Catholic Schools in New Zealand have a maximum roll which is a number established by the Proprietor and agreed to by Government as to the number of students a school can legally enrol. This number can be changed by application.
Of this maximum roll, a Catholic school can legally enrol up to 5% non-preference or non-Catholic students, provided that all preference applicants are accepted prior to any non-preference enrolments being accepted. This is agreed to in the Private Schools’ Conditional Integration Act, 1975. Some schools have legally applied to increase their non-preference roll to 10% of their maximum roll. A school, however, does not need to enrol any non-preference students if space does not allow.
The Principal handles enrolment in a Catholic School. If a child is to be a preference student, he or she must obtain a signed preference certificate. Preference certificates can be obtained from the school or downloaded from this website. A signed preference certificate does not guarantee enrolment at a particular school. This may depend on enrolment zones and capacity.
Criteria for Preference of Enrolment in Integrated Catholic Schools
- The child has been baptised or is being prepared for baptism in the Catholic Church.
- The child’s parents/guardians have already allowed one or more of its siblings to be baptised in the Catholic faith.
- At least one parent/guardian is a Catholic, and although their child has not yet been baptised, the child’s participation in the life of the school could lead to the parents having the child baptised.
- With the agreement of the child’s parent/guardian, a grandparent or other significant adult in the child’s life, such as an aunt, uncle or god-parent, undertakes to support the child’s formation in the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.
- One or both of a child’s non-Catholic parents/guardians is preparing to become a Catholic.
Agents of the Bishop, who may sign the Certificate on his behalf
- Parish Priest of their Parish of Residence
- Assistant Priest of their Parish of Residence
- Priests appointed under canon 517/1
- Deacons and lay persons appointed to pastoral care under canon 517/2
- Ethnic chaplains who liaise with parish priests or their delegate
- Local committees appointed by the Bishop or by any of the above agents of the Bishop