Starting School

It is always a concern and a bit stressful for both parents and students when starting school, particularly in the case of a five-year-old, who is starting for the first time. This is a critical time for a child as this first impression of school can often be a lasting one. Hampden Street School has given a lot of thought to making students transition to school a smooth one. We have developed an effective transition programme which has proven highly effective in making the first day at school a stress-free occasion.

We encourage parents to enrol their child at school at 4 ½ years. This allows us to sort out class placements and gives time for an easy transition. The enrolment is generally carried out by the Principal who will talk about the school, answer any questions and give both child and whānau a guided tour of the school. Once the enrolment form is complete a preschool student pack will be given to the child. This pack contains a number of fun activities, games and equipment that the child can use to help them prepare for school. Children love the packs because most are very excited about starting school, so this special kit is the first real introduction to school. Enrolled students can also attend our “Just Gymnastic” programme, which the school provides for free for all four-year olds.

Closer to the students starting date the school will send you out a letter advising of pre-school visits to the child’s class. Parents join their child for these visits and they are an important part of the transition process and we encourage parents to bring the children along for three visits.

In addition to our “in-school” programme our Junior Syndicate leader will visit all the local pre-schools and Kindergartens to meet the children and discuss their progress with the teachers. This information often helps us with class placement and socialisation when the children arrive.

Stationery for new entrant (5-year-old) students is available from the school office. For all other new student’s stationery lists are available at the school office on enrolment and can be purchased at a number of local outlets.


We are located in Nelson South.  Hampden Street School is between Waimea Road, Van Diemen St, Hampden Street and Ngatitama Street. The Office is located at 250 Hampden Street.

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Hampden Street School believes in a digital citizenship model for supporting safe and responsible use of the internet in a teaching and learning context. Students need to recognise the importance of taking responsibility for their own actions and using digital technology safely and correctly. 

Year 3 - 6 Digital Citizenship Treaty

Junior Digital Citizenship Treaty

Zoning Information

Please check this zoning map to see if your child is eligible to attend Hampden Street School.

If you would like to enrol your child please download and complete all sections of the enrolment form and email to with a copy of their birth certificate / passport, a copy of your child’s immunisation certificate and the signed relevant digital citizenship treaty depending on the Year level of your child. Or if it is easier pop in to the school office and we will take the copies of the relevant documents for you if that is easier.

You are welcome to come and visit the school. Please contact the principal to arrange a visit.