Pekerau Primary School - 742 Te Rahu Rd, Te Awamutu 3800 | Phone: 07-871 6025

Pekerau School Kickstart

To ensure that starting school at Pekerau is a smooth transition from home or pre-school, we work hard to make the process as smooth as possible.   We have a Kickstart programme every Wednesday afternoon from 1.30-2.30pm. This is a great opportunity for the children to get to know their teachers, other children and the school environment.  

In addition; 

  • Our new entrant teachers do planned visits at all the local Te Awamutu pre-schools throughout the year.
  • Nearly 5-year-olds can attend our Kicksart programme to meet the teachers, other children and familiarise themselves with the classroom.
  • Our Deputy Principal can meet with you if your child has any learning or special needs that require a special transition plan. 

Cohort Entry

Cohort Entry is when children start school together as a group on a selected date.  In 2020, Pekerau School introduced Cohort Entry for 5-year-olds starting school for the first time.   This will help our teachers plan for a smooth start to school for these children. 

When Should I enrol my child? 

Your child can start Pekerau School between age 5 and 6. All children must be enrolled at school by their sixth birthday.  When your child has started at Pekerau School, they must go to school every day. Enrolling early helps us plan in advance for their arrival.  

 2021 Cohort Start Dates 

Term 1 

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Thursday 4th February


Monday 8th March

Monday 3rd May


Tuesday 8th June

Monday 26th July 


Monday 30th August 

Monday 18th October 


Monday 22nd November

Leading up to their start school date, children will be invited to attend the kick start program on Wednesday morning 9am-10am to familiarise themselves with the classroom teacher and school routines. When you come into the office to complete the enrolment forms, we will let you know when your child can start coming along.