Otari School operates an enrolment zone. Therefore parents who live within the school zone may start a child at Otari School without applying for a place. The school will advertise for out-of-zone spaces when spaces are available.
It is advisable for out-of-zone prospective parents and caregivers to ring the office (04 475-3018) so that they can register their interest in applying for a space for their child. When the school advertises spaces they will contact all those who are on the 'Expression of Interest' list to alert them to the advertisement, which will be in the local newspaper.
The school also appreciates in-zone parents letting us know in advance that they will be enrolling a child.
The Principal (Clifford Wicks) likes to meet all new parents and children before a child starts school. All children are entitled to school visits. These can be arranged over the phone, via email, or when you visit the school to meet with Clifford (Principal).
The School operates a 'Special Programme.' This is the Måori Immersion Strand. Please read below for more information clarifying the Otari School enrolment zone.
Otari School Enrolment Zone
All students who live within the home zone described below shall be entitled to enrol at the school. In the north, from a west to east direction, the boundary is a line such that:
• Wilton Bush Road is in zone
• Churchill Drive south of the intersection with Blackbridge Road is in zone
• Wilton Road from address numbers 23 and above are in zone
• Norwich Street addresses are in zone (Rose Street addresses are not in zone)
• Mairangi Road numbers 64 and above on the even side and 81 and above on the odd side are in zone
• Rutland Way addresses are in zone
• Cecil Road numbers 130 and above on the even side and 123 and above on the odd side are in zone (128 and below on the even side and 121 and below on the odd side are not in zone)
and the boundary line then connects to the Town Belt which is the eastern boundary. Dorset Way and Salisbury Garden Court are in zone.
In the south, from a west to east direction, the boundary is a line such that:
• Wilton Road north of its intersection with Albemarle Road is in zone (Albemarle Road addresses are not in zone)
• Cheshire Street addresses are in zone
• Pembroke Road north of its intersection with Cheshire Street is in zone
and at the intersection of Pembroke Road and along Huntingdon Street (both sides) the south-east boundary line then connects to the Western Slopes Reserve which is the eastern boundary. (Bedford Street and Orangi Kaupapa Road addresses are not in zone).
The western boundary is Wilton Bush and south to Ian Galloway Park. All residential addresses on included sides of boundary roads and all no exit roads off included sides of boundary roads are included in the zone unless otherwise stated.
Proof of residence within the home zone will be required.
Each year, applications for enrolment in the following year from in-zone students may be sought by a date, which will be published in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school. This will enable the Board to assess the number of places which can be made available to students who live outside the home zone.
Otari School operates the following special programme: Maori Immersion Classes (Level 1). Students who live within the school’s home zone and meet the criteria for enrolment in the special programme will be enrolled ahead of out of zone students.
Out of zone students who meet the criteria for enrolment will be enrolled in the special programme, only up to the maximum total of 80 (eighty) students within the programme, as discussed and agreed with the Ministry of Education as the maximum for the operation of the programme.
If there are more out of zone applicants for the special programme than places available, selection will be made by ballot.
OUT OF ZONE ENROLMENTS
Each year the Board will determine the number of places, if any, which are likely to be available, including the special programme, in the following year for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone. If there are places, the Board will publish this information by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school. The notice will indicate how applications are to be made and will specify a date by which all applications must be received.
Applications for enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:
|First Priority:||will be given to applications who are seeking enrolment in the special programme approved by the Secretary. Note that a maximum of 80 (eighty) students applies to the special programme.|
|Second Priority:||will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students.|
|Third Priority:||will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students.|
|Fourth Priority: ||will be given to applicants who are children of former students.|
|Fifth Priority:||will be given to applicants who are either a child of an employee of the Board of the school or a child of a member of the Board of the school.|
|Sixth Priority:||will be given to all other applicants|
If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by a ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989.
Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.
Applicants seeking second or third priority status may be required to give proof of a sibling relationship.