Starting school

Your child can start Prep at the beginning of the school year if they turn 5 on or before 31 July in that year. By law, all children must be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday.

Because students start new work in their new class at the beginning of the school year, it would be an advantage for your child both socially and educationally, to start school as soon as possible in the New Year.


To help make the move from kinder to school easier for your child, we run a transition program in the 4th term.  Kindergarten children visit our school on numerous occasions to familiarise themselves with the school environment and to participate in classroom activities. 

Teachers from the primary school spend time visiting children at the kindergarten. 

This is followed by a visit of the Grade 5 buddies to the kinder once enrolments are finalised. 

Orientation day is early December when kindergarten children spend a morning at school supported by the staff from the kindergarten.

Students in Year 6 also have an extensive transition program which is well organised in co-ordination with the local SecondaryCollege.

Schooling costs

There are some costs associated with going to school that you may find it helpful to plan and budget for such as:

School books and equipment
Extra-curricular activities.

At the start of each year we may ask for a voluntary school contribution to enhance our educational and sporting programs.

We try to keep any additional costs to a minimum and may be able to assist families who are having financial difficulty paying schooling costs.

Attendance and absences

Missing school means your child misses out on vital information and maintaining learning routines. This can result in a loss of confidence and missing out on forming vital friendships.

Attendance is recorded each day. As a parent or caregiver you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day, including sports days unless your child:

  • Has an unavoidable medical or dental appointment (preferably these should be made after school or during holidays)
  • Is required to attend a recognized religious holiday
  • Is required to attend an exceptional or urgent family circumstance (such as attending a funeral)
  • Is sick, or has an infections illness.

If you are having difficulty getting your child to attend school regularly, you might like to talk to the school principal or the school counsellor.

If your child has to be absent from school for any reason, including arriving late or leaving early, please either tell the child’s teacher or the administration assistant at our school, or explain the reason by phone, email, or written note as soon as possible, or within seven days. 

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