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We look forward to you becoming part of our faith and learning community.


To Enrol Your Child
Enrolments are accepted from Years 1 to Year 6. (5 - 11 years). The purpose of a Catholic School is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in our world.

Learners who have an established religious connection with the Catholic faith which includes a Catholic parent or grandparent or takes the form of baptism or previous enrolment of a family member at St James’ or another Catholic school will be given a preferential place on the list of applicants for enrolment. Non preference or non-Catholic enrolments, is restricted to five percent of the total roll and dependent upon vacancies at the time of enrolment. All learners being considered for enrolment at St James’ Catholic School will see our Parish Priest at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit who solely determines the eligibility for preference/non preference of enrolment using the criteria set by the Catholic Bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Parish Boundary Map
If you are considering enrolling your child/ren at our school and are choosing a location to live,  you may like to consider the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Boundary pdf pdf St Patricks Parish Boundary Map.pdf (2.18MB) 

Enrolment Procedures

1. Request an Enrolment Pack ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

2. Arrange an appointment to see a member of our Parish Catechetical Team at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit (197 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North, phone 357 2891) who will discuss Preference and Non Preference enrolment with you. You will speak to either Steph Grantham or Kate Bell. If you are Catholic, please take a copy of your child's Baptism Certificate to this meeting or your own. Gaining preference does not mean you are enrolled at our School. It is the first step in the process.

3. No placement can be held or enrolment confirmed until the school receives the Preference Form.

4. Return to the School Office with:

Preference Form and Enrolment Form for new entrant child.

Their Birth Certificate or Passport.

A copy of Immunisation Certificates.

5. An appointment will be made to see our Principal to discuss the school’s vision and values, and this is an opportunity for Teresa to get to know your family and understand how we can support your child, and you with the learning and faith journey at St James’.


Te Pihinga – Transition to School Visits

Give your child a ‘Te Pihinga’ transition to St James’ Catholic School. This programme has been designed so that you and your child will be introduced to school routines and procedures and to be involved in numeracy and literacy activities. Once your Enrolment has been confirmed we will be in contact with you to arrange this transition process.

Where? St James’ School Learning Space 8.

When? Thursday mornings 8.50 am - 10.50 am

Teacher? Meagan Gooding will run this programme. Other staff will be involved with parent information sessions.

Adult involvement? All children must be accompanied by an adult (preferably a parent).

Other pre-schoolers? We would prefer other pre-schoolers did not attend as it can be distracting for everyone.

Attendance? We feel that maximum benefits will be gained by regular attendance over three weeks although attendance is not compulsory.

Is there a cost? No.

What happens next? Once you have registered for “Te Pihinga” please just join us on your first day at 8.50am in Learning Space 8. For safety purposes, please sign in when you arrive at LS8. You do not need to sign in at the School Office.

"I will show you my faith by my actions"

James 2:18

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