Preference and Non-Preference Requirements


1. State integrated schools select preference students on the following grounds.

a. The agent for determining preference is the Parish Priest, or designated agent of the Bishop who may sign the certificate on his behalf. (For Agents of the Bishop see: Administration of the Criteria, 6.1.1-6.1.6, on the preference of Enrolment Certificate.)

b. The Criteria for Preference of Enrolment in Integrated Catholic Schools

  • The child has been baptised or is being prepared for baptism in the Catholic Church.

  • One or both of a child’s non-Catholic parents/guardians is preparing to become a Catholic

  • The child’s parents/guardians have already allowed one or more of its siblings to be baptised in the Catholic faith.

  • At least one parent/guardian is a Catholic, and although their child has not yet been baptised, the child’s participation in the life of the school could lead to the parents having the child baptised.

  • With the agreement of the child’s parent/guardian, a significant familial adult such as a grandparent, aunt or uncle who is actively involved in the child’s upbringing undertakes to support the child’s formation in the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.

2. State integrated schools have places for Non-preference students.

a. The school roll is now at 85% of its maximum with no non-preference places available.

b. Non-Preference places criteria:

  • The applicants accept that they will be attending a school of special character and that their place in the school is conditional on their participation in the programme.

  • The applicants accept that they will be required to pay Attendance Dues as set by the Proprietor and these are not voluntary.

c. Non-Preference criteria that apply to this school.

  • The siblings of non-preference students already in the school.

  • Non-preference students who cannot enrol immediately may choose to be placed on a waiting list. Students on this list are wait listed by date and number and will be contacted if places become available.

Enrolment information is also available for this school in hard copy from the office.

Please click on the links below for further information regarding Preference Certificates, Attendance Dues and Special Character.

Preference Certificate

Attendance Dues and Special Character Contributions

Attendance Dues Responsibilities for Parents/Caregivers

Information Sheet for Parents/Caregivers Seeking Preference of Enrolment at a Catholic School

Financial Assistance for Attendance Dues

Holy Cross Parish

Preference cards will be signed at the Holy Cross Parish, by appointment only, every Tuesday from 10.30am until 12.30pm.

Please ensure that you bring along your child’s Baptismal Certificate or your own.

To make an appointment, please phone the Parish on 09 835 3355.