Enrol at St Mary's
Thank you for considering St Mary’s School for your child’s education. Children are entitled to start school the day of their fifth birthday.
Enrolment forms are available from our school office.
As part of the Enrolment process, you will need to supply the school with copies of your child’s:
- New Zealand Birth Certificate (Preferred document of identification) or Passport
- Passport showing current residency status (if not born in NZ)
- Preference of Enrolment Certificate obtained from The Cathedral Parish Office (for Preference Enrolments). You will need to take with you a copy of your child’s baptism certificate (or a parent’s – if the child is not baptised). For further information ph 03 379-1068 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your child’s immunisation certificate
In determining an enrolment policy for St Mary’s School, maintenance of the school’s Special Character must be the Board’s prime focus.
Submitting application for enrolment at St Mary’s School is not a guarantee of acceptance.
In order to pre-enrol all students will be required to obtain a preference certificate from St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Parish Office. You will need to take with you a copy of your child’s baptism certificate (or a parent’s – if the child is not baptised). For further information ph 03 379-1068 or email email@example.com.
The criteria promulgated by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference, which are to be used by proprietors and their agents, in order to grant Preference of Enrolment are:
- The child has been baptised or is being prepared for baptism in the Catholic Church.
- The child’s parents/guardians have already allowed one or more of its siblings to be baptised in the Catholic faith.
- At least one parent/guardian is a Catholic, and although their child has not yet been baptised, the child’s participation in the life of the school could lead to the parents having the child baptised.
- With the agreement of the child’s parent/guardian, a grandparent or other significant adult in the child’s life, such as an aunt, uncle or godparent, undertakes to support the child’s formation in the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.
- One or both of a child’s non-Catholic parents/guardians is preparing to become a Catholic.
Total School Roll
The total school roll will not exceed the maximum roll. Once all preference students have been accommodated, non-preference students may be accepted up to 5% of the maximum roll. This is conditional on the school roll not exceeding 85% of its maximum roll.
If there are more applications than places available, then the following priority for enrolment will apply:
Second Priority will be given to those preference applicants whose siblings already attend St Mary’s School.
v) applicants who are non-preference students living outside the Parish area Should there be more applicants in one priority group than there are places available, places will be allocated according to the date of pre-enrolment application.