How to Enrol

Starting primary school

Starting school is an exciting time for children, parents, and carers.

The first year of primary school is called Foundation or Prep.

To enrol in a Victorian government primary school, follow these steps the year before your child starts school.

2025 Foundation-Prep-poster

Enrolling for Prep (Foundation)

Foundation enrolment commences in the year prior to children starting school. Children enrolling in Victorian schools must turn 5 years old by 30th April in the year of entry and are usually enrolled in the year prior to their commencement (the pre-school/kinder year).

Schooling is compulsory for children who have turned 6 years old.    

Steps to enrol your child in Prep for the 2025 school year

To start primary school in 2025, your child will need to turn 5 years old by 30 April 2025. Schooling is compulsory for children who have turned 6 years old.

If your child is starting Foundation (Prep) in 2025, you will be able to apply to enrol your child in a Victorian government primary school from the start of Term 2, 2024 (Monday 15 April 2024).

What you need to do:

  1. Use Find my School to locate your designated neighbourhood school (referred to as your local school) and other nearby government schools.
  2. Contact a government primary school to book a school tour or to learn more about the school and the enrolment application process.
  3. Download the Foundation (Prep) Enrolment Information Pack for Parents and Carers (PDF, 1.5 MB) This pack includes an application form. The school may also provide you with a copy of the form to complete.
  4. Submit an enrolment application for Foundation (Prep) by Friday 26 July 2024.
  5. You will be notified of the outcome of your application between Monday 29 July and Friday 9 August 2024. If you receive an enrolment offer, you should accept the offer by Friday 23 August 2024.
  6. Take part in information and transition sessions during Term 4, 2024.
  7. Your child will start Foundation (Prep) from Wednesday 29 January 2025.

Enrolment applications submitted after 26 July 2024 will be processed by the school as they are received, in accordance with the Department of Education’s Placement Policy.

Enrolling in Grades 1 – 6

Enrolments are taken throughout the year for year levels 1 – 6.

How to Enrol Your Child at Thornhill Park PS

At Thornhill Park Primary School we welcome all families to submit an enrolment who reside within our designated neighbourhood area. To submit your child’s enrolment, please follow the steps below.

Scan or copy the following supporting documentation:

  • Proof of Birth – Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Proof of Residency – contract of sale, current utility account of residential address (gas or electricity), rates notice, bank statement or a signed lease agreement
  • School Entry Immunisation History Statement that shows 4-year-old immunisation
  • Any Court Orders (if applicable).
  • Visa Documentation (if you are not an Australian Resident) as the sub class will dictate whether you can enrol directly with the school or need to do an additional application via the International Student Program at You will be advised if you need to also complete this application, based on details found within your visa documentation.
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