FAQs

Silkwood School is a secular school, meaning we are not connected to any specific religious or spiritual faith. We do not oppose religion, instead we provide an open ground where different types of faith and philosophy can be discussed and explored, whether Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Secular Humanism, Judaism or Atheism. So, rather than provide one norm or dominant belief by which everything else is compared or which the school focuses on, we provide an equal playing ground: to play, believe, converse and think.

At Silkwood

  • We value the freedom of a young person to engage democratically with others who have very different worldviews from one’s own;
  • We value the idea that religious faiths and non-religious worldviews are “possibilities” that can co-exist within a community;
  • We value the freedom of people to be non-religious or religious;
  • We value inclusivity and equality;

In this secular environment we actively seek respect for others.

In line with this position, and using historical and cultural perspectives, Silkwood students learn about different religions, philosophies and worldviews.

Intake at Silkwood is based on the calendar year, not July-June as per State school intake.

Preparatory – children aged 5, turning 6 during the Prep school year.

Children born early in the year can request special consideration to commence early or in the equivalent State school year level.  This decision is made by the Learning Manager after the interview process.

Currently we have no places available. However, we invite interested families to submit an Application for Enrolment to secure their place on a waiting list. For information about waiting lists, please phone (07) 5655 0300.

All applications are processed in order of receipt. Priority is given to siblings of current students, children of former students and children of Silkwood employees (respectively). For more information about waiting lists, please phone (07) 5655 0300.

Places at Silkwood are in strong demand.  Submitting an application for enrolment early in your child’s life is highly recommended to give you the greatest opportunity of a place.

Enrolling your child in Playgroup or a Silkwood approved Preschool environment does not guarantee a placement at Silkwood, however, it will support your child’s readiness for the Silkwood Prep program.

For more information about waiting lists, please phone (07) 5655 0300.

All enrolments are subject to an interview with the relevant School Learning Manager and/or Class Teacher before being offered a place at the School.

The wellbeing of the class as a whole is given consideration in the enrolment process. As the School is small and age-based, every enrolment is considered for suitability to a particular class and social group.

The School will not discriminate against students according to disability, race, gender or denomination.

It is not always possible to transfer an enrolment. However, we will do our best to accommodate your request. For the latest information on the availability of places, please phone (07) 5655 0300.

You will have the option of transferring to the waiting list for the next intake year or you will be removed from the waiting list altogether. Application for Enrolment Fees are non-refundable.

Parents are notified of an Offer of Enrolment 18 months prior to the intended year of entry.

Silkwood is not currently in a position to be able to offer scholarships or bursaries for new families.

The optimum class sizes are 28 children per class.

The small size of our School is a great advantage for our students as they benefit from a personalised, family-oriented school, which focuses on individual support for all students.

Silkwood has developed The Silkwood Way, an educational approach that embraces the Australian Curriculum in a way that intentionally enhances every child’s learning adventure.

On completion of the new High School buildings in 2017, the Primary and High School students will reside alongside each other, however their campuses will be separate and each uniquely designed for their age groups.

As with everything we do at Silkwood, homework needs to have a purpose. We have a homework policy that reflects this need. Homework varies from year to year and is appropriate to the developmental needs of the children. Family time is an important part of a child/adolescent’s life so our teaching team is asked to give consideration to this and minimise the demands of time at home for the learning program.

The School provides a Northern and Southern bus service to families of enrolled children and is committed to the safety of all those driving or travelling in the school bus. Please phone (07) 5655 0300 to find out about your nearest bus service.

We are committed to supporting parents to balance work and family. Silkwood offers Before School Care, After School Care and Vacation Care programs for children in Preparatory to Year 7.

Our program is delivered in partnership with the Helping Hands Network.

For more information, please visit our Before and After School Care page.

We have a well defined ICT policy where technology is introduced in a deliberate, purposeful way that is appropriate to the developmental needs of children.

Students in Preschool to Year 11 can study Italian.

Students participate in Physical Education lessons every week. Our programs allows students to develop a sense of pride in their physical achievements, involvement in their own health management and a love for physical activities.

Students participate in Swimming and Athletic carnivals. Competition team sports with other schools is introduced in Year 5 and offered as an ongoing opportunity through to Year 12. Our students are actively encouraged to attend trials for South Coast Sport opportunities and teams, and if successful are supported by the school with their ongoing development.

We offer a wide range of excursions and camps to support the learning program. See the EXPLORE page for more details.

Silkwood has a diverse and challenging co-curricular program.

  • African Drumming
  • Craft groups
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music – Guitar, Piano, Cello, Drums, Violin, Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Voice.