Starting School

The transition from Early Childhood Centres to St James’ Whakaruruhau, our Sheltering Place, begins with our Te Pihinga Transition to School Programme.


“Te Pihinga” Transition to School Programme

Give your child a ‘Te Pihinga’ transition to St James’ Catholic School.

Once your Enrolment has been confirmed we will be in contact with you to arrange Te Pihinga Transition to school visits. These visits have been designed so that you and your child will be introduced to school routines, procedures and learning programmes. Once you have registered for “Te Pihinga” please join us on your first day at 8.50 am in Learning Space 10. For safety purposes, please sign in when you arrive at LS 10. You do not need to sign in at the School Office.

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

Where? St James’ Catholic School, Learning Space 10.

When? Wednesday mornings 8.50 am – 10.50 am

Teacher? Sue Lewis and Claire Dillon. Other staff may 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.

Is there a cost? No.

We look forward to meeting you and your child. We will all be happy to help you.

Tom Sheehan (Principal), Naomi Scott (Te Mahuri Team Leader), Claire Dillon and Sue Lewis (New Entrant Teachers).

“I will show you my faith by my actions”

James 2:18