How to Enrol
Registering your daughter for the waiting list is the first step in the process of your family and our community coming together for a common purpose – the care and education of your daughter. As we get to know one another through the process, you will come to understand in what ways Stella is the best fit for your daughter and we will gain insights into how best to meet her particular educational and pastoral needs. Together we will make a commitment to ensuring the best educational experience for her during her six years at the College.
When to Enrol
It is never too early to apply. Due to strong demand for places at Stella Maris, we encourage you to lodge your daughter’s Registration Form as soon as possible, preferably before she is in Year 4.
Late Year 7 Enrolments and Admissions to Years 8 to 12
Admissions are possible at any time but are contingent upon places becoming available. These requests for admission are placed on a waiting list and offers are extended if vacancies emerge. If a place becomes available the next family on the waiting list is contacted by the College Registrar to arrange an interview.
If you wish your daughter to be considered for admission any time after the commencement of Year 7 then please follow Step 1 below to register for the waiting list.
Step 1 – Obtain a Prospectus and Register
Click here to download a Registration Form.
You may also email the College Registrar or call on 9976 1802 to request a full Prospectus, including the Registration Form. After you have returned the form with the requested documents and the Registration Fee, you will receive an acknowledgement of your registration and a receipt.
This step-by-step guide for admission at the commencement of Year 7 gives you a detailed view of the whole process for girls beginning their enrolment early in Year 4. Download a ‘fridge door friendly’ pdf here so you can track your progress.
2 – You wish to proceed with your daughter’s enrolmentIn Year 4 you will be contacted and asked to confirm that you wish to proceed with your daughter’s enrolment.
3 – Family interviewIf your daughter is eligible for enrolment you will be contacted by the College Registrar to arrange an initial interview with one of our senior staff.
We send you:
- Student and parent questionnaires (in Term 1 of Year 5)
You send us:
- the completed questionnaires
- a copy of your daughter’s birth certificate OR a copy of her passport, visa, citizenship or permanent residency documents (if not already supplied in Step 1)
- her latest school report
- her NAPLAN results if available
- her Baptism Certificate
- family reference
4 – Confirming her enrolment
Not every family will be offered a place in the first round and not all families may be accommodated due to limited places.
We send you:
- Confirmation of Enrolment form
- Responsibility for College Fees form
You send us:
- both forms signed by both parents/guardians
- a non-refundable payment of $1500, $1000 of which is retained as our Enrolment Fee and $500 of which is held as fees in advance applied to the fees account upon one term’s notice of termination or in the final term of Year 12.
5 – Welcome to Stella Maris!We send you:
- Confirmation of your daughter’s enrolment from the College Registrar
- Receipt from the Finance Office
6 – ScholarshipsYour daughter may or may not wish to apply for a scholarship. Applications for academic and performing arts scholarships open in late December each year. They cover half or full tuition fees and are open to all students. In December, download the Scholarship Application from our website and return it to the College as soon as possible. Your daughter will sit an Academic Scholarship test or a Performing Arts Scholarship audition, both of which are held in Term 1 of Year 6 – usually in March. Go to our Scholarships page for more information.
7 – Term 1 Year 6
A letter will be sent from the Principal early in Term 1, Year 6 advising the dates for the Academic and Performing Arts Scholarships and the process for arranging a group or individual interview with the Principal.
8 – Meet the PrincipalThese more personal meetings are held in Term 1 or Term 2 of Year 6. They can be just between your family and the Principal or you can join with a small number of other families for a group meeting. Contact the College Registrar at the beginning of Year 6 to make an appointment.
9 – Taste of High SchoolYour daughter will be sent an invitation early in Term 3, Year 6 to attend a Taste of High day either during Term 3 or Term 4. This is an exciting day where the girls learn to navigate their way around the College and experience being a ‘Stella Girl’ for the day.
10 – Parent Information EveningParents are invited to spend an evening in the Star of the Sea Theatre with the Principal, Deputy Principal, Head of Year 7, School Captain and Year 7 students. The evening will focus on your daughter’s transition from primary to secondary school and parents will receive information on the College uniform, textbooks, BYOD Program, buses and so on.
11 – Orientation DayIt is compulsory for your daughter to attend Orientation Day. This day includes testing to assess what classes your daughter will be placed into in Year 7. We generally offer one extension class and five or six mixed ability classes. Your daughter will also experience a wide range of activities as well as meeting some of her future classmates.
12 – Her first day as a Stella GirlNew Year 7s meet in the Star of the Sea Theatre at 8.45am dressed in their summer uniform. Parents are more than welcome to wait with their daughters before they make their way into the Theatre. Normal classes commence after recess and before you know it, they’re sitting their HSC!