Enrolment Process

We welcome new enrolments from pre-school through to year six at Western Heights.


The main criterion for enrolment is that you are living in zone. Our school zone has its own page below this in the drop down menu.


If your child is a pre-schooler, call in to our office during office hours at some point around about six months before they turn five. Our office staff will walk you through the enrolment process. They will explain that you need to take an item that proves you live in zone - a Rates bill, Power bill, or similar, with your name and address on it - to a JP (justice of the Peace) and have it ratified by them. There are a number of JPs in our area and they will give you a lit of them.


You will also need an original birth certificate, or Passport, for your child to prove their date of birth. You will also be asked to show their immunisation certification if they have been immunised. 

Shortly after you have completed the enrolment process, our Deputy Principal responsible for New Entrant Parent Liaison will be in touch with you to arrange a pre-entry visit for your child. This is a comprehensive visit where you go on a tour of our school, meet people who will be involved in your child’s education, meet other parents of children who will be starting around the same time, visit New Entrant classrooms, and have an opportunity to ask questions.


Most children start their schooling on or just after their 5th birthday, but it is not compulsory to start school in New Zealand until you turn 6.

Schooling is compulsory from age 6 to 16. Your child can start school on the day they turn 5 years old (they do not have to wait until the start of a new school year).


If your child has permanent residence, New Zealand citizenship or a domestic student visa they have to be enrolled at school by the time they are 6.

Education is provided free to citizens of New Zealand, Australia and Tuvalu. You can find out more here https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas


School phone 836 1213    -    Principal’s mobile 021 779 009    -    Absences mobile 021 040 2125