Enrolment Policy

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As a Catholic school, St Catherine’s gives priority in enrolment to students who are baptised Catholics. Enrolment is also given to students from other faith traditions whose families demonstrate that they share in the expressed values of the scho​ol. In such instances St Catherine’s Community embraces church teachings regarding respect for the faith journey of individuals within the religious dimension of school life.  

​The process of enrolment is to be guided by the St Catherine’s School Covenant and the Vision, Values and Comm​​itment statements that it contains.

Intr​​oduction

Guided by the gospel of Jesus Christ, St Catherine’s School furthers the mission of the Church and continues to reach o​​ut to those who are poor and marginalised. St Catherine’s is committed to providing a holistic education, which is responsive to each student’s diverse and unique spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual and developmental needs and circumstances. 

Ration​ale

The St Catherine’s School Community recognises the role of parents/carers as the primary educators of their children. We share with pastors and parents/carers the responsibility to nurture the development of each student and to provide a​​n authentic experience of Catholic Christian Community. In partnership with St Catherine’s Parish, the School is committed to providing high quality, inclusive schooling as a visible expression of the local Church in action.

Contemporary issues that i​​mpact upon enrolment at St Catherine’s include:

  • enrolment demands within local area
  • strategic direction relating to facilities and staffing
  • changing church affiliation patterns by families
  • disability and anti-discrimination legislation
  • access for those who are poor and marginalised
  • responses to government education initiatives
  • provision of religious education and faith development opportunities for all students
  • the challenge of an ecumenical and multi-faith society