Enrolment Scheme

Sutton Park School (1520)
Enrolment Scheme

Amended 2017

The guidelines for development and operation of enrolment schemes are issued under section 11G (3) of the Education Act 1989 for the purpose of describing the basis on which the Secretary’s powers in relation to enrolment schemes will be exercised.

Home Zone

All students who live within the home zone described below and/or shown on the attached map shall be entitled to enrol at the school.

Starting at the intersection of Chelburn Crescent (included) and Wickman Way, travel east along Wickman Way (30 – 92 even numbers only included) to Tennessee Avenue. Travel south east along Tennessee Avenue (200 and below included) to Massey Road. Travel North-East along Massey Road (202-289 included, Gray Avenue excluded) and then north west along Savill Drive (113 and below included), travel south across country to Blake Road (2-91 included). Travel south along Tennessee Avenue and then south along Wickman Way back to the starting point.

All residential addresses on included sides of boundary roads and all no exit roads off included sides of boundary roads are included in the zone unless otherwise stated.

Proof of residence within the home zone will be required.

Each year, applications for enrolment in the following year from in-zone students will be sought by a date which will be published in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.  This will enable the board to assess the number of places which can be made available to students who live outside the home zone.

Special Programmes

The school operates three special programmes:

  • Sia Ua (Tongan Bilingual Unit)
  • Masina Va’aia (Samoan Bilingual Unit Level 1-3)
  • Whaia Te Matauranga (Māori Immersion Unit)

Sia Ua (Tongan Bilingual Unit)

Maximum roll 200 students

Students who live within the school’s home zone and meet the criteria for enrolment in the special programme will be enrolled ahead of out of zone students. The criteria for acceptance into the programme are as follows:

  1. Parental request for the applicant to be enrolled in the unit; and
  2. The applicant’s first language is Tongan.

Should there be more applicants than places available:

In zone applicants to the programme may be enrolled at the school and placed on a waiting list, because vacant places may open up later.      ·

Out of zone applicants to the programme will be accepted in the following order of priority:

  1. The applicant is a sibling of a current student of the unit;
  2. The applicant is a sibling of a former student of the unit or The applicant is a relative of a current student of the unit;
  3. Chronological order of the date the application is received.

These priority groups will be accepted in turn until all places in the unit are filled. Any remaining applications will be added to a separate ‘out of zone’ waiting list according to the date in which their application was received. Should places become available throughout the year and there is no waiting for in zone applications, the places on the out of zone waiting list will be progressively offered up to the limit of the programme.

Masina Va’aia (Samoan Bilingual Unit Level 1-3)

Maximum roll 140 students

Enrolment Procedures

The immersion approach will be discussed when a student or students is/are enrolled. Parents are to understand the approaches to be used and how they can support this at home. The school goal of acquiring balanced bilingualism will be discussed, and what parents can do to achieve this. Parental understanding and support is critical for the child to be enrolled in the Masina Va’aia.

Enrolment Priorities

  1. Graduate of the local Aoga Amata on school site
  2. Graduate of any Aoga Amata
  3. Children of parents who wish their children to acquire proficiency in Samoan
  4. Siblings of current students who speak Samoan or wish to acquire Samoan
  5. Siblings of former students who speak Samoan or wish to acquire Samoan
  6. Children of board members who speak Samoan or wish to acquire Samoan
  7. Students within the school zone who speak Samoan or wish to acquire Samoan
  8. Students out of the school zone who speak Samoan or wish to acquire Samoan.

Enrolment Process

Each year the Board will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year, for the enrolment of students in to the Masina Va’aia, who live outside the school zone. The Board will publish the information by notice in the local newspaper as well as on school website. The notice indicates how applications are to be made, and will specify a date by which all applications must be received.

Order of Priority

  1. Students who meet the criteria for enrolment to the special programme approved by the Ministry of Education
  2. Enrolment who is a siblings of a current student.
  3. Enrolment who is a sibling of a former student.
  4. Enrolment who is a child of a former student of the Masina Va’aia.
  5. Enrolment is a child of a current employee or board member.
  6. Enrolment is child of a former employee or board member.
  7. All other enrolments.

There shall be a ballot when there are more applicants than spaces available. The ballot will be conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary to Education under Section 11G(1) of the 1989 Education Act. The date for the ballot will be published in the local newspaper and on school website and/or relevant on-line applications.

Whaia Te Matauranga (Māori Immersion Unit)

Maximum roll 70 students

Enrolment Procedures

The immersion approach will be discussed when a student or students is/are enrolled. Parents are to understand the approach to be used and how they can support this at home. The school goal for graduates of Whaia Te Matauranga to acquire proficiency in reo Maori will be discussed, and what parents can do to achieve this. Parental understanding and support is critical for the child to be enrolled in the Reo Rumaki.

Enrolment Priorities

  1. Graduate of the local Kohanga Reo on school site
  2. Graduate of any Kohanga OR Punanga Reo
  3. Children of parents who wish their children to acquire proficiency in reo Maori
  4. Siblings of current students who have reo Maori or wish to acquire reo Maori
  5. Siblings of former students who have reo Maori or wish to acquire reo Maori
  6. Children of board members who have reo Maori or wish to acquire reo Maori
  7. Students within the school zone who have reo Maori or wish to acquire reo Maori
  8. Students out of the school zone who have reo Maori or wish to acquire reo Maori.

Enrolment Process

Each year the Board will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year, for the enrolment of students in to the Rumaki Reo; Whaia Te Matauranga, who live outside the school zone. The Board will publish the information by notice in the local newspaper as well as on school website. The notice indicates how applications are to be made, and will specify a date by which all applications must be received.

Order of Priority

  1. Students who meet the criteria for enrolment to the special programme approved by the Ministry of Education
  2. Enrolment who is a siblings of a current student.
  3. Enrolment who is a sibling of a former student.
  4. Enrolment who is a child of a former student of the Rumaki Reo.
  5. Enrolment is a child of a current employee or board member.
  6. Enrolment is child of a former employee or board member.
  7. All other enrolments.

There shall be a ballot when there are more applicants than spaces available. The ballot will be conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary to Education under Section 11G(1) of the 1989 Education Act. The date for the ballot will be published in the local newspaper and on school website and/or relevant on-line applications.

Out of Zone Enrolments

Each year the board will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone. The board will publish this information by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school. The notice will indicate how applications are to be made and will specify a date by which all applications must be received.

Applications for enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:

PriorityDescription
First Prioritywill be given to students who have been accepted for enrolment in the following special programmes run by the school and approved by the Secretary for Education:

  • Sia Ua (Tongan Bilingual Unit)
  • Masina Va’aia (Samoan Bilingual Unit)
  • Whaia Te Matauranga ( Maori Bilingual Unit)
Second Prioritywill be given to applicants who are siblings of current students.
Third Prioritywill be given to applicants who are siblings of former students.
Fourth Prioritywill be given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school.
Fifth Prioritywill 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.
Sixth Prioritywill be given to all other applicants.

If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group must be by ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989. Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.

Applicants seeking second or third priority status may be required to give proof of a sibling relationship.