Welcome to the Catholic secondary school

Victorian Catholic secondary schools provide high-quality academic, social, physical and religious education for about 94,000 young people all over Victoria.

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 qualified 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 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

Catholic secondary schools are located in various regions across Victoria and come under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop or Bishop of the diocese in which they are located. Some secondary schools are owned and governed by a religious order, others by a group of parishes. Some special education facilities are also available.

Parents are encouraged to attend information sessions and open days at Catholic secondary schools to assist in choosing a school for your child.

 

Enrolling in the school

If you wish your child to attend a Catholic secondary school, you need to contact the school for an application form when your child is in Year 5 (though some Catholic secondary schools accept applications in earlier years). You will be asked to complete and return an enrolment application form. This enables secondary schools to plan for their Year 7 intake. All secondary schools have information days or tours allowing you to view the school facilities and ask questions of the appropriate staff.

Selection into a Catholic secondary school is guided by the school’s enrolment policy. The school’s policy usually takes into account a number of factors:

the relevant diocesan enrolment policy
whether your child is Catholic
the parish where your child resides
whether your child has a sibling at the school
whether you or your spouse attended the school
the number of places available in the year level of application.

For more information about a Catholic secondary school in your locality, 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

Fees

The setting of fee levels and other compulsory charges in Catholic secondary schools is the responsibility of the individual school, taking into account the allocation of government funds. Most Catholic secondary 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 welcome to discuss this with the principal or the business manager of the school.

Your child's immunisation

When you are enrolling your child in school, you need to take your child’s immunisation certificate with you. The certificate shows whether your child has been immunised against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough and haemophilus influenza type B.

Preparing for secondary school

One of the most pivotal stages of schooling is the transition from primary school to the more complex world of secondary school.This transition can be difficult for some students, and schools actively support students as they make this educational and social shift.

As part of the transition from Year 6 to Year 7, students usually participate in an orientation program at the school. This day is generally held in Term 4 of Year 6 and may include:

a school tour
meeting fellow students and teachers
taking part in special lessons and activities.

As a parent, there are many ways in which you can help your child prepare for the transition to secondary school to ensure connectedness and belonging in their new environment.

What you can do to help your child transition to secondary school 
Talk to the principal.
Look at the information on the school website.
Obtain information about enrolment requirements.
Consider your child’s views in the selection of the school.
Discuss your choice of school with your child.
Attend open days with your child.
Ensure your child attends orientation programs.
Work collaboratively with your child and staff to make the transition an enjoyable and successful one.