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Thank you for taking the first step in considering a Catholic education for your child in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle for 2019.
We recognise that this is one of the most important decisions as parents or carers, you will ever have to make. However, you can be rest assured that our 45 primary schools and 11 secondary schools will offer your child a nurturing, encouraging and safe environment to learn, achieve and grow academically, spiritually, physically and emotionally from Kindergarten to Year 12.
You can use the "School Finder" to find your closest Catholic school. Alternatively, you can call the Catholic Schools Office on (02) 4979 1200 to enquire.
How to enrol in a Catholic school
To enrol your child at one of our primary or secondary schools, simply click the button above to download an enrolment package. Complete the enrolment form and provide all required documentation directly to the school when applying for enrolment.
Enrolments for 2019 open in Catholic Schools Week, which is 4–10 March 2018.
Applicants are asked to attend an interview with the Principal. Interviews begin in Term 1, and continue through Terms 2 and 3 depending on applications received.
Parents/carers receive offer of a place at the school in writing in Term 3.
Orientation for students will be held in Term 3 or 4 depending on the school.
When is the enrolment period?
Catholic schools accept enrolments at any time of the school year and you are encouraged to enquire about any availabilities should you wish to have your child attend a Catholic school mid-way through the year.
However, enrolments into Catholic schools for the following year take place between February and June and in particular, during Catholic Schools Week, when parents and their children are invited to come to the school’s open day and enrol.
How old does my child need to be to enrol in Kindergarten?
Children who turn five years old on or before May 31 are eligible for enrolment into Kindergarten for that year.
Does my child need to be Catholic to attend a Catholic school?
No. The Catholic school is open to all who want to share its educational goal, inspired by Christian principles. For more information, view "Does my child need to be Catholic to go to a Catholic school?"
A small number of places in schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle may be available to overseas students who share our Catholic faith and ethos. At the present time, no students with a 571 visa subclass are able to be enrolled into diocesan Catholic schools.
For more information, please see the attached guidelines for the enrolment of Overseas Students.
Provider name: Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Maitland/Newcastle
CRICOS provider code: 03339D
The CSO's contact person for the area of Overseas Students is:
Assistant Director of Schools
Phone: (02) 4979 1244