We welcome all enrolment enquiries and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about starting school and about us. If this is your child's first enrolment at a New Zealand school, the Ministry of Education requires us to sight an original birth certificate or passport, immunisation information (such as that in the Well Child Record Book), and your child's B4 School Check certificate.


Visits to our Junior Whānau class before your child turns five are very important.  These help you and your child to get to know Mrs Candace Christensen (our new entrant teacher), future classmates, other staff members, the school environment and school routines.  

A Walk Around

To visit the classes, meet the teachers and students and a tour of the school grounds.  These are arranged between the parents and Candace.  This is usually done prior to starting Mollymawks.

Wednesday Mollymawks  

This takes place from 9 till 10 on Wednesday mornings.  All 4 year olds who may be coming to our school are welcome to join us for Mollymawks. Should you wish to discuss anything to do with arrangements for pre-schoolers, please phone Tom Hobbs or Candace Christensen on 478 0605 or call in to see us.  An email to Tom; principal@portobello.school.nz or Candace; candace@portobello.school.nz is also a good way to contact us.  

A School Visit 

If Mollymawks does not suit your whanau, then a school visit/visits can be arranged.  These visits are arranged to suit families schedules and can be on any day between Monday and Thursday.  These are also arranged between the parents and Candace and can vary in length.