|St Josephs Primary School||
Enrolment at St Joseph's
St Joseph's Primary School Red Cliffs
17 Fitzroy Avenue,
Red Cliffs, 3496.
Phone: 03 5024 1654
ENROLMENT AT ST JOSEPH’S
We believe that all children have the right to a Catholic education, and Catholic baptised children living in the parish of St Joseph’s Red Cliffs, have the right to a place in our parish school. Our school is a Catholic school, but is open to all families. We welcome children from many different faith traditions and those who don’t identify themselves with a religion, but are committed to the same values. The enrolment process of students for Prep which includes application and interviews, are usually held in third term. Positions are offered following the conclusion of this process. This is done by the Principal in accordance with Diocesan and local policy (available from the office at school). Enrolments for children who turn five years of age by 30 April of the year in which they start school, are welcomed. Enrolments will be accepted for all grades at the beginning and throughout the year in accordance with our enrolment policy.
ENROLLING IN THE SCHOOL
School office staff will provide you with the appropriate enrolment forms. The enrolment process will require particular information at the application stage and if the school offers you a place.
When you enrol your child, to meet school and government requirements, you will need to provide the school with the information outlined below:
Prior to enrollment a meeting occurs between the parents and the principal. In this meeting discussion occurs in relation to school fees, enrollment agreement, excursions and parent consent forms. For new Prep enrollments a meeting often also occurs at the same time with the student and a staff member from the school.
New Prep students will attend orientation sessions during term four prior to their commencement year to help ensure a smooth transition to school life. We also ask that those families make a number of informal visits to familiarise the new student with the physical layout of the school.
At St Joseph’s we implement a “buddy program” where we assign Grade Six students to Prep students to help them in their transition to school life. The assigning and meeting of buddies occurs as part of the orientation program. Throughout the year, children have the opportunity to work together in multi-age groups and participate in special activities.
STARTING PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our teachers aim to create a safe and happy environment where your child is valued, affirmed and challenged.
Our Prep teachers 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.
Below is a brief list of things parents can do to help with the transition to Prep: