Children start at Halswell School, when they turn 5, in the New Entrant Learning Centre, Ahuriri. We aim to make your child’s start to school as fun as possible in a calm and nurturing environment. New Entrant children and parents are supported in the transition to our school community with a programme of three preschool visits. Children spend time in the studio, joining in lessons and getting to know their teachers and classmates. During this time, parents are invited to attend information sessions covering school routines, uniform, lunches, school programmes and ways to support their child’s learning. Parents also get to meet Stuart Cameron our Principal, Cathie Zelas our Associate Principal and Office staff. When the special day arrives, children already feel part of the community and in almost all cases, the children are happy to say goodbye to parents and enjoy the school day. For the first two weeks new children finish at 2pm.
In Ahuriri we aim to provide programmes that build on the Early Childhood Te Whariki Curriculum. We focus on developing foundation skills in literacy and numeracy while encouraging the children to develop the skills they will need to be successful lifelong learners.
In Ahuriri we:
Aruhiri is one learning studio (T1, T2 and T3).