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Is Your Child About to Turn 5? 
Sending a child to school (even if it is not the first one) is a very special moment for most parents. The experience is different every time, because children are all different. We trust your child will be very happy at Whakarongo School and that you will enjoy being part of the Whakarongo Family. 

The following information will answer some of your questions. Please don't hesitate to contact either Lesley Jeffery (Deputy Principal) or Jaco Broodryk (Principal) if you need any more information. 

Ready For School?

Some clear signs that a child is ready for school include:
  • Know how to sit and listen to a story
  • Recognise his / her belongings
  • Complete 2 - 3 instructions in sequence
  • Know their name, address and telephone number
  • Put on and take off outer garments without help
  • Know how to wash and dry their hands and flush a toilet
  • Use scissors
  • Hold a pencil correctly.
Preparing for School...

To assist with your child's integration into full time schooling, the school has a number of systems in place:

Transition to School Programme: 
Prior to starting school visits, your child is welcome to join our Transition to School Programme. Pre-Schoolers would normally attend this programme for the term before they start school. We run this programme on Tuesdays from 2:15 - 3:00. The main aim of the programme is to give your child a chance to familiarise themselves with the school and other students and to develop their alphabet knowledge.

School Visits: 
Pre-schoolers attend their school visits the 2 weeks before they turn 5. School visits are normally on Thursday mornings from 9 - 11:00. For your child's school visit, they need to have a healthy snack and a water bottle. 

Healthy Child Information: 
Please also note the information provided by the Ministry of Health below which offers a free B4 School Check for every child and outlines protocols for when your child is unwell once they've started school.

MOH Health Guidelines/ Resources

What Can I Do To Help?

Things you can do to help them prior to starting (and after)...

  • Talk to your child about starting school where he / she will meet new friends, play games, sing and make things...
  • Help him / her to learn to put on their own shoes and do them up.
  • Buy clothes and shoes that are easy to manage.
  • Label all possessions.
  • Give them duties to perform around the home which will require simple directions - this will help with confidence.
  • Teach your child to put things away after using them.
  • Read to them regularly in order to develop their attention span.
  • Encourage them when work is brought home.
  • Encourage your child to talk about their day at school.
  • Send them to school on time each and every day.
  • Select stories to share.
  • Discourage your child from bringing toys (or any other valuable) item to school - we cannot take responsibility for it.
  • Use lower case letters when writing for or with your child
  • Discuss any concerns with the classroom teacher.

What Will They Learn?

At Whakarongo School, all learning is based around the Whakarongo Kid. To find out more about our vision in relation to this, visit the following page: Our Vision

In the first few years, your child's learning will focus mostly on skills: core skills, social skills, knowledge of self, others and environment and the development of positive attitudes and values.  The focus learning areas are literacy and numeracy and your child will focus on:

 Literacy: Numeracy:
  • learning the alphabet
  • letters and sounds
  • words
  • simple sentences
  • visual language
  • reading for meaning.
  • Handwriting - directionality, correct letter formation.
  • numbers
  • counting (1 - 10)
  • shapes
  • colours
  • patterns
  • position (first, last, up, down). 

Your child will be given a reading book on their first day at school.  A notebook will also come home where you can enter the name of the book the child has read and also communicate any queries or concerns to the teacher.

Our New Entrant Teachers for 2017...


(New Entrant  Prep Class)

Thea Hathaway

Pono Pod

Gwen Thompson

Nicole Lovegrove

Toa Pod

Vikki Brogden

Bec Kirkman