Frequently asked questions

What is the zone for Te Manawa ō Pāpāmoa and how do I enrol my child?

Te Manawa ō Pāpāmoa School Zone

Detailed information regarding our school zone at Te Manawa ō Pāpāmoa can be found on the Our Enrolment Zone page of our website.

If you are within our school zone and have a child of school age (year 0 - 6) then follow the link below to complete pre-enrolment. 

Once completed, we will then make contact to invite you in for a meet and greet. During this time, we will complete any other paperwork and schedule in before school visits - we envisage a minimum of 5 visits for our year 0/1 students who are new to school and set to start at the beginning of, or during the 2023 school year. 

For those students who are in year 2-6, we will discuss and schedule an appropriate number of visits to best suit the needs of your child. 

We look forward to meeting with you!


Please click on the following link to complete the pre-enrolment form:

Will there be out of zone enrolments at Te Manawa ō Pāpāmoa?

We will NOT be taking any out of zone enrolments for the 2023 school year.  This will allow us to effectively respond to the rapid roll growth expected within TMOP and best meet the needs of those learners located within our school zone.

Is there a uniform at Te Manawa ō Pāpāmoa?

YES, we have a compulsory school uniform at Te Manawa ō Pāpāmoa.  Uniform garments (all sizes) are available for fitting and purchase via the front desk our school during the hours of 8am - 3pm. For more information, please go the the UNIFORM tab on our school website or call into the office.

What time will school start and finish?

Our school hours at Te Manawa ō Pāpāmoa will be from 8:30am - 2:30pm. This aligns closely with the start and finish times of other schools within the Pāpāmoa area. Ako Hapori (Learning Communities) will be open from 8.10am and kaimanawa (learners) are expected to be in class ready for learning by the time the music stops at 8.30am.

What are the 2023 term dates?

2023 Term Dates

Term 1 : Tuesday 31st January - Wednesday 5th April (holidays Fri 7 April to 26th April)

**Please note - Teacher Only Days - Thurs 6th April / Mon 24th April.

Term 2 : Wednesday 26th April - Fri 30 June (holidays Sat 1st July - Sun 16th July)

Term 3:  Mon 17th July - Fri 22 September (holidays Sat 23 Sep - Sun 8th Oct)

Term 4:  Mon 9th Oct - Weds 13th December (12pm end of year finish)

What will the transition to school look like?

A positive transition to school is extremely important to us at Te Manawa ō Pāpāmoa!

Once a pre-enrolment application has been completed, we will make contact to invite you infor a meet and greet. During this time, we will complete any other paperwork and schedule school visits - we envisage a minimum of 5 visits for our year 0/1 students who are new to school. For some children a larger number of visits may be appropriate - we will discuss this with you. If your child is currently attending a local ECE, one our kaiako (teachers) will visit to see them in their natural environment and to begin forming an all important positive relationship. These visits are also an important time for us as a school to enable that WE  are ready for YOUR child and ensure we are ready to cater for them in every way. It is vital that every child and whānau feels confident that they are ready to start.

For those students who are in year 2-6, we will discuss and schedule an appropriate number of visits to best suit the needs of your child. For those children transitioning from another school, we will make contact with your child's previous kura (school) prior to starting at Te Manawa ō Pāpāmoa. This will help us to ensure we have all the appropriate information we need to give your child the best possible start. 

Why collaborative learning spaces?

We are aware that concerns and misconceptions exist about "Open Learning Environments" or "Open Barns" in schools these days. The fear from whānau is that there are too many students, it is too noisy and they are chaotic. The truth is, that with intentional design, clear and deliberate systems and structures - these spaces respond to and are more inclusive to a one size fits one model of learning than the traditional "single cell" classroom with one teacher and 30 students. But they must be planned for and deliberately designed to meet the needs of ALL ākonga (learners), kaiako (teachers) and whānau.

At Te Manawa ō Pāpāmoa School there are deliberate spaces designed within spaces for ākonga (learners) and kaiako (teachers) to use for different purposes. Alongside the design of the spaces in each learning environment, there are plenty of break out rooms that we will be able to utilise to respond and cater to the individual needs of ALL ākonga with individual spaces, collaborative spaces, presenting spaces and maker spaces.

As a collective and collaborative staff, we have, and will continue to refine our own understanding, pedagogy and practice around best use of space to meet the needs of our learners. Through collaborative professional learning, inquiry and research this will continue to evolve and become part of who we are and how we learn and teach.

We encourage you to view the fly through of our kura to give you a clearer perspective of the design and layout of our learning spaces.

How have the buildings been designed?

The learning environments have been designed to enable teams of kaiako (teachers) to be learning and teaching in each area with deliberate and intentional use of space and rooms within the environment to cater to the needs of all ākonga (learners) - one size fits one philosophy.

It also means that relationships with the kaiako / ākonga / whānau (Learning Partners) are at the heart of of everything that we do...from a strength based approach where there is choice and agency.

A detailed plan of the school and learning spaces can be found on the Our Building Updates page.

Can we visit Te Manawa ō  Pāpāmoa to have a look/ tour around the school?

Yes, we are now open and located in the Te Manawa ō  Pāpāmoa school buildings at 72 Te Okuroa Drive, Pāpāmoa. 

We will be holding school tours for new and prospective whānau and kaimanawa twice a term. Please see our Latest Updates for dates and times.

If you have a specific query regarding enrolment we encourage you to phone ahead. This may require booking in a 'meet and greet' with yourself, your child/ children and a member of our senior leadership team (Shane, Cath or Kris). 

Will there be before and after school care?

Yes we have before and after school care at Te Manawa ō Pāpāmoa School currently located in Te Houhou āko hapori (Learning Community) at the front of our kura.

Play Time operate this from 6.30am - 8am in the mornings and 2.30pm - 6pm in the afternoon.