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Preference Certificates

If you are a member of our Catholic Church, we are pleased to offer you a preference certificate that allows you to enroll in one of our schools. This certificate gives you priority status in the admissions process and increases your chances of securing a spot in one of our esteemed educational institutions.

Why preference?

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.  To establish preference, the 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.

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To see the Guidelines for granting preference of enrolment in New Zealand Catholic Schools.

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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 school's enrolment closing date (generally 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 before enrolment closing, as many parents are seeking interviews with the Parish Priest.

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