Waimea College

Enrolment information and dates

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Key dates for 2020 Year 9 enrolments:

An Information Evening for all prospective Year 9 students and their families will be held on Thursday 16 May at 7:00pm, in the hall.

School tours will run Monday 20 May and Tuesday 21 May at 3:30pm. Book a place on a tour at the information evening or phone 348 5073. Meet at the school hall.

The closing date for scholarship applications is Monday 17 June at 4:00pm.

Peerswick Academic scholarship testing will take place on Tuesday 25 June at 8:30am. Meet outside the hall.

The pre-enrolment period for in-zone students and the enrolment period for out-of-zone students closes on Friday 26 July.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than Thursday 1 August.

Applicants will confirm acceptance/non-acceptance of the place offered by Friday 16 August.

Year 9 entrance testing  TBC

Entrance Criteria

Students residing within the school zone have priority right of entry.

If there are still places available after the receipt of applications from students within the zone, other applications received by the due date will be accepted in the following order of priority:

  • Second Priority: Siblings of current students of Riccarton High School.
  • Third Priority: Siblings of former students of Riccarton High School.
  • Fourth Priority: Children of former students of Riccarton High School.
  • Fifth Priority: Children of board employees of Riccarton High School.
  • Sixth Priority: Any other applicants will be selected by ballot.

Enrolments received after the due date will be placed at the end of the balloted waiting list.

The address given at the time of application for enrolment must be the student’s usual place of residence when the school is open for instruction. This means that if you move to an out-of-zone address before your child’s first day of attendance at the school, your child will not be entitled to enrol at the school. Students must also be living with a family member or responsible adult who has been given “primary duty of care” and is responsible for the student’s welfare.

The Ministry of Education advises that parents should be warned of the possible consequences of deliberately attempting to gain unfair priority for enrolment by knowingly giving a false address or making an in-zone living arrangement which they intend to be only temporary, for example:

  • renting accommodation in-zone on a short-term basis
  • arranging temporary board in-zone with a relative or family friend
  • using the in-zone address of a relative or friend with no intention to live there on an ongoing basis.

If the board has reasonable grounds for believing that the given in-zone address will not be a genuine, on-going living arrangement with the primary caregiver, the board may decline an offer of a place.

If the school learns that a student is no longer living in-zone, and has reasonable grounds to believe that a temporary in-zone residence has been used for the purpose of unfairly gaining priority in enrolment, then the board may review the enrolment.

Unless the parents can give a satisfactory explanation within ten days, the board may annul the enrolment. This course of action is provided for under section 110A of the Education Act 1989.

If, within two years of being accepted as an in-zone applicant, a student’s place of residence should be moved out of zone, it is necessary to make a formal application to the principal for permission to continue attendance at the school. Failure to do this may also lead to the enrolment being annulled.

Enrolment for students with ORS-funded Special Education Needs:

All enrolment enquiries should be directed to the Head of the Kohanga Ako. A specific Application for Enrolment form is available from the school. All applications must be received by the end of Term 2. Applicants will be notified of the outcome for places in Kohanga Ako by Friday 28 September.