How to Enrol

Selecting Cerdon College, Merrylands, will give your daughter the best opportunity to develop academically, spiritually and socially, and in partnership with Catholic education.

 

 

Enrolling now for 2023

Applications for Year 7 2023 (first round offers) can be lodged from July 2021 until 25th March 2022.

 

 

Thank you for your interest in enrolling


Do you have a question about enrolment or want to express an interest in future enrolment?

Should you have any questions regarding current vacancies, the application process or school tours, please contact our friendly Enrolments team on (02) 8724 7300 weekdays during school hours.


EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

 

 

Cerdon College is a Catholic learning community providing quality education for all learners in a safe, friendly environment.

While enrolments are taken at any time during the year, please note that applications for new students must be received by the school during March of the year prior to commencement.

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Next steps


Step 1

View our facilities

Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision. Our Open Day, held in March each year, provides a wonderful opportunity for prospective families to view our facilities and meet our staff. Alternatively, why not take a virtual tour?


Tours & Events
Step 2

Complete an application

The completed Application forms must be submitted to our school office, together with all supporting documentation.

A $50 non-refundable application fee is payable at the time of submitting your application.


Application Forms
Step 3

Enrolment interview

All students seeking enrolment are required to attend an interview. Once the Enrolment Application has been submitted, our Enrolment Officer will contact you to schedule an interview. The enrolling student and at least one parent/carer are required to attend the interview.




We will advise the outcome of your application in writing shortly after the interview.

If you receive a Letter of Offer, you are required to return the Enrolment Acceptance Form and pay the non-refundable Enrolment Deposit ($300 for Secondary students) by the requested date to secure your position. This deposit contributes towards your first term school-based fees.

 

 

 

Enrolment FAQs

Children whose fifth birthday occurs on or before 31 July are eligible for enrolment for Kindergarten that year. By law, all children must be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday.

A new Enrolment Policy for Parramatta Diocesan Catholic schools has been introduced which offers Catholic families greater choice by allowing them to apply for enrolment at a Catholic school anywhere in the Diocese.

Where places are limited, priority will be given in order to:

  • children of Catholic families in the local parish
  • children of Catholic families who live outside the parish geographic boundaries but regularly attend the school's local parish
  • children of Catholic families who are parishioners of another parish
  • children of families who actively participate in the life of the school and local parish community
  • children of Orthodox families
  • children whose families belong to other Christian churches who, with their parents, respect and agree to support the Catholic mission of the school including the faith education it offers for their children
  • children of non-Christian faiths who, with their parents, respect and agree to support the Catholic mission of the school including the faith education it offers for their children
  • children who, with their parents, respect and agree to support the Catholic mission of the school including the faith education it offers for their children provided that:
    • siblings of presently enrolled children will have preference over applicants who have no sibling in the school within each category in the priority list
    • a child who has completed primary education in a Catholic parish-based primary school will usually be offered continuity of enrolment in a Catholic secondary school.

Catholic schools have a strong religious dimension and people of other faiths who wish to enrol in Catholic schools should be willing to participate in the religious activities of the school. Check with the principal of the school you are applying to.

Siblings

Siblings of children already enrolled in the school are considered by the same criteria above. However, within each of these categories, a sibling of a child already enrolled will have preference over an applicant who does not have a sibling enrolled in the school.

What if my child already attends a Catholic primary school in the Diocese?

A child who has completed primary education in a Catholic parish-based primary school will usually be offered continuity of enrolment in a Catholic secondary school. If no places exist at the chosen school, Catholic Education's Director System Performance will assist families to enrol in another Catholic secondary school in the Diocese.

While Catholic schools accept enrolment applications at any time during the year (pending vacancies), the main enrolment period is from February to May for the following school year. Contact the school to check when enrolment applications are due.

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Each primary and secondary Catholic school looks after its own enrolment process so it is best to contact the school you are interested in to find out what you need to do. Most schools conduct an enrolment interview.

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The following documents are required as part of the enrolment application. A copy of the original documents must be provided with a completed enrolment form. The original documents will need to be sighted by the school at the enrolment interview or as arranged.

  • Passport size photograph of student
  • Proof of residential address (e.g. council rates notice, current driver’s licence)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Citizenship/Residency/Visa (country of birth other than Australia)
  • Parent and Child Passport and Visa (if student is not Australian)
  • Latest school report from previous school
  • NAPLAN results (Years 3, 5, 7, 9 only)
  • Sacrament certificates (Baptism and Confirmation if applicable)
  • Approved Immunisation Certificate
  • Special needs and assessments reports for speech, hearing, cognitive, occupational therapy or others (if applicable)
  • Medical Action Plan e.g. Asthma, Anaphylaxis (if applicable)
  • Medical Plan e.g. Mental Health plan, Medication plan (if applicable)
  • Family Court Orders / Parenting Agreements / AVO/DVO / other documents relevant to student (if applicable)

Secondary schools may also require:

  • school reports with academic records for (at least) the previous two years

The school will let you know what documentation is needed at the time of application.

Catholic schools welcome students with diverse needs and aim to provide appropriate educational opportunities and support for students with additional needs. Once the school has evaluated whether the prospective student meets the general enrolment criteria, the additional needs of the student and the school’s capacity to meet them must also be evaluated.

Additional needs are varied and sometimes complex to identify and evaluate. Close partnership with parents is important to support the prospective student in finding what may be their best interests. In some instances a school placement may not be available at the desired school or be in the best interests of the student. The Principal and Catholic Education's Director System Performance may seek a way forward by working with the family, if the family would like assistance.

Parents of children with additional needs are advised to approach the desired school more than a year in advance.

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Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta welcomes enrolment applications from students from overseas or whose families may be seeking asylum. These applications will be considered in accordance with the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta enrolment policy.

Please note that students who are not Australian citizens cannot be enrolled in preference to an eligible local student. Applicants who are not Australian citizens must have a valid visa with the exception of subclass 500 (further details below). Further considerations include:

  • capacity exists within the school in the relevant year group
  • the student's language and academic needs can be catered for within the existing school structure, or the school can otherwise provide the additional requirements
  • preference in enrolment is given to overseas students from practising Catholic families
  • non-Catholic students enrolled and their carers make a commitment to respect and agree to support the Catholic mission of the school including the faith education it offers for their children
  • The Diocese of Parramatta is registered as a CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students) provider, No 03340M, to enrol overseas senior secondary school students who are on a subclass 500 visa in the following five schools only:
    • Bede Polding College South Windsor
    • Caroline Chisholm College Glenmore Park
    • Cerdon College Merrylands
    • Delany College Granville
    • St Mark’s Catholic College Stanhope Gardens.

The Diocese is not currently registered to enrol overseas primary students or junior secondary students who are on a subclass 500 visa unless they are a dependant of a subclass 500 visa holder.

Families are encouraged to contact the school in which they are seeking enrolment directly to arrange an enrolment interview. Original documentation is also required to validate the student’s current visa status so that the fees payable can be determined.

Please note that the fees payable will depend on the visa subclass that has been issued by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). Students holding a bridging visa who have applied for a non funded visa are required to pay fees at the level of Full Fee Paying Overseas Students. However, the Catholic Church is committed to ensuring that no student is denied an education because of a families’ inability to pay school fees.

Students with visas granting temporary residency can be offered enrolment only until the expiry date of the current visa. Continuing enrolment will be dependent on evidence that a new visa subclass has been issued by DHA. Parents/carers of students who are not Australian citizens must ensure that the school is provided with evidence of any change to the student’s visa status throughout their enrolment period.

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta does not actively recruit students from overseas and does not enter into any arrangements with education agents or pay any commissions in relation to any prospective student enrolment.

A child who has completed primary education in a Catholic Diocesan primary school will usually be offered continuity of enrolment in a Catholic Diocesan secondary school. If no places exist at the school of choice, contact other Catholic schools in your area or for further advice you could contact the Enterprise Service Desk on 9840 5600 and communityliaison@parra.catholic.edu.au.

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Yes, subject to the enrolment criteria and availability of places within each school.

 

 

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta are an affordable alternative to high-fee private schools and consistently achieve great results.


 

 

School Fees

Catholic Diocesan schools seek to keep fees as low as possible to allow access to a Catholic education for all families. Fees are therefore significantly less than private and independent schools, particularly in the Diocese of Parramatta.

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Flexible payment plans

Flexible payment options are offered to all families in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta at the start of each year. Payments can be made via direct debit/credit card or BPay on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.

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Fee Assistance

Some financial support is available for families in genuine need who desire a Catholic school education for their children, but for whom the cost is out of reach.

 Bursaries
 Co-contribution scheme