Catholic schools are typically regarded as great value for money, providing a high-quality education supported by great facilities and learning environments. It is the policy of the Catholic Schools Office that financial hardship should not prevent any child from attending a Catholic school. Hence, no child will be denied a Catholic education because of a family’s genuine inability to pay the required school fees. Any family experiencing financial difficulties is entitled to fee assistance and should contact the school principal to discuss ways in which the school can assist.
The greater part of diocesan schools’ funding comes from state and commonwealth government grants, but the commitment and continuing financial contribution of parents and parish communities is still essential to fill the gap between the government-provided funds and the actual cost of running our schools. School fees comprise three components — diocesan tuition fees, individual school resource and service fees and Diocesan Family School Building Levy (DFSBL).
In order to offer a broad range of educational opportunities to our students, St Patrick’s relies on school fees. When enrolling their child, parents/carers are required to sign a fee agreement commitment form. The annual fees are split equally across three terms, with nothing payable in Term 4 if fees have been paid in full.
Diocesan Tuition Fees 2020
The 2020 full-rate diocesan tuition fees are:
- Kinder to Year 6: $1,275.00 p.a.
The 2020 family discount on full-rate diocesan tuition fees are:
- 1 child in the family attending diocesan Catholic school — no discount applied
- 2 children — 10% discount per child
- 3 children — 20% discount per child
- 4 children — 40% discount per child
- 5+ children — 50% discount per child.
These discounts apply only to tuition fees, and not to the following fees and levies.
Other Fees/Levies 2020
- Resource fee: $246.00 per student p.a.
- Technology fee: $87.00 per student p.a.
- Music levy: $90.00 per student p.a.
- Sport levy: $81.00 per student p.a.
- Diocesan Family School Building Levy: $1,250.00 per family.
- Diocesan Pastoral Contribution: $300.00 per family.
- Excursions and incursions are an additional expense and must be paid before the date of the event.
- The resource fee covers stationery items and other consumable resources.
- The Diocesan Family School Building Levy (DFSBL) is charged to the account of the eldest child in each family. The levy is pooled to contribute towards past, present and future costs for building projects in all existing and new Catholic schools, as well as the acquisition of land for school purposes. The diocesan offices determine the DFSBL rate. If you have a high school child attending a Catholic school in the diocese, the DFSBL will be billed to that child’s account.
- The Diocesan Pastoral Contribution is voluntary. This contribution is pooled to support the ongoing pastoral works of the diocese, which include:
- the diocesan pastoral ministries office and the activities of its many advisory councils
- chaplains ministering at Newcastle University, Newcastle Port, prisons, hospitals and CatholicCare Social Services
- Family/community faith co-ordinators who connect families with their local parishes and schools
- Pastoral co-ordinators who work in those parishes without a resident parish priest.
- Parents whose children have been accepted into Kindergarten for the following year are required to pay a non-refundable enrolment fee of $100 on acceptance of the offer. This enrolment fee is deducted from the Term 1 tuition fees in the following year.
Special Fee Reductions
To assist families with limited financial resources, St Patrick’s offers a 50% discount on tuition fees for means-tested low-income families who have a healthcare card or a pension card. This discount does not apply to other fees and levies (see above).
An inability to meet school account charges does not exclude access to any school within the Diocese for a child of a family genuinely committed to Catholic faith and practice. Parents concerned about school fees should contact the school. Diocesan provisions exist to help in this area and the principal can also exercise discretion where genuine need exists.
Payment of Fees
Accounts are sent home at the beginning of Terms 1, 2 and 3, with payments due within 21 days of issuing the account. Alternatively, school fees may be paid weekly or fortnightly. Payments can be made with cash, cheque, BPAY, money order, credit card (in person or by phone) and EFTPOS. Direct debit from your bank, credit union or building society account is also available. Our office manager can assist you with a payment plan.
Please be aware that if your direct debit is dishonoured more than three times, the school will cancel the deduction. For any dishonoured direct debit, the school is charged a fee of $2.50 by your financial institution. This fee will be passed on to the fee payer and will appear on the next statement. No receipts are issued — please check your bank account for proof of payment.