Many people are nervous about applying to an independent school. But there’s no need to be! When you apply to ACG Strathallan, you’ll be met by the friendly face of our enrolment manager Kat Wymer. Loved by parents, students and staff alike, Kat is a mother of two and a Pukekohe local who knows everything there is to know about our school. She’s here to support you through the process, answer your questions and make your child’s transition to ACG Strathallan as easy and seamless as possible.
What can people expect when they enquire at ACG Strathallan?
A warm, friendly welcome. Families are encouraged to visit so we can take them on a tour of the school, an informal ‘walk and talk’. If families are unable to visit, discussions can take place over the phone and information is emailed out.
What does the enrolment process involve?
The process is very simple; after enquiring, applications are submitted online or in person. Once received, families are invited in for an enrolment interview. The interview is a great way for new students to get to know our principal, Danny O’Connor, and vice versa. I support each family throughout the whole process; from the initial enquiry to checking in with parents to see how their child is settling in to school life.
What sort of questions do parents have?
Parents have a whole spectrum of questions. What are the school values? What are the class sizes? How will my child be supported/challenged? What is the difference between the Cambridge curriculum and NCEA?
What do you most enjoy about the role?
Seeing a child’s face light up when they see the possibilities and opportunities. Seeing that same child happy in school, making friends, stepping outside of their comfort zone and grabbing the opportunities.
In your view, what is the best thing about ACG Strathallan?
There are so many things, but I am proud of how decisions are made on the basis of what is best for the students. Also, the pastoral care is exceptional.
What advice would you give parents looking for a school for their child?
Go and visit schools in person. Talk to the principal and teaching staff, witness the teaching and learning in action – it’s the best way to get a real sense of the environment.