Welcome to Kelson School Enrolments
This page is designed to be a wealth of information for you to support you and your child in your transition to our school.
Our school provides programmes for children in Years 1 – 6. If you are considering our school for your child, please feel free to contact the office and make an appointment with the Principal, who will be happy to show you around and answer any questions you may have.
For any child, beginning school is an important and special event in their lives – one that is celebrated by their family, whanau, friends and their preschool. At Kelson School we are committed to helping your child settle happily into school. Lots of things help to make the transition to school a positive and exciting experience for your child. We believe that relationships are essential for learning and fostering these relationships are critical to enabling your child to have a settled and happy start to school. We really want to get to know you and your child.
If you are thinking of enrolling your child at Kelson School, we offer a New Entrant Chit Chat. This is a parent information evening which gives whanau the opportunity to find out a little more about our New Entrant classroom programme and have any questions answered. These take place twice a year. Please contact our office to find out when our next evening takes place
Our school has an enrolment scheme in place. This means we have a ‘home zone’ and all students living within this zone are entitled to enroll at our school. Proof of residence within the home zone will be required. Each year, the Board of Trustees will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone. If the number of students exceeds the number of places, a ballot will be held. Families from outside the home zone are welcome to be a part of the ballot process. You can see our zone by downloading the map from Links & Documents at the bottom right of this page
When enrolling a child for the first time, parents/caregivers will need:
- A completed enrolment form
- A Birth Certificate or Passport (a photocopy will be taken)
- Immunisation Records
- Confirmation of NZ residency
- Proof of address (for in zone)
NOTE: all application documentation and forms can be downloaded from links and documents to the right of the page.
Tips for Transition to School
Thank you so much for supporting your child so far in their transition to school journey. Some great things to do before they start school are:
- Visit the school grounds for a play
- Peer in the classroom windows (say hi if a teacher is there)
- Answer any questions they have
- Talk about how it is normal to feel a mixture of nerves and excitement but reassure them that their teachers are there to help and will look after them. They are going to have a great year of learning and fun!
- Praise them lots, talk about how proud you are that they are ready for school and how they share, use kind words, can organise themselves etc. Specific praise is so important and helps them develop their confidence.
- Allow children to give things a go and be resilient when they face challenges.
- Encourage their independence – packing their own bag to go to the beach or pool, helping you to make a snack etc.
- Practice eating their morning tea and lunch out of their lunchbox – make sure they can open the lunchbox and packets.
- Allow children to dress themselves and help them to put shoes on the correct feet.
- Encourage children to wash their hands and go to the toilet by themselves.
- Encourage children to cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing and blow their nose.
- Remind children to use their kind hands and gentle words when playing with others (including siblings)
- Talk about feelings and what to do when they feel sad, annoyed, frustrated.
- Share with others and take turns.
- Talk to your child lots as you do things together. Talk about their day. Oral language development really helps their early reading and writing development.
- Read nursery rhymes and stories to your child and talk about what is happening in the pictures.
- Draw pictures together, practice the tripod pencil grip.
Please don’t worry if your child is unable to do all of the things listed above – just having an awareness of what is on the list and encouraging your child to try some, will have a positive impact on their learning.
Information about School Visits
Your child will have four school visits in the weeks prior to their start to school.
These visits are every Thursday morning between 8.55 am and 11.00 am and the children will experience our Discovery Programme and a Morning Tea.
Parents are most welcome to join in with the school programme during this time. During their visits, children will have the opportunity to spend time in their new environment, engage with their teacher and classmates, and become familiar with some simple school routines. The children will be able to gain some familiarity with the Kelson School environment which will help support their start to school.
School Visit Tips
- Pack a normal kindy bag (drink bottle, snacks, change of clothes if needed, coat, sunhat).
- Talk to your child about the visit before you come.
- Reassure your child that it is normal to have different feelings around their school visit. Talk about their feelings with them.
- Have fun playing with your child but also give them time and space to meet new friends.
- The visits will include some play in class, a taster of a morning at school and a normal school morning tea time.
We can’t wait to welcome you to your school visits!