Prep enrolments for 2020
is eligible to attend Prep in 2020?
Students born between 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015
From 2017, it is
compulsory for all Queensland children to undertake prep prior to commencing
A school’s local catchment area is the geographical area
from which the school is to have its core intake of students. A catchment defines the area for Emerald
To check your address, the Emerald State School catchment
area can be viewed online.
or contact the school’s administration office on (07) 4983
9666 to confirm.
Families residing outside the school’s catchment area,
are able to submit an “Application for Enrolment” and supporting documentation
from 20 February 2019 for 2020 prep
Supporting documentation required:
- Original Birth Certificate
- Details of any relevant Family Court or other
- Where relevant, details of any medical
- If the child is in the care of the State
Acceptance and assessment process
Out of catchment enrolment applications will be
recorded in order of receipt, by date and time. These applications will remain
current only for the school year in which they are applying to enrol.
you reside outside the “catchment area” you are very much
encouraged to apply for enrolment here at Emerald State School as some of our
enrolments come from outside the “catchment area”.
student, whose principal place of residence is within the school's catchment
area/s, is (subject to the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006)
eligible for enrolment at the school. The
school Principal will hold places for students who relocate to within the
catchment area throughout the school year.
or legal guardians who wish to enrol their child at the school will need to
demonstrate that the student's principal place of residence is within the
catchment area. Current proof of residency at the address indicated can be
provided by way of one of each of the following:
- One primary source - a
current lease agreement, or driver's licence, or unconditional sale agreement,
- One secondary source - a
utility bill (e.g. electricity, gas), or rates notice showing this same address
and parent's/legal guardian's name
the Principal is not satisfied that the documentation provided by an applicant
demonstrates adequately that the address stated is the student's principal
place of residence, then the Principal may request further sources of proof of
residence, such as an additional utility bill (e.g. water) showing the same
The Principal may also request a properly sworn
Statutory Declaration from the enrolling parent or legal guardian attesting
that the student's principal place of residence is the place nominated in the
should note that a false statement / assertion about the student's principal
place of residence may amount to an offence and may be reported to police. The
school Principal may repeal a decision to enrol a student in such
If you reside in our “catchment area”, your enrolment is automatic into Emerald State
School. When submitting enrolment forms,
please come prepared with the correct documentation, otherwise the enrolment
process cannot proceed.
Other students outside the catchment area deemed to be eligible
following groups of students will be deemed as eligible for enrolment, even
though they may reside outside the school's catchment area:
- Children and young
people who are subject to child protection orders that grant guardianship or
custody to the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Communities, Child
Safety and Disability Services (Child Safety Services)
- Siblings of current
students at the school (excluding siblings of Program of Excellence students).
Where a school has both a primary and secondary campus, siblings are only
eligible to enrol in the same campus as the currently enrolled student
- Students whose parent or
legal guardian is employed by the school
- Students who live
outside the catchment area and are verified with a disability can enrol in the
school to attend the specialised disability program if it is the closest
program to their home and meets their individualised needs
- Students who have been
excluded from a school other than this school, dependent upon the conditions
related to the exclusion, as determined by the Regional Director.
Decisions on enrolment
Principal is responsible for all decisions on enrolments.
a Principal forms a preliminary view that an application will not succeed,
parents will be notified in writing. Parents may respond to the Principal's
preliminary view by making a submission to the Principal, no later than seven
school days after receiving the preliminary view letter.
no submission is received, the Principal's preliminary view will be treated as
the final decision and no further notice will be provided.
a submission is received, the Principal will consider the submission and make a
final decision. A final decision notice will be provided to the applicant as soon
as is practicable.
is no internal review of the Principal's decision.
Application for enrolment documentation
Applicants should provide
the following to the school upon enrolment:
- Copy of the child’s birth certificate (or
alternative document such as passport or visa if birth certificate is not
available) if enrolling for the first time in a Queensland state primary
school. If not an Australian citizen, provide passport or visa details or other
documents as requested by the school.
- Principal place of residence proof for in-catchment
- Details of any relevant Family Court or other court orders, if applicable;
- If the child is in the care of the State,
provide details to school of arrangements and/or order regarding the child’s
- Copy of a Transfer Note if received from
- Where relevant, details of any medical conditions,
symptoms, management, medications or disabilities the child may have. Medical
conditions may include (but are not limited to) seizures/epilepsy, fainting,
diabetes, asthma, heart problems, anaphylaxis and allergies (such as food or