Welcome to the Catholic Primary School

In partnership with families, Victorian Catholic primary schools provide high-quality academic, social, physical and religious education for about 112,000 children in Victoria.

Each Catholic primary school is a vital part of the parish community, as well as a significant presence in the local community. Catholic schools provide a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment focused on your child’s wellbeing, achievement, challenge, creativity and enjoyment.

Catholic school leaders and teachers are committed to an education that integrates and celebrates faith, learning and life. They provide religious education and opportunities for faith development in communities where prayer and sacramental celebrations are integral to life. Students are encouraged to engage in civic and public life, involving community service and working for social justice.

Catholic schools encourage parents and caregivers to become involved in their child’s learning and engaged in school life. Working together, schools and families create an effective learning environment and a climate of mutual respect. This ensures timely communication and enables discussion on matters of concern.

Children who attend a Catholic primary school usually attend the local parish school. Parents and caregivers are advised to contact their local parish school at least 12 months prior to the time they wish their child to commence primary schooling.

The principal or a senior staff member will meet with parents, arrange tours or classroom visits and provide publications containing information about the school and its policies. It is best to contact the school to make an appointment for a mutually convenient time. This ensures that classes are not disrupted and that the principal or staff member is available.

For more information about a Catholic primary school in your locality, visit the Catholic Education Office website for your diocese (see below). These can connect you to the school’s own website.

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Catholic Education Offices

Ballarat  www.ceoballarat.catholic.edu.au

Sale – www.ceosale.catholic.edu.au

Melbourne – www.cem.edu.au

Sandhurst – www.ceosand.catholic.edu.au

Enrolment

In Term 1 each year, many Catholic primary schools begin taking enrolments for the following school year. Enrolment processes and criteria vary across schools. For specific enrolment details, contact your local parish school or refer to their website.

School staff can provide you with the appropriate enrolment forms. The enrolment process will require particular information, both at the application stage and if the school offers your child a place. An interpreter can be organised on request.

When you enrol your child, in order to meet school and government requirements, you will be asked to provide the school with the information outlined below.

Note: Children are eligible to commence school in January if they turn five years of age by 30 April of that year.

 

What information does the school need from you? 
Evidence of your child’s date of birth, e.g. birth certificate, passport
Religious denomination
Certificate of Baptism (and Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, if these sacraments have been completed)
Names and addresses of the child and parents and/or guardians
Parents’ occupations and levels of education attained
Parents’ telephone numbers (home, work, mobile)
Specific residence arrangements
Nationality and/or citizenship
Information about the language(s) your child speaks and/or hears at home
Immunisation History Statement ​(showing whether your child has been immunised against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough and haemophilus influenzae type B)
Names of emergency contacts and their details
Doctor’s name and telephone number
Medical information about your child (e.g. the child may suffer from asthma, diabetes, allergies, poor eyesight/hearing, etc.)
Information on additional learning needs
Parenting orders or arrangements.

Fees

In Catholic primary schools, the setting of fees and levies is the responsibility of the individual school, taking into account the allocation of government funds. Most schools offer a number of methods for paying fees to reduce any financial burden and to assist financial planning. If you have difficulty in meeting the required fee payment, you are encouraged to discuss this with the principal of the school.

Transition

In Catholic primary schools, teachers and leaders aim to create a safe and supportive environment where every child is valued, affirmed and challenged.

As parents and caregivers, you can support your child’s transition to school and help make the first few weeks exciting and enjoyable for both you and your child. Learning to be independent is an important aspect of school readiness. Children who have developed independence are more able to deal with the new demands that school life places on them.

Most schools will liaise with their local kindergartens and preschools to help ease the transition to school for students. Many primary schools conduct orientation programs for pre-school students. This is an opportunity for children to become familiar with the school environment and begin to develop relationships with staff and peers. It also provides an opportunity for you to develop a relationship with the school, identify your child’s needs and work with staff to support a smooth transition. Contact your child’s school for details of their orientation programs.

What you can do to help your child transition to primary school
Attend the school information sessions and tours.
Visit the school with your child to become familiar with the surroundings.
Talk to parents of children in the school.
Talk to the Prep teacher about your child’s development, skills, strengths and interests.
Find out about your school’s buddy system.
Encourage a daily routine with your child in readiness for school.
Interest your child in school and its activities, e.g. learning as fun.