Tag Archives: enrolment zone

Enrolment Ballot Notice

The board invites applications from parents who wish to enrol their sons and daughters at Matipo Primary School for next year.

Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, details of which are available from the school office.

Please phone or visit the school office for details of enrolment applications.

The deadline for receipt of applications for out of zone places is 4th September 2013.

Parents of students who live within the home zone should also apply by this date to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year. Students who live in the home zone are entitled to enrol at the school.

The board has determined that 10 New Entrant places are likely to be available for out of zone students next year. The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.

Applications from out of zone students will be processed in the following order of priority:

a. First priority must be given to any applicant who is accepted for enrolment in a special programme run by       the school.

b. Second priority must be given to any applicant who is the sibling of a current student of the school.

c. Third priority must be given to any student who is the sibling of a former student of the school.

d. Fourth priority must be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school.

e. Fifth priority must be given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school     or a child of a member of the board of the school.

f. Sixth priority must be given to all other applicants

If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected by ballot. If a ballot is required it will be held on 11th September 2013. Parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within three school days of the ballot being held.

Enrolment Scheme Statement

An open group forum on Facebook has been having a vigorous debate about the school enrolment zone motives and process. Unfortunately very little of it is based on facts and there is a malicious intent to a lot of it.

These are the facts:

  1. For the last 2 and a half years Matipo have warned that a surge in enrolments was putting pressure on the school and the school roll was likely to be restricted.
  1. Earlier this year after we approached the Ministry of Education for more classrooms, the Ministry commissioned a demographic survey of the Te Atatu Peninsula and then wrote to us to tell us they believed our school was becoming overcrowded and directing us to implement an enrolment zone.
  1. The Ministry then drew up the enrolment zone map and description and directed us to begin a 28 day consultation process.
  1. People who live within the proposed enrolment zone will be able to attend Matipo, as of right.
  1. People who live outside of the zone would have to apply to go into a police supervised ballot for any available places.
  1. People living within our zone may also choose to go to either of the other primary schools on the Peninsula.
  1. Those two schools can continue to enrol children from anywhere they like. With our school zone restricted, it is to the advantage of the other two schools whose rolls will grow.

To the many rumours or deliberate misinformation from the Facebook forum:

a)     No, this is not a ‘clever’ or ‘cunning’ marketing ploy.

b)     The school roll has not been ‘dwindling over the years’. It goes up every year and we get new rooms every year.

c)     The process has been forced upon us by the Ministry who drew up the zone and provided the wording for the consultation notice.

  1. The enrolment zone is a reality because we have no room for further expansion and the other two local schools, in the words of the Ministry, have “network capacity”.
  1. Finally, as the enrolment zone is still out for consultation and hasn’t been signed off by the Secretary of Education, we are still open for enrolments for this year and succeeding years.

If you wish to object to the zone then do so in writing to us by Sunday, 26th August 2012.

Click to enlarge