Coimadai Primary Enrolment Process
Student Enrolment Age
To start primary school your child will need to turn five years of age by 30 April of the year that they start school. A child must be at school (or registered for home schooling) in the year that they turn six years of age - this is the compulsory school starting age.
Local Neighbourhood Boundaries/Zones
Some Primary Schools need to restrict their enrolments – and the number of students they can take – to a particular area or zone around the school due to their current school size and the facilitates that they have available to them. .
You may contact us anytime to arrange a tour of our facilities and grounds. During the tour you will be able to obtain an enrolment form from the school. Please call our office on PH: (03) 5367 2907.
When to Enrol
You can enrol your child in a Victorian government primary school at any time during the year. This is particularly helpful if you are moving to a new area, interstate or from overseas once you have a residential address in Victoria. Enrolment is made directly with the school.
Coimadai Primary School starts taking enrolments as early as February the year before your child is due to start school. We recommend that all children are enrolled by October the year before your child is due to start school. This enables the school to provide indicative numbers for the following year to the Department of Education and Training and time to prepare classes, transition program and appoint teachers for the following year.
How to Enrol
To enrol your child in a Victorian government school you will need to fill out an enrolment form which you obtain from the school and provide the school with important information about your child, including:
* evidence of your child’s date of birth (copy of birth certificate)
* your contact details, including phone number and address, and those of any other parent, guardian and/or carer
* names and contact details of emergency contacts
* doctor’s and dentist’s names and phone numbers
* Immunisation Status Certificate
* health and welfare information
* information about the language/s your child speaks and hears at home.
If you need an interpreter to help fill out the enrolment form, the school staff can help organise this for you.
Transition - Prep Students
Coimadai Primary School offers a Prep Transition program to assist students in the transition from Kindergarten to Primary School. The year prior to the students starting school, students will receive a letter (sent out in October) inviting them to attend school for 3 mornings towards the end of November and the start of December. During these transition visits, the students will meet the peers in their class, their teacher and participate in teaching and learning activities from across a range of learning domains. Prep students will also be assigned their senior buddy, who will assist them in transitioning into the school.
When your child is starting Prep in a Victorian government school, your child’s kindergarten will give you a Transition Learning and Development Statement for you to give to the new primary school. This will inform the new teachers of your child’s learning strengths and needs so they can develop a program that is suitable for them. We ask that all families make these statements available for the school to copy.
How to help your child transition into Coimadai Primary School
* As a parent, you can help your child’s transition into a new school by:
* involving your child as much as possible when you are choosing the new school
* asking them how they feel about the new school
* showing them around the school before their first day
* meeting their new teacher/s
* preparing them for school by talking about their first day
* keeping in contact with important friends from their previous kindergarten/school
* talking to them about the new school they will be attending
* finding opportunities to meet parents and children from the new school.
Transferring of Students between Primary Schools
School Principals approve transfers when:
- the student residence changes and is now closer to a different government school (where requested)
- transfer is sought from an Australian school outside the state system
- the transfer is sought at the commencement of the school year or term 3
- transfer is requested by a parent/guardian and the principal of each school involved supports the request
- a student is expelled from a school. For students of compulsory school age, the principal of the school from which the student has been expelled is responsible for ensuring enrolment in another school or registered training organisation; in consultation with the regional office
For all other transfers where the parent appeals against the Principal’s decision to not enrol the:
- transferring principal makes recommendations to the regional director
- regional director determines approval.
Transferring from one primary school to another is a big step for most children. They are leaving behind the security of the familiar surroundings of their current primary school and entering a whole new environment.
When a student transfers from one government primary school to another within Victoria, the outgoing school gives the principal of the new school a transfer note. The note includes information about the student – their name, address, emergency contact details, any medical conditions and their academic records.
Whether your child is changing schools within Victoria, from another state or from overseas, it is useful for the new primary school to see school reports and examples of your child’s work from their previous school. This will assist the new primary school to do all they can to make the transition as smooth as possible for your child.
For more information regarding enrolments please refer to the Department of Education Placement Policy by clicking here.