Sunnynook School

Enrolment Zone

We have a Ministry of Education approved enrolment scheme which has become necessary to avoid overcrowding. There is a clearly defined home zone whereby all children eligible for a New Zealand education who live within the zone have a right to attend Sunnynook School. Unfortunately no new enrolments for children living outside the school’s home zone will be accepted until further notice.


Home Zone

The home zone boundary is as follows:

  • North Boundary: Constellation Drive
  • South Boundary: Motorway
  • East Boundary: East Coast Road and Forrest Hill Road
  • West Boundary: Wilmington, Becroft & Grenada


Out of Zone Enrolments

Children who live out of zone will have the chance to enrol in the following way:

Every year it will be determined how many out of zone places will be available for the following year and this notice will be published in the local community newspaper. The notice will include how to apply and give a date by which all applications must be received. These applications will be considered in the following order:

First priority: Siblings of current students

Second priority: Siblings of former students

Third priority: Children of Board employees

Fourth priority: All other applicants

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.

As the school is now governed by an enrolment scheme, the board are not allowed to offer individual places based on space. The board can however offer to place the student’s name in the next ballot (draw).

Enrolment Process

Enrolment Packs are available from the Receptionist, please bring with you proof of address and birth certificate / relevant student / resident visas.

Sunnynook Primary School welcomes New Entrants at school for pre-school visits.  The process starts gradually four weeks before the child’s fifth birthday. The visits are important for the child to make a secure transition to school. The enrolment process is:

4 weeks prior: Letter of invitation to pre-schooler and parents outlining the dates to visit.

1 - 2 weeks prior: Morning visits from 8.50am – 11.00am with parents/caregivers returning to the room at 10.30am to supervise the children in playground.

Birthday: Child is welcomed to school. Appointment with the Principal to review the Enrolment form. Please bring your child’s BIRTH CERTIFICATE and IMMUNISATION CERTIFICATE.

The visits prior to the child’s fifth birthday take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays (to limit disruption to the classroom programme). If a child requires more than two visits this can be arranged with the Year 1 Team Leader.

During the year, the Year 1 Team Leader holds meetings for parents of children who are new to Sunnynook School. These meetings outline the routines and expectations of a New Entrant classroom and the structure of a ‘school day’. There is also an opportunity to answer any questions.