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 Enrolling at our school

Thank you for considering St Margaret Mary’s to provide an education for your child. It is an honour for us to teach each child that joins our community and we take great pride in developing their skills to equip them to succeed in today’s world.

To find our more about our school, please read through the website and the FAQS which provide information about the school, the community, enrolment and fees. If you would like to book a one-on-one tour with our Principal, please book a time with us. We also hold open nights for enrolment in the first part of the year from March to May so join our mailing list to keep up to date as these are scheduled.

If you have any questions, please see the FAQ’s below or get in touch.

If you are ready to enrol your child, please complete the online enrolment form, provide the required documents and secure your child’s place by paying the enrolment deposit. Please see the prospectus for more information on enrolling.

 
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Enrolment dates

Enrolments for the 2021 school year close on 1st May 2020. If you would like to enrol your child for the 2020 school year, please get in touch.

Below are the dates for enrolment

 
 

School tours

Prep enrolment information night

Enrolment open

Enrolments closed

Confirmation of enrolment

Acceptance interviews

School transition

January to May, contact the school to book

February

1 March

30 April

May

July to August

October to November

Frequently asked questions

Does my child need to be Catholic to attend?

No, your child does not need to be Catholic to attend the school. We accept children from an array of faiths however, baptised Catholics are given preference in the enrolment process.

When do I need to enrol my child?

We accept enrolments the year prior to your child starting school. You are not required to put your child’s name on a waiting list.

What are the fees?

An outline of current fees and levies can be found in the prospectus. Fees are inclusive of all equipment and excursions (excluding BYO devices) and are due by the end of Term 3 each year.

Can I enrol my child if I am experiencing financial difficulties ?

Yes, of course you can. We will always do everything possible to make sure that no child misses out on a quality education.

What are your class sizes?

Our class sizes are small which ensures all students receive individualised attention and dedicated focus from the teaching staff. Our largest class is 23 students, with most classes being around 20 students.

What is the Walker Learning Approach?

Walker Learning is a wholistic approach to teaching the ‘whole child’. The Walker approach develops children who can think for themselves and for others, can create and imagine and who are strong in their literacy and numeracy. Walker taught children grow to navigate the challenges of the world with intrinsic motivation, strength of character, an assured sense of self and innate resilience. Walker Learning is a pedagogy not a program, not a tool – it is a teaching and learning approach that personalises learning and is developmentally and culturally appropriate for all students.

Does the school have before and after school care?

Yes, Camp Australia provide before and after school care on site from 7am - 8:30am and 3:15pm - 6:30pm. Due to low demand, Camp Australia do not offer a holiday program at the school, however holiday care is offered at surrounding schools which many of our children attend.

What does the uniform look like?

The uniform is in the school colours of navy, gold and white and includes both summer and winter options as well as a sports uniform for all year levels. For more information on the uniform, please see the prospectus.

Do you have lunch orders?

Yes, we have lunch orders on Mondays and Fridays every week of term. Lunch orders can be selected and paid for via the Qkr app up to 8am on the day required and KingWill Catering deliver orders just before eating time.

Are the children taught another language other than English?

Yes, children in all year levels participate in weekly Spanish lessons.

What specialist subjects do the children learn?   

Children learn a range of specialist subjects including Physical Education, Art, LOTE (Spanish), The Arts (Performing Arts, Dance and Drama), Science (additional to classroom Science for Grades 3 - 6)

Can the children learn a musical instrument through the school?

Private ‘Key to Key Keyboard’ lessons, a piano music program, is offered during school hours for those who wish to participate. Lessons are one-on-one with an experienced teacher, at an additional cost for each child.

In what years do the children make their Sacraments?

The Sacraments are parish based and school supported. Children will make their sacraments as follows: Reconciliation - Grade 3; Eucharist - Grade 4; Confirmation - Grade 5.

What technology is used at the school?

Technology is an important part of learning in the 21st century and is interwoven as a teaching tool at St Margaret Mary’s. We have a BYO device program for Grades 3 - 6, where children bring their personal iPad to school with them each day. Grades 3 - 6 also have 1:1 access to Chromebooks. Children in Prep – Grade 2 have 2:1 access to school iPads and use these in their investigations and learning.

What secondary schools do our students attend?

St Margaret Mary’s students attend many different secondary schools after graduating from our school. These schools include Emmanuel College - St Paul’s Campus, (boys only), Mount St Joseph’s Girls College (girls only), The Academy (girls only) and Christian Brothers College (boys only until 2021 when the school will become co-educational). Please contact your preferred school for further information about their program.

How do I contact the school if I have a question or query?

Simply call us on 9391 3118 to chat to the Principal or Office staff. You can also contact us via email at office@smmspotswood.catholic.edu.au.