Starting School and Enrolment

Starting school is an exciting time in the life of your child. The first year of schooling is a very important one. Together teachers and parents can provide the support and the encouragement needed to make your child's introduction to school both enjoyable and successful.


We believe that the transition from home to school or from Pre-school to school can be assisted if parents:

  • provide a wide range of experiences for their children
  • talk to their children
  • read to their children
  • are positive about the school and the teachers
  • provide opportunities for their children to mix with and trust other adults, and
  • look on school as a happy and secure place.

It is important for you to be aware that each child is different. Some children will be just starting to handle writing implements while others will be writing their names. Some will be wanting you to read to them while others will want to do the reading. It is not helpful to compare your child's rate of development with other children in the class or with brothers and sisters as children learn to read, write and become numerate at different rates (just as they learned to talk).


Please contact the Dunkeld Consolidated School office for an enrolment form.  (Enrolment forms are also provided to the Dunkeld Kindergarten during Term 4.)



If you are interested in enrolling at our school, please download and complete and Enrolment Form or request an Enrolment Form from our school office dunkeld.cs@education.vic.gov.au or 5577 2384. Our school follows the Department of Education’s Enrolment Policy for the enrolment, placement, and transfer of students.


Students who live within the school zone are guaranteed a place at our school. To find out whether you live in zone, visit findmyschool.vic.gov.au


All other applications will be considered subject to available space, and prioritised according to:

  1. students with a sibling at the same permanent address who are attending the school at the same time
  2. all other students in order of closeness of their home to the school.

Required Documents

Required documentation includes:

You will also be required to provide information about:

  • your contact details
  • emergency contact details
  • health information about your child (such as allergies or illnesses they need to manage)
  • other legal orders relating to your child and their welfare (if any)

Prep/Foundation Enrolment

Starting school is an exciting time for children, parents and carers. We want to help make the enrolment process as easy as possible for you.  Each year, the department releases the Foundation (Prep) Enrolment Information Pack for Parents/Carers, with information packs available from the beginning of Term 3 for students commencing foundation/prep the following year. These information packs, and other important information, can be found on the Enrolling in Foundation (Prep) page of the Victorian Government website.


School Zones

Our school zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au which hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones. Students residing in our school zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address.


Our school manages enrolments using the Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and may enrol at another school, if there are available places.


For more information, you can:

Parent Payments

Under the Department of Education and Training’s Parent Payments Policy, Victorian government schools are required to provide transparent information to their school community on voluntary parent/carer contributions. The following documents outline the voluntary parent/carer contributions at our school: Parent Payment Arrangements


2024 Student Information Booklet


2024 Student Enrolment Form


2024 Privacy Collection Statement