Enrolment at Maungaraki School

When to start school

Children can start school on or after their 5th Birthday.  At Maungaraki school we have adopted a Cohort Entry policy.  This means new entrants start school in cohorts or groups, but only after they have turned five.

There are 2 entry points per term, one on the first day of term and one at a mid point during the term as set by the Ministry of Education.  We hold 2 or 3 school visits per cohort which are held on the Thursdays or Fridays prior to a new entrants start date.

Cohort start dates for 2023

Term 1: Cohort 1: 1 February and cohort 2: 6 March 
Term 2: Cohort 1: 26 April and cohort 2: 29 May
Term 3: Cohort 1: 17 July and cohort 2: 21 August
Term 4: Cohort 1: 9 October and cohort 2: 13 November

Transition to school visit dates for new entrants

Our transition to school visits are held prior to children starting school.  You are welcome to come in to settle your child in to the classroom environment anytime between 8:30am and 8:55am on the day.  The bell will go at 8:55am and all parents are requested to leave the classroom.  Visits are between 8:55am and 10:30am. 

Visit dates 2023

Term 1:
Cohort 1: Thursday 1st, 8th and Wednesday 14 December 2022.
Cohort 2: Wednesday 15 February,  Wednesday 22 February & Wednesday 1 March.

Term 2:
Cohort 1: Thursday 30 March, Friday 31 March and Thursday 6 April.
Cohort 2:  Friday 12 May, Friday 19 May and Friday 26 May.

Term 3:
Cohort 1: Friday 16 June, Friday 23 June and Friday 30 June.
Cohort 2: Friday 4 August, Friday 11 August and Friday 18 August.

Term 4:
Cohort 1: Thursday 7 September, Thursday 14 September and Thursday 21 September
Cohort 2: Friday 27 October, Friday 3 November and Friday 10 November


Children transferring from another school can start at any time.  Please complete the online enrolment process as outlined below and then make contact with the school office.  Families are welcome to visit the school prior to their start date.

email: office@maungaraki.school.nz
Phone: 04 569 7205

Online Enrolment Process

Maungaraki School has an Enrolment Scheme in place. All students who live within the Home Zone shall be entitled to enrol at the school. Please check out the enrolment zone details before completing an enrolment form.


Please complete an online enrolment form in the link provided.

Online enrolment form

This is a provisional enrolment, based on the following information being provided to Maungaraki School before starting school:

  • Birth Certificate OR Passport (if you do not hold a New Zealand Birth certificate).

  • Any required Visa documentation. Students not holding a NZ or Australian Passport MUST have either a  Student Visa or a NZ residency permit. We also require a supporting Parent Visa (if the child is not a NZ citizen).

  • Proof of residence/address - we require an original of a current Rates bill, Tenancy Agreement or Sales & Purchase agreement.  

  • A copy of any Court Order Documents (if applicable)

For support in completing this process contact the school office on 04 569 7205 or email office@maungaraki.school.nz

For New Entrants: Once you have completed the enrolment we will contact you approximately 2 months prior to the start date to organise school visits. These usually consist of 3 days in their class from 9:00am to 10:30am in the 3 weeks leading up to their start date, but this may vary.  

For other year groups: Contact the school office to discuss a start date and if you would like to make an appointment to visit the school prior to starting.

If you are unable to complete the ONLINE ENROLMENT we can post you an enrolment pack or you can pick up one form the school office between 8:30am and 3:30pm during term time. 

If you have any enquiries contact the school office (04) 569 7205 email: office@maungaraki.school.nz

New Entrant Parent Information Evening

Join us for an introductory presentation to inform new and prospective parents about the Junior School programs run at Maungaraki School.

2023 dates are below:
Term 1 - Tuesday 14 March
Term 2 - Tuesday 6 June - CANCELLED
Term 3 - Tuesday 29 August 
Term 4 - Tuesday 21 November

Please contact the school office on 5697205 or email: office@maungaraki.school.nz if you would like to attend one of these.

School Information Booklet