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Enrolling at St Michael’s College

In 1954, St Michael’s College, Beverley was founded to cater for the growing population in the western suburbs of Adelaide. With an enrolment of 29 students on that first day, St Michael’s College today has an enrolment intake of over 1800 students. The Primary Campus at Beverley caters for Reception to Year 6 and from January 2021 will move from single sex (boys) to co-education. Girls will be introduced into Reception classes in 2021 and by 2027 St Michael’s College will be a fully co-educational school from R to 12. The Secondary Campus at Henley Beach is co-educational from Years 7 to 12.

Primary Co-education

The St Michael’s College, Adelaide Board and College Leadership Team, with the endorsement of the De La Salle Brothers, South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools and Catholic Education South Australia, are delighted to formally announce that St Michael’s College will now be offering Primary co-education, beginning with Reception from 2021.

Coinciding with this change, a significant investment into the facilities of the Primary Campus is underway, catering for increased enrolments and the ongoing enrichment of a quality learning environment that is innovative and adaptable to the current and future educational needs of our students. This development will create further opportunities for our youngest community members to explore their curiosities, flourish and fully realise their potential.

To register your interest in enrolling your son or daughter in Reception from 2021, please contact our Primary Enrolments Officer, Mrs Annie Clift on 8346 6548 or smcprimary@smc.sa.edu.au.

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Reception Enrolment

If you would like to discuss your child joining our Reception classes, please contact our Enrolments Officer on 08 8346 6548 or via email smcprimary@smc.sa.edu.au

Reception Mid-Year (Term 3 Intake)

From 2019, St Michael’s College is offering an additional enrolment intake for Reception students, giving families the flexibility to determine the best time for their child to start school.

The criteria for starting Reception on the first day of school in Term 3 is that the child will have attained the age of five on or before 31 October in that year. These students will complete six terms of Reception. The mid-year intake is in addition to the regular intake at the beginning of the year (where students complete a full year in Reception).

If you would like to discuss your child joining one of these Reception classes or are considering a mid-year enrolment please contact our Enrolments Officer on 08 8346 6548 or via email smcprimary@smc.sa.edu.au

Commencement YearApplication Submission Due Date
Reception Term 1, 2021Limited vacancies
Reception Term 3, 2021Wait listing positions only
Reception Term 1, 2022Wait listing positions only
Reception Term 3, 20221 December 2020 (limited vacancies)
Reception Term 1 & 3, 20231 December 2020
Reception Term 1 & 3, 20241 December 2021
Reception Term 1 & 3, 20251 December 2022

Year 7 Enrolments

Commencement YearApplication Submission Due Date
Year 7, 2021Closed - Waiting list positions only
Year 7, 2022Wait listing positions only
Year 7, 2023End of Year 4 - 18 December, 2020
Year 7, 2024End of Year 4 - 17 December, 2021
Year 7, 2025End of Year 4 - 16 December, 2022

There are limited positions for students in Years 8 – 12. If you are interested in seeking admission for your son or daughter in these year levels, please contact our College Registrar on 08 8150 2310 or via email registrar@smc.sa.edu.au

Sibling Enrolment

It’s never too early to enrol siblings! Although priority is given to siblings, if we don’t receive your application and positions fill, your child could miss out. Please send in your applications for Year 7 2022 and onwards as soon as possible. Year 6 students at St Michael’s College Primary, will be automatically transferred to the Secondary Campus.

Enrolment Application

Enrolment Application Forms can be downloaded from our website or we can forward a copy to you for completion. When returning a completed Enrolment Application we require the following:

  1. A copy of your child’s birth certificate and baptism certificate (if applicable).
  2. $55.00 lodgement fee (non-refundable).
  3. Most recent NAPLAN results and report card.

Once all information is received, you will receive a letter confirming receipt of your application.

Selection Criteria

St Michael’s College welcomes Catholic families, as well as families from other churches and faith traditions, and non-religious backgrounds who value and respect the ethos, values, liturgical and sacramental practices and traditions of the Catholic Church within the context of the school.

For applications received before the advertised closing date, the following criteria are used as guidelines for enrolment of students at St Michael’s College.

  1. Brothers and sisters of St Michael’s College students.
  2. Children of old scholars.
  3. Children who attend local Parish Schools.
  4. Catholics – those who have demonstrated commitment to the Catholic faith.
  5. Parents seeking a Christian education for their children.
  6. Date of application.

Final decisions pertaining to enrolments are ultimately at the discretion of the Principal.

Educational Support

The needs of a student requiring additional educational support are considered, prior to enrolment, to establish the reasonable adjustments that are required so the student can participate in the educational environment on the same basis as a student without additional needs and without experiencing discrimination.

St Michael’s College will work with parents/legal guardians to determine the best outcome for the student.

Enrolment Process

  1. Registration of Interest
    Complete the application form and attach the required documents (as explained above). Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee a position at the College.
  2. College Tour
    We encourage your family to visit the College so you can see College life and activities taking place in the classroom. Tour information can be accessed from the College website. If you are interested in visiting the College, please book yourself in.
  3. Enrolment Interviews
    After the application date closes, the College will assess the applications on file (based on the College’s selection criteria) and invite parents and the prospective student to an enrolment interview. The interview is an essential part of the student’s transition and is an excellent opportunity for parents and students to ask any questions.
  4. Letter of Offer
    Once all interviews have taken place, we forward an Enrolment Contract and Letter of Offer to successful applicants. To accept the position, the contract must be completed in its entirety and a non-refundable payment of $200.00 is required to finalise the acceptance.

Late applications

When applications exceed places, in addition to the above criteria we then consider the date we receive your application.

Enrolment process for other year levels

If you wish to move your child to St Michael’s to commence at the beginning of the year or during the year, applications will be considered if a vacancy is available. Please contact the Enrolments Officer at the Primary Campus smcprimary@smc.sa.edu.au or the Registrar registrar@smc.sa.edu.au at the Secondary Campus for further information.


How can I see the College?

College Tours are held once a term and are led by staff from the Leadership Team and Heads of Department. College Tours are a great opportunity to witness College life. Also leading tours are the College Leaders, they provide an insight of the College from a student’s perspective.

Information regarding enrolment applications, curriculum, tuition fees and transport is all provided on the day. Once the tour has completed, our staff will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have or answer any questions about life at the College.

What is your selection criteria?

  • Brothers and sisters of current students attending the College
  • Sons and daughters of Old Scholars
  • Children who attend local Parish Schools
  • Catholic – those who have demonstrated commitment to the Catholic faith
  • Parents seeking a Christian education for their children.

When applications exceed places, in addition to the above criteria we then consider the date we receive your application.

What are the intakes at St Michael’s?

There are only two major intakes at St Michael’s College, Reception and Year 7. Interviews take place approximately 18-20 months prior to commencing at the College.

If you are seeking admission into other year levels, please contact the Primary Enrolments Officer or Secondary Registrar for further discussion.

*Please note that there is no Year 8 intake as per the South Australian Education Office. Please refer to the Catholic Education Website for further information.

When should I register my child/ren?

For Reception intake, please submit an application before your child is three years old. For Year 7, enrolments applications should be submitted to the College as soon as possible, but prior to the year your child is in Year 5.

I have missed the closing the date to lodge an application, what should I do?

If you lodge an application after the closing date, you may still complete the form and have your child’s name added to the wait list. If positions become available and the College is in a position to contact the next name on the wait list, we will proceed to do so. Please contact the Primary Enrolments Officer or Secondary Registrar to discuss your situation.

Do I have to fill out an application form for each of my children?

Each student must have their own application form for enrolment.

Where is my child’s name on the wait list?

Each year level has its own wait list. The College does not disclose the number of names on the list due to the changing nature of available places.

How many students are in each class?

Class sizes vary between 24-26 students. The maximum number of students per class is 26 students.

When are letters of offers sent out?

Letters of offer are sent out to parents after the interview has taken place and generally within four weeks of the interview.

We are unsure if St Michael’s is the best fit for our child. How do we know it will suit their best interests?

The College encourages parents and prospective students to come to a College Tour to view the school and speak with our staff members and College Leaders to gain further insight into the school.

My family and I are moving from interstate at short notice, will there be a position available for my child/ren?

We endeavour to assist families transferring from interstate where possible and encourage you to contact us as soon as you know you will be moving.

The College Registrar will be happy to discuss your transfer on 8150 2310 or email at registrar@smc.sa.edu.au

We have accepted a position at another school but would like to hold our position at St Michael’s. Is this possible?

If your child is commencing in Year 7 and you have accepted a position at another school, your child’s application will be removed from the database and placed on a wait list for consideration for the following academic year (depending on availability). The position will be filled with someone already on the wait list.

When do payments for tuition fees commence?

Families are invoiced annually at the beginning of each school year (usually the last week of January or first week in February). Please refer to the Fee Policy for further information regarding tuition fees.

My child does not meet any of the selection criteria but I live close to St Michael’s, would my child still have a chance of being accepted?

St Michael’s College does not zone students. Please refer to the Selection Criteria for student applications.

If your child is not successful for first round interviews, you will have the option of adding their name to the wait list for future consideration. Please note that this does not guarantee a place.

I want my child to finish school at their primary school; can I enrol my child for Year 8?

Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) has advised that as of 2019, Year 7 students will now commence secondary schooling in Year 7. This means that Year 6 will be the final year of primary education and Year 7 students will form part of our secondary campus.

As of 2022, the Department of Education has announced that Year 7 students will form part of Department schools campuses.

What if my family is not Catholic?

Even if your child practices a different faith or does not follow a religion, we encourage you to still lodge an application.

St Michael’s is a Catholic school and there is an emphasis of Catholic life. Students participate in morning prayer, weekly masses and other community events. The religious curriculum covers religions from all parts of the world, allowing students to learn about other religions of the world.

Does St Michael’s offer scholarships?

There are no scholarships offered at St Michael’s.

What languages does St Michael’s offer?

Students at the College study Italian from Reception through to Year 9. From Year 10 onwards, students have the option if they wish to continue studying it or not.

What year levels does the College cater?

St Michael’s College has two campuses. The Primary campus is located on East Avenue, Beverley with classes of R-6. The Secondary campus is located on Mitton Avenue, Henley Beach with classes of 7-12.

What makes St Michael’s College unique from other schools?

  • We offer single sex education from Years 7-9. From Year 10 onwards, classes are co-educational.
  • We offer modern equipment for students to enhance their learning.
  • Year 12 students have their own Year 12 area which reflects a tertiary educational setting, preparing students who wish to continue into tertiary education.
  • Pastoral Care Worker, Sr Nithya on campus full-time.
  • Community opportunities for students to help the wider community.
  • Wide range of electives for students to study.

What documents need to accompany my child’s application?

  • Enrolment application (containing all signatures)
  • Birth certificate
  • Baptism certificate
  • A copy of child’s passport if the student is born overseas and is not an Australian citizen
  • Copy of the Visa if student is not a Citizen
  • Court Orders or custodial orders (if applicable)
  • Special need reports (Occupational Therapy reports, Psychological Assessments)

I have split from my partner, what can I do?

If Court Orders/Custodial Orders are in place, a copy of either document is required to accompany the application form. If one party is not in favour of lodging an application form for their child but the other party is, then the matter needs to be resolved outside of the College. The College will not get involved in family matters.

In the event of accepting an enrolment position at the College, the enrolment contract must be signed by both parties i.e. the legal guardians of the student. If only one parent signs the contract, then that parent will be solely liable for the tuition fees at the College. Split accounts are not available. Please read the tuition fee policy (link).


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