School Age for 2019 Foundation Students
To be eligible for enrolment in Foundation in 2019, your child must turn five (5) by April 30, 2019.
For children whose birthday falls past April 30 in the year in which s/he commences school, the application must first be approved by the Department of Education before the application can be considered by the school.

Criteria for Enrolment
1.    All applicants must provide a certified copy of their birth certificate, immunisation status and if applicable, a copy of the most recent school report.
2.    Applicants born overseas must provide a certified copy of their passport and visa.
3.    Full fee paying International students should contact the International Student Division of the Department of Education on 9651 3700 prior to contacting the school.

Enrolment Priorities
As deemed by the Department of Education and endorsed by the Essendon Primary School Council, the enrolment limit at Essendon Primary School will be 475 pupils.
Where there are insufficient places at any year level for students who seek entry, the following priority is used to determine which students will be enrolled:

1.    Essendon Primary school has an obligation to enrol children to which the school is the nearest.  Our priority must be to students for whom Essendon Primary School is the closest school by straight line radius from the school to their permanent residential address or in the neighbourhood zone.
2.     Students with siblings who will be concurrently attending Essendon Primary School;
3.     Children of current Essendon Primary School staff.
4.     Students in order of closeness of their home to Essendon Primary (by straight line radius from the school).

2019 Foundation Tours
All prospective families are welcome to book in to one of our school tours which will provide you with all of the knowledge that you will need to make an informed decision about your child's future educational journey. The tours will last approximately one and a half hours and will include presentations by leadership and Foundation teachers. Information covered will include our community values, core educational beliefs and philosophies, day to day practices, a tour of the school, the enrolment process and a brief forum for answering questions you may have. At the conclusion of each tour expressions of interest will then be distributed should you wish to proceed with the enrolment process.
Tours will be held from 9.30am - 11 am on Friday 27th of April, 4th of May and 11th of May 2018.  There is a limited capacity for each tour so bookings are highly recommended (there is no need to book seats for children who will be in attendance with you). Please follow the link to make your booking.

Foundation Orientation Sessions
2019 Foundation Orientation will take place from 9:30 to 11:00am on 4 Friday mornings commencing Friday 16th November. (16th, 23rd and 30th November and 7th December).  After the successful transition of students over the previous 3 years, we have decided to again have all year levels step up to their new year level during this time.  This will allow us the opportunity to explore different groupings of students, seek feedback from teachers, students and parents and collect student-learning information in preparation for a smooth transition in 2019.  In the meantime, year 6 students will be able to work on their own transition program in preparation for secondary school.  Our final transition day when students will meet as a 2019 cohort with their 2019 teachers in their designated learning space will be Tuesday 11th December when the year 6 students have their Secondary Orientation.