Starting school is an exciting milestone for every child and parent. We understand that parents and caregivers have a choice when enrolling their children into school. Sawyers Bay School has an open door policy meaning that prospective families are always most welcome to come along and get a feel for the school.

We have a comprehensive programme of school visits that enables children of school age (5) to be introduced to the environment and routines of school. Feel free to contact us in advance of your child turning 5 so that this can be arranged in good time 4 to 6 weeks beforehand.

Feel free to contact the school to arrange a visit or for an enrolment pack. We’ll be more than happy to assist with any queries you have.

To register your child either click on the Online registration form link below or complete the blue pupil enrolment form in the enrolment pack (available from the School office)

Online registration form

Sawyers Bay Starters – Pre-School Programme

The School offers a range of ways to involve our pre-schoolers as they get ready for school.

Sawyers Bay Starters Programme

Every second Friday (Dates can be found on the dates tab of this website) Papatuanuku hosts any four year olds that are getting ready for school between 1.15pm and 2.15pm.

We offer the chance for young children to take part in activities that are a step between pre-school and school. The programme is run by our New Entrant teacher and incorporates the New Entrant children.

If  you would like to come along, please let us know and we will be able to get you involved! 

Starters Dates Term 1 2023

The Pre-school Starters programme will run on the following dates in Term 1 2023

Friday 10th February

Friday 24th February

Friday 10th March

Friday 24th March


School visits

As the children enrolling in the school get closer to their fifth birthday, we provide classroom visits for them to gain experience in the classroom.

The number of visits that a child may have is all very dependent on the child themselves. Some children who may be a little nervous about starting school may need regular visits to become familiar with the space, the other children and the teacher, whereas children that may already have siblings at school and are more familiar, may only need a few visits to get them going.

Our Staff are very happy to talk parents through this and tailor the induction to suit the child. These visits also need to be scheduled so that we do not have large groups all at once. Please contact the office to book in a visit.

Pre-schoolers always welcome!

As well as our structured induction activities, we are always happy to have our community pre-schoolers getting involved with their siblings at the school. Whenever there is a community event, we often find that our pre-schoolers just muck in with the rest of us. It helps to give them a sense of place within their school and builds our community feel at the same time.

Enrolment Zone

The Sawyers Bay School Board of Trustees, along side the Ministry of Education have adopted an Enrolment Scheme for the school. An Enrolment Scheme in a nutshell is a tool to ensure that:

  1. The school does not become overcrowded
  2. Priority is given to students for whom the school is the most reasonably convenient school to attend
  3. A clear, transparent process is in place to deal with enrolments from outside of the ‘zone’.

In 2023, Sawyers Bay School will be offering 25 out of zone enrolment spaces.


1.    Applications for enrolment are to be submitted for consideration for all students (in-zone and out of zone) who wish to attend Sawyers Bay School.

2.    Applications for enrolment will be considered in accordance with the current legislation.

Description of the geographical area:

3.    The School’s home zone shall comprise: 

                        Taking in both sides of all roads mentioned except where specified:

  • Starting from number 70 Borlases Road, the home zone follows;
  • From the eastern boundary of 70 Borlases Road jumps south to State Highway 88 South-west on State Highway 88 until Blanket Bay Road (including Shandon Street, District Road and all the side streets off of these streets; making up the suburb of Roseneath)
  • West then North on Blanket Bay Road until Upper Junction Road
  • South-west on Upper Junction Road until Mount Cargill Road
  • North on Mount Cargill Road up until 300 Mount Cargill  Road
  • From 300 Mount Cargill Road travels east along the northern boundary of 300 Mount Cargill Road until the end of Reservoir Road
  • From the end of Reservoir Road travels south-east on Reservoir Road until Borlases Road
  • East on Borlases Road until number 70 Borlases Road

4.    If there are any more applicants in the priority groups 2 – 6 than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by a ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989. 

5.    Information detailing application deadlines and the date of any ballot will be widely advertised in advance.

6.    Pre-enrolment applications will be acknowledged in writing outlining the relevant processes.

7.    Where out of zone applications have had to be declined, parents / caregivers will have the opportunity to be included on a waiting list should places become available.

Should places be available for enrolments from outside the defined home zone, applications will be considered under the following priorities as defined in the Education Act:

       i.          First priority must be given to students who have been accepted for enrolment in defined special programme(s) run by the school and approved by the Secretary for Education – there are no special programmes currently approved.

      ii.          Second priority must be given to applicants who are siblings of current students.

    iii.          Third priority must be given to applicants who are siblings of former students.

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

      v.          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.

    vi.          Sixth priority must be given to all other applicants.

5.         The school will adhere to the ballot dates for each following year as notified by the Ministry of Education.

6.         The Board will determine if additional ballot dates are to be set during the school year.

7.         The Board of Trustees has the right to annul any enrolment where the application was based on false information. The Board of Trustees may also review an enrolment where a temporary home zone address has been used to gain enrolment.

Gareth Swete