thread: Catholic/Christian Scools

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    BellyBelly Member

    Feb 2004

    Catholic/Christian Scools

    Does anybody know if you don't get your child christened/baptised then Catholic/Christian schools will refuse them entry?


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    BellyBelly Life Member

    Nov 2003

    Nellbe, it might depend on the school, but I went to a Catholic primary & high school and had lots of friends there who weren't baptised.

  3. #3

    Mar 2004

    I went to an Anglican school. They didn't care if you were Christian or not. They offered to make me an infidel but I declined

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    jcm73 Guest

    When I was at school, my primary class had 1 child that wasn't Catholic. High School was a bit different. They certainly have a pecking order, but if you're not baptised, then it doesn't mean you don't get to go there, you just won't get picked first.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Jun 2003

    When I went for the interview with the principal of the kids school (a catholic school) he told me that they have percentages to go by. X% must be catholic and then the rest of the student population can be made up of non catholic students. There is preference given to catholic students of course but there is no reason you should feel that you have to christen/baptise your child.

    As for secondary schools ... I went to a Uniting Church private school and there was no need to be affiliated with the church (you wanna pay they are going to take you!!!) but of course all religious teachings follow the school denomination so if you are not comfortable with the teachings of a certain religion then I wouldn't send your child to that sort of school. I have found a very nice non denominational high school to send my kids to. It is co-ed, which is not quite what I was looking for, but the benifits of my kids going there far outweigh the co-ed nature of the school.

    There are some great non-denominational schools out there that are private but you have to look for them!!!! Try the independant schools board in your state if it is really an issue.


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    BellyBelly Member

    Apr 2004
    Outer East, Melbourne

    Hi - I wondered about this as well and also heard about the percentage thing. I went to in independent anglican high school and and was never asked if we were any faith.

    My SIL had her four children baptisted all at once at ages about 2, 4, 8 and 10 years old and they're all going to go to some catholic high school and they're lucky if they go to church twice a year now.

    The high schools near us are hidous. There is a catholic girls high school in the hills that i plan on looking into further.


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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Jul 2004

    I went to a catholic school and they let in non-baptised people. I even knew a girl who was Buddist there. The only thing you weren't allowed to do was if you were a different religion you couldnt pressure people into joining you religion. That happened once. 2 girls tried to make people turn Pagan!

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    BellyBelly Member

    Sep 2004

    My understanding is so long as you pay it doesnt really matter.


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    BellyBelly Member

    Oct 2004

    I went to catholic school , and there were kids there who werent even catholic and also werent baptised at all. My primary school let everyone in, no matter what faith or if they were baptised or not.

    I also went to a catholic high school and they wouldnt let you in if you were not catholic or had not been baptised.
    So i guess it depends on the school..?

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    Add Rouge on Facebook

    Jun 2003

    I have honestly never heard of a school that doesn't except those non baptised or from a different denomination when it comes to catholic or christian schools. We lived in a highly jewish area and there were a few schools there that had only jewish kids, which I thought was understandable as religion (and language) is a big part of their education iykwim. But as far as I know they were one of the only religions that had a preference.


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    BellyBelly Member

    Mar 2005

    I'm a teacher at a Catholic school and we have a variety of students with varying religious backgrounds. Preference is given to Catholic students but all parents are interviewed about their reasons for wanting their child to attend the school.

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    Custardtart Guest

    I don't think baptism makes any difference. My children go to Maranatha, where they ask that at least one of the parents be a Christian actively involved with a church, but baptism doesn't enter into it because there are different beliefs between the denominations.


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    Registered User

    Jul 2005
    Rural NSW

    My daughter attends a private Anglican school and they certainly have a diverse cultural student population. They attend an Anglican service once a fortnight but also receive information regarding other faiths which I find highly desirable! We are considering sending our son to a Catholic school so that he too can receive at least SOME spiritual education. The idea of religion begin totally avoided in the public system is one of the reasons we are avoiding it. My BIL is a public school teacher and they can't even mention Santa at Christmas which I believe is a real worry... they should be able to acknowledge every significant cultural event be it Christmas, Passover or whatever....

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    Jan 2005

    It depends on the school.

    There are 3 or 4 Catholic primary schools near me, and I know at least one that requires not only the child, but both parents be baptised or they'll not allow the child to enrol.

    Most of them however will give preference but still take children who aren't Catholic/Christian.

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    Jan 2005

    I'm really not sure about schools to send our bub to, will probably look at it more when he gets older, as the schools can change a lot in 4-5 years.

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    Debbie Lee Guest

    Ooo... I never even thought of this, Nell!
    I'll have to find out if Christian College here in Geelong takes kids that haven't been baptised. I guess they do.... I have a few friends that went and I would be surprised if they were baptised.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Jun 2005
    near the water

    My MIL is a principal at a catholic primary school.
    She said that they allow the majority of places are taken with practicing catholics, then they allow a couple of places to non catholics.This all alters if the number of catholic children are down then they allow the other children in.
    With secondary school they take siblings then Catholics and then a limited few positions are allocated to non catholics.

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    Registered User

    Jun 2006

    we are greek orthodox and my son goes to a catholic school. They accepted him and us with out any hesitation and pointed out that George wont be able to do the catholic comunion etc as he has already done the greek orthodox one however all the other religious bits he can do and loves them btw hehe which is great. I would never send my kids to a public school ever again and the catholic school george goes to is very advanced and from every aspect you can think of is much better off than a public. The class sizes are smaller, the whole school only has 200 kids in it, this makes it easier for the teachers to get to know the children on a one on one basis. George went to a public school which has 1,000 children enrolled and unfortunatly he got bullied big time so we changed in may mid way through grade prep, and have never looked back.