The Catholic Primary Schools in the Jubilee Parish, which include St Ambrose’s Newmarket, St Finbarr’s Ashgrove and St Joseph’s Bardon, were established by parishioners to provide for the educational needs of the children of parish families. The primary purpose of these schools is to nurture and educate the whole child through and by the principles, traditions and teachings of the Church and within a community of faith.
There is an expectation that parents enrol their child at the Parish School within the natural catchment area of where they are residing. In recognition of the importance of the relationship between the Catholic School and the Parish Community and with due reference to Archdiocesan Policies and Practices, the following criteria will establish the priority for accepting enrolment:
The child is a baptised Catholic whose family can demonstrate involvement in the life, worship and service of another Parish and now seeks to participate actively in the life, worship and service of the Parish.
The child is baptised Catholic living outside the Jubilee Parish. Preference will be given to children who live in a suburb without a Catholic school.
The child is a non-Catholic baptised child living in the Jubilee Parish. Preference will be given to children where there is a commitment to a Christian faith.
The child is a non-Catholic baptised child living outside the Jubilee Parish. Preference will be given to children where there is a commitment to a Christian faith.
Birth and Baptismal certificates should be presented with the completed enrolment form.
It is compulsory for all Queensland children to undertake full-time Prep Year, prior to commencing Year 1. Most parents enrol their child in Prep at the Prep-eligible age – in the year they turn five by 30 June. However; parents still retain flexibility to enrol their child in Prep the following year, in the year they turn six by 30 June, giving consideration to the child’s developmental, behavioural and emotional readiness for schooling.
The only exceptions to compulsory participation in Prep are where:
a child has undertaken education in another jurisdiction that is equivalent to Prep;
a child was registered for home education in the year prior to enrolment in a state or non-state school; or
the Principal is satisfied the child is ready to be enrolled in Year 1 taking into account the child’s attributes.
The enrolment process involves the sharing of information between the family and the school so that an informed decision can be made about the child's entry into St Joseph’s Bardon.
When the application is completed by the due date, so the enrolment process can proceed. At the time of lodgement, a non-refundable $50 application fee is payable by new and existing families. An interview with the Principal or the Assistant Principal (Religious Education) may be arranged in accordance with the Enrolment Criteria. This meeting is a vital part of the information sharing process. If the enrolment application is successful, a Confirmation of Enrolment form will be issued by the school for completion. A non-refundable confirmation fee of $300 is charged to all families, including siblings, on acceptance of a place offered at St Joseph’s. This confirmation fee is made up of two components: $100 for processing the enrolment confirmation and $200 pre-payment to be offset against first term’s fees.
A Prep Parent Evening and a Prep Orientation morning in November is an opportunity for new parents/caregivers to meet other families as well as being a time to share further information about a child's entry into St Joseph’s Catholic School. Early in the first term of the following year a parent/caregiver night is held to provide an opportunity for further discussion.
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