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New Entrant (5 Year old) Enrolments

KSS has introduced cohort entry for our five year olds. Children are able to start school in cohorts after they have turned five. There will be two entry points in terms 1, 2 and 3: one on the first day of term and one at a mid-point (week six) during a term, and one on the first day of term four.  

Research in Aotearoa New Zealand has shown that when five year olds are able to enter in groups together the following benefits occur: 

  • Cohort entry helps tamariki to settle into school better because they are starting school alongside other children 

  • It increases well-being  

  • It helps tamariki make connections  

  • It increases their sense of belonging  

  • It decreases their anxiety  

  • It increases their engagement in learning.  

  • Schools using cohort entry have said that they have noticed tamariki settle in to school more quickly.   

  • There is less disruption to the classroom learning due to the planned entry compared to the individual and ad hoc entry throughout the year.  

Cohort entry does not replace the legal requirement that a child start school by the age of six. Parents, caregivers and whānau can still choose to not enrol their student before then. 

Please make a time to come and meet the principal, complete your enrolment and tour the school about three months before your child’s fifth birthday. 

2024 Cohort entry dates

Term One:

Entry one – Tuesday 30 January 
Entry Two – Monday 4 March 

Term Two:

Entry one – Monday 29 April 
Entry Two – Tuesday 4 June 

Term Three:

Entry one – Monday 22 July 
Entry Two – Monday 26 August 

Term Four:Entry – Monday 14 October