Discere et Agere : To Learn and To Do

A Catholic boys’ college in the Edmund Rice Tradition

Achieving Excellence Through Learning and Doing

Enrolment Process

Please note that online applications will no longer be accepted due to maintenance works taking place. Online applications will recommence in March 2018. In the interim, please use the two documents below to submit your application:

Important Dates for Year 7 2019 Enrolments
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 Information Evening for Family Surnames A - K
(New and Current Families)
Auditorium, 7.30 - 9.00pm
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 Information Evening for Family Surnames L - Z
(New and Current Families)
Auditorium, 7.30 - 9.00pm
Parents who are unable to attend their scheduled night, are more than welcome to attend on the alternate night.
Friday, 21 April 2017 Applications Close
Application form with fee to be received by 3.30pm
* All applications after this time are considered Late Applications *

St Bernard’s aspires to be faithful to the four touchstones of a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition. These touchstones are Liberating Education, Justice and Solidarity, Gospel Spirituality and Inclusive Community. In committing to be an inclusive community we aim to be accepting and welcoming to all families and aspire to accommodate all who seek enrolment. Where this is not possible we undertake to engage respectfully, honestly and transparently with families who do us the honour of seeking a place at St Bernard’s.

Enrolment Process

In order for St Bernard’s to make fair and informed decisions relating to enrolment, it is important that families follow all steps in the enrolment process as set out below and meet the relevant deadlines.

Families are asked to:

On receiving an offer families are asked to:

Confirm acceptance of the offer in writing by completing the acceptance form and returning it to the College together with the Advance Payment Scheme installment as outlined in the letter of offer by the due date (usually within two weeks).

Should a family choose not to accept an offer, we would appreciate being advised as soon as possible to enable the College to make an offer to another family.

Decisions About Enrolment

The College would like to enrol all families who seek a place at St Bernard’s. Often this is not possible and the final decision in relation to enrolment rests with the Principal.

In making decisions about enrolment the College will take into account the following:


The College has an obligation to interview applicants who meet at least three of the four enrolment criteria described above. Additional criteria includes:

* St Bernard’s Priority Parishes are:
Airport West, Ascot Vale/Maribyrnong, Avondale Heights, Keilor, Keilor East, Essendon, Essendon West/Aberfeldie, Moonee Ponds, Niddrie and Strathmore.

** The Catholic Primary Schools considered part of the priority parishes are:

(Click each link to view a map of that parish's boundaries.)

Students who reside within the boundaries of a priority parish and attend a primary school (listed above) will generally receive priority over a student at the same school who resides outside the parish boundaries or a student who lives within the parish boundaries and attends a non-listed primary school.

Applications for places in Years 8-12 may be made at any time. All applicants will be placed on a Waiting List. Priority will generally be given to Catholic boys who meet the criteria for enrolment who are moving from another Catholic school due to a change in residence. Catholic boys currently attending another Catholic school within the area may be enrolled after consultation with that school's Principal.

Last updated November 29, 2017