Parents – please don’t stress about enrolment interviews! Think of them more as a great opportunity for us to get to know you, and for you to find out more about us. Every school (and therefore, every enrolment interview) is different, but most will follow a fairly similar sort of structure. The process usually involves a friendly conversation with the principal about what the school can offer, a tour of the school site and a discussion with the family about the needs of the child and family.
For example, I may ask a parent:
• What led you to apply for a place at St Michael’s?
• What are your child’s strengths and interests?
• What are your expectations of schooling in general
and what are your hopes for the future?
• What are your child’s most important needs?
And when it’s the student’s turn, I may ask them
questions such as:
• What do you like to do at kindy/your other school?
• What are your favourite subjects at school (for older
• What do you do for fun at home?
When I meet a family in an enrolment interview, I’m really looking to ascertain what the parents’ expectations are of the school and what supports we can offer to help ensure it’s a smooth transition for everyone. The simplest way to prepare for an enrolment interview is to come with some idea about what has attracted you to the school and what you are looking for in a school for your child.
Jacqueline Jackson is the Principal at St Michael’s School, Gordonvale