Goodwood School

At Goodwood we consider ourselves really lucky to have the students and families that we do - they are our school.

Turning five is a milestone to be celebrated in a child’s life. It is also a time of transition and change. This time is different for all children and their families and we are open and flexible in our starting school process to work alongside you and your whanau to make it a happy and positive start.

We encourage you to take the first step to learn more about starting at Goodwood by ringing us on

827 6817 or email to arrange a visit and tour.

At this time you can ask about any of the following:

Communication - should I ask my questions? (YES!)

Visits - how many and why?

Should I stay or go during the visit?

What will my child see during their visits?

How will the home and school work together once my child starts? (transition to school goes beyond the visits before a child turns 5).

Often parents ask us "What does my child need to know before they start school?” - What a big question! Every child is different and as a school that teaches inquiry and recognises individual learning styles we welcome the diverse knowledge and experiences our five year olds bring!

The Cambridge Community is very fortunate to have many great early childhood centres and experiences for our upcoming 5 year olds. This means most of the five year olds entering our school are confident, sociable and curious - ready to make the step into the school setting.

Students starting school at Goodwood:

- are sociable (take turns and share, show kindness and caring), 

- great communicators (able to ask for help, ask a question, listen to others), 

  1. -have good body SMARTs (able to run, use monkey bars, 

push themselves on swing, use scissors - all great control skills 

to bring to learning), 

  1. -are resilient and risk takers, they like to have - a - go!

  2. -know nursey rhymes and songs, can sign the abc

  3. -recognise the letters of their name and are having a go to write it

  4. -know some shapes, can count to 10, can make and talk about 


  1. -are self managers and can look after their belongings and know 

how to use their hands and feet as tools for learning

  1. -are positive about school and happy, have friends and have great support from home.