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There are two types of enrolment at NCA: preference and non-preference:

Preference Enrolment
Preference enrolment is given to students whose parents have established a particular or general connection with the school's special character. The special character is defined in the Integration Agreement with New Life Ministries, the Proprietor of the school, and is the Christian beliefs, values and lifestyles as held by Aspire Church and Richmond New Life Church. A copy of the school's special character statement can be downloaded here. Applications for enrolment of preferential students will be determined by the Proprietor.
Non-preference Enrolment
Non-preference enrolment is given to children whose parents do not have a connection with the special character of NCA. The number of students whose parents do not have preference of enrolment at the school is limited to 5% of the maximum roll. We have a maximum of 13 spaces. The school roll is now at 85% of its maximum and no non-preference spaces are likely until next year. Applications for enrolment of non-preferential students will be determined by the Proprietor.
Non-preference Criteria
Parents/Caregivers accept that their child/ren will be attending a school of Christian Character and that their place in the school is conditional on their participation in the daily life of the school. Parents/Caregivers accept that they will be required to pay attendance dues as set by the Proprietor and these are not voluntary. These are listed below.
Non-preference enrolment selection criteria that applies:
1. Siblings of non-preference students currently attending;
2. Siblings of former non-preference students;
3. Non-preference students coming from another Christian school;
4. All other applicants who want to participate in the Christian character of NCA.
Non-preference students who cannot enrol immediately may choose to be placed on a waiting list. Students on this list are wait listed by date and number and will be contacted if places become available.
Waiting List
If the school is within 10 spaces of its roll cap, a waiting list will be used to ensure we do not breach our roll cap.
Students with Disabilities
If a parent/caregiver wishes to enrol a child with physical disabilities, the school may need to obtain appropriate resources from the Ministry of Education to accommodate the child.
School Visits for New Entrants
Our new entrants start in cohort entry, either at the start of a term or half way through, depending on their date of birth. School visits are held once a week in the four weeks before your child starts school. The school visits are from 1:30-2:45 and are currently held on Thursdays.
Required Documents
Once an enrolment form is completed we also need the following documentation:
  • A copy of the eligibility document for your child. e.g. Birth Certificate or NZ Passport / NZ residency permit or NZ student visa/permit and Parental work permit (if the child is not a NZ citizen).
  • Immunisation certificate
  • Pastors letter (if applying for preference roll)
  • A copy of any Court Order Documents (if applicable)
  • Signed Attendance Dues agreement (once a place is offered)
Attendance Dues
Attendance Dues are a compulsory charge set by New Life Ministries, the school’s Proprietors, in agreement with the Ministry of Education. Parents or caregivers legally commit to pay Dues upon the enrolment of their child/ren. This money enables the Proprietors to fund new developments, repay mortgages/loans, undertake maintenance of existing buildings and to pay for the insurance on all school property. The Dues are charged in full at the start of the school year however they can be paid in agreed regular installments throughout the year.
Attendance Dues are not tax deductible.
2021 Attendance Dues: $590 per student per year
Special Character Contribution (SCC)

This contribution provides Christian resources and programs for students and also funds Special Character resources and development for staff, and subscriptions to APIS (Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools) and AIS (Association for Integrated Schools), organisations who provide services and support to State-Integrated schools. 

The Special Character Contribution is tax deductible and a receipt will be issued at the end of the tax year.

$160 per family per year


Activity Costs

Throughout the year students will participate in activities that will enhance their learning. The costs involved will depend on the activity and differ between the student year levels. We ask parents to contribute toward the cost of these activities.

These payments are received as donations and a receipt will be issued at the end of the year.