Enrolment Policy

Rationale

As a Catholic Secondary School for boys within the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Whitefriars College operates, primarily, to serve Catholic families who wish to offer their sons a Catholic secondary education in the Carmelite tradition. It has developed this Enrolment Policy and its accompanying ‘Enrolment Priorities’ in sympathy with Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEOM) Policy 2.4, ‘Enrolment for Schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne’ in order to be clear and transparent about how and where it seeks enrolments.

Principles

Whitefriars College recognises that it operates in the context of a number of Catholic secondary schools within the Archdiocese. Whitefriars College respects the ‘Priority Parishes’ system within the Archdiocese whereby it is authorised to seek enrolments from the families in those parishes. At the same time Whitefriars College respects the rights of other schools for whom these parishes are designated ‘Priority Parishes’ to also seek enrolments from families in these parishes. In addition, Whitefriars College respects the rights of other schools who have different ‘Priority Parishes’ assigned to them. Therefore, whilst encouraging and accepting enrolments from these other parishes, it will not market itself directly in these parishes.

Whitefriars College seeks to enrol Catholic students in the first place, according to the Priorities set out below, and whose parents accept the conditions outlined in the Enrolment Form.

If there are places available after all suitable Catholic applicants have been accommodated, these will be offered to non-Catholic applicants, according to the Priorities set out below.

Whitefriars College reserves the right to determine who a ‘suitable’ applicant is in light of the students’ history at his previous school and in light of the perceived support of his parents for Whitefriars’ Policies, Procedures and Ethos. It would be exceptional, however, for a Catholic student not to be admitted to Year 7 on these grounds.

Whitefriars College aims to be inclusive in its enrolment, particularly in regard to Catholic students applying to enter Year 7. Every effort will be made to accommodate students with different needs – from those needing a high level of support in order to deal with a disability to those who are gifted and talented.

In enrolling a child, Whitefriars commits itself to educating him in a holistic manner in partnership with his parents/guardians.

Enrolment Priorities for Year 7

In the first instance, places are offered to baptised Catholic boys according to the following priorities:

  • Brothers of current or former students
  • Sons of Old Collegians
  • Boys from Catholic Primary Schools in Whitefriars’ Priority Parishes
  • Sons of current members of staff
  • Boys from Whitefriars’ Priority Parishes, but not attending a Catholic Primary School
  • Boys from Catholic Primary Schools, other than those in Whitefriars’ Priority Parishes
  • Boys from other schools

After places have been allocated to Catholic students, places are offered at the Principal’s discretion, but generally according to the following priorities:

  • Brothers of current or former students
  • Sons of Old Collegians
  • Sons of current members of staff
  • Members of Christian Orthodox Churches
  • Others

NOTE : Late applications will be processed, where possible, with consideration given to the classifications above and the date of receipt.

Closing date for applications for Year 7, 2020 is Friday 17 August 2018.

Enrolment Priority Parishes

Our Priority Parishes and Associated Schools are:

  • Blackburn: St Thomas the Apostle Primary
  • Blackburn North: St Philip’s Primary
  • Box Hill: St Francis Xavier Primary
  • Doncaster: St Gregory the Great Primary
  • Doncaster East: Ss Peter and Paul’s Primary
  • Donvale: Our Lady of the Pines Primary
  • Eltham: Our Lady Help of Christians Primary
  • Mitcham: St John’s Primary and St James’ Primary
  • Montmorency: Holy Trinity Primary (Eltham North) and St Francis Xavier Primary
  • Park Orchards: St Anne’s Primary
  • Ringwood North: Holy Spirit Primary
  • Templestowe: St Charles Borromeo Primary and St Kevin’s Primary (Lower Templestowe)
  • Vermont: St Timothy’s Primary

In addition to these, the College traditionally receives enrolment applications from students enrolled in approximately 50 other Catholic and Non-Catholic Primary Schools.

‘Give everything a go’ was the first thing my son was told at Whitefriars. The future belongs to those who believe they can become anything they’ve ever dreamt about but never thought possible.

Mrs Lucy Corrente – Current Parent (Year 7)
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