Posting to Puckapunyal?
If you’ve recently found out you’re coming to Puckapunyal and would like to enrol your children at our school please follow these steps:
Step 1 – Tell us that you’re coming
We encourage you to contact the school as soon as you know you are moving to Puckapunyal. You can either call us (03) 5793 1288 or fill out the on-line form below. If you have any specific questions or your children have any special needs please contact the school. We are always available to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
The earlier we have this important information, the earlier and more accurately we can plan and organise classrooms and staff to match your child's individual needs.
Step 2 – Fill out the Enrolment form
Download the enrolment form and return it to us as soon as possible. We understand that certain details such as your new address and other contact details may not be known yet, just let the office know these details when that information is available. We also need to sight and take a copy of your child’s birth certificate and immunisation records.
ALL enrolments forms need to be completed and returned to school by October 1st for the following year.
*We are aware that postings can change. Please let us know if your family's posting has changed and you're not coming to Puckapunyal anymore.
Step 3 – Attend the Enrolment Day
Late each January, when most families have arrived at Puckapunyal, the school holds an Enrolment Day. The purpose of this day is for parents and students to come to the school, familiarise themselves with the school setting, facilities and staff, and enrol children in the appropriate class.
The school Principal and Defence School Transition Aide will be available to meet new families. School Uniforms can be purchased as well.
The Open Day for 2019 is Wednesday 23rd January from 9.00am - 2pm
To encourage a smooth transition for our students, the Puckapunyal Primary School has a full-time Defence School Transition Aide.
Families coming from interstate and overseas, or who are concerned with their child’s progress, may find it helpful to bring some work samples on that day to assist with placement. An experienced team in administration is well accustomed to enrolling new students from every State and Territory of Australia as well as from overseas countries such as Canada, UK, USA, Malaysia, NZ and Germany.
Each state and territory names their school years differently. For instance, the first year of schooling in Queensland and Northern Territory is called Year 1, yet here in Victoria it is called 'Preps'. That means that a child who has just completed Year 1 in Northern Territory in 2017, when moving to Victoria in 2018, would be in Year 1 (again). However, please remember Year 1 in Victoria is the same academic year and age group as Year 2 in Northern Territory. Confusing isn't it! We ask our families not to panic as we are used to the confusion. We can work it out together.
In Victorian Education, there are 7 years of full time primary schooling. Our Prep year is our first year of education and like all Year levels, the students are expected to meet certain curriculum standards.
The following points are vital in understanding how your child will fit into our school.
1. The Law prescribes that children must turn 5 by 30th April of the year in which they are to be enrolled in the Prep Year. We have no choice but to support this policy and believe that children can be disadvantaged if they begin school at too early an age. It is far preferable for a child born in May, June or even late April to start the following year and experience success in those early and subsequent years of schooling.
2. Children are enrolled after the following procedure has taken place:
- Principal & parents (and possibly the student) meet to determine the best class for the child
- Previous reports and work samples are discussed
- The number of years the student has spent in full time schooling is critical
- Age, social and emotional factors are considered
- An appropriate grade level is determined on agreement (a review may be necessary)
Always, when two different levels are being discussed as possibilities, the lower of the two must be preferable for it is easy to move a child up a class after a review – as the alternative may have far reaching detrimental effects on the student.