Stella Maris Primary School opened in 1980 with the support of the Presentation Sisters. The school was founded to cater for the spiritual and academic development of families in the Stella Maris Parish and the wider parish communities. The school continues the educational mission of the wider Church which aims to nurture the integration of faith and life through the principles, teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church.
A clear enrolment policy enables Stella Maris School to act justly in the important task of enrolment, especially where continued growth of the Sunshine Coast region puts pressure on demand for places. This enrolment policy is created with reference to the Archdiocese of Brisbane Catholic Education Council Policy Statement – 'Enrolment of Students in Catholic Schools'.
We aim to 'act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God.' (Micah 6)
While nurturing children in the Catholic faith and maintaining a Catholic ethos, Stella Maris School remains open and welcoming to all who support its vision, mission and values. Considerations such as availability of places, class composition, physical accommodation and ability of the school to meet student needs are also taken into account when enrolling new students.
Enrolment of Prep/Primary School Students
To qualify for enrolment in Prep, a student must turn 5 years before 1 July the year prior to enrolment. Application for early entry may be made where the student's birthday falls in July and the parent believes the student is ready to begin school. Enrolment is then at the discretion of the School Principal. Prep is a compulsory year of schooling.
Applications for enrolment will be considered in the following order:
Consideration of Applicants
Where circumstances require special consideration, a team consisting of the Principal, Assistant Principals (and Support staff as required) work collaboratively to discern and allocate placement.
Prior to offers of enrolment places, the Principal will give consideration to:
Enrolment Adjustment Support Process
The EASP is a consultative and collaborative process that encourages all participants in the education process (e.g., student, parent/legal guardian, teachers, school leadership, student support team and BCE Learning and Teaching Services personnel) to share as partners in consultations to ensure that students with disability are afforded access to and participation in education on the same basis as other students. Procedures
Enrolment applications for all year levels can be submitted at any time. When allocating Prep places, no advantage is given to early submission of applications. Whenever an application is received, the placement remains dependent upon meeting the requirements of this policy.
Term One of the Year prior to Placement
Applications are accepted online from the beginning of the year prior to enrolment. An interview with the Principal or Administration Team member is organised. The following documentation must accompany the enrolment application:
Term Two\Three of the Year prior to Placement
Commmunication is sent to parents, notifying them of either an enrolment position, or placement on the waiting list. Parents sign a 'Confirmation of Enrolment' form which is returned with $100 Confirmation of Enrolment Fee. If the enrolling family is in financial hardship, Application for Fee Concession form should be completed and submitted with required documentation within two weeks of Confirmation of Enrolment.
Term Four of the Year prior to Placement
A student orientation session is held for all Prep students. Students and parents are invited to attend. Students join their year level teachers while parents gather for an information session and welcome morning tea.
Role of Parents
It is expected that parents: