Enrolment Enquiries

Enquiries and referrals for enrolment can come from a number of sources including; parents, family members, government and care agencies, including other schools, Youth Justice, Youth Mental Health Service and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services as well as young people who self-refer. 

The enrolment process involves the initial enquiry or referral of a young person to the College. It then consists of the sharing of information between the referral agency and/or family and the college so that an informed decision can be made about whether the young person meets the enrolment criteria and the suitability of the Special Assistance School for the young person. 

Enrolment Applications, Referrals and Case Conference

Any application or referral to the school is managed through the Heads of Campus and/ or the Director Student Services. The application and/or referral meeting will include, as many of the following as possible: the young person, family member[s], representative from referring agency if required, Principal/Director. The college Guidance Counsellor will also be introduced as they may undertake some assessment work with the student. An opportunity to look around the school, meet some people will also take place.

Criteria for Enrolment

Holy Spirit College is accredited and funded as a Special Assistance School; to enrol a young person must be of age to participate in secondary schooling from year levels 7 to 12 and disengaged from schooling and/or a ‘relevant student’. The explanation of disengaged can be active or passive:

  • Actively disengaged in that a young person is of secondary school age but have not been enrolled in and/or attended a secondary school for a significant period resulting in a significant gap between chronological age and their level of educational attainment.
  • Passively engaged in education. These are young people who are enrolled in schools but are likely to leave the education system without having attained a level of qualification that will allow them to transition successfully into the next phase of their life. Markers of passive engagement could include a grade point average in assessable subjects of a D or less, attendance at school at less than 85% over a long period without valid reason, and a history of behavioural issues in school environments.

Relevant students means students who: 
(a)  would not otherwise be – 
(i) enrolled and attending school while of compulsory school age; or 
(ii) participating in an eligible option full-time, or in paid employment for at least 25 hours each week, during the compulsory participation phase; and 
(b)  are not provisionally registered, or registered, for home education.

Contact the College on (07) 4053 4550