Catholic Education South Australia


Here are a selection of question we are often asked. 

If there is anything else you wish to know, please don't hesitate to ask. Just fill in the enquiry form in the Contact section of the website, or alternatively ring our school office on 08 8275 5500.

Do you have to be Catholic to attend St Therese School?

We are a Catholic School and ask all students and families to support the Catholic ethos and values in which our community is grounded. We have children from diverse religious backgrounds as well as those who have no particular faith, all of which we respect, welcome and celebrate in our community.

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Which Kindergartens do St Therese students usually come from?

St Therese accepts students from any Preschool or Childcare Centre.
The kindergartens in our immediate vicinity include, Mitcham Preschool, Mitcham Village, St James, Cumberland Park, Margaret Lohmeyer, Pasadena and Clarence Park Kindergartens.

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When can my child start school?

Children start school when they are five years old. Here at St Therese School we have two Reception intakes a year – at the beginning of Terms 1,and 3.
We also offer an Extended Transition to School Program. Children can access up to 3 hours per week 2 terms before they commence school at St Therese. 

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How many students attend St Therese?

St Therese School caters for just over 200 students. We pride ourselves on being a relational school - knowing each of our learners and community members is a high priority for us.

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How many students are in each primary school class?

St Therese School follows recommendations from Catholic Education South Australia regarding class sizes; in Reception and Year One the maximum number of students is 25 and from Year 2 to Year 6 this number is 29.

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What secondary schools do the students go to after Year Six?

Our students go to a number of secondary Catholic and Government schools once they have completed their time with us.

Catholic secondary schools in our area include the following South West Region Schools. Students from St Therese School have enrolment priorities at these schools. 

Another alternative is Mercedes College where students have guaranteed enrolment at year 7, providing the enrolment criteria is met.

Students from St Therese also attend St Aloysius College (girls), Loreto College (girls) and Christian Brothers College (boys). There are many other colleges to choose from.

Some of our students choose to attend Government High Schools; schools in our area include Springank Secondary College, Unley High School, Mitcham Girls High School, and Urrbrae Agricultural High School.

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How much are the school fees and how can I make payments?

School fees are outlined in the Enrolment section of this website. The preferred payment option of these fees is by direct debit, however fees can also be paid by cash, cheque, EFTPOS, Visa and MasterCard.  The relevant authority forms are available from the school office.

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