OLMC Enrolment Policy
Purpose and Context
Our Lady of Mercy College is a Catholic girls school operated by the Sisters of Mercy within the governance of Mercy Education Limited. The Sisters of Mercy are committed to providing secondary education in Australia within a distinctly Catholic context.
This Enrolment Policy reflects their commitment and also is consistent with the Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEOM) Enrolment Policy 2.4 (2007). It is intended to ensure a fair and transparent approach to enrolment at the College.
Enrolment decisions are made by the Principal in line with this policy, however the College reserves the right to exercise discretion to respond to the pastoral needs of individual families.
Catholic applicant. A Catholic applicant is considered to be a member of the Catholic Church, usually established by a Certificate of Catholic Baptism.
Designated priority parishes. As mandated for OLMC in the CEOM Enrolment Policy 2.4, (2007) Enrolment for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
A non-refundable application fee is payable and where appropriate the Application must be accompanied by a copy of the applicant’s Catholic Baptismal certificate.
An Application for Enrolment at Year 7 may be made for a girl only after she starts Grade 3.
Applications for Year 7 will be processed in the student’s Grade 5 year.
Year 7 Order of Preference for Enrolment
1. Applicants who have or have had sisters attend the College
2. Catholic applicants who have had a mother attend the College and who
currently attend a Catholic school
3. Catholic applicants who are residents of a designated Priority Parish and
attend a Catholic primary school in one of those parishes (see below)
4. Catholic applicants who are residents of a designated Priority Parish
and have not attended a Catholic school
5. Catholic applicants from other parishes
6. Other Christian applicants
7. All other applicants.
Criteria 2 & 3 apply to applicants who are Eastern Orthodox Christians.
For the purpose of enrolment, a baptism certificate must be provided by Catholic and Orthodox applicants.
The Priority Parishes for Our Lady of Mercy College are:
|Bulleen||St Clement of Rome|
|Donvale||Our Lady of the Pines|
|Greensborough Nth||St Thomas’s|
|Heidelberg West||St Pius X|
|Ivanhoe||Mary Immaculate, Mother of God and St Bernadette’s|
|Kingsbury||Our Lady of the Way|
|Macleod||St Martin of Tours|
|Mill Park||St Francis of Assisi|
|Montmorency||St Francis Xavier and Holy Trinity (North Eltham)|
|Templestowe||St Kevin’s and St Charles Borromeo|
|Thornbury East||Holy Spirit|
After offers have been made, Year 7 applicants who have not been offered a place can elect to go on the Year 7 Waiting List. OLMC will also accept Year 7 Waitlist applications after Year 7 offers have been made and accepted. The College will contact families if a place becomes available.
Criteria for Enrolment at Year Levels 8 to 12
Preference will be given to Catholic students who have completed the appropriate level of education. There is a Waiting List for enrolment in Year Levels 8 to 12.
It is expected that parents / guardians will support the College in the Catholic education of their children and involve themselves as much as possible in the College life.
When a student from another Christian denomination or a non-Christian faith is offered a place at the College, the offer is contingent on the willingness of the parents and the student to support the philosophy and ethos of the College.
Referenced and Related Documents
CEOM Enrolment Policy 2.4, 2007
OLMC Application for Enrolment Form
OLMC Collection Notice, Revised 2014