Cabra Dominican College Established 1886


Enrolment Information

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Cabra Students

Thank you for enquiring about enrolling your child at Cabra Dominican College. At Cabra we believe that adolescence is an important and exciting time in each young person’s life. Therefore, we recognise that choosing the right educational environment for your son or daughter is a significant decision for all families. With this in mind we hope that the information provided below will assist your planning.

Most students begin their journey at Cabra in Year 6 or Year 8, however from 2019 Cabra will become a Year 7-12 college. Further information regarding the move to a single Year 7 intake is detailed below. However, we also welcome enrolments in other year levels if places become available. During the application process our Registrar will be your main point of contact to answer any of your questions about enrolment or life at Cabra.

Ready for Year 7 2019

You may be aware that in 2015 the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools endorsed a move towards shifting Year 7 from primary to secondary settings. Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) is now implementing that decision and most Catholic schools in South Australia will make this change in 2019. This means that, for most schools, Year 6 will become the final year of primary schooling. Year 7 will become the first year of secondary schooling.

What does this mean for our school?

In 2019 Cabra will become a Year 7-12 college. That means that all students will commence at Cabra in Year 7 (one single intake) from 2019. However, we will work closely with families and primary schools to ensure that all students can access enrolment at Cabra as we make the transition to a new school structure.

Why move Year 7 to secondary?

This decision is primarily about meeting the learning, social and emotional needs of young people across all Catholic Schools. It is also about strengthening pathways from primary to secondary schools across Catholic Education. Offering a consistent entry into secondary school at Year 7 makes it easier for students to explore and access all options. You will find Ready for Year 7 resources including a video and fact sheets at I encourage you to look at those resources.

We understand that this move is a significant one, please be assured that we will continue to keep you updated and informed as we move closer to 2019. As always, the education and wellbeing of your child will remain our focus. 

The Enrolment Process
Submitting Your Application
Applications need to be submitted 18 months prior to commencing at Cabra. Please include the following documents to assist your application:

  • Application fee
  • A copy of the student’s birth certificate or passport and immigration visa (if applicable)
  • A copy of sacramental certificates (if applicable)
  • A copy of the student’s most recent school and NAPLAN report
  • Any court orders or related information regarding custody of child (if applicable)
  • Documents relating to special needs (any specialist reports, action plans, assessments etc.)

Enrolment Interviews
These meetings provide us with an opportunity to discuss your application in person and to learn more about your son or daughter. Our senior members of staff who conduct the interviews are also well-placed to answer any questions that you might have about our educational programs and other opportunities available to Cabra students.

Offers of Enrolment
Once we have considered all of the applications for a particular intake, the college sends letters of offer to families. If we are not able to offer your child a place at Cabra you will receive a letter inviting you to remain on our waiting list until we are able to make subsequent offers or until enrolments are finalised.

Our Enrolment Criteria
Cabra Dominican College welcomes applications from all families seeking a Catholic education for their children. Since our establishment in 1886 we have always enjoyed working in partnership with families from different backgrounds. We believe that this provides Cabra with a diverse student population and a dynamic learning environment where each young person feels freer to be themselves as valued members of our community.
Cabra Dominican College supports the enrolment pathways of the South West Region and other local parish schools. Understanding the importance of choosing the right school for each child we are happy to provide families with the following criteria that we use to guide our decisions regarding enrolment priorities.

  • Students attending our Priority Catholic Schools including those in the South West Region
  • Students from other Catholic Schools
  • Children of Old Scholars
  • Children from Catholic families in other schools
  • Children from other schools
  • Existing families and siblings

Principal’s Tours
Throughout the year Cabra schedules multiple Principal’s Tours.
Please register your attendance with Administration Staff on 8179 2400.
Additional information, including Principal’s Tour dates, curriculum overview, privacy policy and other documents can be viewed on this website.

Thank you once again for considering Cabra Dominican College as the college of choice for your child. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your application in the months ahead.

With best wishes.
Yours sincerely,

Brian Schumacher

Enrolment Enquiry

Please submit your details via the email link below to have a Cabra Dominican College Prospectus and enrolment package posted to you. 

Prospectus Request

Alternatively, you can download a PDF version of the Prospectus here:

2017 Prospectus (Download PDF)

For further assistance with any enrolment enquires please email the College Registrar: