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 Fridays prior to a new entrants start date (this may change if a Friday falls on a public holiday). 

Cohort start dates for 2021

Term 1: 4 February and 15 March 
Term 2: 3 May and 8 June
Term 3: 26 July and 30 August
Term 4: 18 October and 15 November

Cohort start dates for 2022

Term 1: 2 February and 14 March 
Term 2: 2 May and 7 June
Term 3: 25 July and 29 August
Term 4: 17 October and 21 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. Parents have the option of staying to supervise their child if they wish to remain at school for our morning tea break between 10:30am and 10:50am.

Visit Dates 2021

Term 4:
Start 18 October: Visits - 17 September, 24 September & 1 October
Start 15 November: Visits - 29 October, 5 November & 12 November

Visit dates 2022 

Term 1: 
Start 2 February: Visits - 3 December, 10 December and 14 December
Start 14 March: Visits - 25 February, 4 March and 11 March

Term 2:
Start 2 May: Visits - 1 April, 8 April and 14 April
Start 7 June: Visits - 20 May, 27 May and 3 June

Term 3: 
Start 25 July: Visits - 23 June, 1 July and 8 July
Start 29 August: Visits - 12 August, 19 August and 26 August

Term 4: 
Start 17 October: Visits - 16 September, 23 September and 30 September
Start 21 November: Visits - 4 November, 11 November and 18 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.


  • Click on the Online enrolment form
  • Enter the code 2968, then your email address
  • Please complete the enrolment process through to the end as we cannot process incomplete enrolments.
  • If you do not upload any of the required documents please bring them to the school office along with the below verification documentation

We will require you to bring the originals of the following documents to the school office before starting school:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport - (if you do not hold a New Zealand Birth certificate)
  • Any required Visa documentation for the student and supporting Passport and Visa documents of the parents/caregivers.
  • Caregiver/s Proof of Residence - we require an original of a current Rates bill or your Tenancy Agreement.  We will accept a current Utility bill if there are issues with other documentation. 

For support in completing this process see the attached Parent Help document, or call the school office on 04 569 7205

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 11:20am 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.

Enrolment Pack

If you are unable to complete the online enrolment an Enrolment pack can be picked up from the school office or posted to you.  If you have any queries, please contact the school office on (04) 569 7205.

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.

2021 dates are below:
Term 1 - Tuesday 16 March at 6pm
Term 2 - Tuesday 15 June at 6pm
Term 3 - Tuesday 14 September at 6pm
Term 4 - Tuesday 30 November at 6pm

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