Starting School

A Message from The Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Kia Ora and welcome to Waiouru Primary School.  This is a very exciting time as your four year old is turning five and is off to school.  We hope to make this transition from home or pre-school a happy time that can be shared with the whole family.

We invite you to visit our school, to meet Kerry and I in the Office.  We will show you around the school, introduce you to our teachers and give you an enrolment pack if you have not already downloaded one.  This is also a very good time to sign up for our school newsletter via eMail, and to ‘Like’ our Facebook Page.

From here our Reception class teacher, Rita Pridgeon, will contact you about arranging classroom visits for your child.  This will help them become familiar with the classroom, build confidence with routines, and meet other children in their class.

Waiouru Primary School is a small, family orientated school with children from New Entrants to Year Eight.  Every child at Waiouru Primary School is special to us and we work hard to meet their individual learning needs.

We invite you to enrol your child as soon as possible.  Please feel free to phone us or call in if you have any questions.

Ka kite ano,



Fours on Friday @ Waiouru School

At Waiouru School we aim to make the transition from the early childhood setting to the school setting as smooth as possible. Fours on Friday is a programme run between home/kindy and school to provide an opportunity for four year old children to get to know Waiouru School, the teacher they will have and other children in their class.

Sessions are run 9-10:30am on Friday mornings  in our reception class. Any child who is starting school in 2017 is welcome to come along throughout the year and more regular visits can be arranged as children near their school start date.

Our school policy is that children on site must be accompanied by an adult unless they are enrolled at school. During our Fours on Friday sessions parents / caregivers will be more than welcome to stay in the classroom and help out or, enjoy a peaceful coffee in the staffroom.

As your child gets closer to their school start date we can arrange more visits at times that suit you best. When you enrol a child for the first time in New Zealand it is a legal requirement to supply a copy of the child’s birth certificate. No child is able to start school before the age of 5.

If you’d like further information about Fours on Fridays or transitioning your child  to school please email or call Kerry at the office – 06 3876860.

How You Can Support Your Child’s Transition To School

Painting with Grandma

Painting with Grandma

It is important that families talk with children about school, discussing what it might be like and what will happen during the school day.  School is a big change for children and parents alike. There will need to be some big adjustments to make all year round.  Don’t leave these until the day school starts, but get into an unhurried settled routine by:

  • Rising early enough in order to arrive at school on time and by starting reasonable bedtimes.
  • Putting out clothes the night before.
  • Making sure you have the necessary school things packed well ahead of departing for school.

How Can I Help My Child Settle Into School?

The following suggestions may help families to ease the transition and settling process for both themselves and their child:

  • Saying Goodbye: Plan for how you will ‘goodbye’ to your child when you first begin leaving them at school.  This can be quite an emotional time for families, but it is important to show your child that you feel happy and confident about leaving them at school.  Saying a quick, confident goodbye, even when your child is upset, may help them feel secure and reassured that you trust that they will be okay.  It is alos important to remember that many children react quite emotionally to the initial separation, before settling quite happily.
  • Label Your Child’s Possessions: It is important to label everything, including clothes, bags, lunch boxes, and drink bottles.  This can not only save a lot of money and frustration, it also reduces anxiety for children, families and school staff.
  • Communicate With Your Child: It is important to continue to take time to ask your child about their day, and to find out if they are feeling happy and settled.  If your child has ongoing issues with settling in it may be helpful to seek a meeting with the child’s teacher.

Our Reception Class Environment

Joining In With School Events

Joining In With School Events

We plan and teach a well balanced curriculum, but the main thrust for our Reception Class is oral language, writing, reading, mathematics, social skills and routines.  These areas are facilitated through a play-based learning approach.

Our reception class learners are given many opportunities to engage in free play throughout the day, much like they would have in their preschool settings, while their teacher often works 1-1 or with small groups. This allows for individual learning needs to be catered for in the best possible way for the child.

Some Activities To Share With Your Child At Home

  • Talk about colours, shapes, and sizes of things, count forwards and backwards from 10.
  • Learn to write their first and last names.
  • Colouring in, painting, cutting out, gluing, play dough, cooking etc.
  • Throwing and catching a ball, moving to music, skipping, running, and climbing, swimming.
  • Playing games with rules and taking turns.
  • Dressing and undressing for swimming.
  • Take time to talk and listen to your child, give them choices of actions, praise their efforts and give them lots of hugs.

Some Helpful Ideas To prepare Your Child For School

  • Join the public library and share lots of stories, poems, and songs with your child.  Encourage them to talk and think about stories.
  • Spend time with your child each day.  Ask them what they like at Kindy, Play Centre or Day Care.  Ask a variety of questions and give them time to reflect and respond.
  • Teach them hoe to fasten their shoes, open their lunch box and back their bag.  Managing themselves and their belongings is a great help in the school environment.

There Are Many Ways Parents Can Help In The School

  • Under Sevens Saturday Rugby

    Under Sevens Saturday Rugby

    Hearing children read.

  • Helping with swimming.
  • Helping with transport or a group on a class trip.
  • Helping with fundraising.
  • Helping with sports teams e.g. Coach or manage a Saturday sports team.
  • Helping in the school library.
  • Helping to make and prepare some classroom resources at home.