Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing a school for your child is an important and personal decision. Compiled below are the most frequently asked questions that enrolling families ask about St Peter’s.

 
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When can I enrol my child at St Peter’s?

We advise parents to enrol their child as early as possible in the year before they start school. For families who are changing schools or are new to the area, this can be done at any time throughout the year providing we have places available.

Who can enrol in a Catholic school?

All families seeking to enrol at St Peter’s are welcome to apply. Enrolment preference is given, in order, to:

  • Children of Catholic families who live in the local parish

  • Children of Catholic families from other parishes

  • Children from Non Catholic families

Catholic schools have a strong religious dimension and people of other faiths who wish to enrol should be willing to participate in the religious activities at St Peter’s.

Will it be expensive to send my child to a Catholic school?

The Diocese of Melbourne (of which St Peter’s is a part) strives to keep fees to a minimum and no student is denied enrolment in a Catholic school purely on the basis of a genuine inability to pay fees and other charges. There are sibling discounts on tuition fees and flexible payment arrangements available. Please contact us for the most up to date fee schedule.

Do you have a Kindergarten transition program at St Peter’s?

After acceptance of enrolment our Kindergarten children join us for three mornings where they meet teachers, each other and get to know the school environment. It helps to ensure a smooth transition for your child and gives parents the opportunity to find out more about how the school operates, hear from some professional speakers and also network with the other Parents.

What is the approach to Learning & Teaching at St Peter’s?

St Peter’s is committed to the provision of quality learning experiences that are relevant, stimulating and developmental. Our curriculum and instructional practices are all designed to enhance student success. We have a team of dedicated, highly qualified professionals whose commitment to the support of every student is central to their achievement.

How is positive student behaviour encouraged and supported at St Peter’s?

At St Peter’s, we have adopted a whole school approach to bring about positive behaviour. This approach has a strong emphasis on teaching appropriate behaviours and providing systems of support to bring about these positive behaviours. Our school rules outline appropriate student behaviours that contribute to the functioning of our school as a safe and supportive learning environment.

At St Peter’s Catholic School, we Respect Ourselves and Others, Respect Learning and Respect our Environment.

What does Religious Education involve at St Peter’s?

Religion has a very important role in the life of a Catholic school and all students study religious education. St Peter’s shares in the mission of the Church which is based on a rich heritage of faith and tradition. Our school community takes part in activities such as regular prayer, mass and liturgy to continually develop our faith.

Is parental involvement encouraged at St Peter’s?

St Peter’s is blessed with a strong and supportive parent community. Members of the school community are invited to become fully involved in all aspects of school life at St Peter’s. There is a particular focus on welcoming new families to the school.

What facilities does Peter’s have on-site?

St Peter’s has a well-equipped Library and Information Communication Technology Learning Centre which utilises the latest technology to engage students in their learning. This includes access to computers, the internet, multimedia equipment and other tools for learning. Every classroom at St Peter’s is well resourced with interactive white boards and laptops and ipads and highly skilled teachers in the area of ICT. Students have access to a variety of playground areas, state of the art gymnasium, vegetable garden and chapel.

Would you like to know more?

Browse our website, read the Parent Information Handbook or arrange for a personal tour. There are many ways to find out about St Peter’s - but most of all don’t hesitate to give us a call, we are only too happy to answer your questions.

Do you have Out of School Hours Care available?

Yes, we have access to before and after school care, it is run by Kelly Club OSHC Program who are a national organisation that caters daily for children in Catholic, Independent and Government schools across Australia. Kelly Club operates out of Glengala Primary School and they provide staff to drop off and collect children from St Peter's Primary School. Please see our friendly office staff for more details.

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St Peter's Catholic Primary School
2A Killeen Street
South West Sunshine
Victoria 3020
Tel: (03) 83126900
Fax: (03) 83126999
office@spsunshinesw.catholic.edu.au