Catholic Education South Australia

Having your child commence school for the first time or moving to a new school is a significant moment for the child and family.

In order for parents/caregivers to feel positive about the change, we have put together the answer to some of most commonly asked questions. Hopefully this will relieve any anxieties.

If you have any other questions, a member of the School Leadership Team would be happy to speak with you.

Does the school have any vacancies?

St Brigid's Catholic School is located in a growing area and we are presently a two stream school with fluctuations in some year levels.

In any year there are approximately 54 vacancies for Reception children. Where the school is in receipt of an enrolment form lodged on behalf of a child, an interview occurs approximately a year before the child is due to commence school.  Where interviews occur, a decision is made based on the expressed wish of the parents, the needs of the child and the needs of the school. Parents and Caregivers would normally be informed as to the success or otherwise of the enrolment application within 2-3 weeks. Where the vacancies are almost fully taken up, a priority system is employed to fill remaining places. For transferring children from interstate or another local school, interviews occur at time of interest and a decision will be made on the above criteria and availability of places. (see enrolment policy +Link)

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Does St Brigid's Catholic School have more than one annual intake ?

As of 2014, all students in Catholic schools in the state of South Australia will fall in line with the new State Government Enrolment Policy for beginning students.

This means that a child must turn 5 before May 1 of the year they are to commence school. Thereafter, parents must wait until the following year to enrol their child in school.

Please note: This is non-negotiable due to our systems obligations.

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Do you have to be Catholic to send a child to St Brigid's Catholic School?

We are not a private school; St Brigid’s is a Catholic School in the Gawler Parish called Sts Peter & Paul. It is an outreach of the parish to provide a Catholic education to its members. However, many Christian parents seek a Christian education that reflects the values of Jesus in the education that is provided and the relationship encouraged between staff and children. Other parents/caregivers are people of goodwill who encourage a similar values system in their children and are happy for them to be educated in a Christian environment. All such families are represented in the St. Brigid’s community. It is expected that children and parents of non Catholic or Christian affiliation will support the ethos and values of the school.

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What are the class sizes?

Class sizes can vary depending on the student intake in any one year.

Generally 29 students in a class constitute a full class from Years 2-7. In years Reception-Year 1 approximately 25 students constitute a full class.

In any year classes may not commence with these numbers, however due to families moving into the area, classes may end at this level at the end of a school year. These class sizes are determined by the Government funding the school receives based on student /teacher ratios.

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What support structures are in place to support my child’s special needs?

The days when every student is required to meet the same expected standard in any year level is no longer the accepted practice. This outdated model ensured some students were bored and others developed a clear understanding of themselves as failures.

As all students are individuals, when some students start school they need some extension, while others are still struggling to acquire basic concepts. 

Through the enrolment application, we attempt to discern any needs prior to a child starting school. This enables us to ensure appropriate support structures are in place before a child commences.

Our teachers provide an education that is tailored to suit the needs of individual students. Adaptive education programs, funded programs, extension strategies for high achievers and programs to develop coordination, social skills and confidence, are employed by teachers to help students develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes to grow as wholesome individuals.

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Do children have automatic acceptance to Xavier College?

Enrolment decisions for Xavier College rest with the College.

Xavier College requires enrolment applications to be submitted two years prior to commencement to Year 8 for all local students. All students graduating from Year 7 have been successful in gaining entry to Xavier College where enrolment forms were received by Xavier while the student was in Year 5.


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What information do you have about school fees and School Card?

In the Tuition Fee information relating to current annual school fees are detailed. Variations are available via a 40% discount for families eligible for School Card. As the School Card Scheme processes and eligibility varies from year to year, it not possible to explain this here. A fee variation form also exists where unusual circumstances apply. 

To speak with us about your family's situation, please contact the School office.

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Can our family come and have a look around the school and ask questions?

The school takes families on a tour during the interview process following receipt of an application.  In addition, your family may make an appointment to view the school. This can be done by contacting the School office.

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Is it expected that students wear school uniform and how strictly is it policed?

St Brigid's Catholic School has a clearly stated Uniform Policy (please see below). This is communicated to parents on a number of occasions at the commencement of a family’s involvement with us. Families formally accept the Uniform Policy by signing the Enrolment Form, hence it is expected that families will support it.

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Is there a bus transport system available?

Children at St Brigid's Catholic School are able to make use of both public, Education Department service and charted private services.

There are costs associated with some of these services. The school does not administer the bus transport system for our students. Further information is available from Gawler and Districts College on (08) 8522 2044.

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What is the curriculum that is taught at St Brigid's Catholic School?

Our school is transitioning to using the new Australian Curriculum, where Mathematics, English, Science and History will be implemented by the commencement of the 2014 School year. In the meantime we continue to use the South Australian Curriculum Framework, developed jointly by the Catholic system and the Education Department.

This sets out the outcomes that are expected from Reception to Year 7 in all eight Key Learning Areas (eg English, Maths, Society and the Environment etc.) and in addition, the outcomes for the Religious Education Program for Catholic schools.

The Framework sets out specific outcomes for Years 2,4,6,8 and 10. The school utilizes resources provided to the teachers in order for them to develop strategies to achieve the stated outcomes.
Current areas of specialization are Indonesian, Science/Technology and Music/Drama.

Digital technologies are integral to the daily learning program in a number of ways. Each class has a hub of computers. The school also has two state of the art computer rooms where students are taught information technology skills and access the internet for learning. One is Windows format and the other is Apple Mac format with a focus on multi media enabling students to implement the skills in everyday learning.

The school has also this year moved toward a one to one digital device policy.

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