Catholic Schools receive funding from both the State and Federal Governments on a per capita basis. Unfortunately the level of funding provided does not meet all the costs associated with operating a school on a year by year basis. Schools are required to contribute to their own running costs through parent fees and levies and fundraising
School fees are reviewed and set annually. Parents are given notification of any changes made to the annual fee structure. Flexible payment options are available – fortnightly, Term by Term, Direct Debit, Eftpos, Credit Card and Internet Banking. Please advise the front office of your preference. Fees are due on the first day of each term.
Accounts will be sent as reminders. It is an expectation that where possible families meet their fee commitments. However, no child will be denied a Catholic education at St Mary's due to an inability to pay fees. Families experiencing financial difficulties should contact the Parish Priest or Principal to discuss the situation and to make suitable arrangements.
A Student Fee is charged for each pupil, to offset costs associated with the purchase of aids and equipment, teaching resources, photocopying etc. The Fee includes a 'cultural' levy, which pays for the children to attend visiting performances such as dance companies and music groups.
The school currently provides EFTPOS and Credit Card facilities as a wider range of payment options for families. School fees should be paid at the School Office.
Community Service / Donations
Apart from the fundraising, which is done by the Parents and Friends Association, we occasionally support other organisations not directly associated with the school. We are committed to Caritas' Project Compassion which runs throughout Lent each year. Organisations supported in the past have included Pontifical Mission Societies, Centacare, MS Read-a-Thon and National Heart Foundation. Your support for these fundraising activities, whilst entirely voluntary, is encouraged.
Fee Structure 2018
To assist families to calculate their full fee commitment for the year, swimming fees and camp fees are now itemised on the Fee Account. Swimming sessions and camp attendance are part of curriculum instruction and children are expected to participate in these activities.
Fees are inclusive of:
1 child $1300
2 children $1600
3 or more children $1850
Student Fee: Prep to Year 6 $375 (per child)
(The Student Fee is inclusive of the annual swimming program costs, excursions, curriculum materials and resources, computer resources and photocopying)
Family /year $250
Year 3 / 4 Camp Fees 2018 $0 (camp is biannual)
Year 5 Camp Fees 2018 $220
Year 6 Camp Fees 2018 $300
Laptop Lease Fee for 2018
Year 5 and 6 $340 (carry case provided by school)
To assist families with their budgeting, we are including some information for Health Care Cardholders and Family Tax Benefit A recipients.
Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A recipients
If you receive Family Tax Benefit A, you maybe eligible for the Education Tax Refund. However, we do advise that you speak with your accountant or financial advisor in regards to this.
Opening the Doors Foundation for Indigenous Students
Criteria for Consideration of Assistance
The Foundation was formed to help cover the gaps in existing funding, not to duplicate or take the place of existing services. As a result applications requesting support for school uniforms, book lists, levies, VET & VCAL subjects and extra curricular activities will take priority. The Applicant (student) must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and supply a Confirmation of Aboriginality.