Starting School - New Entrants

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

Enrolment and Visiting:

Pre-school Students:
Please enquire about enrolment with Donna at the school office ( ) when your child turns 4.

To help your child become familiar with School before starting, Upper Hutt School offers a special Pre-School Programme which takes place each Friday afternoon between 1.30 and 2.45pm. This is a great opportunity for you and your child to meet with teachers and other parents; as well as giving tamariki a chance to participate in activities which will help prepare them for school. Children are accompanied by a parent or member of their whanau, and younger siblings are welcome. For more information please contact Claire Martin (Deputy Principal)

We will send you an invitation to these sessions about 8 weeks prior to your child’s birthday.

Tamariki will also have the opportunity to spend three mornings in the classroom prior to starting school. These run from 9am until 11.30am on a Wednesday.
You are encouraged to bring your child’s preschool portfolio to share with the teacher. When you and your child come for school visits, you will be given information about
school, together with the stationery requirements for your child’s class. Most of these items can be purchased at the School Office.

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 Donna in the office  or Claire Martin (Deputy Principal for Juniors)