ANZAC Day 2018

On 25th April 2018 a service was held at the Makara Cenotaph to commemorate ANZAC Day.  It was a very moving service with touching personal stories from people in the community and the playing of the last post, raising and lowering of the flag.  MMS students played a part in the service by beautifully reading poems and readings and laying wreaths on behalf of the school.


Our New Bike Track – Bikes in Schools

Our new bike track opened in February 2018, it is amazing.  Thanks to WCC – Bikes in Schools and Meridian for their support to get this project up and going.  Our students and staff are loving the bike track and all the learning opportunities it presents.

Makara Model School Enrolment Scheme

Home Zone

 All students who live at an address within the home zone described below shall be entitled to enrol at Makara Model School.

Makara Model School home zone is boundaried by:


  • Coastal area from west of Rocks to north of Makara Beach – Transport Entitlement Z


  • Makara Beach – all addresses are in zone.


  • Takarau Gorge Road – up to but not including 344 Takarau Gorge Rd.


  • South Makara Road – all addresses are in zone.


  • Opau Road – all addresses are in zone.


  • Makara Road – all addresses are in zone up to the intersection with Allington Road and all roads off it including Khouri Ave, Berrymead Way and Terawhiti Terrace.


  • Allington Road is not in zone.



Proof of residence of a property within the home zone will be required (for example a copy of a utility bill with the name of a parent or guardian and an address within the home zone, covering the date of enrolment or earlier). Where a property has two or more entrances on different streets, or where the actual address of a property is in dispute, only the rateable address as recognised by the Wellington City Council will be considered to determine if the property is in or out of zone.


Twice each year, applications for enrolment from in-zone students will be sought 3 weeks before the end of terms 2 and 4. These dates will be published at least two months before the end of terms 2 and 4, in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school and on the school website. This will enable the Board to assess the number of places which can be made available to students who live outside the home zone during the last month of term.



Out of Zone Enrolments


Every 6 months the Board will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following 6 month period for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone. The board will publish this information by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school and on the school website. The notice will indicate how applications are to be made and specify a date by which all applications must be received. The notice may indicate how many places are available.



Applications for enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority:


First Priority This priority category is not applicable at this school because the school does not run a special programme approved by the Secretary.
Second Priority Will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students.
Third Priority Will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students.
Fourth priority Will be given to applicants who are children of former students.
Fifth priority Will be given to applicants who are either a child of an employee of the board of the school or a child of a member of the board of the school.
Sixth priority Will be given to all other applicants.


If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by a ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989.


Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.


Applicants seeking second or third priority status may be required to give proof of a sibling relationship.

Makara Model School Enrolment Zone

In order to avoid overcrowding, or the likelihood of overcrowding, the Board of Trustees of Makara Model School has adopted an enrolment scheme which has been approved by the Ministry of Education and came into effect on July 25th 2017.  Under this scheme, students can be enrolled if they live within the home zone.  If you live in the home zone and have not yet signalled your intention to enrol your child for 2019 please contact the school ASAP to assist us in our planning.

The enrolment of out of zone students is governed by the provisions of the Education Act 1989. The enrolment scheme, which includes a precise description of the home zone, may be viewed at the Makara Model School office or on the school web site at

Out of Zone Enrolments for 2019

The MMS Board has determined that 6 New Entrant – Year 2 spaces, 3 Year 3-4 spaces, and 3 year 5-8 spaces are likely to be available for out of zone students for terms 3 and 4 2019.  The exact number of spaces will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.  For students seeking enrolment during Terms 3 and 4 2019, the deadline for applications is Friday 7th June.  Pre-enrolment applications can be submitted in writing to Makara Model School, 399 Makara Road, RD Karori Wellington or emailed to    Applications should include student’s full name, DOB (copy of birth certificate), home address (with evidence, a phone or power bill) and sibling details.  If the number of out of zone applications exceeds the number of places available, students will be selected in priority order by ballot.  If a ballot is required it will be held on 10th June 2019, parents will be informed of the outcome of the ballot within 3 days of the ballot being held.


Makara School Reunion – 150 years

Saturday 22 October – 10.00 am onwards

Makara school is 150 years old this year – so if you attended Makara School, either the original School (now housing the Makara Play Group) or the current one, we would love to see you in Makara on Saturday 22 October.

A small group is organizing this special day to celebrate, and we need to get a handle on how many might be able to come.  We have heard that many are intending to come, but few have actually advised their attendance.

There will be a morning tea at the Makara Hall, with registration, followed by tours of both the school buildings and entertainment from the current students, along with photos with your class year attendees, ending with a late lunch and an opportunity to talk and remember the old days with all your school friends.   Dig out your old family and school photos, and bring them along.   There will be a charge of $30 pp for the morning tea and lunch, collected on the day.

Please let all your friends and family know about this special day through your contacts, email, Facebook, etc and ask them to contact Christine Grace on email or  phone 04 476 8176 or 0275 620108 so that a list can be compiled, and information can be sent to as many former students as possible so that they can attend.


Thank you.

We are very proud of our six students who showed great bravery and courage during the bus accident on Friday the 18th March. Here they are receiving a special award from the New Zealand police.