Frequently Asked Questions
Choosing a school for your child is an important and personal decision. Compiled below are the most frequently asked questions that enrolling families ask about Maria Regina.
A Snapshot of Maria Regina
Maria Regina Catholic School is a single stream K to 6 co-educational Catholic school. Our families primarily live in the surrounding areas of Avalon, Clareville, Bilgola, Whale Beach, Palm Beach and Newport. The school enjoys a positive reputation for high academic standards, a nurturing, pastoral environment and the engagement of students in a range of key learning opportunities.
Enrolling at Maria Regina
When can I enrol my child at Maria Regina?
We advise parents to enrol their child as early as possible in the year before they start school. For families who are changing schools or are new to the area, this can be done at any time throughout the year providing we have places available.
Who can enrol in a Catholic school?
All families seeking to enrol at Maria Regina are welcome to apply. Enrolment preference is given, in order, to:
- Children of Catholic families who live in the local parish
- Children of Catholic families from other parishes
Catholic schools have a strong religious dimension and people of other faiths who wish to enrol should be willing to participate in the religious activities at Maria Regina.
Will it be expensive to send my child to a Catholic school?
The Diocese of Broken Bay (of which Maria Regina is a part) strives to keep fees to a minimum and no student is denied enrolment in a Catholic school purely on the basis of a genuine inability to pay fees and other charges. There are sibling discounts on tuition fees and flexible payment arrangements available. Please contact us for the most up to date fee schedule.
Do you have a Kindergarten transition program at Maria Regina?
We offer the “Starfish” Preschool to Kindergarten Transition program at Maria Regina. It is now in its 6th year – pre-schoolers attending Maria Regina in the coming school year attend one afternoon for five weeks in Term 4. It helps to ensure a smooth transition for your child and gives parents the opportunity to find out more about how the school operates, hear from some professional speakers and also network with the other Kindergarten Parents.
The students will have opportunities to work in the kindergarten room, meet buddies, use computers and complete fun activities. Past parents have commented how valuable the Starfish program has been in preparing their child /children for school life.
Learning at Maria Regina
What is the approach to Learning & Teaching at Maria Regina?
Maria Regina is committed to the provision of quality learning experiences that are relevant, stimulating and developmental. Our curriculum and instructional practices are all designed to enhance student success. We have a team of dedicated, highly qualified professionals whose commitment to the support of every student is central to their achievement including a specialist Learning Support Teacher, Sports Teacher, Japanese Teacher, Visual Art Teacher and Librarian.
How is positive student behaviour encouraged and supported at Maria Regina?
At Maria Regina, we have adopted a whole school approach to bring about positive behaviour; Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL). This approach has a strong emphasis on teaching appropriate behaviours and providing systems of support to bring about these positive behaviours. Our school rules outline appropriate student behaviours that contribute to the functioning of our school as a safe and supportive learning environment.
At Maria Regina Catholic School, we Respect Self and Others, Respect Learning and Respect our Environment.
What does religious education involve at Maria Regina?
Religion has a very important role in the life of a Catholic school and all students study religious education. Maria Regina Catholic School shares in the mission of the Church which is based on a rich heritage of faith and tradition. Our school community takes part in activities such as regular prayer, mass and liturgy to continually develop our faith.
At Maria Regina we seek to strengthen a shared understanding of the central purpose of our school by modeling the Gospel values of inclusion, compassion, human dignity, justice and service as declared in the school’s Mission Statement. We live this out through initiatives such as our social justice out reach work for Timor Leste.
What activities are on offer at Maria Regina?
Maria Regina is committed to engaging students in a wide range of activities outside traditional classroom learning. Students have the opportunity to take part in a number activities including:
A3 Singing Festival, Drama, school plays, Dance Fever Challenge, school musical, school choir, school band, Marana Music Festival, Yamaha Band Festival, Pittwater’s Got Talent Show and private instrument tuition.
Swimming, athletics, football, netball, cricket, soccer, AFL, gala days, School Carnivals, Peninsula and Diocesan Carnivals, Dance Fever and Robbie Slate Cup. Specialist PE lessons often take place in the school grounds whilst also utilising local playing fields.
School Disco, Walk-a-thon, Religious Celebrations, Generation One Competition, School camps and Leadership training day.
Japanese, debating, public speaking, University of NSW Competitions, Book Week activities, Literacy and Numeracy Week activities, Zoo science trade show, Writers workshops, Australian Mathematics Challenge,
K-6 Public Speaking Competition, K-6 Spelling Bee, Catholic World View Photo Competition, Mission workshop and Gifted and Talented programs.
A Welcoming Community
Is parental involvement encouraged at Maria Regina?
Maria Regina is blessed with a strong and supportive parent community. Members of the school community are invited to become fully involved in all aspects of school life at Maria Regina. There is a particular focus on welcoming new families to the school.
There are a number of events throughout the school year to get involved in and meet other families – they are great fun and well attended including Parents and Friends Bingo, Trivia and end of year disco, Class Parents social get togethers, Canteen , Mother’s and Father’s Day Breakfasts, Grandparents Day, School Excursions, Sport coaching, Reading support, Eco gardening and Parent seminars.
Facilities at Maria Regina
What facilities does Maria Regina have on-site?
Maria Regina has a well-equipped library and resource centre which utilises the latest technology to engage students in their learning. This includes access to computers, ipads, the internet, multimedia equipment and other tools for learning. Every classroom at Maria Regina is well resourced with data projectors, interactive white boards, laptops and ipads and highly skilled teachers in the area of ICLT. Students have access to a variety of playground areas, canteen, eco garden and the school hall.
Do you have Out of School Hours Care available?
Yes an OOSH (Out of School Hours) representative picks up Maria Regina children for after school care and takes them to the OOSH Centre operating at Avalon Public School.
During Term 3, 2017, Catholic Care will be opening an on-site before and after school care facility. Please ring the school for more details.
Would you like to know more?
Browse our website, attend our Open Days or arrange for a personal tour. There are many ways to find out about Maria Regina – but most of all don’t hesitate to give us a call, we are only too happy to answer your questions.