Enrolment for
Paraparaumu Beach School

Starting school is an exciting and important step in your child’s life and your own! We are very proud of Paraparaumu Beach School and work hard to fulfil our vision of caring, sharing and preparing our children for all facets of life. At Paraparaumu Beach School we look forward to working with you and your child to make this important stage rewarding and positive.

Parents of prospective students are most welcome to call in and have a look around our school, request further information about the school and its programmes, or make an appointment to talk to either; the School Principal, Deputy Principal or Tātahi Syndicate Administrator.

If you live in the school zone and are interested in enrolling your child at Paraparaumu Beach School, their name is placed on an enrolment list. This list means that approximately six weeks before your child turns five, the Tātahi Syndicate Administrator will make contact with you, to arrange and schedule dates and times for your child’s pre-school visits.  In New Zealand, children may be admitted to State Primary schools on, or after, their fifth birthday, but must be enrolled by the time they turn six.

Enrolment Forms and Information

You will be asked to complete our school’s enrolment form, provide your child’s Birth Certificate (or passport) and Immunisation Certificate for the school to copy. Please note that the Immunisation Certificate required by the school is a certificate which is signed by your family doctor certifying that your child has been immunised to five years old.  Enrolment Forms can be picked up from the school office. Please note: all enrolment information must be completed for pre school visits to proceed.

Cohort Entry

Following a consultation process in conjunction with neighbouring school Kenakena School, the Board of Paraparaumu Beach School has decided to adopt a Cohort Entry process for five-year-old students from February 2024.  Click on the following PDF to read the full document here Cohort Entry Scheme

Links & Documents

What are School Visits?

Part of your child’s transition to school is to have 3-4 school visits. Children about to turn five years of age will be invited to visit, with a parent/whānau. These visits will be prior to the child’s 5th birthday. The classroom visits provide an opportunity for the parent/s/whānau to meet the teacher and become familiar with the school environment, as well as the classroom they will be in. This is an exciting time for both you and your child. Details and times of these visits will be posted out. If you are unable to make any of the visits, please email sandys@pbs.school.nz and another time can be arranged.

What will my child need on the first day of school?

Your child will need items on the stationery list (purchased from stationery outlet).  A stationery list is available from the office. All children need to have a healthy packed lunch and a plastic drink bottle in their school bag, ready to hang on the hook for their very first day at Paraparaumu Beach School! When buying a school bag, please buy one big enough to fit their book bag, lunchbox, school jacket, etc.

What if my child is transferring from another school?

Simply come in to visit our lovely Office team and they will arrange for you to take a stroll through our school grounds and a few classrooms.  A decision will be made about which class your child would be best suited to. This may depend on things such as age, year group, academic or social needs.

What are School Zones?

From time to time, the Ministry of Education directs schools to establish an enrolment zone to prevent overcrowding.  Paraparaumu Beach School currently has a zone, meaning we can only accept enrolments from students who live in the zone.    

Enrolment Procedures

Early enrolment of a child makes the school’s organisation a lot easier to ensure a planned, successful start for all new entrant children.

There is an official enrolment form that needs to be returned to the office. Verification of age needs to be sighted from a birth certificate, or passport. A copy of immunisation records and, for non New Zealand citizens, proof of residency, visa, passport records and work permit are required, along with the completed enrolment form.  Proof of in-zone residency is also required by the Principal and Ministry of Education.

A “Parent Information Meeting” is held 2 – 3 times a year for parents of children turning five, where an explanation of teaching and learning programmes and procedures and preparation for school are outlined.  Pre-school visits are arranged before a new entrant starts school and contact will be made with you by the Tātahi Syndicate Administrator. A smooth and positive transition to school is important and we work hard to ensure that this happens.

A ‘Transitioning to School’ booklet is available by clicking on the link to the right under “Enrolments” Folder, or from your child’s teacher.  This booklet outlines ways in which you can help prepare your child for their transition to school. Adequate preparation is very important for children and we appreciate feedback on how well (or not) we do it.

If you do not reside within the school zone, you will need to contact the school office.  Twice a year we hold an out of zone enrolment application process for five year old new entrants who have not started school yet.

Paraparaumu Beach School (2948)
Home Zone from May 2024

All students who live at an address within the home zone described below* shall be entitled to enrol at Paraparaumu Beach School.

Southern Boundary: From the intersection of Marine Parade and Toru Road, along Toru Road (Including all of Park Road as In Zone) to the airport and following the airport boundary north along Dakota Rd – Magrath Ave to Kapiti Road, eastward along Kapiti Road to the intersection with Cedar Drive.

Eastern Boundary: From the corner of Kapiti Road and Cedar Drive, into Cedar Drive until it intersects with Regent Drive, along Regent Drive (including related side streets directly off Regent Drive) to Guildford Drive, directly across Guilford Drive into Central Park (including all houses in Central Park), then continue directly in a north-east line across to the Mazengarb Road and Hudson Place intersection (includes all houses in Hudson Place, Niu Sila Way & Bridford Way).

Northern Boundary: Moving west along Mazengarb Road until the intersection of Guildford Drive. Excludes all side streets on the north-eastern side of Mazengarb Road until then. Follow east along the northern boundary of Paraparaumu College towards Wood Leigh to include all dwellings on Cottonwood Close, Leigh Place and Wood Leigh. Then from the eastern most houses of Wood Leigh & Leigh Place northwest towards houses on The Drive and including all housing on Meredith Way. Moving east from there until the end of The Drive then north and east again to include all of Petrel Close. From here move north along Kotuku Drive (including Hana Udy Place) then west along Kotuku Drive until the Takahe Drive intersection where from here until the Manly Street, Michael Road & Kotuku Drive intersection, only houses on the south side of Kotuku Drive are included. Continue along Michael Road (only including houses on the south side of the road) until Mazengarb Road.

Western Boundary: From the intersection at Mazengarb and Michael Roads, moving south down Michael Road, across the Michael Road and Martin Road intersection, through the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Course to the southern side of Knight Avenue and on to Kapiti Road, then west along Kapiti Road to its end at the roundabout, turning south down Marine Parade as far as Toru Road.

Each year, applications for enrolment in the following year from in-zone students will be sought by a date that will be published by public notice in a medium appropriate to the area served by the school. This will enable the board to assess the number of places that can be made available to students who live outside the home zone.