The St Augustine’s Enrolment Policy aims to:
· provide quality Primary education based on the Catholic ethos for children in the Narromine district.
· share our Catholic values with children and parents of other religions.
· give every consideration to enrolling children with disabilities and/or special needs.
· promote education as a partnership between parents and school.
It is diocesan policy that no class group should have more than 25% of enrolments as other than Catholic.
Any family within the community is entitled to seek enrolment at St Augustine’s Parish school. Families must agree to support and maintain the Catholic ethos of St Augustine’s and to accept the obligations with respect to the payment of fees.
All children baptised Catholic are eligible for enrolment, if the school can meet the needs of the individual. In receiving baptism for their children, parents are accepting the responsibility of nurturing their child in the Catholic Faith. St Augustine’s supports families in this role by Faith development and Religious Education which includes learning about the Catholic Faith and participation in Religious Education lessons, the spiritual, liturgical and sacramental life of the school and parish.
Kindergarten Enrolment Process Guidelines
Any family within the Narromine district who has a child turning five years old by 30th April in their Kindergarten year, is entitled to seek enrolment at St Augustine’s Parish School. Families must agree to support and maintain the Catholic ethos of St Augustine’s and to accept the obligations with respect to the payment of fees.
Please note: As a Catholic school in the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese, it is Diocesan policy that no class group should have more than 25% of enrolments as other than Catholic (that is, if there are 20 Kindergarten enrolments, then no more than 5 children should be other than Catholic).
An information morning for prospective parents will be at which the Principal, a Parents & Friends representative, a School Committee representative and our Aboriginal Education Worker will address the parents. (This is not an orientation day for children, but they are welcome to visit the Kindergarten classroom at a later time.)
After the information morning, Application for Enrolment forms will be made available. Parents/carers need to complete and return the Application for Enrolment forms by the specified date. When returning the enrolment forms, applicants are also required to supply copies of original documents. These include:
· the child’s birth certificate
· the child’s Immunisation Certificate
· the child’s baptismal certificate (if applicable)
Once the specified date for enrolment has passed, the Principal and Parish Priest (or Parish Administrator) will review the applications for enrolment. As part of the enrolment process, the Principal will conduct interviews with families who are applying for enrolment.
After interviews, with Diocesan policy as a basis, St Augustine’s prioritises enrolments using the following criteria:
· Baptised Catholic children
· Siblings of other than Catholic children already enrolled
· Other than Catholic children who can be accommodated
Final places are allocated by the Principal in consultation with the Parish Priest (or Parish Administrator). All parents are informed via letter of the outcome of their application for enrolment.
Families who are not offered enrolment at the completion of the interview process may request to be placed on a waiting list. Waiting lists will be determined by the Principal and Parish Priest (or Parish Administrator) with consideration given to each individual case. The time that the Application for Enrolment form was received (prior to the specified date) will have no bearing on the Principal’s decision in forming the waiting list. The children on the waiting list may be offered a place, should a suitable vacancy become available. In this event, the Principal will make direct contact with the parent/carer of the child.
- St Augustine’s will enrol physically and/or intellectually disabled children after all of the child’s needs are ascertained. The parents and child are then interviewed to ensure that the enrolment is in the best interests of the child and parents. This is to ensure that unjustifiable hardship is not placed on the child or the child’s family.
- When a child with sensory, physical, intellectual or emotional disability is enrolled, an “enrolment and support group” will be formed. This group develops an approach that provides a path for the child, with the aim of the child receiving the best possible educational outcomes.
- The school may review any child’s enrolment from time to time and may cancel the enrolment if the school, at its absolute discretion and in consultation with the Diocesan office, considers that it can no longer appropriately meet the student's educational or other needs.
- Advertisements for new enrolments will be placed in the local newspaper, school newsletter, local pre-school and child care centres and the Parish Bulletin around July each year.
- The above enrolment process will be implemented
- Children must be five years by 30th April in the year of enrolment to be accepted into Kindergarten.
- When applying for enrolment, parents should be made aware of their obligation to pay school fees. If at any stage payment of full fees proposes genuine hardship, special arrangements should be made with the Parish Priest and the Principal.
- Parents of children who wish to transfer from a Non-Catholic school will need to have an interview with the Principal and Parish Priest to ascertain the reasons why the parents wish to transfer their child.
- Each applicant for enrolment will be asked to supply:
· a photocopy of their birth certificate
· an Immunisation Certificate
· a photocopy of their baptismal certificate and any other relevant sacramental certificates
· a photocopy of their most recent report card (if transferring from another school)
- In Term 4, the children enrolled in Kindergarten will attend the school for a few morning sessions.
School Fees for 2016
Fees per school week
- School fees are due at the beginning of each term. Weekly/monthly payments are permitted by arrangement. The school welcomes payments made by direct debit from your bank account.
- If fees are unpaid after the due date, a reminder is issued. If fees remain unpaid after a reminder is issued, further correspondence will be entered into.
- If fees remain unpaid, the Principal will meet with the parents. If no satisfactory arrangement is reached, the matter will be referred to the School Board and the Director of Schools. A child’s enrolment may be reviewed.
- If a family leaves halfway through a term then their fees will be invoiced on a pro-rata basis.
- Temporary enrolments will be accepted when the Principal and class teacher agree that the situation warrants the enrolment. A pro-rata fee may be levied.
Pupils who travel to bus pick up points by motor vehicle are eligible for a subsidy. To obtain this you must fill in a Conveyance Form. This may be collected on enrolment day.
Start Right for School
We encourage you to contact the community nurse through the Narromine District Hospital and participate in the Start Right for School program. You will be notified if any follow ups are necessary and these are done at school.