New Entrant Enrolment Information
Welcome to The Junior school - Rangikura School - the school in the sky!
At Rangikura School - RIMU block we strive to make your child’s transition to school as smooth as possible.
How to enrol:
- Pre-enrol your child well before their fifth birthday by contacting the school office Ph. 235 9143 or email: email@example.com
- The enrolment process requires the child’s birth certificate to be sighted and copied. We are also required to sight and copy vaccination certificates and proof of address.
- The enrolment process should be completed at least one month prior to your child starting school.
- If your child has learning needs we would encourage this process to begin 6 months before entry to school. We then work alongside you and the early childhood centres to plan and support your childs entry into school therefore setting up for success!
- We encourage 4 - 6 visits prior to children starting school. This supports children with getting to know their school environment, possible classroom and teacher as well as begin to get to know other children. They also get to know the expected behaviours at school.
- Current visiting days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.00 to 11 am. We DO NOT have visits on Mondays or Fridays. 2018 there will be changes to the visiting schedule so keep checking in.
- Ascot Park Kindy visits each week with children who will be attending Rangikura school.
- We expect parents and caregivers to stay with their children on these visits.
Introduction to school:
The transition to school is a big step for children and many things will be different from early childhood centres and kindergarten. We would encourage parents to talk to their children in advance about what school will be like. It is often a good idea to bring children up to school in the weekends so they can walk around, find the playground, find toilets etc.
Readiness for school:
- How can I help my child get ready for school?
Before your child starts school, it's helpful if they can:
- do up their shoes (if they can't we encourage velcro shoes until they can tie their own laces)
- put on and take off their coats
- go to the toilet and wash their hands by themselves
- blow their nose
- unpack and hang up their bags where they are told
- recognise their clothes such as: shoes, sweatshirts and raincoats
- recognise when they are thirsty and get a drink of water
- ask for things they need
Ready to learn:
Children need to be able to -
- sit on a chair at a table for a short time to complete an activity
- sit and listen to stories
- know how to take turns, and wait for things
- recognize and write their name
- are comfortable being away from you
The First Day as a New Entrant:
- Children come and visit the office and our Principal before being brought to the classroom.
- Classes open at 8.30 am. We encourage all children to learn to put away their own belongings to develop independence.
- We send home a reading book each night. Sometimes your child may have a Poem book or sight words to learn.
What your child needs to start School
- A BIG school bag.
- It is important that you name all clothing items.
- Shoes need to be practical for their daily exercise routines - Velcro instead of laces is perfect for young children.
- Coat for cold days.
- Spare Clothes - Accidents can happen from time to time so it is a good idea to pack some spare clothes.
- Stationery: We provide stationery for all New Entrants to Rangikura!
- Sunhats - sunhats are compulsory in Term 1 and Term 4 - these are provided in New Entrants. If children lose them parents will need to buy a new sunhat. No CAPS in the Junior school.
- Morning Tea and Lunch. We have fruit and milk in schools which we provide for all children.
- Drink bottle: We are a water and milk school only no juice please.
- It is helpful if fruit is cut into quarters, and sealed packets of food are snipped for ease of children opening them.
8.30 Drop off
8.55 School Begins
11.00 to 11.20 am Morning tea and Play
11.20 to 12.50 Learning Block 1
12.50 to 1.00 Eating time
1.00 to 1.50 pm Lunchtime Play
2.00 to 3.00 pm Learning Block 2.
- All New Entrant children need to be picked up from their class or outside Rimu block.
- School finishes at 3.00 pm. Please try not to come into classes until at least 2.50 pm as this disrupts childrens learning and often teachers are supporting children to pack up, give notices and end the day.
- If you have appointments and need to collect your child early or they are unwell and need to go home please sign your child out at the office.
- You need to either ring the school office on ph: 235 9143 or text on 022 025 69630
Please check out the following links for more information:
or visit our school Facebook page for regular updates of information.
Our Philosophy at Rangikura: Tamaiti Mua = Total Collaboration
We aim to make your child's transition to school as smooth as possible however, we do encourage parents to support this by supporting children to be ready for school. It is a huge shift from kindergarten and often children can display different behaviours. We find working together as a school and family means children have a smooth and positive transition to school life.
For more information please contact the school office who can share any other information you may need or contact the Junior School
Assistant Principal Amanda Williams at email: firstname.lastname@example.org.