Enrolment at PDS

Enrolment at Parnell District School

The Education Act gives a guarantee of enrolment to students who live in the Home Zone specified in the school’s Enrolment Scheme. The purpose of the Enrolment Scheme is to prevent overcrowding in our school.
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All students who live within our home zone shall be entitled to enrol at Parnell District School.

If you would like to enrol your child at our school please complete our ‘Commitment to Enrol’ form and return it to Parnell District School with verification of your residential address.

If you wish your child to start within one to two weeks of their application then please contact our school office so they can arrange an appointment with our Enrolment Officer for you. We will need to sight verification of your address, NZ Birth Certificate. Passport and visa documentation will be required to be seen if your child is a Domestic Student.

Parnell School works with Cohort Entry (group entry) for enrolment of New Entrant students.  The Ministry of Education Guidelines for Cohort Entry states the following must apply:

  • Children will be able start school in cohorts but only after they have turned five

  • There will be two entry points per term, one on the first day of term, and one at a mid-point during a term.

The usual procedure for our New Entrant students is:

  • Commitment to Enrol Form (link above) is completed by a parent/guardian and returned to Parnell School.

  • Acknowledgement of receipt of this form will be made by the school.

  • Every New Entrant student is entitled to a School Visit – our Enrolment Officer will contact parents, close to the time your child will be due to visit, by email to advise them of the date for the visit and also the start date for your child.

If you have any questions please call our Enrolment Officer, Kathy or call her ph:  (09) 379 3008 or (027) 627 7326 between the hours of 9.00am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday.

A child may not start school until their fifth birthday. Compulsory enrolment takes effect at six years of age.


Enrolment at Parnell District School is governed by an enrolment scheme in accordance with Sections 11A to 11P of the Education Act 1989 and Education Amendment Act 2000 with particular reference to the instructions issued under Section 11G(1). This enrolment scheme is in place to prevent the school from overcrowding.

Procedures- In Zone Enrolments

Pupils residing within the Home Zone as defined in the Enrolment Scheme will, as of right, be granted enrolment following the processing of a successful application for in-zone enrolment.

All applicants for in-zone enrolment shall complete the school’s current in–zone enrolment application and Statutory Declaration as to the pupil’s permanent in -zone address and intention to reside within the Home
Zone and, shall provide such other information and documentation as determined by the Board from time to time in accordance with the school’s Enrolment Scheme.

(The current In-Zone Application Form and Statutory Declaration is attached)

If places are available for children living outside the stated school Home Zone, those enrolment applications will be processed in the following order of priority:
  1. First Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students.
  2. Second Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students. (Parents may be asked for proof of sibling relationship)
  3. Third Priority will be given to any applicants who are children of board employees
  4. Fourth Priority will be given to students who are children of former students
  5. Fifth Priority will be given to all other applicants

If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth or fifth priority groups, than there are spaces available, selection will be by ballot. If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. The instructions dated 24 July 2000 issued under Section 11G (1) of the Education Act 1989 will be followed.

Please collect an enrolment pack from the school office and return it with the following documentation.
Note: It is important that you read and follow all requirements regarding submission of you application to enrol.
  1. Statutory Declaration
  2. Certified copies of one of the following
  3. Owner occupied Properties
    a) Recent power account –both pages,
    b) Recent telephone account
    c) Rates /valuation notice or sale and purchase
  4. Rental Properties
    a) Fixed term rental agreement
    b) Recent power account – both pages
    c) Recent telephone account
  5. Birth certificate/ passport
  6. The Internet agreement
  7. The school trips permission form
  8. The consent to use photographs form

Parents/caregivers with custodial arrangements should notify the school at enrolment.

Correct Address

The address given at the time of pre-enrolment (the period before the pupil is actually at school) must be the pupil’s usual place of residence when the school is open for instruction. This means that if a pupil enrols at the school when they are living in the Home Zone but subsequently move out of zone before the pupil’s first day at school the pupil will not be entitled to enrol at Parnell District School.

Annulment of Enrolments

Parents should be aware of the possible consequences of attempting to gain an unfair priority in enrolment by knowingly giving a false address or making a temporary in-zone living arrangement. The school requires in-zone parents/caregivers to sign a statutory declaration stating the family’s intention to live in the Home Zone for a minimum of 18 months. The School Board may annul the enrolment of a pupil if the Board believes on reasonable grounds that the pupil’s enrolment or pre-enrolment form falsely claimed for the purposes of securing enrolment that the pupil was living in the Home Zone when the pupil enrolled at our school (refer s 11O Education Amendment Act 2000).

The school has the right to actively collect any information and make all enquiries necessary in its opinion to ensure that enrolment details are correct.


Pre-enrolment of students, including children who are nearly aged 5, is welcomed as this helps us manage class sizes. We usually try to arrange two class visits of a few hours duration for children who are new to the school

Roll Management

A child will be taken off the Parnell District School roll:

  • On the day which the Principal first knows that the pupil has left the school;
  • The day the pupil was last present will be deemed to be the actual date the pupil was last at the school for tuition.

The Principal shall manage the class numbers, roll number and all new enrolments on behalf of the Board and shall report regularly to the Board the class numbers, roll growth and enrolment trends.

The roll at Parnell District School is to be managed in accordance with Section 11 of the Education Act 1989 to avoid overcrowding.