Covid Update September 12 2022

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Announcement : 


Thank you for considering Emmanuel Christian School as an option for your child’s schooling in the coming years. We welcome enquiries from all new families. Choosing a school for your child is an important decision and our school has many advantages for your family.

Our school is small enough for us to know every student and large enough to give a range of quality learning opportunities in a healthy environment with proven success for every child.

Our high expectations, values of Excellence, Christ-like character, Service and Wisdom guide our approach to teaching and learning from a Christian World View and are embedded in all we do. We encourage you to visit our school and discover quality Christian education.

Places at Emmanuel Christian School are becoming sought after. If you would like to enrol your child or visit the school contact the school office. The Principal or a senior member of staff will be more than happy to show you around the school and answer any questions you may have.

Office contact 03-3593595 or email:

We accept enrolments for Primary aged children from years 1 to 6 and Middle school students from years 7 to 10.


Enrolment for 2025 closes on 23th August 2024. Preference will be given to students who enrol before this date. Places may still be available for later applications.

Enrolment /Withdrawals

An enrolment scheme exists for prospective students at Emmanuel Christian School. We have a waiting list in some year groups for entry to the school. This means all children, including pre-school siblings of current pupils, need to go through the enrolment process within the time frame of the ‘enrolment season’ as detailed above. Enrolments usually close on the last Friday in August each year. Enrolment application forms are available on the school’s website or from the school office. Parents may move to other cities and a withdrawal from school is required. Where possible one term’s notice for withdrawal should be provided to the principal in writing.

Enrolment Scheme (Priority in Enrolment)

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

First Priority will be given to preference applicants for whom the school is reasonably convenient. If the number of first priority applicants exceeds the school’s maximum roll then criteria for selection will be based, in sequence, from the second priority through to the eighth priority.

Second Priority will be given to preference applicants who are parents of current pupils.

Third Priority will be given to preference applicants who are parents of former pupils.

Fourth Priority will be given to preference applicants who are current permanent Board employees (half time or greater), Board of Trustee members, Board of Proprietor members, members of the Emmanuel Proprietor Trust for three years or longer.

Fifth Priority will be given to preference applicants from another Network School [Note 3] who have moved into the inner zone of this school [Note 2].

Sixth Priority will be given to preference applicants from the school’s inner zone

• Whose children have attended Christian schools or pre-schools for one year or longer;

• Whose children have been home-schooled;

• Whose children previously attended the school; or

• Who have become preference applicants subsequent to their children starting at a state school

Seventh Priority will be given to all other preference applicants from the school’s inner zone. At this level, priority in enrolment will be given to those who meet one or more of the following criteria:

• Enrolment is sought at the new entrant level

• Enrolment is sought at a year level where a place is available

Eighth priority will be given to preference applicants from outside the inner zone but for whom the school is reasonably convenient as defined in Note 1. Priority in enrolment will be given according to the criteria in the seventh priority.

Ninth Priority will be given to non-preference applicants. Non-preference pupils will be enrolled only if: Enrolment places remain after all preference pupils have been enrolled; and in doing so will not cause the school to exceed the number of non-preference pupils allowed in its integration agreement, which is 5%.

Priority in enrolment among non-preference applicants will be given to applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria:

• who are parents of current pupils;

• enrolment is sought at new entrant level;

• enrolment is sought at a year level where there is space in the class at that time;

If there are more applicants in any one priority grouping from two to nine than places available, those who have had an application lodged on time will have precedence. The remaining places will be allocated by ballot. Unsuccessful applicants will have their names recorded on a waiting list, within their relevant priority category, ranked in the order in which they were drawn in the ballot. The waiting list will remain current until the board next notifies the public that it is inviting applications for the next enrolment intake.

Enrolment Notes

[Note 1] Area of reasonable convenience (Outer Zone) – The area bounded by the Rakaia River in the south, the Canterbury/Westland boundary along the Southern Alps in the west, Hurunui River to the North, and the Pacific Ocean to the east.

[Note 2] Inner Zone – The area bounded by Hawke Street, New Brighton Road, Shirley Road, Hills Road, Whitmore Street, Bealey Avenue, Carlton Mill Road, Rossall Street, Strowan Road, Wairakei Road, Grahams Road, Memorial Avenue, Russley Road, McLeans Island Road, Haul Road, Waimakariri River, East coastline from Waimakariri River mouth south to opposite the intersection of Hawke Street and Marine Parade.

[Note 3] Network School – A school belonging to the Christchurch Christian Schools Network (CSN). CSN schools at the time of writing are: Emmanuel Christian School, Hillview Christian School, Middleton Grange School, Rangiora New Life School, Rolleston Christian School and Aidanfield Christian School.


Attendance Dues, Activity Fees and the Voluntary Donation are three types of payment to the school:

Attendance Dues are payable to the Emmanuel Proprietor Trust for the provision of and maintenance of school property (Buildings). Attendance dues are compulsory fees.

Activity Donation the Board of Trustees requests an annual activities donation. This is used to support activities such as: swimming lessons, transport and class trips. The Board of Trustees will issue a tax receipt for donations made. Note: optional activities such as joining a sports team may incur additional charges, these are communicated in advance.

The Voluntary Special Character Donation is a per student payment, is a voluntary payment made to the Emmanuel Proprietors Trust. This money is used to provide resources and staff professional development directly related to the Schools Christian Character. This is not funded by the government and allows us to develop this critical component of the school. The Emmanuel Proprietors Trust will issue an annual tax receipt for any donations made.

Summary of Fees for the 2025 year

Proprietor Fees (Emmanuel Proprietors Trust, EPT)
Attendance Dues $ 1,400.00 Per annum per child (compulsory). 

Voluntary Special Character Donation

$ 300 (1st Child at the School) Per annum per child (voluntary)

$ 250 (2nd Child at the School)

$ 150 (3rd Child at the School)

No request is made for a donation for the 4th Child

School Donation
Activity Donation $ 90 per student in 2025

Enrolment applications may be scanned and emailed to or posted to Emmanuel Christian School 322a Sawyers Arms Road, Bishopdale, Christchurch 8053.

Enrolment Forms

All forms below may be downloaded, and completed in full to enable your application to proceed. Paper copies are available from the school office.

Other Forms

Online Enrolment Form



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