Common QuestionsAnswered

Explore our comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about enrolment. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, or if you need additional information, please feel free to reach out to our School office. We’re here to assist you.

Why St Joseph's School?

St Joseph's is a nurturing Catholic school, living the Josephite tradition of justice, compassion and hospitality, igniting a love of learning. With a proud history spanning 130 years in Port Lincoln, we are dedicated to providing excellent education. Our students are supported to excel and become confident, respectful contributors to our global society. As a coeducational Catholic school, we offer a holistic education from preschool to year 12, including boarding facilities for students in years 7-12.

How old does my child have to be to start school?
In South Australia, most children start school the year they turn 5 or 6 years old. When your child is eligible to begin school will depend on their date of birth, and whether you're applying to public or private school.

For correct age limits for preschool and school please click on the links below:

Do you have to be Catholic to attend St Joseph’s School?

No - however, as a Catholic school, we request that students and families embrace the Catholic ethos and values of our school. Non-Catholic status does not prevent you from enrolling. Offers are made in accordance with our Enrolment Policy.

Does the school teach Religious Education to everyone?

Yes we do. Religious Education is at the heart of who we are as a Catholic school. All students are expected to actively participate in school masses, liturgies and special Feast days and at all times uphold the Catholic ethos of our school.

Is boarding available at St Joseph’s School?

Yes, boarding is available for students in years 7 – 12, seven days a week. For further information please see Boarding.

Is it possible for my child to start straight away?

We accept applications year-round and will where possible start students as soon as possible, providing there are places available. The availability of places varies from year to year.

Does St Joseph’s School offer mid-year reception intake?

St Joseph’ School offers mid-year Reception intake to suit all birth dates. At St Joseph’s School we believe in working with our families to provide students with a smooth transition into school when they are ready to do so. As a guide, students who turn five years of age between 1 October and 30 April in the following year may commence Reception in Term 1. Students who turn five years of age between 1 May and 30 September may commence Reception in Term 3.

How are students prioritised for entry?
In determining enrolment places at St Joseph’s School, the Principal considers each situation on its own merits but attempts to fulfil the mission of the Catholic School as an instrument of the Catholic Church and the vision of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Port Pirie.

In this way invitation to enrol at St Joseph’s School is extended to:

  • Students who share the Catholic faith tradition through their acceptance of the Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic tradition.
  • Students who have another sibling already enrolled at St Joseph’s School and whose family show active commitment to the St Joseph’s School Community.
  • Students who are, or whose family are actively involved in the Church life of other Christian religions.
  • Children of past students of St Joseph’s School, who have maintained a commitment to the school or parish community.
  • Students, whose parents share the school’s educational vision and desire such educational outcomes for their children.
  • Consideration is also given to the length of time families have had their application for enrolment lodged. The length of time from lodgement of application does not, however, guarantee a position.

What documents are required for my child's application to St Joseph’s School?

All families are requested to supply the following documentation with their Application Form:

  • Copy of applicant’s Birth Certificate
  • Sacramental Certificates (if applicable)
  • Copy of two most recent School reports
  • Copy of most recent NAPLAN report
  • Reports and/or assessments related to your child’s needs
  • Information about any special health, personal care requirements, or agency support
  • Copy of Passport and Visa (students not born in Australia)

Do you have a before and after school care facility?

Yes, our On-site Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) operates both before and after school. For detailed information, please visit the YMCA OSHC - St Joseph's School page. Since OSHC is managed independently from our school, kindly coordinate bookings and obtain information directly through YMCA.

What are the fees?

Current fee schedule and information can be found at Fees and is subject to change.

Are there financial assistance options available?

For details on financial assistance, please visit SA.GOV.AU - School Card Scheme. Alternatively, you may navigate to the Financial Assistance section on our website or contact our finance team on (08) 8683 2400 or via email at finance@sjspl.catholic.edu.au.

Are there scholarships available?

Scholarships are available and close at the end of Term 1 each year for intake the following year. Details of Scholarships available and further infomation can be found at Scholarships.

What is the application process and deadline for enrolment?

Information on the application process, along with details on application criteria and procedures, can be found on our How to Enrol page.

Is there a waiting list if the school is at capacity?

Yes, if the year level you require is at capacity you will be invited to be added to our waiting list for upcoming placements as they become available.

Are there dress code or uniform policies?

Yes, we have specific dress code and uniform policies in place. We provide different uniforms for both winter and summer months, and we have a separate uniform for physical education. You can find all the details about our school uniform on our Uniform page.

Are school buses available?

Details on school bus services and trasportation arrangements can be found on our Bus Service page.

When and how can I tour the school?

You can schedule a school tour via our School Tours page.

I still have a question about enrolment, who should I contact?

Please contact our Enrolments Team on (08) 8683 2400 or enrolments@sjspl.catholic.edu.au.

What are the School's Policies?

For all St Joseph’s School policies, please familiarise yourself with the Policies, Procedures & Forms page.