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Cohort Entry




Hingaia Peninsula School Board of Trustees consulted with our community in Term 3 of 2017 on the subject of cohort entry.

Our consultation on cohort entry had a 100% response in favour of Hingaia Peninsula School adopting this amendment to the Education Act. 

We moved to cohort entry for our New Entrant students from Term 1 of 2018. 

MoE Update on Cohort Entry

Prior to 2017, the Education Act 1989 required all State schools to allow children to start school on or after their fifth birthday (with enrolment becoming compulsory on their sixth birthday). This is known as continuous entry and is the default position in New Zealand State schools.

Changes made under the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 allowed schools to develop policies so that children could start in cohorts (groups) on the first day of each term only. Under those changes, children could start on the first day of term closest to their fifth birthday including some four year olds.

The Education Amendment Bill (No. 2) has recently been passed and is called the Education Amendment Act 2019. The new Act makes some key changes to cohort entry which will take effect from 1 January 2020.

The key changes are that:

  • children will be able start school in cohorts but only after they have turned five
  • there will be two entry points per term, one on the first day of term, and one at a mid-point during a term.

Cohort entry policies developed before 1 January 2020 continue until that date. This means that schools that currently have a cohort entry policy in place can continue to accept four year olds in line with their existing policy until 1 January 2020.

More information on cohort entry for parents from Ministry of Education can be found here

A copy of our cohort entry policy can be found on our schooldocs site. We invite you to visit the site at http://hingaiapeninsula.schooldocs.co.nz/ (note that there's no "www"!). 

Our username is hingaiapeninsula and password schoolocs.

Cohort dates are set by MoE and must be complied with. The dates for 2020 are: 

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