We are now accepting enrolments


Sacred Heart School Waikiwi welcomes enrolments for children in Years 0-6 (ages 5-11).
We are a non-zoned, state-integrated Catholic primary school catering to Years 0-6. We provide future-focused
learning, grounded in traditional gospel values.
We’re proud to be a smaller school, with a roll of approximately 80 students.

Why Sacred Heart School?

Highlights for students attending our school and their families include:

Smaller class sizes

As a small school, we typically have smaller class sizes, with teachers better able to cater for individual needs.
And our students are achieving great results – academically and personally.
We are proud to report our school punches above its weight academically, with 75% of students reading above
their year level and 5% of our students having been invited to attend Enrich@ILT’s gifted education
Students not meeting expectations in any area of the curriculum are also quickly identified and provided
additional support.

A caring community

Our smaller size means all students know each other. We encourage connections between students of all year
levels, with older students supporting younger students as they transition into school. Our staff place a strong
focus on enabling our students to be happy, confident learners.
We also have a sense of community among parents and whānau, with many actively contributing to school

Holistic, values-based education

The educational programme of Sacred Heart School is based upon the Catholic philosophy of education, which
focuses on the development of the whole person – intellectual, social, moral, spiritual, aesthetic, emotional and
physical growth.
Our Catholic faith guides our teaching, underpinned by our gospel values: aroha (love), tika (justice), wairua
(spirit), manaaki (hospitality) and mana (charisma).

Outstanding opportunities

We have a wide range experiences and activities on offer, both sporting and cultural.
Our school sporting calendar includes swimming lessons, athletics, cross country, a ski trip, a colour run, and
visits from external providers to teach specific skills such as hockey and bike safety. We have numerous extra-
curricular sporting opportunities and teams, including rippa/touch rugby, football, netball, hockey, miniball, futsal,
cricket and flipperball.
Our full school performs kapa haka at Polyfest and participates in the school production. Private and group music
lessons are also offered by Kennedy School of Music at school, during school hours.
Our senior students attend an annual camp and are all provided with leadership opportunities.

A vibrant learning environment

Our school buildings have recently been rebuilt and the result is a bright, modern and safe learning environment
for our students to enjoy.

Eligibility for enrolment

Our school is non-zoned, meaning we can accept enrolments from students located anywhere in or around
Preference is given to Catholic students and families, however when space on the roll allows, we may consider
enrolments from anyone who shares our values.

What are the uniform requirements?
All students are required to wear uniform. We have a summer uniform, a winter uniform and a sports uniform.
More details on each uniform will be provided at the time of enrolment.
Uniforms can be purchased from The U Shop or The Warehouse, with sports hoodies available from UniformNZ,
and sports polo shirts and sunhats being sold by the school office. Second hand uniform items are often available
from the school office for a $20 donation.

Is Sacred Heart School at private school?
No, we are a state-integrated primary school.

What are the school fees and costs?
Activity Fee: There are no activites fees as we are under the ministry donations scheme

Stationery: $40-50 approx
Each child is provided a stationery list at the start of the year which details the books and other stationery items
they will require. These can be provided by you or purchased as a pre-packaged bundle from OfficeMax.

Attendance Dues: $465 per child per year - $116.25 a term
The Catholic Church, not the Government, is responsible for the ownership costs of the land and buildings
associated with integrated Catholic schools. Attendance dues are a contribution towards the costs associated
with the land and buildings of the school, including rates, insurance, maintenance and renovations. This is paid to
the Catholic Diocese of Dunedin and is a compulsory fee.

Does my child need to bring a digital device to school?
No. Digital technology-based learning does feature in our curriculum, and the school provides iPads for students
to use for this. Students are not required to bring their own device.

What is the Sacred Heart School zone?
Our school is non-zoned, meaning we can accept enrolments from students located anywhere in or around

Does my child have to be baptised Catholic to enrol?
No. Preference is given to students where they or members of their family are Catholic or preparing to become
Catholic. However, we also have a small number of spaces available for non-Catholic students.

Do you have an annual cut-off for enrolments?
No, we accept enrolments for students at all year levels throughout the year. However, to secure your place we
encourage you to contact us as early as possible. When your child turns 4 is a good time to start looking at
options for schooling.

Do you have a waiting list?
No, currently we have space on the roll to accept additional students with immediate start.

Learn more
We would love to show you around our school and help you decide whether it is the right place for your child.

Please contact us to arrange a visit.