We are now taking enrolments for 2020.
To start primary school your child must turn five years of age, or older, by 30 April of the year that they will start school. Before you enrol your child in a primary school, you may wish to visit a number of schools to decide on the best one for your child. Once you have made your choice you will then be ready to enrol.
As Coburg West Primary School has a ceiling cap on our enrolments, all enrolments are subject to a verification of address, initial enrolments will only be taken if we are your closest state government school, those who this does not apply to are welcome to place their child on our waiting list.
For more information and to book in for an enrolment tour, please phone the office on 9386 1286.
To enrol your child we will need the following:
- A copy of your child's Birth Certificate
- Names and addresses of the child and parents, guardians or carers
- Parent's phone numbers (home, work, mobile) and email address
- Names and contact details of emergency contacts
- Doctor's name and contact details
- Medicare details
- Immunisation Status Certificate
- Health and welfare information - for example, does your child have asthma, diabetes, allergies, poor eyesight or hearing problems?
- Specific custody arrangements (copies of court orders are required)
- Information about the language(s) your child speaks or can understand (to help the school build on your child's knowledge)
- A copy of a current utilities account for address verification
Student Identification Number
The VSN is a student identification number that will be assigned by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to all students in government and non-government schools, and students up to the age of 24 in Vocational Education and Training Institutions. The number, which is unique to each student, will be used as a key identifier on a student’s school records, and will remain with the student throughout his or her education, until reaching the age of 25.
Please see the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority's School Administration page for more information.
Is my child ready for school?
There are many things to consider when deciding if your child is ready to start school. Please ask your child’s kindergarten teacher for advice. If your child’s kindergarten teacher recommends a second year of kindergarten please take this into serious consideration. An extra year will give your child time to develop the skills they need to succeed at school.
Here are some questions to consider:
- Are my child’s self-care skills developed?
- Are my child’s social skills with peers established?
- Does my child appear to be emotionally mature?
- Does my child demonstrate self-control?
- Can my child tolerate frustration?
- Can my child cope with things that are worrying?
- Is my child able to communicate their needs and express their feelings?
- Can my child understand and follow directions?
- Is my child flexible and able to adapt to changes of routine?
- Does my child persist when faced with a difficult task?
- Can my child concentrate and pay attention?
- Can my child hold a pencil confidently, use scissors and recognise their name?
- Does my child show physical confidence?
- Does my child’s kindergarten teacher feel that he/she is ready for school?
Starting School – Literacy at School
When children are about to begin school, it gives them a good start if they are able to:
- Recognise and write some letters of their own name.
- Notice signs, symbols, letters and words that they see in the environment.
- Pay attention to repeated sounds in rhyme, jingles, ads and stories.
- Tell stories about events in their lives in sequence.
- Listen with interest and courtesy when other people speak.
- Talk about favourite stories and describe some of the characters or things that happen.
- Hold a book the right way up and trace their finger from top left to bottom right as they pretend to read.
- Have experience with drawing, scribbling and making marks on paper.
Helping children get ‘ready for school’ at home or kindergarten:
- Support them to develop self-help and self-care skills (independent toileting, dressing, eating, cleaning up after themselves).
- Follow a routine together (eating and opening wrappers for lunch at a set time, read a story before playing etc).
- Help children learn to recognise and write their name.
- Provide many opportunities for them to develop their fine motor skills (such as play dough, Lego, threading beads, cutting paper, undoing buttons and zips, drawing with different tools and finger plays and rhymes).
- Slowly introduce them to more structured activities.
- Practise sitting and focusing on small and whole class group activities for extended period of time.
- Learn to wait their turn to speak by saying ‘excuse me’ or putting up their hand.
- Support them to handle their emotions by reminding them to ‘use their words’ to resolve conflicts.
- Practise taking turns and asking to join in game.
- Visit local schools to become comfortable in the environment.
- Practise playing ‘school’ and dress up in a school uniform.
- Read picture books about starting school and talk about how the characters feel.