Enrolment FAQ’s

Below are some of the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the application and enrolment process at Our Lady of the Rosary Waitara:

Can I visit the school to see it ‘in action’?

Tours with the Principal are welcome by appointment.  Call the office on 9489 7000 to make a booking.  We also hold an Open Morning in March of each year and an information session in the morning and evening in May.  Details regarding these days will be listed on the front page of our website.

How long in advance do I need to apply?

We accept applications at any time, however enrolments for Kindergarten close on 31 May in the year prior to your child’s commencement.  There is an $75.00 application fee for all enrolment applications.  For other grades, vacancies may exist throughout the School, so please don’t hesitate to contact us to enquire about your application.

Can my child change schools now and come to OLOR Waitara straight away?

We will accept applications for immedicate start if places are available.  Please contac the school office as soon as possible to discuss availability.

Does my child need to attend an interview?

Yes, each child enrolling in the school needs to attend an enrolment interview with the Principal, accompanied by at least one parent or guardian.

Will there be an orientation day before my child starts at OLOR Waitara?

All children commencing at the beginning of the school year will be involved in a transition program prior to starting.  Kindergarten students are invited to orientation mornings in the school term prior to the start of school.  Students in other grades are invited to join their new co-hort for an hour prior to the end of the final school term.  This will vary for children entering at different times of the year.

What is the process for enrolment?

A completed enrolment form, along with supporting documents, should be submitted to the school office.  Enrolment forms are available from the school office or downloadable from the enrolment page on the school website.  Documents needed along with the enrolment form include birth certificate, baptismal certificate, immunisation records and passports and visa if you are newly arrived in Australia.  For grades other than Kindergarten, the last two school reports are requested as part of the application together with any specialist reports if applicable e.g. Speech Pathology, OT, etc.  New parents ar then interviewed by the principal and our Parish Priest before an enrolment is finalised.

My application has been accepted.  What should I do?

You will be sent a letter offer you a place at OLOR Waitara.  You will be required to sign the acceptance offer and return it to the school office either by email or post.  We will be in touch after receiving this application with details on the transition program for your child to start school.

What if my child has particular needs, are they eligible for enrolment?

All families are interviewed before a child commences school to determine whether there are any additional learning needs to be considered.  We ask for a much information as possible during the enrolment process to ensure that all relevant considerations are made, and that the School and the family have the same understanding and expectations.

Are there tuition fees and levies?

Yes, all Catholic Schools require families to contribute to the ongoing costs of maintaining a Parish Primary School.  School fees are essential to supplement the Commonwealth and State grants for Catholic Education.  They are kept to a minimum and go towards covering school operation costs, expenditure and maintenance.  Details of our fees are available on our enrolment page.