Amesbury School

Creating life-long learners

Transition to School

Transition for Enrolled Students Coming From Other Schools

New students and parents are welcome to spend a session visiting the hub prior to starting with us.  This is a good opportunity for meeting the teachers and other children and familiarising themselves with the physical environment. During the enrolment process we will contact you to see if you would like a school visit and to organise a time that suits, prior to having their first day at Amesbury School. 

Transition for Enrolled New Entrant Students

Our transition policy below outlines the steps and activities we will have in place for children turning five during the year and starting school as New Entrants, as well as for children starting during the year from other schools.  The four main transition activities for new five year olds include:

  • Invitation to our Four Year Old Progamme
  • Visit to the child's early child care centre and talk with their teacher
  • Two school visits (more can be arranged if necessary)
  • New Entrant Parent Information Session

During the enrolment process we will email you the specific details with times and dates for attending the four year old programme and the parent information session times each term.  We will contact you again a month before your child's starting date to organise early child care centre and school visits.

Four Year Old Programme

Our four year old programme runs for one hour once a week.  The specific times may vary each term.  
Children who are enrolled and are four years of age are invited to join other year one and two children for one hour of activities. Our junior hub teachers take turns in delivering a session of fun activities.  Children get to know the teachers, other students, orientate themselves with the physical environment and begin to build relationships in the school setting.  Parents also get to know one another and can chat with the teachers with any questions they may have. 
Families may attend any week and there is no need to RSVP.  Come along and meet us in Koru hub.  Meet the teachers and other children. Become familiar with our school environment and equipment.  Make new friends!
4 Year Old Programme in Term 3, 2015

Sessions will be running from 1:40 - 2:40pm on:

  • Tuesday 28 July
  • Tuesday 4 August
  • Tuesday 11 August + New Entrant Parent Session at 3:30pm
  • Tuesday 18 August
  • Tuesday 25 August
  • Tuesday 8 September
  • Tuesday 15 September

Please note there will be NO Four Year Old sessions on:

  • Tuesday 21 July (first week of Term 3)
  • Tuesday 1 September (teachers away on ski camp)
  • Tuesday 22 September (last week of Term 3)

Any week you wish to attend just sign in at the office, then go to Koru Hub and join all the children on the mat when the bell rings.  As part of a Ministry requirement we ask that parents stay on site during these visits.  Don’t forget to sign out when you leave.

See you there!

Angela Johnston - Associate Principal

As these times are arranged well in advance, dates or times may need to change. We will inform you of any changes.


Information Sessions for parents on new entrant students

These sessions are held once per term. Parents of new entrant students are welcome to attend the session closest to the date their child is due to start school.

Term 3, 2015: Tuesday 11th August @ 3:30pm

Term 4, 2015: Tuesday 3rd November @ 3:30pm


We recommend that uniform is ordered at least one month prior to your child starting school.  Although we carry some stock, this will allow sufficient time for items to be delivered if we need to order them in for you.  Further information on uniform items required can be viewed here.


School Fees

If you would like to find out more about the costs associated with starting school, you can follow this link to read our blog post on "Known Costs for 2015"

For further information contact Angela by email at [email protected] or phone the school on 04-477 3423