Sunnynook School


Ballot for Enrolment of Out of Zone 

Further information is on the Ministry website by clicking the button on this page.    

Out of Zone Enrolment Procedure

  • Parents complete a ballot form (available from office or online) and hand in, or email, to 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.

Priority Rating

Priority  Criteria                                          
1 Students who meet the criteria for enrolment in an approved special programme run by the school –  Not currently applicable at Sunnynook Primary School. 
2 Siblings of current students 
3 Siblings of former students 
4 Children of former students of the school 
5 Children of Board employees / children of a Board member
6 All other students

Out-of-Zone Applications for Term 1, 2024

The School Board of Trustees invites out-of-zone applications from parents/caregivers who wish to enrol their children at Sunnynook Primary School Term 1, 2024. 

Enrolment at the school is governed by an enrolment scheme, please refer to this page.

Applications for 10 out-of-zone places in Year 1 (for those who will turn 5 before the 30th April 2024).  

The deadline for applications for out-of-zone enrolments is Wednesday, 11 October 2023 at 12.00 noon.

A ballot for out-of-zone places will be held on Wednesday, 18 October 2023.

Parents/caregivers will be informed of the ballot outcome on Tuesday, 24 October 2023.

Past Ballots 

Sunnynook Primary 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 Sunnynook Primary School, will gain entry through the ballot. 

If there are more applicants within the second, third and fourth priority groups than there are places available, selection will be made by a ballot. This is when names are drawn randomly in the presence of an ‘approved impartial supervisor’ to ensure fairness.

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.