Proposed Enrolment Scheme for St Martins School

The Ministry of Education has requested under section 11H of the Education Act 1989 that St Martins School amends its enrolment home zone to manage our growing school roll and our building capacity. 

The reason for this is to ensure that schools can manage the numbers of students attending their school and ensure an equitable spread of students between schools. Before amending our enrolment zone we are required to consult with our students, parents and local community, with parents of prospective students of St Martins School and with the Boards of other local schools that may be affected by the amendment. 

Because of the significant crossover of our current enrolment home zones, we are working collaboratively with Thorrington School and Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto to develop our proposed amendments to our enrolment home zones. This will allow our schools and the Ministry of Education to effectively manage the capacity of our schools, both for now and the future.  Images of the proposed changes are linked here;

or printed copies are displayed on the wall in the office.

 We have drafted a proposed amendment based on student data supplied by the Ministry of Education. We have attached the description and map of the proposed amendment, and this can also be accessed on our website. 

 To help us develop our submission to the Ministry of Education, we specifically invite your feedback on:

  • Whether you are supportive of the boundaries in the proposed amendment;
  • Suggested changes you may have to the proposed amendment boundaries;
  • The reason(s) for your suggested change(s);
  • Any other comments

Please note that our enrolment scheme boundaries need to be reduced as a result of this process, so that our school can adequately meet in—zone growth. We welcome feedback on the proposed boundaries, but reiterate that leaving the boundaries as they currently are is not a viable option.

 We invite your feedback on our proposed enrolment scheme amendment (attached) by Friday, 3rd April 2020. Please send your written feedback to our liaison person, Tom Scollard, c/o St Martins School, 24 Albert Terrace, St Martins, Christchurch 8022 or email him at

 We will carefully consider all responses, before submitting our final proposed amendment to the Ministry of Education for their consideration and processing.

An estimated timeline for implementation of the amended enrolment scheme would likely be for the beginning of term 1, 2021.

Kind regards,

Kate Hodgins                                                            Andrew Mouat

Board Chair                                                        Principal

Enrolment Zone

The map above displays the St Martins School enrolment zone. Children permanently residing within the shaded yellow area on the map are entitled to enrol at St Martins School. Please note proof of residence (rates bill, power bill etc) is required when enrolling your child.

The written description is as follows:

From the intersection of Whaka Terrace and Centaurus Road then following the curve of the Heathcote River through Palatine Terrace, Riverlaw Terrace to the southernmost bridge on Aynsley Terrace, then Aynsley Terrace south of that point to Centaurus Road, Port Hills Road to the intersection of Curries Road and Opawa Road and to include all residences on Port Hills Road up to that intersection and houses on the south side of this boundary. Hill side and hill top residences within this boundary when a straight line is drawn from the extreme boundaries ie: Whaka Terrace and Port Hills Road, will be eligible to enrol. These boundary lines would meet at a point known as the Witches Hat.

More information about school enrolment zones is available on the Ministry of Education’s Te Kete Ipurangi website, including an interactive School Finder zone map.

Out of Zone Enrolments

Please note that we are not currently accepting any out of zone enrolments due to our increased school roll. We will update this if the situation changes.