Foundation Transition 2021

  • Moonee Ponds West Primary School is committed to working in partnership with parents/carers to ensure the best start for our Foundation Students.
  • Transition sessions for 2021 are to be confirmed.


Foundation Transition Parent and Carer Information










6-7 Transition

This section contains important dates and events relating to transition to Secondary School. 


6-7 Transition Timeline 2021


Tuesday 20th April

  • Transition Packs/Applications distributed

Friday 14th May

  • Parents/carers return Application for Year 7 Placement 2022 forms to government primary schools by this date.

Wednesday August 4th

  • Families notified in writing of placements

Monday August 16th

  • Closing date for parents/carers to lodge a written non-placement appeal with their preferred secondary schools

Friday 27 August

  • Secondary schools notify all parents/carers, in writing, of the outcome of non-placement appeals by this date

Tuesday 7 September

  • Closing date for parents/carers to lodge a written non-placement appeal with the applicable Regional Director, where they have been unsuccessful with their appeal to their preferred secondary school.

Friday 29 October

  • Regions notify all parents/carers in writing of the outcome of Regional Director Non-placement appeal by this date.

Tuesday 7th December

  • Secondary schools host an Orientation Day for year 6 students


Below is a list of the schools where the majority of the students from MPW attend secondary school:

To determine your closest school use the following link




Neighbourhood Policy:

The principles of the Department of Education and Training neighbourhood school policy are found in the Education Act 2008. 


These are:

  • To guarantee the right of each child to a place in the designated neighbourhood school.
  • Wherever practical, to provide parents/carers with the opportunity to enrol their child at the same school as that being concurrently attended by an older brother or sister who resides permanently at the same address.
  • To allow parents/carers not wishing to send their child to the neighbourhood school to select any other school in which space is available.
  • To contain enrolments in each school within the limits of available resources as determined by the Regional Director.
  • Attendance at a particular primary school does not automatically guarantee enrolment at a particular secondary school.

Placement Criteria:

Where there are insufficient places at a school for all students who seek entry, students should be enrolled in the following priority order unless determined otherwise by the Regional Director.


Students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood school (determined by a straight line from the student’s home to front gate of the school).

  1. In those instances where the Regional Director has restricted the enrolment of a school, students for whom the school is the nearest one to their permanent residential address.
  2. Students with a brother or sister who will be concurrently attending the school and who resides permanently at the same address.
  3. Students in order of closeness of their home to the school.

Application Process:

If you select a school other than the neighbourhood school as first preference, you should provide at least four (4) school preferences in Section 2 of the Application Enrolment Form.


Note: If students are not successful in gaining their preferences, they will be placed in their designated neighbourhood school.


Placement Appeals Process:

Parents/carers have the right to appeal a Year 7 placement decision. In the first instance, the appeal should be to the Principal of the preferred school. If a parent remains dissatisfied, a further avenue of appeal to the Regional Director may be made.


Curriculum Grounds:

Some schools provide entry based on curriculum grounds, such as sport, music and language.


If your first preference school requires an additional completed Curriculum Criteria Form, this needs to be submitted with your initial application through the Primary School.


If your second, third or fourth preference schools require an additional completed Curriculum Criteria Form, you must send this directly to the relevant school with a covering letter confirming this documentation relates to a future preference.


Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) Programs:

  • These programs cater for gifted/high potential students
  • Years 7-10 usually completed in 3 years with increased options for VCE studies
  • Enquiries are made directly to schools

Note – Various schools offer other programs to provide extension for motivated and academically advanced students.


Examples of special entry requirements:

  • Maribyrnong Sporting Academy
  • Melbourne College of the Arts
  • Melbourne Girls Secondary College

Schools making additional requests:

  • Princes Hill Secondary College
  • Strathmore Secondary College
  • University High School

Applying for non-government schools:

  • If you are sure you have already secured a place for your child in a non-government school you still need to complete and return the application form but you don’t need to put in preferences.
  • If you have not had a place confirmed, is it is advisable to still put in preferences for government schools.

Please be aware of personal situations that may change and which may alter secured enrolments in non-government schools.


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