Enrolment Criteria

​​Birthdate​Eligible for Prep Year in:​Eligible for Year 1 in:
​Child born 1 July 2013 - 30 June 2014​20192020​
​Child born 1 July 2014 - 30 June 2015​2020​2021
​Child born 1 July 2015 - 30 June 20162021​​2022
​Child born 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2017​2022​2023
​Child born 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018​2023​2024
​Child born 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019​2024​2025
​Child born 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020​2025​2026
Child born 1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021​2026​2027
Children must be 5 years old by 30 June in the year they start Prep.
Children must by 6 years old by 30 June in the year they start Year 1.
Compulsory school commences in Year 1.


Early ​​or delayed entry to Prep are options which may be considered in specific circumstances and where it is in a child's best educational interests.

Children who are​ younger than the prescribed age for Prep may be enrolled in Prep if they turn 5 years by 31 July in the year of proposed attendance and the Principal is satisfied the child is ready for education in Prep.


The following documenta​​tion is required at time of application:

  • Evidence of the date of birth
  • Evidence of Baptism
  • Copy of latest School Report (if applicable)
  • Copy of any court order verifying legal custody and/or access.

The BCE Public Website provides information which may be useful in assisting parents with questions about supplying court orders and/or specific instructions regarding contact arrangements - FAQs Family Law and Student Caring Arrangements.

Enrolmen​​t Fees

A non-refundable Confirmation of Enrolment fee is payable on receipt of a placement ($55 for new families only). This payment will be credited towards your first term's school fees. 

Please note that the fee is non-refundable ​if you decide to withdraw your application for any reason after you have accepted a placement at St Catherine's.​

Fees are set annually. 

Consideration of enrolment will go to ​​​applicants in the following order of priority:

  • The child who has a brother or sister enrolled at St Catherine’s or a child of a staff member.
  • The child who is a baptised Catholic whose family lives in St Catherine’s Parish.
  • The child is a baptised Catholic whose family lives outside the Parish of St Catherine’s.
  • The child, though not baptised Catholic, belongs to a family that can demonstrate some meaningful relationship with a Christian tradition and is accepting of the traditions of the Catholic faith Community.
  • The child, of another faith tradition, whose family is accepting of the traditions of the Catholic faith Community. 

Conditions of Enr​​olment

Parents/Carers commit to:

  • their child participating in all areas of the curriculum including liturgical celebrations, camps and excursions.
  • adhering to all school policies and procedures.
  • meeting their financial obligations as determined by the school.
  • actively supporting their child’s learning and participating as a member of the school community.