Enrolment at BSE

Welcome prospective parents and students of our college community!

Moving from Primary to Secondary school is an important step in a child’s education. This happens alongside the transition from childhood to adolescence and includes many changes – both physically and emotionally.

We know that making a decision about your secondary college is a ‘big one’ and finding the ‘right’ college is important.

The DET Parent Page has been updated with new advice. This is useful information for parents/ guardians of students going from Year 6 to Year 7.

Our School Zone

Our school zone is available on https://www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au/#school=1783701 which hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones. To ensure that you are in the Bendigo South East College zone, please check your address.

Students residing in this zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address.

The Department provides guidance through the Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and the freedom to choose other schools, subject to facility limitations.

You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Department’s website under School Zones.

Information for parents and carers with Grade 6 children at government primary schools

For grade 6 students enrolled at government primary schools in the same zone/designated neighbourhood as Bendigo South East College, you will receive the Transition Information Pack and Application for Year 7 Placement 2023 from your child’s primary school in Week 1, Term2, 2022. If you have not received this information you will need to make contact with your child’s primary school as soon as possible to receive this information.

Parents/Carers of the child are required to complete the Application for Placement 2022 form and return it to their primary school’s Transition Coordinator by Friday 13th May 2022. These forms will then be forwarded on to Bendigo South East College.

Parents and carers with Grade 6 children at non-government schools - Catholic, independent and home schooling

The Transition Information Pack and Application Form is available here (WORDPDF), if your Grade 6 child is from a Catholic or independent school or is part of a home schooling program. Please contact BSE directly on (03) 5443 4522.

Please complete and return your Application for Year 7 Placement 2022 for Bendigo South East College by 1st June 2022 directly to the college.

Address to: Kim Polglase (kim.polglase@education.vic.gov.au)
Bendigo South East College
56 Ellis Street, Flora Hill, Victoria, 3550

If you require further information or have questions about your non-government primary school child applying and enrolling at Bendigo South East College, please contact the college and ask to speak to the Year 7 Transition Facilitator.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive information on my allocated school?
Notification of placements will be distributed from 20 July 2022 via your student’s primary school. Enrolment packs will be distributed from 22 August 2022. Transition information will be distributed at the start of November.

What if I live outside Bendigo South East College zone?
You have the right to apply for any Bendigo 7-10 school. This will not be an automatic acceptance and there will be a process through which appeals are considered. Please check your permanent address at www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au

If I have had a child/children at Bendigo South East College in the past will my child be accepted?
If you are outside the zone for Bendigo South East College and currently have a child attending, you are entitled to make a sibling’s claim. You need to specify this on your application form. Applications for a sibling claim cannot be processed for former students of the College. Be aware that a sibling claim is also not an automatic acceptance.

I would like to apply for the Athlete Development Program or Academy of Creative Arts, who do I contact?
You may visit the Performing Arts or the ADP Hub to get further information on applying for these programs. More information on these programs will be available at the information evening.

Do I need to purchase the school-designated computer?
We operate on a leasing system for our One-to-One notebook program. This program provides students with a device that is set up for maximum learning outcomes at BSE. This lease needs to be paid before the school year commences. We do not have a ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) option.

How do I organise uniform?
Uniform information will be in your transition pack in November. All BSE uniform is sourced through Noone 21 Queen Street, Bendigo and Bob Stewart 108-110 High Street, Bendigo.

How much am I expected to pay to start Year 7?
The cost of beginning Year 7 can vary depending on the programs your child is involved in. There are three main aspects to start-up costs:
1) College levies and fees
2) Uniform
3) Books and stationery

How will I be able to monitor my child’s academic process?
BSE has a virtual learning platform called BSE Virtual. Here, you will be able to access feedback, marks and additional information. The students receive login details at the beginning of the year and parents will receive theirs shortly after.

My child has additional needs in their learning, who do I contact?

Bendigo South East College has a number of trained professionals in our Student Support Centre. The General Office will direct your inquiries to the appropriate person.

My child will need to catch a bus to school, how do I organise this?
Go to the Transport to BSE page on our website, which is under the ‘Community’ tab.

Downloads & Information

Grade 6 to 7 Fact Sheet

Year 6 to Year 7 Information Pack Download
(non-government schools)