If you wish to enquire about enrolling at Katandra School you can get in touch via our contact details below, or you can fill out our Enrolment Enquiry Form and we’ll get back to you.
2 Walsh St, Ormond VIC 3204
(03) 9578 6991
School Hours: M-F: 9am – 3pm
Office Hours: M-F: 8:30am – 4:30pm
At Katandra our class groups are named by letters of the alphabet, such as: Group A, Group B, Group C etc.
Each classroom has one Classroom Teacher and one Educational Support Officer (Teachers Assistant). Class sizes at Katandra range from 10-12 students.
At Katandra we aim to keep our 1st Year Prep students together in the first year at Katandra, and our Grade 6 students together as a cohort in their final year at Katandra, as we believe this supports student transitions in and out of the school.
All classes at Katandra are composite classes, and based on the enrolments each year may have a mix of age or year levels. Generally our aim is to keep students with in a 2 year age range such as 5-7 year olds, 8-10 year olds etc.
Creating student classes at Katandra is a process that involves input from all the staff and the process starts usually at the beginning of Term 4. When we place students in a class we consider the following;
- Personality and relationship with other students
- Learning abilities
- Enrolment time fraction (fulltime or part time)
In order for students to be enrolled at Katandra School, eligibility for the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) needs to be established in the category of Intellectual Disability.
If the student is already on the PSD in the category of Intellectual Disability, and the student attends another Government school, the student can be simply transferred across to our school.
Students can enrol at Katandra from the year that they turn 5 years old, and their final year of schooling at Katandra will be the year that they turn 12, regardless whether their DOB is in January or December.
Note: Students are required to attend year 7 at the age of 13 so they are able to participate in a full secondary program, as students graduate from year 12 they year the turn 18 years old.
Book A Tour
For parents interested in touring the school, please visit our contact page to send an email, or give us a call.
Katandra School offers bus transport to students living within the designated transport zone. The transport zone can be checked here. Simply fill out the Bus Transport Form and return it to reception to start the process of enrolling in the program.
Our transport policy can be read on the school documentation page.
Katandra School has a Student Dress Code and all students are expected to wear school uniform. Its purpose is to promote a sense of pride and belonging amongst the students and to promote the school’s image whilst on excursions.
The Katandra school uniform colours are navy and gold and the following school uniform items can be ordered from the School Office.
- Navy Polo Top with Katandra Logo
- Navy Blue Windcheater with Katandra Logo
- Navy Blue Double Knee Track Pants
- Navy Bootleg Pant
- Navy Blue Polar Fleece Zip Jacket with Katandra Logo
- Navy Blue Bomber Jacket with Katandra Logo
- Navy Skirt or Culottes
- Navy Shorts
- Blue and White Gingham Summer Dress
- Bucket Hats/ Wide Brim Hat
- Library Bags
Uniform can be ordered by filling out the Katandra School Uniform Order Form, and returning it to reception.
Given the harmful and damaging effects of the sun’s rays, during Term 1 and Term 4 the wearing of Sun Hats is compulsory during recess, lunchtime and physical education. We also encourage each child to have their own tube of sunscreen at school for additional protection. Our Rule is “No Hat, No Play”.
The objective for the Head Start program is to allow students a staged and structured transition program from one class to another or from one section of the school to another when it arises. The Head Start program allows the staff to get to know the student’s capabilities, with a major focus on building relationships between the students and the classroom staff, along with the student and their peers.
The Head Start program has formal expectations and lessons that are taught to support the student’s transition to a new class. It includes what makes a good student, what makes a good teacher, setting class rules, setting learning expectations etc. Additionally, teachers will also facilitate assessments to baseline the student’s learning and see where the teaching needs to start.
The Head Start Program runs for the last 2 weeks of the school year, and then again for the first full week when students return in the New Year to recap learning and revisit expectations. During the last 2 weeks of the school year, students transition to the following years classes. New students are invited to attend to assist in a positive transition process to Katandra. Teachers will work with the students and prior to going into the summer holiday break, students will receive a Head Start book / social story that parents can read to the students over the holidays to assist with preparation for returning to school.
When looking to enrol at Katandra School, parents may also like to consider the possibility of ‘Dual Enrolment’. This means that parents have the option to enrol their child in both special and mainstream primary school settings.
Katandra School currently has a number of students who are enrolled both at Katandra and in a mainstream setting. As a school we fully support families and encourage them to try all opportunities for schooling that meet the educational, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the child.
Dual enrolment can look different for every child with some students having more days in a special setting, and some having the opposite. If dual enrolment is a pathway that you wish to go with your child, it is important to know that this does not need to be the same for the duration of primary school. In consultation with the principal, parents can negotiate changes to enrolment time fractions, and these changes would usually take effect at the commencement of a new term.
There are many reasons parents may consider dual enrolment and these should be discussed with the principal or a member of the leadership team when making an enquiry and touring the school. At Katandra we are happy to discuss all options for enrolment and will endeavour to support you with every step of the process.