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Important Information for Out of Zone Applicants

All Out of Zone applicants who are accepted for enrolment, generate funding and staffing entitlements from the Ministry of Education. 

All successful Out of Zone applicants with the exception of Priority 1 students  DO NOT generate classroom space.

This has become a major concern for the Bethlehem School Board of Trustees as there are currently over 45  Priority 2-5 students, predominantly Priority 2's creating a deficit of almost two classrooms

This is not sustainable and class sizes are growing. Difficult decisions will need to be made when considering future Out of Zone applications.

All students who live within the home zone described below shall be entitled to enrol at Bethlehem School.

The zone includes all residential addresses found on or within the boundary described below:From a point on the Wairoa River directly adjacent to Harrison Road, along Harrison Road to the Cambridge Road / Moffat Rd intersection, north along Cambridge Road to the Waihi Road / Cambridge Road intersection. Westward along Waihi Road to SH2, along SH2 to Mayfield Lane. Along Mayfield Lane to its conclusion, onward along the western side of Carmichael’s Drain (now Tauranga District Council reserve land) which leads out to the Tauranga Harbour stopping at its intersection with the East Coast main trunk railway. Westward along the East Coast main trunk railway line until it meets the Wairoa River, southwards and upstream along the Wairoa River to the point adjacent Harrison Lane.

Also included within the Home Zone are:
  • all residences that directly border the portions of the boundary roads mentioned above
  • all side roads off Cambridge Road between Harrison Road and Waihi Road

Out of Zone Enrolments

All sections of the scheme relating to the selection of students who live outside the home zone described in the scheme are deleted and are replaced by the requirements of Section 11f of the Education Act 1889 and the instruction issued by the Secretary under 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989.

Applications for enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:

First priority - will be given to students who have been accepted for enrolment in the following special programme run by the school and approved by the Secretary of Education - Level One Immersion

The primary criterion for acceptance into the programme is that Bethlehem School is the nearest, suitable immersion option for students. 

The maximum total roll for this special programme is 54

If there are more applicants than places available then the ability for applicants to meet the following criterion will be considered when determining which students will be accepted:
  • applicants are transferring from another rumaki, kura kaupapa or bilingual unit
  • applicants belong to families who have strong links our local hapu / marae
  • applicants who have had regular attendance at local Kohanga Reo
  • parents who are prepared to make a long term commitment to their children attending Maori immersion education and supporting them with their learning
Second priority - given to any applicant who is the sibling of a current student of the school

Third priority - given to any student who is the sibling of a former student of the school

Fourth priority 
- given to any applicant who is a child of a former student of the school 

Fifth priority 
- given to any applicant who is either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school

Sixth priority
 - given to all other applicants

If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth priority groups than there are places available, a selection within the priority group will be by ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary for Education under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989. 
Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.
Applications seeking second and third priority status may be required to give proof of a sibling relationship.