term rather than on their 5th birthday. New entrants will only be able to start school after they have turned five, and there will be two entry points per term (beginning and mid-point).

Enrolling early helps us with our planning. We have planned pre-school visits to get your child used to our school. If your 5 or 6-year old attended another school and you shift them from that school to ours, the cohort entry system does not apply.

2023 TERM ONE Intake 31 January 2023 and 6 March 2023

2023 TERM TWO Intake 27 April 2023 and 29 May 2023

2023 TERM THREE Intake 17 July 2023 and 21 August 2023

2023 TERM FOUR Intake 9 October 2023 and 13 November 2023

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2024 TERM ONE Intake 30 January 2024 and 11 March 2024

2024 TERM TWO Intake 29 April 2024 and 4 June 2024

2024 TERM THREE Intake 22 July 2024 and 26 August 2024

2024 TERM FOUR Intake 14 October 2024 and 18 November 2024


Note: In take days do not apply to ākonga/learners that have already attended a school before. Tamariki/Children who have attended school before start school as soon as possible.

PRESCHOOL VISITS and PARENT ORIENTATION 

All Pre-ākonga/Learners are encouraged to have two visits before their fifth birthday. ākonga/Learners should be brought to school with a parent by 9.30 am.  Due to large numbers we are only able to cater for those ākonga/Learners due to be enrolled, and all pre ākonga/Learners must be living within the school zone.  Please call at the office and Mrs Robinson will take you to our New Entrant Room.

ON THE FIRST VISIT …….. 9.30 AM TO 10.45 AM

On the first visit each term we have a New Parents’ morning tea and it is intended to familiarize parents with the school environment, policies and routines.  Any concerns you may have can be clarified at this time.   While your children are involved in the classroom programme, parents will have the opportunity to attend an orientation session, taken by Mrs Robinson.

ON THE SECOND VISIT …… 9.30 AM TO 12.45 PM

On this visit we encourage you to leave your child so they can experience a normal morning at school.  PLEASE BE PROMPT COLLECTING YOUR CHILD.  Parents wishing to observe the classroom programme are welcome to make an appointment when their child begins school.  Due to the large numbers now attending pre-school visits, this is no longer possible on these mornings.

PRE-SCHOOL VISIT DATES - 2023/2024

2023 TERM FOUR

First Visit: 25th October, Second Visit:  8th November
First Visit:  29th  November,  Second Visit:  13th December

2024 TERM ONE

First Visit: 14th February, Second Visit: 28th February
First Visit:  20th  March,  Second Visit:  10th April

2024 TERM TWO 

First Visit: 8th May, Second Visit: 29th May
First Visit:  12th June,  Second Visit:  3rd July

 2024 TERM THREE

First Visit: 7th August, Second Visit: 21st August
First Visit:  4th September,  Second Visit:  18th September         

2024 TERM FOUR

First Visit: 30th October, Second Visit:  13th November
First Visit:  27th  November,  Second Visit:  11th December