FAQs

Yes. Your child will have priority access to St Michael’s College providing the St Michael’s enrolment conditions are met.

Star of the Sea students also have priority access to Nazareth College, St Mary’s College, St Aloysius and CBC among others and in compliance with their enrolment criteria.

No Star of Sea has Reception intakes in Term 1 only for children who will attain the age of 5 on or before 30 April in that year. Children who turn 5 after this date must wait until the following year.

While many of our students are brought up in a traditional Catholic family, many families are supported and committed to children educated in Christian environment that strongly encourages the basic family values of kindness, respect and compassion.

As a Catholic school, we pride ourselves on being inclusive of all cultural, religious and economic backgrounds.

To ensure that students starting in Reception receive the smoothest transition possible in to our school, Our Early Years teachers visit pre-schools the term before the child commences school. This gives the child a chance to meet the teacher in their environment prior to their first day at Star of the sea. This also assists teachers to gather any important information from pre-school/kindergarten teachers that can assist your child in the transition to school and aid in their learning.

Star of the Sea also offers a transition to school program called “Little Stars”. Children who have been accepted to Star of the Sea School in Reception are invited to attend Little Stars. Little Stars is a 2.5 hours transition to school program that starts two terms before your child commences school. The Little Stars Transition Program is staffed by a qualified teacher and Education Support Officer. The program is uniquely designed to enhance learning.

We also hold a parent information evening to provide parents with all the information they may need and answer any questions they may have.

Children entering Star of the Sea in other ear levels at various times of the year are also supported to assist them in transitioning to our school. We have orientation visit and meet the teacher mornings.

Currently at Star of the Sea we do not have any composite multi year level classes. However, on occasions where numbers dictate that we need to have composite classes, we find they really work in our school community.

Our research and experience tells us that all classes are composite classes. There is no class that is full of children at the same level and who all require the same things. Each class contains a range of ages, abilities, personalities and maturity levels.

Parents concerned about composite classes should be reassured that learning at Star of the Sea school occurs individually, in small groups and as a whole class. Engaged students will learn whether the class is structured by age, grade, ability of as some form composite class.

Catholic Education SA has recently announced their intentions to transition Year 7 students to secondary school settings. For most Catholic primary schools, this transition will commence in 2019.

In 2019 Star of the Sea school will be a Reception to Year 6 School. A majority of Star of the Sea student attend St Michaels College in Year 7.

Class sizes of 25 children in Reception – Year 1 and 29 children from Year 2-7. From time to time there may be the need to increase classes by one or two children. When this occurs, class affected receive additional ESO support.

Star of the Sea school is a non – government Catholic school and therefore does not receive full government funding. The school relies on the payment of School Fees to cover all operational costs therefore allowing us to continue our delivery of excellence in primary school education.

School fees are inclusive of Tuition Fees, ICT Levy, Excursion Levy, Building and Maintenance Levy.

Early enrolment is always recommended as it can be difficult to foresee what the demand for a particular year. Star of the Sea enrols and interviews children two years in advance. Please note enrolment does not guarantee a placement.

An application for Enrolment form can be obtained from the School Registrar and needs to be completed and returned with the $55 enrolment fee. This fee is non-refundable and per student.

We do have waiting lists for most year levels. We try very hard to ensure families on waiting list are kept informed should places become available.

Families seeking a Star of the Sea education are most welcome to visit the school for a tour.

Please contact the School Registrar to make a time to meet a member of the Leadership team, visit classrooms and hear about our school programs and offerings.