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FAQs

1. What are the benefits of my child attending Mount Carmel College?

Read our Welcome to Mount Carmel College for a description of how Mount Carmel inspires our students to flourish. We also have a very proud record of academic achievement and an important focus on spiritual growth. For those parents considering sending their daughter to Mount Carmel, you may also be interested to read about the All Girl’s Advantage.

2. How many students are in the school?

In 2018, there are 594 students spanning all year levels from Kindergarten to Year 10.

3. Do we have to be Catholic for our child to attend the school?

While enrolment preference is given to Catholic families, our College community is an inclusive one. We are proud of the many students who have come to us from other Catholic, Independent and Government schools.

4. On what basis are places offered?

Preference for enrolment is determined by the prioritised order listed in the Catholic Education Enrolment Policy. If you are keen to secure a place, you will need to submit an Enrolment Expression of Interest, preferably before April of the year preceding entry.

5. Do you take boys?

Yes, from Kindergarten to Year 2.

6. What are the usual class sizes?

Classes vary in size from 24 students to the maximum of 30. The school has a number of teacher assistants to provide additional support where needed.

7. What are the fees?

Details of fees and levies can be found here.

8. Can I come and look around the school?

Prospective students and their families are warmly invited to book a tour of our school during term. Tours are conducted by our Student Leaders. Once applications are received, you and your child/children will be invited to have an interview with our Principal. You are also welcome to book an informal interview with the Principal before deciding to enrol. Simply request this when you complete our enrolment enquiry form.

9. Do all students wear uniform?

Yes, uniform is compulsory for all students at the school, from Kindergarten to Year 10. Uniform requirements and online ordering.

10. What happens at the end of Year 10?

Mount Carmel students have a guaranteed place for Years 11 and 12 at Guilford Young College – Tasmania’s only Catholic Co-educational Senior Secondary College.

11. Is there a canteen?

Yes, our canteen is open every day. See the menu and find out more on our canteen page.

12. When and where do the school buses run?

Mount Carmel College has a number of dedicated buses servicing Hobart and surrounds. To find out more, to view the online routes and bus stops, and to book a bus place online for your child, please see our Bus Information page.

13. What are the school Houses and Colours?

Lourdes (Green), Carmel (Yellow) and Loreto (Red)

14. Where do parents park to drop off and collect children?

Parents either park on the surrounding streets such as Sandy Bay Road, Nelson Road, Earl Street or opposite at Wrest Point Casino or they can drop their children off in our dedicated “Kiss & Drop” zone in Quorn Street (the back entrance to our property). Parents can use the front car park when a child is sick or if their children are in Kindergarten.

15. Where does the bus drop off and collect children in school grounds?

The arrival and departure points for Mount Carmel are at the back of the school in Quorn Street or at the bottom of the stairs in front of the school on Sandy Bay Road. The Metro public bus stop is right outside the school on Sandy Bay Road.

16. How does the school deal with conflict and bullying?

The entire school is committed to a ‘Restorative Practice’ approach to behaviour management which focuses attention on the quality of relationships. This has led to the building of a whole College community based on cooperation, mutual understanding and respect. To find out more about Restorative Practice, see our Nurturing Environment page. We also have a school counsellor based on site. Our school follows the Tasmanian Catholic Education Commission policies on Anti-Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying; and Cyber bullying. All students, staff and parents are also expected to adhere to the Mount Carmel College Creed of Rights & Responsibilities

17. What are the school start and finish times?

Kindergarten is from 8.45am – 2.45pm, Primary School is from 8.45am to 3.05pm, and Secondary School is from 8.40pm to 3.20 pm.

18. Can my child have private music tuition?

Yes, music tuition is available through the school. Information and online booking is available.

19. What other purchases are there, apart from school fees and uniform?

iPads are required for all students from Year 4 to Year 10 and can be purchased through the school or supplied by the family. Information on the College’s iPad program is available by clicking here. E-books for the iPad are generally included in the fees and have reduced the need for parents to purchase books. Any additional book and stationery requirements can be found purchased wherever they are found to be cheapest.

20. What help, support and extension opportunities are available for students?

We have learning support and extension programs for individuals and groups from Kinder to Year 10, with a number of special programs such as the Language & Literacy Classes (8LL & 7LL), Letters & Sounds, and Spelling Mastery. We also have a school counsellor on campus.

21. How does the school keep parents informed about what is going on?

Each student from Year 2 upwards is issued with a Planner which is where parents can record communication with the College and monitor homework commitments and progress at school. Parents are asked to sign the Planner each week. In addition, The View newsletter is emailed to parents on a fortnightly basis with informative articles and events that will be happening in the weeks ahead. It is therefore very important that we have parents’ email addresses (please email us if you think we may not have your email address or it needs updating). We also have a Facebook page where we post photos and news of events and activities.

22. What do we do if our child is sick or can’t attend school?

Parents can now notify the College quickly and easily through our online absence reporting form. This will send an email to the College and a confirmation email to the parent.

23. Do the students go on camps and what do they cost?

School levies include excursions, co-curricular activities and learn-to-swims programs. In Primary School, there are excursions in every year level and outdoor education camps in Years 4 and 5. We also run an extended day trip to Melbourne for Year 6. There may be occasions where educational/excursion opportunities arise which are not covered by the initial levy payment. For example, Year 6’s have an annual trip to Canberra for 3-4 days which requires an additional levy. Year 10 students who have chosen the Outdoor Education elective pay a supplementary levy to subsidise their special activities and training (depending on numbers of students involved), and those choosing Japanese in Years 9 & 10 may have the optional opportunity to travel to Japan, but will also need to pay an additional levy for this.

24. How much homework is expected of students?

The following time allocations are an approximate guide:
  • Years 3-4:  20-30 mins Mon-Thurs (1 to 1.5 hours per week)
  • Years 5-6:  30-40 mins Mon-Thurs (2 to 2.5 hours per week)
  • Year 7:   1 hour Mon-Fri (5 hours per week)
  • Year 8:   1 hour 15 mins Mon-Fri (6 hours per week)
  • Year 9:   1 hour 30 mins Mon-Fri (7-8 hours per week)
  • Year 10:  2 hours Mon-Fri (10 hours per week)
N.B. There is no homework set for school holidays.

25. Does the school offer financial support?

As part of its Fees & Charges Policy, Mount Carmel College fully supports the principle adopted by all Catholic schools that Catholic children should not be excluded from Catholic schools if their parents’/carers’ are unable to pay school fees. We therefore warmly encourage Catholic parents and carers to contact us if they find themselves in this position for whatever reason.
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