In QLD they HAVE to take catchment kids. Perhaps even though it's around the corner, it may not be technically your 'zoned' school. For example, We live about 3mins from the school DS is going to but technically our 'catchment' school is at least 10mins away.
Also, we only just enrolled because enrollment has only just opened. State schools don't allow you to put your name down before about June (depending on the school) before they start
- Sometimes it can take a while for a principal to get a letter, read a letter and then prioritise it - they are extremely busy but it doesn't mean that they are ignoring you, it can sometimes just take time.
- It is term 3 and I completely understand being 8 months pregnant means you want to get organise - who wouldnt but I can pretty much guarantee you that if you are definitely in the school zone then your child will be enrolled at that school - as I mentioned earlier - it's the law, they have to take you.
- Don't feel like you can't get the Department to deal with this - trust me they're used to it and so are schools, schools hear from the Department all the time about so many things. At this time it might be easier to get them to assist you if you are finding it stressful.
If I were you I would give it another week for the principal to get back to you and then call. If you hear nothing then call the Department and request that they deal with it as you have not had a response.
Please PM me if you like. I have worked with these situations for a long time
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Also should point out that because schools MUST take you if you are in their catchment area, there is no such thing as 'too full'. The school had to simply get bigger to accommodate. I've worked in a high school filled with temporary classrooms because it's a boom suburb and they simply must expand to keep up with enrollments
Unless of course you're out of catchment, then they have every right to put you on a 'waiting list', which by my experience they usually take a large percentage of anyway. Schools like having good numbers, it means they receive more $$$ from the government
A friend is having a lot of trouble with this as she is in one of the few primary areas that is zoned, but they are a military family so she cant actually say for sure what her address will be in 3 years time
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