Enrolment Info

Whangarei Primary has an enrolment zone applied by the Ministry of Education.

A copy of the zone boundaries is available at the link below or at the school office. The enrolment zone means we are unable to accept enrolments from families living outside the zone unless there are sufficient spaces available for this. If necessary, a ballot for out-of-zone enrolments is held each year for any available places. The enrolment zone is in place to assist controlling roll growth.

Should you wish to inquire about an enrolment for your child if you live outside the school’s enrolment zone please contact the school office.

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School Fees

We are currently not asking our families to pay school fees.

Information about our Foundation Rooms - Year 0/1

How do the school years work?

Years 0 to 8 are the primary years. Children in these years are generally aged 5 to 12 years.

Which school year will your child be enrolled in?

When your child starts primary school they will be enrolled in either Year 0 or Year 1, depending on which half of the year they start in.

At Whangarei Primary School all children starting school BEFORE the 1st of April will be classified and placed as a Year 1.  All children starting school ON and AFTER the 1st of April will be classified as a Year 0 and the following year will be in Year 1.

If your child is enrolling mid-year, it is best to contact the us to talk about what year they should be placed in.  If you think your child is not in the right year at our school please talk to your child's teacher about this.

The Foundation Room classrooms are where your child will start as a new entrant at WPS. The learning programme in the Foundation Room has been developed to ensure that the transition from Early Childhood centres to Primary school is as smooth as possible. The Foundation Room use the ‘Learning Through Play’ approach as a way to support this transition so your child(ren) are as prepared as possible for formalised education.

In our Foundation programme, strong links are made to the New Zealand Curriculum and, in particular, the key competencies which are thinking, using language symbols and text, managing self, relating to others, and participating and contributing. This is done to support students to develop the skills they will need to transition to a Year 1 or Year 1 & 2 class successfully and to promote student agency (being able to think and act for themselves).

Through a range of ‘Learning Through Play’ experiences and guided instruction (teachers working with students in small groups to focus on early curriculum skills) students develop their skills, including in the areas of reading, writing and maths in a meaningful context.

When the teachers in the Foundation Room observe that students are ready to transition to a Year 1 class, there is a clear process that is followed. Working out when to transition students is done in consultation with parents/whanau and the Junior Syndicate team.  To transition, students visit the class they will be moving to at different times of the class’s day so that they get to see and participate in what happens in that room.

Enrolment Documentation

Information and documents for parents who want to enrol their children into the school can be found below at the following links:

Enrolment Zones >

Cyber Safety Agreement Form >