New Entrants

Starting School

What to expect

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Kākano! Welcome to Te Kākano class at Frankley School!

If your 5 year old is just starting, then this is the place to find out what you can expect to happen as they transition to school life. Be sure to read through the A – Z Information Booklet, our Te Kākano Booklet, and learn more about our Whākatau (official welcome).

For information on enrolling with Frankley, please visit the Enrol page.

A - Z Information Booklet

With everything you need to know to get started at school, the information in this booklet is designed to assist you with the transition of your child into the Frankley Whānau.


Learn more about our official welcome ceremony here:

Te Kākano Teachers

Meet our Te Kākano teaching team:

Anna Trinder

Tina Johnson(Hub Leader)

Danika Northcott

Wendy Clough

Jess Knudsen

Julie Anderson

Te Kākano

All new entrants start in Te Kākano – one of our innovative learning hubs. Te Kākano hub is made up of 3 interconnected rooms where children and teachers can move through the spaces forming small groups for guided learning.


We promote a playful approach to learning. This enables our tamariki to become creative, innovative and critical thinkers. We provide strong foundation learning in literacy and numeracy, and our children’s progress is tracked closely by our teachers and Leadership team. 

Preparing your child

There are things you can do as a parent/caregiver to help your child with the transition into school:

  • Talk about school in a positive way (what they can look forward to, how exciting it will be, making new friends, meeting their new teachers etc)
  • Visit the school grounds to familiarise your child with the environment
  • Encourage independence (dress themselves for swimming, pack and unpack their bag etc.)
  • Arrange a school visit to meet with Sarah Morris (principal) and the Te Kākano teaching team. Contact us to set this up.
  • Let your child know that they will be paired up with a buddy from the senior school. This approach enables new students to learn about Frankley and make friends.

Photography credits

Thank you to Amber McFadyen who graciously shot a collection of beautiful images for the build of this website.

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