Starting School at OBS

Enrolling at Owhiro Bay School

Owhiro Bay School is not zoned and welcomes new enrolments at any time.  There are a number of forms to fill in to start at Owhiro Bay School.  So please ring or call in at school several weeks prior to enrolment to get these forms and fill them in before they start.

New Entrants – 5/6 year olds

Owhiro Bay School has Cohort Entry for new entrants.  Cohort entry means new entrants start in groups at points in the year rather than being able to start on the day of their 5th birthday.  Parents still decide if their child is ready to start school and can select a starting dating that best suits their child as long as the child is enrolled and attending school by the time they are six years old.

It is a good idea to arrange for your child to attend their new class at least twice (more if possible) before they begin. Parents/whanau are expected to stay with their child/children during these visits. This ensures that the place and people aren’t all new and scary when your child starts. Try to include a lunchtime or playtime in your visit so you can familiarise your child with the play area and play equipment.

How does cohort entry work at Owhiro Bay School?

Groups of tamariki (cohorts) start school at 2 entry points per term – the start and in the middle of the term. These entry dates have been set by the Ministry of Education. Children can start school at the first entry point after their 5th birthday. As a parent, you may choose to start your child at a later entry point, however all children must be enrolled at school by the time they are 6.

Entry dates for 2021

Term Entry Point 1 Entry Point 2
1 03/02/2021 15/03/2021
2 03/05/2021 08/06/2021
3 28/07/2021 30/08/2021
4 18/10/2021 15/11/2021

Where do I get more information?

Checkout our Frequently Asked Questions below for more information or email us with your specific question: office@owhiro.school.nz

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cohort entry?

Cohort Entry means that tamariki would start school in groups on set dates rather than on their 5th Birthday.

What are the benefits of Cohort Entry?

There are benefits for both our tamariki and our school.  Under a cohort entry policy children will start school alongside other children allowing them to build relationships with other children in the similar situation.  The aim is to help children settle into school life and routines better.

Having set starting dates allows for the school plan for groups of new entrants, in some situations having improved transition plans from Early Childhood Education providers.  Parents can still decide if their child is ready to start school and could choose a later cohort entry date to best suit their child if they felt their child was not ready to start school.

Are there any exemptions from having to wait until the next term?

The midterm dates are set by the Ministry of Education and there is no flexibility around these. Parents can still decide to start their child later if they feel it is best for their child.

Can I select a later cohort if I feel it is better for my child?

Yes, parents are in the best place to judge if their child is ready to start school and can select later start date.

Does this affect children transferring schools?

No, once a student is enrolled at a school and then transfers, they are start school on the agreed date.

Does this affect my ECE funding (20hrs)?

No, ECE funding is available until children turn 6 or they enrol in school.