Frequently Asked Questions

When will my child start school?

Children turning 5 on or prior to 30 April are eligible to begin Reception in Term 1. Children turning 5 between 1 May and 31 October are eligible to begin in Term 3. This is known as a mid-year intake. Children who begin Reception in Term 3 will complete a total of six terms of Reception.


How many terms will my child spend in Reception?

If your child starts school in Term 1 they will complete 4 terms of Reception and then move on to Year 1.  If your child starts school in Term 3 they will complete a mandatory 6 terms of Reception before moving to Year 1.


Does enrolment in the Tenison Woods College Early Learning and Community Centre (ELCC) guarantee enrolment at Tenison Woods College?

At the time of enrolling at the ELCC, if considering Tenison Woods College for your child's school education, we encourage families to complete and lodge an Application for Enrolment form, as it is a separate process.


Enrolling my child – where do I start?

Contact the College on 08 8725 5455 and ask to speak to our Enrolment Registrar, Tracey Davey. Alternatively, visit the Enrolment page on the College website and request an enrolment information pack.


When should I enrol my child?

Enrolments are accepted from birth of a child.  We recommend to complete your child’s Application for Enrolment as soon as you have made a decision about their schooling.


Why a mid-year intake?

Catholic Education South Australia have given schools the flexibility to offer a Reception mid-year intake for children who turn 5 before 31 October, to create the best learning opportunities possible.


When do I commence paying school fees?

School fees are not charged until your child has begun school. Fees are charged per Semester, however, we do invite families who wish to arrange direct debit arrangements to meet with our Finance team at the time of enrolment. Families who may qualify for School Card or who may need financial assistant are invited to meet with our Business Manager for a confidential discussion.


What if my family is not catholic?  (or, are people of other faiths able to enrol in Catholic Schools?)

Catholic schools are open to all who want to share our educational goals, inspired by Christian principles. In accordance with each school’s enrolment vacancies, preference is given to students who are baptised Catholic and who celebrate in the local parish and then to children of Catholic families who wish to enrol. However, schools are open to all who wish to be guided in their education by the principles and teachings of Christ.

All families and their children, Catholic or non-Catholic, are invited to have a Catholic education, but must be willing to participate in the religious life and culture of the school. It is a requirement of students attending Catholic schools that they participate in the learning of the R-12 Religious Education program.


What happens once I have filled out the enrolment paperwork?

Once you have completed your application for enrolment, you will receive an email acknowledging that we have received your application. The year prior to your child beginning school, we will be in contact to invite you in to meet with the Head of School to formalise your child’s enrolment.


How can I tour the College?

Tours can be arranged by either phoning the college and speaking to our Enrolment Registrar or alternatively going online and requesting a tour. The school does host an annual Twilight Tour and a Principal’s Tour in Term 1 if you would prefer a group tour.


When are the letters of acceptance sent out?

A Letter of Acceptance will be sent out to you following your child’s interview with the Head of Junior School. This will be followed up with a letter to parents inviting you to a Reception Information evening prior to your child’s transition visit.


Tenison Woods College respectfully acknowledges the Boandik people are the First Nations people of the Mount Gambier South Eastern region of South Australia and pay respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, past, present and emerging.