Wanganui Collegiate School opened its doors during the weekend to welcome prospective students.

Erin Reeve, head of admissions, said 115 children and their families took the opportunity to have a look around the school.

"This open day focused on our day students, so it was mostly local families - although we did have one family come from Auckland for it."

Applications for the day roll - non-boarding students - for 2017 close on March 18.

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Ms Reeve said Collegiate holds two open days every year. The second one, in May, is for prospective boarding students, and those students get to have a sleep-over at the school.

She said the students took tours of the school and talked with the headmaster, Chris Moller, as well as two new Year 9 students and the current head boy and head girl. They also had lunch in the dining hall.