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Enrolments are accepted all year round, but the best time to enrol your child is at the beginning of the year (Term 1) – the year before your child is due to commence school.
Enrolment interviews are held in May and June (Term 2). You will receive a letter or phone call prior, informing you of a time for you and your child to come in and meet with the principal. Written offers of placement will follow later in Term 2.
At Holy Family, we provide a vibrant Catholic co-educational education so that each child finds meaning and purpose through continual growth in faith and improvement in learning.
What you and your child can expect at Holy Family includes:
Our office opening hours are Monday to Friday, between 8:15am and 3:45pm.
Our school bell times are as follows:
10:45am – 11:15am
1:15pm – 1:55pm
Supervision begins at 8:15am each morning.
The school day concludes at 2:55pm and parents are expected to collect their children as soon as possible after this time. Please note, no supervision is provided by staff after 3:15pm.
Please see our Term Dates and Bell Times page for more information.
There are many co-curricular activities on offer at Holy Family!
The school has many school representative opportunities in sport, including: swimming, athletics, cross country, soccer, rugby league, basketball, netball and cricket. Children also have the opportunity to try out for diocesan representative teams and beyond in several different sports.
Holy Family also provides the chance to compete and excel in different areas of interest, including:
Find out more about the co-curricular activities available for students at our Co-Curricular Opportunities page.
The dignity of the human person is the foundation of all Catholic Social Teaching and inherent to the mission of our school. Essential to this is the creation and maintenance of a respectful, safe and supportive learning environment that promotes student wellbeing and enables school communities to engage an inclusive and diverse range of learners.
At Holy Family, we believe that all members of the community have the right to a learning and working environment free from intimidation, humiliation and harm. We all share a responsibility to create a culture of caring which will not tolerate bullying. We believe that bullying must be taken seriously and is not acceptable in any form. In witnessing Christian values we reject ideas, beliefs and behaviours, which marginalise or victimise people.
Please refer to the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong's Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Policy here.
You can also find further anti-bullying, wellbeing and online safety resources at our Resources page here.
There are a number of local, public buses that arrive and depart at the front of our school, on Oxford Road.
Children in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to free travel. Students in Years 3-6 only qualify for this free pass if they travel more than 1.6km in a straight line distance or 2.3km walking from the school.
Parents need to apply for an Opal bus pass online here – fill out the form, print, sign and date the completed application then submit it to the school for endorsement. The school then sends the endorsed application to Transport for NSW. Once approved, the Opal card will be sent to the address provided on the application.
When a student moves from Year 2 to Year 3, a new application is required to be submitted. Non-eligible students may travel on the school bus by paying their fare via a Child/Youth Opal card.
It is important that students who catch the bus have their card with them for each trip and remember to tap on and tap off. The school opal card is only for travel to and from school, so it is a good idea to get a Child/Youth Opal card for travel after hours, on weekends or during school holidays.
If a pass is lost or stolen, telephone 131 500 or visit transportnsw.info/school-students
As a courtesy to parents, school staff supervise children boarding the afternoon bus, but there is no supervision on the bus.
Yes, we offer quality organised on-site before and after school care. CatholicCare's Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) services at Holy Family are staffed by a dedicated team of education professionals who are university-trained early childhood teachers or TAFE-trained Diploma educators who support and respect the uniqueness and individuality of children and their families.
Find out more information about our Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) services.
Please see our Fees Information page for more information.
If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay fees, please discuss the situation with our principal. Your situation will be treated with care and confidentiality, and an appropriate arrangement may be made for you.
No student will be refused enrolment because of a family’s genuine inability to pay fees.
We'd love to have you! Holy Family strives to be a connected and welcoming community and we value the engagement of parents and families in school life in any way they can.
This could be as simple as being interested and informed about school events and activities, supporting and/or participating in community events, school assemblies and school liturgies.
If you are able, we also welcome and value your involvement in school activities. Parents (and grandparents!) can participate and contribute by:
Please note: Given our commitment to safeguarding children, volunteers will first need to organise a Working With Children Check (WWCC) – information and forms can be found on the CEDoW website.
All parents and families are also invited to become involved with our Parents and Friends (P&F) Association, who work collaboratively with the school and parish about matters that affect your child at school, as well as general issues about school life including social events, fundraising and community building.
For more information, please visit our Parent Engagement page.
If you have a concern or would like to raise any issue regarding your child’s learning and wellbeing, our staff welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your child.
We ask that you contact your child’s classroom teacher in the first instance. The best way to do this is by:
If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, we ask that you do this by:
The Lighting the Way Together Parent-School Partnership Framework outlines for parents and the school, the principles and expectations of the partnership that is formed when a child is enrolled in a Catholic systemic school in the Diocese of Wollongong such as Holy Family. It will be introduced and implemented in schools throughout the school year.
Download a copy of the Parent-School Partnership Framework and read more about this important partnership at www.dow.catholic.edu.au/partnershipframework