Welcome to the Catholic primary school

Victorian Catholic primary schools provide high-quality academic, social, physical and religious education for about 108,000 children all over Victoria.

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

In Catholic schools, highly quality and caring teachers are committed to an education that integrates and celebrates faith, learning and life. Our schools 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.

Our schools encourage your engagement in your child’s learning and your involvement in the school. Together we can create an effective learning environment and a climate of mutual respect. We can ensure timely and effective communication and enable participation in consultation on matters of parental concern.

Coming to our schools

Children who attend a Catholic school usually attend the local Catholic parish primary school. Some special education facilities are also available.

Enrolments for children are welcomed for those who turn five years of age by 30 April of the year in which they start school. It is a good idea to start making contact with the principal and the parish priest of your Catholic primary school early in the year preceding the year when your child turns fi years of age, as enrolment processes and criteria vary from school to school.

The principal or another senior staff member is more than happy to meet with parents, arrange tours or classroom visits and provide publications containing important information about the school and its policies. It is best to phone 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 sets aside adequate meeting time.

Each year, most Catholic primary schools begin taking enrolments for the following school year, usually in Term 1. Refer to the website of your Catholic parish primary school for specific enrolment details, or contact the school.

For more information about a Catholic primary school in your locality and orientation tours, see the Catholic Education Office website for your diocese or the website of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) (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

Enrolling in the school

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

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

 

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 certificate (showing whether your child has been immunised against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough and haemophilus influenza 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

The setting of fee levels and other compulsory charges in Catholic primary schools is the responsibility of the individual school, taking into account the allocation of government funds. Most Catholic primary 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.

Staring primary school

In Catholic primary schools, our teachers aim to create a safe and happy environment where your child is valued, affi    and challenged. Most schools will liaise with your child’s kindergarten to help ease the transition to school.

As a parent, you can do much to help 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 a most important aspect of readiness for school. Children who have developed independence are much more able to deal with the new demands that school life places on them.

Many of our primary schools conduct orientation sessions for pre-school students. This is an opportunity for children to spend some time with their teacher for their first year. You should contact your child’s school for more details of orientation procedures.

What you can do to help your child transition to Prep 
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.