Enrolment at Milford School is governed by a Ministry of Education approved enrolment scheme, which includes a zone that is set out below. A full copy of the enrolment scheme can be viewed at the school office. The Education Act sets out the purposes of an enrolment scheme, which are to prevent overcrowding at the school, to ensure that the selection of applicants for enrolment at the school is fair and to ensure that the best use is made of existing networks of State schools. Students living within the Milford School zone have automatic right of entry under the scheme. Students living outside of the Milford School zone will have another school that is reasonably convenient to their place of residence that they will be entitled to attend. You can find information about the location of other schools and their enrolment zones at http://nzschools.tki.org.nz/. Out of zone students wishing to attend Milford School can apply to enrol if/when the school holds a ballot. (See the section on out-of-zone enrolments below).
Milford School is trialing a new policy from the start of 2020 where our New Entrant students (5-year-olds) start school in groups on the Monday of Week 1, 4 or 7 of the term, whichever falls after their fifth birthday. For more information click here.
Streets in the Milford School zone:
Commodore Parry Road
East Coast Bays Rd 1-89 (odd) and 2-108 (evens)
Eric Price Avenue
Marsh Avenue 1-19 (odds) 2-16 (evens)
Milford Park Place
Nile Road 41-127 (odds) 60-166 (evens)
Ocean View Road
Seaview Road 1-3 (odds) and 2-26 (evens)
Sylvan Park Avenue
Wairau Road 1-7 (odds)
Students whose usual place of residence is within the school zone have an automatic right of entry to the school. Parents of students who live within the zone are encouraged to make their application as early as possible to assist the school to plan appropriately.
Enrolment procedure: To enrol, please visit the school office. Office hours are 8.15-3.45 during term time. You will need to:
- Fill in an enrolment application form (available from the school office).
- Provide proof of address (e.g. provide a telephone or power account in the parent’s name, an appropriate tenancy agreement, or a sale and purchase agreement).
- Provide a copy of the student’s birth certificate or passport.
- Complete a Vision and Hearing Testing screening approval form and a School Dental Service enrolment form.
- Provide immunisation details.
- You will also be required to sign a statement at the school office confirming the student’s usual place of residence is in zone.
- Once all information has been supplied, enrolment will be confirmed by letter. On the student’s first day you will be required to provide confirmation that they are still residing at the enrolment address.
NB. It is important to note that an application for enrolment may be declined or an enrolment annulled if the Board believes on reasonable grounds that:
- false information has been given as to the student’s usual place of residence;
- or a temporary address for the student has been given for the purpose of gaining enrolment at the school. (section 11OA Education Act 1989)
Donation and fees may be paid at time of enrolment. Information on donations and fees can be found by clicking here.
Out of zone student enrolments: Students living out of zone who wish to attend the school must apply to enrol.
Ballot for Enrolment of Out of Zone Students
Enrolment at Milford School is governed by an enrolment scheme. From time to time, the Board may determine that there are a limited number of spaces available for out of zone students. This ballot would include out of zone siblings who must be balloted for entry.
- Ballot forms are available from the school office.
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries.
- Parents complete a ballot form (available from office) and hand in at the school office by the application closing date.
- On the ballot date, the ballot is drawn under the supervision of a Justice of the Peace, a practising lawyer, a sworn member of the Police or a local Government returning officer.
- The names are pulled out of the ballot and a waiting list is created if there are more names in the ballot than spaces available.
- Successful families are advised by letter and asked to confirm acceptance in writing of the place offered.
- Unsuccessful families are advised by letter and placed on a waiting list in the number they are drawn from the ballot.
- If successful families decline the space, the place is offered to the first/next family on the waiting list.
Milford School has experienced roll pressure in recent years and has actively limited the number of new out-of-zone enrolments. There have been instances in the past where there have been NO ballots held in any one year, which has meant that no new out-of-zone students were able to enrol at the school. There is no guarantee that any out-of-zone child, whether new to the school or with a sibling already attending Milford School, will gain entry through the ballot. The Board reserves the right to decide if there are spaces available and if so, how many spaces are available at any particular year level. This information will be advertised in the school newsletter and local newspaper one month in advance of the ballot.
- 1st Priority will be given to students who have been accepted for enrolment in an approved special programme. This priority category is not applicable at Milford School.
- 2nd Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students.
- 3rd Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students.
- 4th Priority will be given to applicants who are children of former students of the school.
- 5th Priority will be given to applicants who are children of Board employees and Board members.
- 6th Priority will be given to all other applicants.
If you would like more information about out-of-zone enrolments, please contact the school office.
Starting School – Tips for Parents
What Can You Do To Help?
• Talk to your child about starting school where he/she will meet new friends, play games, sing and make interesting things.
• Help your child to learn how to put on clothing and care for personal belongings – tie shoe laces, put clothes in own bag etc.
• Label clearly all possessions your child will bring to school with his/her full name – raincoats, hats, uniform, bags, cases, plastic bottles, etc. Be sure to check from time to time whether the label is still intact and legible. Avoid glassware.
• Send your child to school on time each and every day. Be prepared to say goodbye for the day before school starts. If your child is upset to see you go, encourage them to play with others, and be firm. In most cases, an upset child will settle very quickly and have a great day. We will always phone you if there is a continued problem.
• Give your child duties to perform in and around home which require only one or two simple directions. This will give him/her confidence to complete small tasks.
• Encourage children to be responsible for putting school equipment in the right place, e.g. bookbags in the bookbag box, lunch orders in the lunchroom box etc.
• Encourage your child by admiring his/her work when he/she brings it home. Give his/her painting or model a place of honour for a few days.
• Select good stories to read to him/her regularly picture books for him/her to browse through, T.V. programmes to look at and discuss with you. Read the school reader with them each night, with lots of praise and enjoyment.
• When reading to them or giving them instructions, make sure they are listening.
• Some children are told by their parents that they will learn to read and write as soon as they come to school and are disappointed when this is not accomplished on the first day – warn your child that it takes time.