Enrolment Policy

Policy Statement

Catholic education at Immaculate Heart Catholic Primary School has its foundation in partnerships between parish, staff, students, parents and the wider community. These partnerships are essential in order to build and sustain a faith community where life long and life giving education takes place for all.

Guiding Principles

Immaculate Heart Catholic Primary School was established by the people of the Leichhardt Catholic Parish Community in 1967 to provide for the educational needs of local children. Our school is open to all who seek a holistic and faith based education centred on the person, lifestyle and teachings of Jesus and who share the values of the Catholic Church. Catholic schools are committed to providing high quality contemporary education in a Christian context. Schools support and encourage all students to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens, fully enabled to contribute to and participate in the life of their faith community and society. In order to ensure that we are able to provide the education that parents seek for their children, a thorough Enrolment Procedure is in place.

Procedures for Enrolment

  • An enrolment application for the following year can be made at any time by obtaining an Application for Enrolment Form from the school office or here on the school Website (Click here for the Enrolment form). Prep enrolment interviews are conducted from Term 2 of the year prior to the child beginning Prep and offers of placement follow this process. A non-refundable payment of $50 is made prior to interview to cover administration costs. Most offers of enrolment are made before the end of Term 3.
  • Enrolment application forms and supporting documentation are to be submitted to the School Office. Please ensure that the following documentation is provided:
    • Documentary evidence of birth
    • Documentary evidence of Baptism
    • Immunisation Records
    • Copy of the latest School Report where applicable
    • Information about legal custody and or parental access arrangements eg. Court Order or Parenting Plan
  • Interviews to finalise eligibility status will be conducted.
  • Enrolment of children with Special Learning Needs will be considered in accordance with the Brisbane Catholic Education Enrolment Application Support Procedures for students requiring significant educational adjustments and/or the Students with Disabilities Policy.
  • Applications are considered by the Principal, in consultation with the Parish Priest and decisions about enrolments will be communicated in writing.
  • Upon acceptance of an offer of place at Immaculate Heart Catholic Primary School, a deposit of $200 per family is payable (from January 2013 onwards). This amount will be credited to the family fee account in the first term of the year of attendance.
  • Late applications or applications for enrolment to commence during the year are always considered with due regard to the eligibility priority criteria. However, offers of a placement for such applications are contingent upon the availability of places in particular year levels. If no place exists, a waiting list will be established.

Conditions of Enrolment

In the interests of continued enrolment at Immaculate Heart Catholic Primary School, parents and caregivers are expected to:

  • accept a commitment to give every child the opportunity to experience the fullness of their faith at home and to give the child every opportunity and encouragement to practise it. All students attending Immaculate Heart Catholic Primary School are to participate fully in Religious Education in classrooms and in the prayer life of the school through gesture, prayer, word, song and action. This is in keeping with the Religious Education Syllabus and the Religious Life of the School Document from the Brisbane Catholic Education Office.
  • Participate in and contribute to the achievement of the Immaculate Heart School Mission and the Vision for Learning and Teaching.
  • Support and encourage standards of behaviour based on the person, lifestyle and teachings of Jesus.
  • Be supportive of Brisbane Catholic Education, the School Administration, the teachers and staff working towards the safety and welfare of children and the efficient management of the school’s facilities.
  • Assist wherever possible and support the school’s activities and fundraising efforts of the school and the Parents and Friends Association.
  • Commit themselves to the regular payment of School Fees and levies.
  • Ensure that students have all of the equipment required to participate in the educational program and wear the correct school uniform as set out in the Uniform Regulations
  • Accept that all students will partake fully in every aspect of the school programme.

 Prioritizing Enrolment Applications

In recognition of the importance of the relationship between the Catholic School and the Parish Community and with due reference to Archdiocesan policy and practice*, the following guidelines are adopted in prioritizing enrolment applications:

  1. The child is a baptised Catholic whose family can demonstrate involvement in the life, worship and service of the Parish.
  2. 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 this Parish.
  3. The child is a baptised Catholic whose family resides in the parish and whose family is committed to and guided by the values of the Gospel and the traditions of the Catholic Church.
  4. The child is a baptised Catholic whose family can demonstrate involvement in the life, worship and service of a parish other than the local parish school.
  5. The child is a baptised non-Catholic Christian, whose family can demonstrate they share the expressed values of the school and who are willing to support and contribute to the school’s vision and ethos. Guided by principles of respect, dignity and openness, Catholic schools respond to an ecumenical and multi-faith society.
  6. The child is from a non-Christian family within the parish who are willing to have their child participate fully in the Religious life of the school as outlined above.
  7. The child is from a non-Christian family outside the parish who are willing to have their child participate fully in the Religious life of the school as outlined above.

The Principal, in consultation with the Parish Priest may exercise discretion regarding any application and may determine a child’s eligibility beyond the stated guidelines.

*Reference has been made in this document to the following:

Archdiocese of Brisbane, Guidelines for the Religious Life of the School, Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Brisbane, 2008.

Archdiocese of Brisbane, Queensland bishops’ Catholic schools research project Archdiocese of Brisbane 1998-2001, Brisbane, 2001.

Brisbane Catholic Education (2006) Enrolment Application and Support Procedures for Students requiring educational adjustments, Brisbane Catholic Education, Brisbane.

Catholic Education Council (2008). Financial Accessibility of Catholic Education Schools Policy, Brisbane Catholic Education, Brisbane.

Catholic Education Council (2009). Students who are at the Margins of Society and/or Out of Home Policy, Brisbane Catholic Education, Brisbane.

Catholic Education Council (2007). Students with Disabilities Policy, Brisbane Catholic Education, Brisbane.

Congregation for Catholic Education, The Catholic school on the threshold of the third millennium, N.S.W., 1998.

Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, 2008, Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs.

Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, The Catholic School N.S.W., 1977 n7, p7.

Catholic Education Council (2012). Enrolment of Students Policy, July 2012. Policy Statement for Brisbane Catholic Education Schools.