The St Mary MacKillop College enrolment policy has been developed to assist the Principal in the assessment of potential future students’ suitability for enrolment at the College. St Mary MacKillop College caters for all who are committed to living out the values and the charism of St Mary MacKillop of the Cross.
All enrolments at St Mary MacKillop College will be at the discretion of the Principal, who will be informed by, but not restricted to the following guidelines.
St Mary MacKillop College aims to make available places to any student who seeks enrolment and is prepared to commit to respecting the Catholic nature of the school and its educational goals.
The College welcomes all applications and interviews all applicants. When the number of applications exceeds the number of places that can be made available, preference in enrolment will normally be given to students in the following order:
1. Catholic students
2. Siblings of students already attending the College, or who have attended in the past
3. Children of current staff members
4. Students of other Christian denominations who have attended a Catholic school (Primary or Secondary)
5. Children of past pupils of the College
6. Other students who, in conjunction with their parents, display a willingness to support the philosophy and ethos of the College.
Criteria for Enrolment
Students seeking to transfer to the College from another college must provide a recent report from the previous school, and the school will be contacted for a reference.
No child should be excluded solely on the grounds of race, religion, intellectual or physical disability or the financial situation of the parents.
Children with special needs who can be catered for in the regular classroom will be considered for enrolment upon the recommendation of an integration support group convened by the Principal, specifically to examine the ability of the College to meet those needs.
The enrolling family must give a written commitment to support the College financially. Normally, support would be through full payment of school fees and levies as set by the College. When circumstances indicate that full payment will not be possible, the obligation remains with the family. Individual arrangements can be set in place and it is expected that this be discussed with the Principal before the enrolment process is completed.
Enrolment is ongoing provided the College expectations continue to be met.
A probationary enrolment can assist in making a final decision regarding enrolment.
Students applying to VCE study after a prolonged break will be considered on an individual basis. These students will in most cases be recommended to continue their studies at TAFE or a setting with an adult enrolment.
All enrolments are subject to class sizes.
At Year 7 and 8, the total number of enrolled should be (or almost be) a multiple of the class size e.g. 24, 48, 72, 96, 120.
It is believed that through this Policy, each applicant will be assured a fair and just process.