School Age for 2020 Foundation Students
To be eligible for enrolment in Foundation in 2020, your child must turn five (5) by April 30, 2020.
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 the enrolment limit at Essendon Primary School is 475 students.
Where there are insufficient places for students who seek entry, the following priority is used to determine which students will be enrolled:

1.    Essendon Primary School is required to enrol children who live within the Essendon Primary School zone. Findmyschool is the official Victorian school zones site and hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones.  The information on this site is updated in Term 1 each year, ready for the Kinder to Foundation and Year 6 to 7 transition period. To visit the site, see: www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au If you have a question about school zones call the VSBA Hotline on 1800 896 950 or email vsba@edumail.vic.gov.au
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).

2020 Enrolment Process
Prospective families are welcome to submit an expression of interest to enrol their child at Essendon Primary School for any year level for the 2020 school year. The first of our 2020 Foundation (Prep) tours will be held on Friday 26th April from 9:30am to 11:00am. An additional tour will be held on Friday 3rd May.  Bookings can be made through Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BBCTL for those interested in finding out more about the school.

Foundation Orientation Sessions
2020 Foundation Orientation will take place from 9:30 to 11:00am on 4 Friday mornings commencing Friday 15th November. (15th, 22nd and 29th November and 6th December).  After the successful transition of students over previous 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 2020.  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 2020 cohort with their 2020 teachers in their designated learning space will be Tuesday 10th December when the year 6 students have their Secondary Orientation.