Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the common questions we get asked from time to time. Please contact us if you need any more information.

Enrolment

To start the enrolment process you should download and complete the Enrolment form. When submitting the form you will also be requested to supply an Original Birth Certificate or Passport and Immunisation record. Find out more on our enrolment page…

We are a decile 8 school of over 430 students. Within our student body there are over 20 different cultures represented with 24 different languages spoken by students at home. This diversity is something we are proud to embrace and celebrate. Find out more about SWIS at a Glance

All students in Year 7 and 8 are free to attend SWIS. There is no zone currently in place meaning you don’t need to live in a certain area to be enrolled.

There are costs for some activities as part of Sport, Enrichment, EOTC week. We do ensure there are a range of free activities offered as well to ensure that students can have meaningful learning activities that don’t cost as well. Trips and presenters within the school are covered by the $40 activity fee paid at the start of the year.

Day to Day School Life

Phoning the school office and leaving a message is the best way to communicate with the school if your child is absent.

Absolutely. The easiest way to do this is via email. Each teachers email is formatted with their name, e.g. howard.young@swis.school.nz

You can find all of the the teachers emails on the Teachers or Management pages.

Unless the student provides a note or is leaving the school grounds with a staff member, no student is allowed to leave the school grounds once they have arrived at school until the school day ends at 3 p.m.

Semi spec is how we describe our timetable. It refers to the fact that all teachers teach Homerooms (literacy and mathematics) but also specialise in another subject area.

We are active members in the Wellington Regional Intermediate Schools Sports Association and through this participate in a range of sporting events annually.

In addition to this we run Water Polo, Netball, Basketball, Floorball and Touch Rugby teams who participate after school or on weekends. We also have Future Problem Solving which runs before school and challenges students in critical thinking.

Throughout the year we also participate in social awareness activities such as the 40 hour famine and Pink Shirt Day.

Every class has Te Reo instruction from a specialist teacher once a fortnight, while we also have a language programme that runs weekly on a Wednesday.

Each student has two terms a year learning a language. This year the languages in our programme are: French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Malay, NZ Sign Language, Te Reo.

Enrichment is where students opt into a subject that is not a part of the curriculum (although has curriculum links). This takes place on a Friday afternoon and students either participate in half or whole year programmes.

This year the options offered are: Animal Safari, Theatre Sports, Building, Card Art, Babysitting, Coding, Creative Lounge, Gardening, Pump Dance, School of Rock, Shift (Female empowerment programme provided by Wellington City Council), Foods Extension, Kapa Haka, Takeaways, SWIS Hub.