Starting School – New Entrants

Kia Ora! Starting school is an exciting time for children and families. We believe a strong partnership between school and whanau will make the transition easier and support children on their learning journey.

Enrolment and Visiting:

To help you and your child become familiar with school, we have a special Pre-School Visiting Programme. Children can attend in the term before they start school. Visits take place every Friday afternoon from 1.30pm – 2.45pm. This is a great opportunity for you and your child to meet with teachers and other parents; as well as giving both of you a chance to participate in activities which will help prepare children for school. In the 3 weeks leading up to your child’s birthday they will also be invited to Wednesday morning visits in the New Entrant classroom (9am – 11.30am). Children can be left for these. When you enrol at the School Office, children will be invited to the Pre- School Programme.

You will also need to bring the following to complete enrolment:

  •         A copy of your child’s birth certificate
  •         A copy of their completed immunisation certificate (in the “Well Child” book or ask your doctor for a copy)
  •         Any legal documents such as custody or access agreements
  •         Family contact details as well as phone numbers for emergency contacts

When you visit we will share more Starting School information, together with a stationery list for their class.

Working Together:

In the first 6 weeks of school, children are formally and informally assessed in Literacy and Numeracy. They are also observed socially and when completing physical activities.

We then meet with you to discuss the transition to school and these assessments. This gives you another opportunity to share more about your child, so that we can work together on their next learning steps.

Children receive written reports after 20 and 40 weeks of school in their first year. We also have Learning Conferences in the middle of the school year where we meet with parents and children to discuss their learning.

We look forward to getting to know you and your child as we begin our learning partnership.

For more information or to arrange a visit please contact the office  admin@upperhuttschool.nz  or Claire Martin (Deputy Principal for Juniors)  claire@upperhuttschool.nz