Catholic Education South Australia


St Raphael's School offers two intakes per year for children starting Reception.

If your child starts in Term 1, they'll need to be aged five on or before April 30 of that year. If they turn five on or before October 31, they'll be start on the first day of school in Term 3, and they'll have a minimum of six terms of Reception.

If your child's birthday falls between November 1 and December 31, they aren't eligible to commence school before the following year. Please talk to us if your family falls into that situation.


As a Catholic school, we pride ourselves on being inclusive of all cultural, religious and economic backgrounds. While many of our students are brought up according to Catholic traditions, other families have chosen our school knowing that their children are educated in an environment which strongly encourages the values of kindness, respect and compassion. Families of all denominations are welcome.

If your child is starting in Reception, they'll receive a visit from school staff at their  pre-school in the term before they start. This will give your child a chance to meet their new teacher in a familiar environment, and also helps our teachers gather any important information from pre-school/kindergarten teachers that can aid in your child's learning.

If your child is starting at another year level, they are able to have transition visits (if time permits) and are allocated buddies to help them to feel supported and comfortable in this new environment.

Our teachers also assist our students in their transition to secondary school.

St Raphael's School offers schooling for Reception to Year 6 in line with other Catholic primary schools, so your child will commence their secondary schooling in Year 7.


Our families have access to excellent Catholic Colleges nearby such as Mercedes College, Cabra College, Christian Brothers College, St Aloysius College, St Mary's College and Mary MacKillop College.  Families who live in the local area are also zoned to Glenunga International High School.