You may wish to ask your Parish Priest to complete the Parish Priest reference form. This form is completed by families where they are applying for the first order of priority category consistent with the SCS Enrolment Policy as Baptised Catholic children of regularly worshipping Catholic families with strong demonstrable links to the local designated Catholic parish or parishes (as defined in the policy). Once you have completed your part of this form please drop it off at the Parish Office for your Parish Priest to complete and he will return the form to the schools.
We note that the Parish Priest reference form is not mandatory and is optional for those parents/carers who are applying for category one consideration in the order of priority.
The mandatory questions are marked accordingly within the application process.
Each question has been designed to meet different government, legal or policy requirements. It is therefore necessary for you to answer all mandatory questions on the enrolment application form.
The information you provide will assist the school to communicate with you and to care for your child while at school. Should you choose to submit an incomplete form, processing your application may be delayed.
Giving false or misleading information can be a criminal offence in certain circumstances. In the event that statements made in this application later prove to be false or misleading, any decision made as a result of this application may be reversed.
All Australian education ministers have agreed on the National Goals for Schooling in the 21st Century. The national goals specifically state that the achievement of students in schools should not be affected by discrimination based on sex, language, culture, ethnicity, religion or disability, or by differences arising from social and economic background or geographic location. The goals also state that ‘the learning outcomes of educationally disadvantaged students [should] improve and, over time, match those of other students’. To help us to make sure we are achieving this goal, all parents across Australia, no matter which school their child attends, are being asked to provide information about family background.
The main purpose of collecting this information is to promote an education system which is fair for all Australian students regardless of their background.
Providing information about your occupation and education is voluntary but your information will help us to ensure that all students are being well served by Australian schools.
The four groups provided are used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to classify occupations. You will need to use these groups to answer the following questions. Please choose the group that you think best describes you.
If you have retired or stopped work in the past year please choose the group in which you used to work.
If a place is not available at your 1st priority school, you will either be referred to another neighbouring SCS school with availability, or if you have selected a 2nd or 3rd priority (or more) you will be assessed through the enrolment criteria in those communities.
The timing of response depends on whether an enrolment place becomes available, the school will then contact you if your application is being offered the vacant enrolment. You are also always welcome to contact the school to check your progress on the waiting list.
You may submit your application online with incomplete documentation, however, all required documentation will need to be provided in order for your child to complete the enrolment process and be accepted into a Sydney Catholic School.
Enrolment applications at an SCS school will be prioritised in the following order:
Baptised Catholic children of regularly worshipping Catholic families with strong demonstrable links to the local designated Catholic parish or parishes (such as regular participation in the liturgical life of the parish or sacramental programs; contribution to parish ministries; participation in parish community building and outreach programs; or other significant involvement). Catholic families are defined as families in which the children are baptised and in which at least one parent is a Catholic and both parents are supportive of a Catholic education for their child. Catholic families include families of Eastern Catholic Churches.
Siblings of children already attending the school whose families have demonstrated ongoing support for the ethos and values of the Catholic Church.
For secondary schools only, children of families currently enrolled in the identified feeder primary schools and/or in the applicable SCS network of schools, who have demonstrated ongoing support for the ethos and values of the Catholic Church. Where there are more applicants than available places, in assessing the order of priority for students within this category, the Principal will first enrol students whose main home residence is in closest proximity to the school and move outwards.
Children of families who have special pastoral circumstances which may include children with links to the parish or school community through parents, grandparents or extended family, children of alumni or former staff, students who are diverse learners, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, non English speaking children, children from low socio-economic backgrounds, children with pastoral care needs, and any other special circumstances as determined by the Principal.
Children of Catholic families who do not meet the criteria above, or who are outside the local designated Catholic parish or who attend non-feeder SCS schools. Where there are more applicants than available places, in assessing the order of priority for students within this category, the principal will first enrol students whose main home residence is in closest proximity to the school and move outwards.
Children of regularly worshipping Orthodox families who have strong demonstrable links to their faith community and who are prepared to support the ethos and values of the Catholic Church.
Children of regularly worshipping families from other Christian denominations who have strong demonstrable links to their faith community and who are prepared to support the ethos and values of the Catholic Church.
Children of Orthodox families who are prepared to support the ethos and values of the Catholic Church.
Children of families from other Christian denominations who are prepared to support the ethos and values of the Catholic Church.
Children of families from other faith traditions or non-religious backgrounds who are prepared to support the ethos and values of the Catholic Church.