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Enrolment

St. Dominic's Primary School Camberwell East

When you enrol your child at St. Dominic’s, you are enrolling your family… in the life, learning, faith, service and community which encompasses our Dominican Charism and the heart of our school.

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Thank you for considering St. Dominic’s Primary School for your child's education. 

Enrolments for Prep commence in the year prior to your child starting primary school. 

We invite you to contact us to book a school tour by contacting our office on 98368300, or by emailing office@sdcamberwelleast.catholic.edu.au.

Prep enrolments are open to all children who turn 5 years by 30th April of the year they begin school.

To enrol at St. Dominic’s, we invite you to complete an enrolment form, which is available on our website or from the school office. 

When submitting your child’s enrolment form, you must also provide:

  • Birth certificate

  • Baptism certificate

  • Immunisation certificate 

  • Passport if the child is born overseas

 

An Application for Enrolment is the first step in the process for placement at St. Dominic's, and we look forward to meeting you to discuss your child’s enrolment.

We are proud of the work we do and the opportunities that we provide for our students and their families. ​


 

Enrolment Details:

Our primary responsibility is the education of the children in the Catholic faith, firmly based on the values of Jesus Christ and enshrined in the Gospels. We are an integral part of the Parish of St. Dominic's and contribute to the life of the parish and our community.  Families enrolling their children at St. Dominic’s are expected to involve themselves in the life of the school and our Parish in every way possible. Regular attendance at Sunday Eucharist, active participation in the preparation of children for the Sacraments, contribution to the upkeep of the parish and an understanding of the St. Dominic's Vision statements are all part of ongoing parish life and this commitment.

In accordance with enrolment numbers advised by the City of Boroondara Council, St. Dominic's School may be limited in the number of students accepted. Student Enrolment at St. Dominic’s must also comply with the provisions of the Victorian Catholic Schools & Catholic Education Office Certified Agreement 2008, which states;

 

Unless agreement is reached to the contrary by the Consultative Committee the following class size limits shall apply:

  • The Consultative Committee will make special recommendations with regard to support and resourcing for a classroom teacher where:

    • 1. a Yr P-2 exceeds 26

    • 2. a Yr 3-6 class exceeds 28

 

Enrolments are open to all baptised Catholic children of St. Dominic’s Parishioners, as well as those children who have siblings already enrolled at our school. Consideration is given to the following criteria:-

  • Families who are active and supportive of the Parish:

    • (a) pastorally

    • (b) regular participants in Parish Mass

    • (c) financially

  • A commitment to the Parish School through Years Prep to Six.

 

Non-Catholic enrolments are also considered, provided parents are able to satisfy the school of their commitment and understanding of the Gospel Values which the school proclaims. These enrolments would be accepted on the understanding that the children participate in the Religious Education Program of the school.

 

The minimum age for all admission is 4.75 years prior to the beginning of the calendar year in which admission is sought; i.e. 5 years by 30th April. All children aged 6 or more must attend school.

Parents are asked to meet to discuss special arrangements with the Parish Priest or Principal, on an as needed basis. No child will be refused admission on the grounds of an inability to pay all/part of school fees. ​

 

School fees are charged according to whether there is one child or two or more children enrolled.

Support of the School Building Fund is expected of all parents, as part of their commitment to the School and Parish.

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Prep Transition Program

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School Tour

School Tours can be arranged by contacting our office at any time. During Terms 1 and 2 each year there are dedicated days where tours take place, however you are welcome to arrange a visit any time. With the easing of Covid restrictions, we will be offering many opportunities to invite prospective families to future Open Days. A St. Dominic’s School Tour is your first step in being welcomed into our school, toured by our expert student leaders, along with the opportunity to chat with our Principal and other staff.

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Interviews

Once you have enrolled your child as a future St. Dominic’s student, you will be invited to book in a ‘Family Meeting’. Parents come along with their child who will commence Prep (or another year level) in the following year. This is an opportunity to meet together with your child, along with our Parish Priest and Principal. We look forward to these personalised conversations, where we get to know your child and where we can discuss their needs and answer any questions you have.

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Kinder Visits

Each year, our Principal visits local kinders to build upon positive connections and advise of upcoming School Tour and Open Day dates. Over the coming year, future kinder visits will also include storytimes with our Prep teacher/s and Principal. In addition to this, local kinder groups will be invited to experience part of a ‘Big School Day’ with us at St. Dom’s.

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Orientation
 

Your children are at the centre of all that we do at St. Dom’s, therefore their transition into school life is an important step and priority. As we prepare to welcome your child and family to our school, we will communicate key dates and any information along the way. Part of this Orientation process involves communication with your child’s Kindergarten or Child Care, with attention to any particular learning, social or behavioural needs or adjustments, as well as establishing a close partnership between our staff and new parents. You will be supported along the way and we ask that you speak with relevant staff about any questions you have.

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Parent Information Session

Prospective parents are invited to a Prep Information Session in April-May of each school year. If you are considering enrolment at St. Dominic's, attendance at this meeting is encouraged and is a step in the direction of making that very important school enrolment decision. You will find information on our website at the beginning of each school year.

 

Parent/Carers of newly-enrolled students are advised of Information Sessions during Term 4 of the year prior to commencement. See our website for details or alternatively, contact our office or refer to information emailed to you.

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Orientation in the Classroom

The world of a new Prep student can be a daunting one, however an exciting one too! Our staff know their students and are trusted experts in providing the care and attention that all children need in times of change. Your newly-enrolled Prep child will have opportunities to meet their teacher, friends and even their Year 6 Buddy during our scheduled Orientation sessions in Term 4. Refer to information which has been shared with you or contact our office for further details.

 
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Enrolment in Other Year Levels

Enquiries about enrolment for students in other year levels are always welcome. Availability of placements will be dependent on current enrolment numbers and must account for:

  • Providing optimum learning resources, access and facilities for each child

  • Ensuring that class numbers comply with regulations  

 

To enquire about enrolment in year levels other than Prep, call our office staff on 98368300, or email office@sdcamberwelleast.catholic.edu.au.

 
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Uniform

All uniform requirements are available from our uniform provider Primary School Wear (PSW). The shop is located at :

 

PSW EAST KEW

12 Strathalbyn Street
East Kew, VIC, 3102
Phone: 03 9819 7809
Fax: 03 9819 7836

Our St Dominic's uniforms are obtained at an acceptable cost and of a high quality which requires minimum maintenance.

All students must be neatly dressed at all times.

Second Hand Uniform

Please click here to order second hand uniform.

The second hand uniform shop is a contactless service.

A flat fee of $5 per item.  All proceeds will go towards people who are in need in our school community.

 

DONATIONS

Donations will only be accepted on ONE day nominated at the end of term, and a reminder will be communicated in the newsletter.  NO donations will be accepted outside of this week.

We will only accept good quality donations, so please do not donate any items that are in need of repair, badly faded or stained.  Donations must be clean and fresh laundered.

 

Hear From Our Community

 
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Hear from our students

“I love doing sports at school. I like running really fast and hopping on the spot.”

Gerry, Student

“My favourite thing at school is everything! I like to make patterns with lots of different colours. I like making drawings for my teacher too, especially with stickers and leaves.”

Et

ta, Student

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Hear from our students

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Hear from our students

“I really love how everyone is so nice. Our teachers are really kind and caring and they are here to help if we feel sad. We learn about the Resilience Project and we don’t just write about it, we do it! Everyone is kind to each other.”

Allegra, Student

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Hear from our parents

“St Dominic's is a caring and nurturing school environment with a strong focus on the individual wellbeing and educational outcomes of each student. The school community is very welcoming and supportive-it's like one big family! Our daughter's progress and development since starting at St Dominic's has been so encouraging, she just loves going to school each day.”

Gretchen, Parent

“Our community is really welcoming and the people are so friendly. The teachers are so kind and they give us a really good education and they want us to learn and be happy too.”

Ashley, Student

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Hear from our students

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Hear from our parents

“We have found St. Dominic’s to be a wonderful choice for our daughter and son. There is a lovely feeling of community that I think is difficult to find in bigger schools. This sense of togetherness extends to the children and staff – everyone seems to know each other’s names and siblings. Our children will both often come home from school and remark that they played with children from various year levels. In this sense, no one is left behind, and it is reassuring as a parent to know that your child doesn’t just ‘go to’ school, but that they feel ‘part of’ the school. There is a focus on student wellbeing and happiness, which I think is vitally important in preparing our children for higher education and adult life. We highly recommend the school for its warm, inviting culture, and the wonderful values which it represents and imparts on our children.”

Christian, Parent

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Out of Hours School Care

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Camp Australia – Guiding Children’s Growth

We are proud to partner with Camp Australia to provide our Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program.

Camp Australia programs are centred on child enrichment, while ensuring a reliable, engaging and hassle-free OSHC service at our school. Their engaged educators foster a safe, inclusive environment where children can relax, have fun and grow.

 

Your OSHC – OSHC that inspires

Your OSHC is Camp Australia’s before school, after school and pupil free day program, tailored to the likes and interests of each child in service. Camp Australia’s educators design enriching experiences to inspire your children’s confidence, independence and imagination. In any one week, they could be participating in science experiments, active play, creative expression and more - they believe in learning through experience so that each child can grow.

Click here to find out more about Camp Australia's program at our school, including hours of operation and fees. To attend care, you must register your child. Register now for free.

 
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Book a Tour

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