Forestville Montessori School welcomes children of all backgrounds and abilities and in the spirit of Maria Montessori, provides child relevant programs to meet diversity, need and stage of development.
Enrolment is accepted on the assumption that the parent(s)/carer(s) will be supportive of the Board, School management team and the philosophical foundations of the School and will follow appropriate pathways when following up on concerns relating to the child.
All families interested in enroling in Forestville Montessori School are required to attend a school tour. Tours are generally held each fortnight and can be booked via the Forestville Montessori School website.
An application fee of $140 is charged upon receipt of the application form. A copy of the child’s birth certificate and immunisation record is required as part of the application to enrol at Forestville Montessori School.
Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.
The key selection criteria are:
Places are offered at Forestville Montessori School upon the discretion of the School Principal. Only after a school tour has been attended and if required a meeting with the School Principal will an offer be sent.
Offers of place must be accepted within 10 working days, the following acceptance conditions apply:
Conditions of acceptance for siblings are similar to those for the first child. Sibling priority is only applied if the older sibling has completed or has the intention of completing the full School program i.e. Pre Primary and Primary.
An offer of enrolment is for a particular Stage. To defer an offered or accepted place at the School, prior to commencement, the student will be placed on the waiting list for the deferred entry point. The student’s date of application will be amended to the date of the deferment.
To confirm the enrolment of a new student, the student’s first term tuition fees must be paid by the date specified on the invoice or the accepted place will be lost.
All enrolments are conditional upon the School being satisfied in its discretion that the Student’s needs can be met by the School. The School may cancel the enrolment if it determines prior to the start of the enrolment that the Student’s needs cannot be met.
The School will require Parent/carer(s) to provide reports and assessments necessary to determine the particular needs of the student.
A student’s poor behaviour or absence may disrupt not only their own education and development but also those of other students and the operation of the School. Consequently, a student is required at all times to:
Students must attend the School during specified school hours, except where leave is granted or in the case of ill health. The School may require appropriate documentation, including medical certificates to support leave.
Students are responsible for their personal belongings and the School will not be liable for any loss of these belongings. All items must be labelled.
The Parent/carer(s) of a student have an important role in ensuring their child meets School requirements and in fostering a respectful and supportive School community. Hence they are required at all times:
The Parent/carer(s) must promptly advise the School:
The Parent/carer(s) also:
Parent/carer(s) must advise the School immediately if they become aware of any special needs that the Student may have including, but not limited to, any medical, physical, psychological needs, or any changes to these needs
Parent/carer(s) must complete and return to the School the required health form for the Student prior to the Student commencing at the School and provide updates if circumstances change or as required by the School from time to time.
If the Student is ill or injured, requiring urgent hospital and/or medical treatment (for example injections, blood transfusions, surgery) and parent/carer(s) are not readily available to authorise such treatment, the CEO or, in the CEO’s absence, a senior staff member of the School, may give the necessary authority for such treatment. The parent/carer(s) indemnify the School, its employees and agents in respect of all costs and expenses arising directly or indirectly out of such treatment.
Parent/carer(s) must observe School security procedures for the protection of students. Students are responsible for their personal property and the School does not accept any responsibility for the loss of their belongings
The CEO/Principal or nominee may search the Student’s bag, locker or other possessions where there are reasonable grounds to do so, in order to maintain a safe environment for all students.
As part of enrolling a child in the in Forestville Montessori School, families are to provide a copy of their child's immunisation record. From 1 January 2018, only the following children may be enrolled in Forestville Montessori School:
Children who are unvaccinated due to their parent’s conscientious objection will no longer be able to enrol at FMS.
If you are unable to provide an immunisation record for your child, a letter from an approved medical practitioner stating outlining why they are not immunised is required. The reason provided needs to be one that has been approved by the Australian Government Department of Health.
The Parents must as soon as possible notify the School:
If the Parent/carer(s) wish to seek leave for the Student not to attend School they must apply to the School Principal.
The School may suspend or terminate the enrolment of a student, either temporarily or permanently at any time for reasons which may include, but are not limited to:
The School will only exercise its powers under this clause to expel a student if it has provided the Student and their parent/guardian(s) with details of the conduct which may result in a decision to expel the Student and provided them with a reasonable opportunity to respond and where there has been procedural fairness.
The School may terminate the enrolment of the Student without notice if, either before or after the commencement of enrolment, the School finds the relevant particulars of the special needs of the Student have not been provided to the School or the particulars provided are materially incorrect or misleading.
The School reserves the right to determine all aspects of its educational and other programs, and the resources applied to them. The School may change these at any time without notice. This may include discontinuing subjects and other programs.
Upon enrolling a student in Forestville Montessori School, Parent/carer(s) are expected to give permission for the student to participate in all its activities, including excursions, camps and outdoor education and activities. Unless the School Principal decides otherwise:
The School will provide academic reports to the email addresses notified by the Parent/carer(s). Where the Parents are separated or divorced, reports will be provided to both Parents unless there is an Order of the Court or an agreement that reports are to be sent to only one Parent.
The Parent/carer(s) of each student are jointly and severally liable for all fees and charges and any other amounts due to the School.
Fees and charges, including any deposit or non-refundable enrolment fee, are as determined by the School Board.
The fees are revised regularly and may be amended each year. Fees and Charges are also levied for discretionary activities. The School may also incur expenditure for the Student’s needs on behalf of the parent/carer(s) as it reasonably considers necessary, which may be added to the parent/carer(s)’s school account.
Continued enrolment is conditional on payment when due. Fees and charges are not refundable, except as expressly provided in these conditions. Accounts for Fees are sent out at the beginning of each school term.
All medical expenses incurred on behalf of a Student must be reimbursed by the parent/carer(s).
Fees and charges will not be reduced in respect of a student’s absence. Should a student be granted a leave of absence by the School Principal, tuition fees will be charged for the duration of the granted leave.
Fees, charges and other amounts are payable by the due dates as specified by the School. Failure to pay by the due date causes the School to incur costs. Charges for late payment will apply to compensate the School for these costs. If fees and charges for any student are not paid when due and alternative arrangements have not been agreed, the student may not be allowed to continue in attendance at the School until they have been paid in full. Extra activities are not available to students whose fees are in arrears.
If a student is to discontinue an activity that is provided for an additional fee, the Parents must give at least six weeks prior notice of the discontinuance expiring at the end of a term otherwise six weeks’ fees will be charged.
If a student is to leave the School:
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires that parent/carer(s) advise the School in writing of the name of the school the Student will be attending and the grade the Student will be entering at the new school.
If the parent/carer(s) wish to withdraw a Student from the School, notice given must be not less than one full term’s notice to expire at the end of a term.
If the required notice of withdrawal of a Student is not given the parent/carer(s) must pay a School term’s fees.
The School may alter these conditions at any time by giving notice to the Parent/carer(s) in writing. Alterations will apply to all current and future students and their parents and guardians from the date of the notice.
Forestville Montessori School
1 Angel Place, Forestville, NSW 2087
Ph: +61 2 9452 2044
ABN 77 002 057 025