Eligibility for Enrolment in a Catholic School
Children whose fifth birthday occurs on or before 31 July are eligible to apply for enrolment in Kindergarten that year. By law, all children must be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday.
However, enrolment is determined by the readiness of the individual child. Parents may be invited to arrange an assessment of readiness with their preschool and, with the Principal, be guided by professional advice in deciding the year for enrolment for your child to ensure a successful transition to primary school.
A new Enrolment Policy for Parramatta Diocesan Catholic schools has been introduced which offers Catholic families greater choice by allowing them to apply for enrolment at a Catholic school anywhere in the Diocese.
Where places are limited, priority will be given in order to:
- Catholic children who live in the local parish
- Catholic children from other parishes
- Children of families who actively participate in the life of the school and local parish community (e.g. siblings)
- Orthodox children
- Children from other Christian faiths
- Children of non-Christian faith.
Catholic schools have a strong religious dimension and people of other faiths who wish to enrol in Catholic schools should be willing to participate in the religious activities of the school. Check with the Principal of the school you are applying to.
Enrolment applications that are placed on a waiting list will expire after one year from the date of lodgement. Applicants will be notified of when the application is going to be securely disposed of.
Siblings of children already enrolled in the school are considered by the same criteria above.
However, within each of these categories, a sibling of a child already enrolled will have preference over an applicant who does not have a sibling enrolled in the school.
Catholic Education Continuity
A child who has completed primary education in a Catholic parish-based primary school will usually be offered continuity of enrolment in a Catholic secondary school. If no places exist at the chosen school, Catholic Education's Director Performance will assist families to enrol in another Catholic secondary school in the Diocese.