Preference Certificates

All our Catholic Schools are State Integrated Schools.  Our Catholic Schools have a Catholic character school that allows for collaboration between the government and a private proprietor in a way that preserves the special character of the proprietor and the school.  State-integrated schools are permitted to give  preference in enrolment to students who, either themselves or through their parents, identify with the school's special character.  In order to establish preference, school require parents to obtain a Preference Certificate from their Parish Priest.  A Catholic school can legally enrol a maximum of 5% non-preference students if, and only if, there are spaces available.

Click here to see the Guidelines for the granting of pereference of enrolment in New Zealand Catholic Schools.


Catholic Primary School: ring the school first and check whether there is space for them to accept any new enrolments, if there is space follow the flow chart below.

Catholic Secondary School: find out the schools enrolment closing date (normally between June and July) and then follow the process below allowing plenty of time to obtain the necessary documentation. We would suggest that you begin this process at least 3 months prior to enrolment closing as there are a large number of parents seeking interviews with the Parish Priest.