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Enrolling your child

Primary school enrolment

Children must be five by 30 June in the year they enrol in the Preparatory Year. There is no waiting list for enrolment in the Preparatory Year.

Early or delayed entry to Prep are options which may be considered in specific circumstances and where it is in a child's best educational interests.

For a child entering Year 1, schools require proof of the child's date of birth, such as a birth certificate, passport or visa.

Preparing for the first day at school

Think about how you can best prepare your child for the first day at school:


Students are eligible to enter the first year of secondary school, Year 7, after completing six years of primary education.

For many students their second school will be the closest to their homes; however, some parents choose to send their child to a different secondary school. This may be because of the curriculum that is available, or because the school has a specific focus.

It's a good idea to consider your preferences early in the year and see if your child is eligible to attend the school of your preference.

Parents are encouraged to attend information sessions at local schools to assist them to choose a school for their child.

Transition from primary to secondary school

The transition from primary to secondary school is an exciting time for students and their parents. It is the next stage in a lifelong educational journey leading to new experiences and challenges. The more informed everyone is, the more likely the experience will be positive for you and your child.

After the relatively familiar surroundings of the primary school, it can be daunting to move to a secondary school where there are many more teachers, new surroundings and a different approach to timetabling.

Secondary schools have different ways of introducing primary students to their school. Most students settle in quickly.

Primary and secondary schools cooperate to ease students through this transition.

Changing schools

If student is enrolling from a non-state school to a state school (or vice versa), the school can request a Transfer Note Adobe PDF document External Link.

If a student has moved from interstate, the school can request consent from parents to obtain student information from the previous school using the Interstate Student Data Transfer Note External Link.

A Transfer Note is not required for students transferring their enrolment from one state school to another (including primary to secondary).

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This page was last reviewed on 19 Mar 2015

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