Tena Koutou Katoa, Nau Mai, Haere Mai - Welcome to Central Normal School/Te Kura Tuatahi o Papaioea.
Thank you for your interest with enrolling at our school. We are incredibly proud to have been the first school in Palmerston North, which is represented in our Maori name, Te Kura Tuatahi o Papaioea, which means, the first school of Palmerston North.
We are a very unique and diverse school comprising of:
Bilingual education through our 6 bilingual classes in Te Arawaru
A fund holder school for Special Needs children
A ‘Normal’ school, which means we have a very strong relationship with Massey University with teacher training.
These components contribute to the wonderful school that we have here at Central.
At Central, we know a strong home/school partnership best supports our children’s learning and sets them up for future success. You are always welcome to make a time with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s learning, progress and achievement.
Thank you for your expression of interest in our school and we look forward to being a part of your child’s learning.
Kia ora ngā whānau,
We are so pleased to welcome you to Central Normal School/Te Kura Tuatahi o Papaioea.
What an exciting time for you and for your whānau as your child starts this next chapter of their lives at school!
You are very welcome to make a time with either myself or Regan. We would love to meet you, learn about your child and to show you around our school.
It is our aim to make the transition to school as easy as possible and know that you have a lot of questions at this time. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions that you may have.
It is my privilege to run our Seedlings Programme - this is our transition to school programme for our 4 year old students. These are run on 4 Tuesday mornings per term from 9 - 10am. We meet in Room 19 from 9 - 9:30am and then your child spends the second half an hour with their classroom teacher.
The following information outlines the transition to school process - I hope that it is useful for you.
Pre-enrolment is quick and easy. It gives us an indication that you would like your child to attend Central Normal School and allows us plenty of time to prepare for their arrival. All you need to do is pop into the office and fill in a pre-enrol form. You will be asked basic information about your child like their name, date of birth, and your contact details. Alternatively you can fill this in from home: Pre-enrol Form
If you live in our zone, your child's enrolment is guaranteed for Kura Auraki (mainstream). If you live out of our zone, your child's enrolment depends on the ballot.
Each term, a ballot is held at Central Normal School. A ballot is used when expressions of interest exceed available spaces.
There are three reasons that your child might be on the ballot.
The ballot is held the term before your child is due to start at our school. The upcoming dates for our ballot are:
You will be notified via email whether or not your child has been successful in the ballot.
For further information, please refer to the Central Normal School Enrolment Scheme.
If your child’s name is on the pre-enrol list, approximately 6 weeks before your child is due to start school, you will be sent an email asking you to fill in an Enrolment Form. You are welcome to fill this in at home, or you can use a device in the school office.
You are also required to bring the following documentation into the office (Enrolments cannot be accepted without this):
The eligibility document for your child. This can be either:
- NZ birth certificate or NZ passport (if NZ citizen)
- Australian passport (if Australian citizen) or
- NZ residency permit or NZ student visa/permit and Parental work permit (if the child is not a NZ citizen).
Immunisation certificate (if immunised)
Proof of your address:
- 1 proof of address from List A
- 1 proof of address from List B or List C
Unfortunately our Seedlings programme is unable to run during Alert Level 2. We are able to offer individual classroom visits instead. Please contact Whaea Elly to organise these.
Seedlings is our transition to school programme for our 4 year old students. This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your child to get to know some of the adult faces of the school, become familiar with their peers, the environment, and to engage in some basic literacy/numeracy activities.
Seedlings is run on 4 tuesday mornings per term from 9 - 10am. Please sign-in at the school office and then meet Whaea Elly in Room 19. We will spend the first half an hour together and then you and your child will spend the second half an hour with your child’s classroom teacher. You are welcome to attend four Seedlings before your child turns 5. The parent/caregiver will be required to stay during any visits prior to the child turning five.
If you have a New Entrant child, the most cost-efficient way of buying stationery is through our school office. We were able to purchase some NE packs at the beginning of the year and are offering them to parents at cost price.
This year there are 2 options for buying stationery for 2020. You can buy stationery either:
Online at OfficeMax myschool.co.nz or Instore at Office Products (just down the road from CNS at 227 Featherston Street)
If buying online at OfficeMax, you will find your child’s stationery list at myschool.co.nz. Simply search for our school, select your child's class and follow the instructions on the website.
If buying in-store at Office Products, you will find your child’s stationery list at the shop.
There are 7 stationery packs for our school! Please ensure you buy the correct pack for your child:
We are a SunSafe School. To keep our children safe in the summer months, a bucket hat is compulsory in Term 1 and Term 4. Central Normal School hats can be purchased from the office for $12.
A child who starts school for the first time in Term 2, 3 or 4 will be classified as Year 0 when starting school. Any child who starts school for the first time in Term 1 will be classified as Year 1.
On the first day of each term, we have a pōwhiri to welcome new students and their whānau to Central Normal School. We would love to see you at this special event! If your child turns 5 partway through a term, we would still love you to be a part of the pōwhiri at the beginning of the term prior to their starting.
The dates for this year are:
Please come to the office between 8:30am - 9am to let us know that you are here. You are then welcome to drop your child's bag at their classroom and meet the classroom teacher. When the bell goes, please meet in front of the hall (under the big oak tree!) The pōwhiri will begin at approximately 9:15am once all of the classes have taken their roll and have moved to the hall.
We highly value all of the learning that has been carried out at home and pre-school. If you are able to share your child’s learning portfolio with us, we value all that we can learn from this resource.
Please phone (3593337) or text (027 3578156) the office before 9:15am if your child is going to be away for the day. If we don’t hear from you, we will text you to follow up any unexplained absences. If no contact is made prior to or on the day of absence, your child will be marked as Truant. If your child is sick for more three consecutive days, please provide a Medical Certificate from your doctor.