Enrolments

St Catherine's Primary School is a Catholic co-educational primary school for children in Prep to Year 6. New families are encouraged to take advantage of our school tours before enrolling their child at St Catherine's Primary School.

All enrolment applications will be given respectful consideration according to St Catherine's Primary School enrolment criteria.  Enrolment Packs will be available from March 30, 2021.

For information regarding enrolments for Foundation or any other year level, contact Administration on 9702 1466 or via email on enrolment@stcberwick.catholic.edu.au.

For detailed information about enrolling your child at St Catherine's click on the links below:

Please read the Enrolment Policy , Enrolment Handbook and the Map of St Catherine's Zone Boundary.

Enrolment Policy Key Guidelines

  • First priority of placement is given to siblings of current or past students at the school.

  • Priority of enrolment then goes to baptised Catholic children residing within St Catherine's zone boundaries.

  • The child must turn 5 years of age prior to the 30th day of April in the year in which the child commences school.

Relevant Documents:

St Catherine’s School, Berwick is one of 37 primary schools within the Diocese of Sale and shares in the provision of Catholic Education to the Parish of St Michael’s with St Michael’s School, Berwick and St Brigid’s School, Officer.  In complementing and supporting the evangelizing role of the Catholic Parish of Berwick, our school provides quality Catholic Education to those families who desire it for their children.
 
Order of enrolment priority:
  • Children baptised as Catholics and siblings of children attending the school
  • Catholic children who are members of St Michael's Parish community and who reside within the enrolment zone for St Catherine's School
  • Catholic children from non-Catholic primary schools whose residential address is in St Michael's Parish and within the enrolment zone for St Catherine's School
  • Catholic children who reside in other parishes and who could have gained enrolment in their parish school
  • Children from families who belong to any Orthodox Church
  • Non Catholic families seeking a Catholic education for their child/children

In making an application to enrol a child, parents are showing that they are prepared to commit themselves to working in cooperation with school personnel for the benefit of their child. An offer of placement is conditional upon acceptance by parents of school policies and guidelines, including the School Fees Policy, which govern school practices.

It is important to note, that no student will be refused enrolment or be disadvantaged because of an inability on the part of parents or carers to meet financial requirements.

See also:   Map of St Catherine's Zone Boundary            
                  
STEPS TO ENROLMENT

Step 1 - Making an Application for Enrolment:

  • Submit an Application for Enrolment Form and other forms as required, ie; Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate (if applicable), Immunisation History Statement  for each child as well as Driver's License/s
  • For Year 1-6 enrolments, include a copy of the most recent school report.
  • On processing your application, our office will be in contact with you to arrange payment of $50 administration fee.
Step 2 - The School responds:
  • The school will acknowledge receipt of your application and advise of anything else required to assist in processing the application.
Step 3 - An Interview is arranged:
  • All enrolments to St Catherine's School must have an enrolment interview with the Principal or delegate.  An Application for Enrolment form must be completed by the parents or the legal guardians and all other forms as required are to be submitted prior to the Interview.
Step 4 - Accepting a place:
  • If your application is successful, the principal will make you a written offer of enrolment.
  • You complete your acceptance of the offer by completing an Acceptance of placement from.

Existing Families
  • Applications are NOW open - enrolment forms can be downloaded from the website or are available from the School Office.
  • Applications close - Friday, 5 March 2021
  • Enrolment Interviews - commence Monday, 19 April 2021 and conclude Friday, 21 May 2021
  • Offers of placement made - Friday, 28 May 2021 (Posted)
  • Acceptances of offer due - Friday, 11 June 2021.  Please return your acceptance by email to enrolment@stcberwick.catholic.edu.au or alternatively post to PO Box 557, Berwick 3806

New Families
  • Applications are NOW open - enrolment forms can be downloaded from the website or are available from the School Office.
  • Applications close - Friday, 4 June 2021 (After this date, please direct all enquiries to enrolment@stcberwick.catholic.edu.au)
  • Enrolment Interviews - commence Monday, 12 July 2021 and conclude Friday, 30 July 2021
  • Offers of placement made - Friday, 13 August 2021 (Posted)
  • Acceptances of offer due - Friday, 27 August 2021.  Please return your acceptance by email to enrolment@stcberwick.catholic.edu.au or alternatively post to PO Box 557, Berwick 3806

For Catholic schools, the need to charge fees arises from the policy of successive governments over the years, which sees significantly lower per capita grants provided for students in non-government schools compared to students at government schools.  This means fees and levies must be charged, but at the same time, ensuring we are able to maintain some independence as part of a system, achieve the ideals of the Catholic Church in operating schools, and most effectively address local priorities.

We appreciate that some families may face hardship in meeting these fees, yet it is important to us that families currently sending children to St Catherine’s are able to continue to do so.  It is important that families who want to access a Catholic education for their children are not excluded because they do not have the means to pay fees.  It is the expressed policy and practice of the school to assist any family in this situation. 
 
Families who experience personal financial hardship in meeting school fees at any stage, should contact the Principal to discuss St Catherine’s School Fee Concession Program.  This includes those who hold a means-tested Health Care Card, however you may also apply for special consideration without a Health Care Card.

Onsite Tours - Bookings required.
Given current restrictions and requirements around COVID-19, bookings for all onsite tours are ESSENTIAL.
In 2021 we are offering tours in May and September. Members of the school leadership team will guide those in attendance around our school.

Tour Times

  1. 4:45pm-5:15pm with a prompt start of 4:45pm
  2. 5:15pm - 5:45pm with a prompt start of 5:15pm


Tour Dates
Bookings are via Operoo for each of the dates below

Unfortunately 7 September School Tour has been cancelled given current COVID restrictions


Need to Cancel Your Booking?
If you book a tour and need to cancel, please contact the school directly on 9702 1466.

School tours are subject to change particularly during these times of restrictions. Please check this website for updates.

Take a walk through our beautiful facilities via our  'virtual' tour.
 

73 Ridgemont Drive
Berwick VIC 3806

Phone: 03 9702 1466