The criteria promulgated by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference, which are to be used by proprietors and their agents, in order to grant Preference of Enrolment are:
- The child has been baptised or is being prepared for baptism in the Catholic Church.
- The child’s parents/guardians have already allowed one or more of its siblings to be baptised in the Catholic faith.
- At least one parent/guardian is a Catholic, and although their child has not yet been baptised, the child’s participation in the life of the school could lead to the parents having the child baptised.
- With the agreement of the child’s parent/guardian, a grandparent, or other significant adults in the child’s life, such as an aunt, uncle, or godparent, undertakes to support the child’s formation in the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.
- One or both of a child’s non-Catholic parents/guardians is preparing to become a Catholic.
Children not of the Catholic faith can apply to enrol in a Catholic school, they require a non-preference form. Catholic school’s can only enrol a maximum of 5% non-preference students.
Enrolment at Sacred Heart School
Thank you for considering Sacred Heart School for your child’s education. Children are entitled to start school the day of their fifth birthday.
You are welcome to contact us at any time and make an appointment to see the Principal and to view our school.
Enrolment forms are available from our school office.
- New Zealand Birth Certificate (Preferred document of identification) or
- Passport – Passport showing current residency status (if not born in NZ)
- Preference of Enrolment Certificate obtained from Catholic Parish of Christchurch South office (next to the Sacred Heart Church in Addington). You will need to take with you a copy of your child’s baptism certificate (or a parent’s – if the child is not baptised). For further information ph 03338-8395 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your child’s immunisation certificate
Children who are not Catholic are welcomed into our school community, depending on places available (as we are only allowed 5% of our maximum roll for non-preference children).
It is advised that you allow for pre-visits to our school so that your child may become familiar with the class and routines before starting. These visits are usually arranged with the new entrant teacher. Please phone to make some times for these visits about 2-3 weeks prior to your child’s start date.
- Pre-enrolment of Students
- Total School Roll
The total school roll will not exceed the maximum roll. Once all preference students have been accommodated, non-preference students may be accepted up to 5% of the maximum roll. This is conditional on the school roll not exceeding 85% of its maximum roll.
- Priority In Enrolment
If there are more applications than places available, then the following priority for enrolment will apply:
- Waiting List Procedure
All unsuccessful applicants may choose to have their names placed on a waiting list. The waiting list will be kept within relevant priority categories, ranked in order. Parents and caregivers of those applicants on the waiting list will be notified when and if places become available for their children. Parents and caregivers will then have seven days to confirm their enrolment. If no confirmation is received the applicant will be removed from the waiting list, and the position may be offered to the next priority student. The waiting list will remain current until the beginning of the next school year.