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School tours for families interested in enrolling for entry in 2024/2025 are open now.

Our School Zone

Our school zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au which hosts the most up-to-date information on school zones in Victoria.

Students residing within our school zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined based on your permanent residential address.

Our school manages enrolments using the Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and may enrol at another school, if there are available places.

For more information, you can:

2025 enrolments
Enrolment applications for 2025 are open. To be eligible to enrol for Foundation 2025, children must turn 5 years of age by 30 April 2025.
2025 Foundation (Prep) enrolments

This year our school is using an online system for new enrolments to Victorian government schools called VicStudents. VicStudents is available for students who are enrolling in a Victorian Government School for the first time. This includes Foundation (Prep) enrolments for 2025.

VicStudents has been assessed by the Department of Education to a high degree of security in line with the Victorian Protective Data Security Standards and is compliant with ISO 27001, the leading international standard for information security.

 

To commence online enrolment:

Visit https://students.educationapps.vic.gov.au/s/ or click on the link below to create an account and complete the online application form. Please ensure that all documents required are attached to the application.

A Quick Reference Guide to using the online system is available here.

 

2025 Enrolment Timeline

  1. Use Find my School to locate your designated neighbourhood school (referred to as your local school) and other nearby government schools.
  2. Contact a government primary school to book a school tour or to learn more about the school and the enrolment application process.
  3. Download the Foundation (Prep) Enrolment Information Pack for Parents and Carers (PDF, 1.5 MB) This pack includes an application form. The school may also provide you with a copy of the form to complete.
  4. Submit an enrolment application for Foundation (Prep) by Friday 26 July 2024.
  5. You will be notified of the outcome of your application between Monday 29 July and Friday 9 August 2024. If you receive an enrolment offer, you should accept the offer by Friday 23 August 2024.
  6. Take part in information and transition sessions during Term 4, 2024.
  7. Your child will start Foundation (Prep) from Wednesday 29 January 2025.

Enrolment applications submitted after 26 July 2024 will be processed by the school as they are received, in accordance with the Department of Education’s Placement Policy.

International Students

If your child is not an Australian citizen please see the further enrolment information below

Start your online enrolment process here:
Transition Programs

Our well organised transition programs will ensure that your child starts Parkhill Primary School feeling confident, and hopefully with few tears, regardless of what year level your child starts.

For our Foundation children we have many opportunities for your child to become familar with their teachers, peers and buddies.

Students enrolling into Year 1 - 6 will be invited to attend the State-wide Transition Day which is usually held in early December each year.

PREPARING FOR
FOUNDATION

Starting school is one of the most exciting milestones in your child’s life, but it can also be a little nerve wracking. Parents often ask how I can help my child to be ready for their next step?

Teachers recommend:
  • Asking your child what they think about starting school.
  • Encouraging your child to ask questions about going to school.
  • Encouraging your child to try to do things on their own such as dressing, going to the toilet, washing their hands, unwrapping their food and opening and closing their drink bottle.
  • Talk to friends and other families about what school is like. Attend transition-to-school programs and activities at your child’s early years service and school.
  • Talk to the school about how you can engage in your child’s learning and development at school.
PARKHILL'S PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

Every Wednesday from 2:00 – 3:00pm during Term 3, the Foundation and Specialist teachers run a special ‘Preschool Program’ that any 4-5 year old child is welcome to attend. Your child will enjoy Story Time, STEAM, Performing Arts, Chinese and Movement in Parkhill Primary School’s friendly, safe and stimulating environment. Parents are invited to stay and have a school tour with the school captains.

FORMAL TRANSITION

Once you have enrolled your child at Parkhill there will be more formal transition days. Children will be able to meet the Foundation teachers and other Foundation students enrolling at the school, while spending time in the classroom engaging in some fun activities. These sessions are approximately 60 minutes. Starting primary school can be a very daunting experience, and children who attend Foundation transition tend to settle into school more easily.

CARE PROGRAM

During the transition program our Year 5’s (the future Year 6’s) involve themselves in the transition to familiarise your child with the leaders of the school. This helps create a cohesive support system for them in the new year.

A typical day in Foundation
  • 8:45am Arrive at school
  • 9:00am Start morning routine -> Learning block 1
  • 11:00am Toilet break -> Learning block 2
  • 1:30pm Lunch time and play
  • 2:30pm Quiet time -> Learning block 3 
  • 3:00pm Learning block 4 (Social Emotional learning, Care Group activities, Show and Tell, Whole School Assembly)

Literacy and numeracy typically happens in the morning with inquiry, STEAM and other elements of the curriculum in the afternoon. A specialist timetable will be sent home at the beginning of the year

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If enrolment is sought for a child who was not born in Australia or is not an Australian Citizen you may be required to enrol via the International Education Division of the Department of Education & Training, depending on the visa held by the child. Please advise the child’s residential status in Australia (permanent or termporary) and the Visa Type and Subclass number and, where defined, the Sector, as advised on the child’s Visa Grant Notice when enquiring about enrolment. If your child currently has a Bridging Visa, please also provide the Visa Type and Subclass and, where defined, the Sector, of the visa held immediately prior to the Bridging Visa.

Students from language backgrounds other than English are eligible to attend an intensive English program at Blackburn English Language School (BELS) if they are:

    • aged between 5 and 18 years
    • and a permanent resident of Australia or
      the holder of an eligible temporary resident visa in Australia
    • and have been in Australia less than six months (or 18 months if Prep entry is required)
Short Term Enrolment
Children in Australia on a tourist visa (or similar) may be eligible for short term (temporary) enrolment, subject to availability in the required year level. Please note the following:
    • A child’s date of birth determines which year level they are placed in.
    • A place at Parkhill Primary School can only be offered if there is space in the required year level.
    • Tuition at Parkhill Primary School is in English, so the child needs to have English language ability that will allow them to communicate with their teachers and other students, and comprehend at their year level.
    • There are no extra support services available for short term students.
    • Uniform is required at Parkhill Primary School.
    • If the child is enrolled through the IED program, the cost of any activities/excursions/incursions that occur during the period of enrolment must also be paid by parents/guardians.
    • There will be no report prepared for short term enrolment. A confirmation of enrolment can be provided if required.
When enquiring about short term enrolment, please advise:
    • Child’s full name
    • Date of birth
    • Visa Subclass number and type, and where defined, the Sector
    • Residential address when in Melbourne; and
    • Start and end dates of enrolment.

Most short term enrolments are applied for through the International Education Division (IED). We will advise if this is the case when you enquire about short term enrolment. If application via IED is required, please ensure that you have confirmation from Parkhill Primary School that a place can be offered before commencing the application process; allow a minimum three months before the enrolment is required for the IED and school enrolment processes.

Download Parkhill Primary School's handbook for international students
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