Starting School at Take Kārara

Enrolling Your Child

If you are within the Take Kārara school zone, you can enrol your child via the school website. Details of the school zone can also be found there. At this stage, there will be no out of zone places available for 2020/2021.

Transition to School

For New Entrants starting school

New Entrant children are encouraged to visit school before starting to ensure a smooth transition. Once you have enrolled your child through the link on our website, we will contact you to arrange three transition visits before your child’s first day of school. The aim of these visits is to familiarise you and your child with school, the teachers and the other children in the learning community. Our Associate Principal, Daryl Gellatly will contact you approximately a month before your child is due to start with information regarding the format, dates and times of the visits as well as the contact details for your child’s key teacher. Starting school is an exciting time and we are very pleased to have you and your child join us.

For children transferring from another school

If your child is moving to Take Kārara from another school please get in touch so we can work with you to ensure a successful start.

Our Teaching and Learning Spaces

We want your child to feel safe, and to have a sense of belonging. Your child will be with one key teacher. This teacher will be responsible for a group of children – as they would be in a traditional classroom, and will provide the support and care expected of any classroom teacher. They will focus on the learning and on the social and behavioural needs of your child.

Where our learning spaces are a little different is the layout and design of the building and the spaces within them. While the teacher and their class work together in one space, there will also be other teachers working with their classes in spaces nearby. These new buildings are designed in a way to minimise noise and where the walls and breakout rooms are placed, they provide quiet zones and more intimate areas for children to be working in with their classroom teacher. However, it also provides opportunities for children to collaborate and connect with other children and teachers in the learning space through interactive activities.

Any questions, concerns or wonderings you have about your child should always be addressed to your child’s key teacher.

We welcome parents and whānau into our learning spaces to see what the learning and the learning environment looks like for your child.
Please refer to our website for further details in regards to the key features of our learning spaces.

Whānau Groups (across the whole school)

All children are part of a whānau group. These whānau groups will include children from all levels of the school. Siblings will be placed in the same whānau group. New Entrant children are assigned a big buddy from their whānau group whom they will meet during their pre-entry visits. Their big buddy helps them settle into school life. They meet them in their class and offer support in the playground.

Further Information

Please refer to our Parent and Whānau Information Book for further information.


If you have any questions please get in touch.