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.

DEFINITIONS
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.

POLICY STATEMENT
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 6 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.  Applicants from Eastern Rite churches
7.  Other Christian applicants
8.  All other applicants.

The Priority Parishes for Our Lady of Mercy College are:

Bulleen St Clement of Rome
Bundoora St Damian’s
Doncaster St Gregory’s
Donvale Our Lady of the Pines
Greensborough St Mary’s
Greensborough Nth St Thomas’s
Heidelberg St John’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.


All Enrolments

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 Privacy Policy, Revised 2014
OLMC Collection Notice, Revised 2014

 

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