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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first step I should take in enrolling my child into St Clare's?

Enrolments to St Clare’s are accepted all year round for classes Kindergarten to Year Six. 

For entry into Kindergarten enrolments are taken during Term 1 in the year before your child is due to commence primary school. Children whose fifth birthday occurs on or before 30 June will be eligible for enrolment in Kindergarten. Contact the school office in person and you will be given an enrolment package. The fully completed enrolment application should be forwarded to the school by the end of Term 1.

Upon receipt of the fully completed enrolment application an interview time is scheduled. Enrolment interviews are undertaken in Term 2. Written offers of placement are made at the end of Term 2.

Preference is given to children who reside in the parish and are baptised catholic and where one or both parents have a commitment and involvement in the parish. When the number of applications exceeds places available preference may be given to siblings of students already enrolled. Where insufficient places are available parents may elect to remain on a waiting list.

Enrolment in Year One to Six is determined by the availability of places. Where places are not available children may be placed on a waiting list. Upon receipt of the fully completed application to the school office, an interview will be scheduled with the Principal.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ENROLMENT TO KINDERGARTEN

  • copy of your child's birth certificate
  • up to date Immunisation History statement from Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR)
  • passport size photo of child attached to the front of the application
  • family photo 4x6cm (this does not have to be a formal photo)
  • proof of residential address

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ENROLMENT INTO YEARS 1-6

  • copy of your child's birth certificate
  • copy of your child's Baptism certificate
  • copy of two most recent school reports
  • copy of results from NAPLAN (if applying for Years 4-6)
  • up to date Immunisation History statement from Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR)
  • passport size photo of child attached to the front of the application
  • family photo 4x6cm (this does not have to be a formal photo)
  • proof of residential address

Enrolment Form
Enrolment Policy and Procedure
Enrolment - Standard Collection Notice (Privacy)
Note: These forms are for Years 1-6 only.  Children enrolling in Kindergarten need to collect an enrolment package from the school Office.

 

When will I find out whether my child has been accepted into the school?

Enrolment interviews are held in May for Kindergarten and throughout the year for Years One  - Six. Written offers of placement will follow in Week Nine of Term Two.

 

How much are the school fees?

Please refer to the Fees Information page of the website

 

What are the opening hours of the school?

School begins at 8:15am.  Supervision begins at 7:50am.  The school day concludes at   2:35pm and parents are expected to collect their children as soon as possible after this time.

 

What are the arrangements for dropping off / picking up / catching the bus before and after school?

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What extra-curricular activities are available at St Clare's?

All students are encouraged to participate in extra curricular programs on offer

These programs develop students’ confidence, talents and sense of responsibility.

They may include:

  • Diocesan Gala Days in soccer, cricket, netball, basketball, rugby, rugby league, and more
  • Opportunities to represent the school, diocese, Mackillop, State in swimming, athletics, cross country
  • Mark Taylor Shield Cricket
  • School choir
  • Music Bus
  • Chess
  • Public Speaking
  • University Tests
  • Art competitions (Sydney Archdiocese)
  • Seasons for Growth
  • Mini Vinnies
  • Drama groups
  • Science Club
 

Is there an anti-bullying policy in place at the school?

At St Clare’s we have a strong focus on anti-bullying. We encourage students to treat others with respect and justice. As a school we spend term one of each year focusing explicitly on anti-bullying. Each year level focuses on different aspects of bullying and what to do if bullying is experienced. The buddy system also seeks to support children who may be experiencing bullying. Parents are always encouraged to speak to their child’s teacher regarding any on going social or relationship issues involving their child.

 

Do you have a healthy canteen?

Yes, St Clare’s school canteen is aligned to the Fresh Tastes @school –NSW Healthy Canteen Strategy.

 

 

From where can I purchase the school uniform?

The school uniform is available through Yeronga Uniforms based in Camden. Phone 46555839  Link http://www.yerongauniforms.com

 

Do you have organised after school care?

Three companies offer care services to the school community.

ABLE is an after school care facility that operates on site at St Clare’s. Contact: Deborah Blunden 0433178118

Jenny’s Kindergarten is located at the rear of the school grounds offers a before and after school care facility. Contact 46472622

Creative Gardens (Formally Miss Lizzie’s) is located in Mt Annan and provides before an after school care. Student are transported by mini bus to the facility. Contact 46472054

 

How can I / we become involved in the life of the school community?

There are many opportunities for parents to become involved in the life of the school. Depending on the age of the students and the nature of the activity, many teachers invite parents to assist with activities in the classroom. The school canteen is always looking for volunteers and assistance is required to support various school events.

It is highly recommended that parents consider becoming involved in the activities of the P&F, where they have the opportunity to meet others within the community and assist to improve the resources for the children in the school.

 

 

Will I be able to come and help in the classroom?

Yes, each grade will be different, but parents often participate and contribute in the classroom. This could include helping with reading and literacy programs, mathematics groups, technology, craft, or by offering expertise in a particular area of interest, such as Indigenous Education or Music.