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Enrolling at our school

Students within catchment

 
Any student, whose principal place of residence is within the school’s catchment area, is subject to the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 eligible for enrolment at the school.
 
The school Principal will hold places for students who relocate to within the catchment area throughout the school year.
 
Parents or legal guardians who wish to enrol their child at the school will need to demonstrate that the student’s principal place of residence is within the catchment area.
 
Proof of residency requirements: Parents or legal guardians who wish to enrol their child at the school are required to demonstrate that the student’s principal place of residence is within the catchment area. Current proof of residency at the address indicated can be provided as follows:
·     One primary source a current lease agreement, rates notice, or unconditional contract of sale, and
·     One secondary source – a utility bill (e.g. electricity, gas) showing this same address and parent’s/legal guardian’s name
If the Principal is not satisfied that the documentation provided by an applicant adequately demonstrates that the address stated is the student’s principal place of residence, then the Principal may request further sources of proof of residency. Examples may include (but are not limited to): 
·         Additional utility bills (e.g. water bill) or a series of bills at for the same address over a sequential period to demonstrate continued/ongoing residency 
·         Electoral Roll verification letter
·         Mobile phone statement (with current address details)
·         Statutory Declaration
·         Driver’s Licence (with current address details)
·         Bank statement (showing current address details; financial details are not required)
·         Tax Assessment Notice (financial details are not required)
·         Documents demonstrating recent change of address / re-location to within the school’s catchment area (e.g. proof of sale or termination of lease for the previous principal place of residence in a different catchment). 
In addition to the documents listed above, students living with a relative/other person within catchment must provide the following:
·         Properly sworn Statutory Declaration from the students parent/legal guardian; and 
·         Properly sworn Statutory Declaration from the person/s the student will be residing with in-catchment.  
The Principal may also request additional pieces of proof of residency and interview/s with all parties to discuss the living arrangement.  

Primary enrolments: Preparatory year eligibility

 
Children must be aged five by 30 June in the year they enrol. To determine when your child can commence their prep year, click here.
 
Parents wishing to enrol their child in the preparatory year need to contact McDowall State School administration from term 1, the year preceding attendance.
 
For a child entering the preparatory year, the McDowall State School administration will require:
  1. Evidence of the date of birth of a child such as birth certificate, extract or statutory declaration, passport or visa.
  2. Evidence of the child's place of residence. 

Primary enrolments: Years 1 to 6 eligibility

 
Parents wishing to enrol their child in the primary years need to contact McDowall State School administration. For a child entering year 1 to 6 or on transfer from another school, the McDowall State School administration will require: 
  1. Evidence of the date of birth of a child such as birth certificate, extract or statutory declaration, passport or visa.
  2. Evidence of the child's place of residence.
  3. Student reports and data from their previous school.

Application for enrolment

 
Students applying for enrolment need to complete Enrolment Form Part A (PDF 0.3MB) and one of the following:

What happens next?

 
Parents are required to attend interview with a McDowall State School Deputy Principal as part of the student enrolment application process. Where possible, the prospective student should also attend. Information is collected to: 
  1. Confirm student entitlement under the Education Act 2006 to enrol at the McDowall State School.
  2. Verbally approve and accept the student enrolment.
  3. Better inform the school on how to best prepare for the catering of the child's learning needs prior to attendance.