• Mrs Angela Clark and Mrs Sue Holmes are our Ferns Room Teachers and they assist in the transition of New Entrants to school. You will be contacted regarding the 'Welcome to School Meetings' and the process outlined below for visits to school.

Please note we are a zoned school therefore only enrol students who live in the Witherlea School Zone or who get offered a space through our Ballot Process: this only occurs if there is space via the Board of Trustees meetings in October each year and does not automatically extend to siblings. click this LINK to see the zone.


It is a help to your child's transition to school if they are confident to manage the following before starting:

  • Knows own name and address well enough to repeat when necessary.
  • Knows how to print own name (with a capital ONLY as the initial letter).
  • Is able to relate well to other children and adults. Sharing, caring and negotiating  skills are required to function in this social context.
  • Puts away toys and materials after using them.
  • Knows how to put on and do up shoes and own coat. Please NO shoes with laces unless they can tie them themselves.
  • Knows how to flush the toilet, and wash hands afterwards.
  • Use scissors.
  • Listen to and enjoy stories.
  • Ask questions.
  • Can manage lunch without help.
  • Can pack own bag.
  • Can change into and out of togs for swimming.

Please feel free to download and read our WELCOME BOOKLET (just click on the link).

These documents are required for enrolment purposes and can be downloaded here;


Enrolling and Transition

Please enrol your child well before their starting day. They can then be invited to attend our 'visiting days' leading up to their startng day (as arranged between the whanau and teachers) which help to ease their first days in this new environment. Children may begin school the day they turn five or any day afterwards. They must be attending a Primary School once they turn 6 years old.  

Please bring a birth certificate as a proof of age as well as your child’s immunisation certificates to complete the enrolment via the school office.

Visiting Days at Witherlea are held on Wednesday's; the first visit is a half day, 8:50am-1pm and the following two visits are full school days, 8:50am-3pm. During this time children are introduced to the school environment and they take part in a variety of early fun activities, meet the teacher and their peers.

Stationery lists for New Entrants are provided to caregivers at the Transiiton to School meetings held the first Friday of every month in the school Staffroom between 2pm-3pm. Angela Clark will be in contact with you so you know exactly when to attend. 

If you are intending to buy a school bag, please ensure it is big enough to hold a lunch box, drink bottle, reading bag, library book and polar fleece.

Starting School

We suggest you try to arrive at school 10 to 15 minutes before 8:50am to give your child time to chat to the teacher and friends and to put things away before the bell.  Arriving right on 8:50am can be unsettling for both the child and the class.

Hearing and vision testing is carried out on all children during their first year at school and in other years if requested by a parent or teacher.  You will be contacted if any problems are detected.

From their first day children are encouraged to bring home a reading book.  To protect reading books children need to bring their zipits to school daily.

After six weeks at school you will have a meeting which helps you understand how your child is settling in.

Classification of Students

Witherlea School is obliged to follow the classification of students using Ministry of Education guidelines.

Students starting in Term One are classified Year 1. Students starting in Term Two before the month of May are also Year 1 students. May is a ‘grey’ month and some students may need to be reclassified which is a combined decision from home and school.

All students who start school from June-December are classified Year 0 (New Entrants) which means they will be in Year 1 the following year. School reserves the right to reclassify any child who meets criteria with learning, socialising and or behaviour / special needs.

We are required to report to students and their parents on the student’s progress and achievement. Reporting to parents in plain language, in writing, must occur at least twice per year.