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The St Michael's Parent Handbook covers all the information, procedures and policies you and your child will need.


If you have any further questions in relation to school times, dates, policies or other general enquiries please feel free to contact St Michael’s Primary, Blacktown South by phone on 8869 6200 during weekdays between 8:30am and 3:15pm.

Welcome to St Michael's Blacktown Sth

St Michael’s School
155 Reservoir Road
Blacktown South NSW 2148

Phone: 02 8869 6200
Fax: 02 8869 6299
Email:  stmichaelsblktn@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website:  www.stmichaelsblacktown.catholic.edu.au


1962 – 2019 | Celebrating 57 years of Catholic Education


Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,

On behalf of the school and parish community I welcome you to St Michael’s Primary School.

Our school exists solely as a ministry of Mary, Queen of the Family Parish, supporting you as parents to nurture your child in the Catholic faith that we share. By enrolling your child in our school, you are continuing the promises you made at their Baptism, to bring them up in the Catholic faith.

In working with you to develop your child, we use the witness that is Christ. With Christ as our guide we live by our school motto –

Love one another as I have loved you – John 13:34
Not only through words or speech but with action and in truth – 1 John 3:18

As a school community we work with you in developing Christ in your child’s life through their actions, their relationships and their learning. The ministry of education is one that is shared between parent, teachers and the wider community. We thank you for entrusting our community to contribute to the development of your child. This is a responsibility we are humbled and honoured to share.

At St Michael’s we aim to live out our vision of being a Catholic community which Reflects, Engages and Empowers - educating the whole child – academically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.

As members of a vibrant school community, your role is an active one. Historically, Catholic education has been founded on principles of parent contribution and voluntary service. Our school will only continue to grow through your support of school initiatives, social events and the financial contribution through fees and fundraising.

At St Michael’s, we strive to live out the charism of Nano Nagle and the Presentation Sisters. We accept with pride and diligence our responsibility to support the poor and marginalised and live as Presentation People.

We strive to engage each child in their own learning, creating an environment in which teaching and learning is purposeful, relevant, innovative and collaborative. We strive to uphold our belief to hold each student to the highest expectations in attaining their personal best in all they do.

With St Michael and Revered Nano Nagel by our side, we pray we will respond with a Godly heart in friendship, love and cooperation as we look forward to supporting you in the education of your child.

Yours in Christ,

Mrs Sue Veling
Principal

General Information

School Office Opens 8:30am
Learning Session 1 9:00am - 11:00am
Recess - Play Time
11:00am - 11:30am
Learning Session 2
11:30am - 1.20pm
Eating Time
1:20pm - 1:30pm
Lunch - Play Time
1:30pm - 2:00pm
Learning Session 3
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Monday, 29th January 2018 Staff commence
Wednesday, 31st January 2018 Years 1-6 commence
Friday, 2nd February 2018
Kindergarten commence - 9.30am-3.00pm
Tuesday, 6th February 2018
Full days for Kindergarten-Year 6

School Begins School Closes
Term 1
29 January 2018 (Staff only) 13 April 2018
Term 2
1 May 2018 6 July 2018
Term 3
24 July 2018
28 September 2018
Term 4
15 October 2018
19 December 2018 (last day for students)

Supervision begins at 8:30am and finishes 3:30pm each afternoon. Parents are reminded that children should not be left at school outside these hours.

Our school assembly yards are limited in space and as a result, parents and guardians need to obey our ‘Kiss & Drop’ points at entrances. We invite you to promote the independence of children by farewelling them at the gate and ensuring that they carry their own bags. No parent is to proceed into classrooms, toilet areas and/or playgrounds unless they have a visitor’s badge which is obtained from the school office.

The safety and wellbeing of your children is one of our greatest priorities.

Please note as a matter of security and student safety, the only access gates to the school between the hours of 9.00am and 3.00pm will be the pedestrian gates on Reservoir Road through the school office where visitor passes are issued.

As assembly space will be limited, we ask that no student arrive before 8.30am on any morning. Reservoir Road drive through and drop off will continue to be available without change from 8.30am.

Orwell Street

NO car parking will be allowed in the Church car park. (Except for parishioners attending morning Mass).
Parents will be able to drop students off at the large gates in the church car park and students can then proceed along path via the Ursula Companion Centre.

Buses

All students arriving by bus will proceed from the bus bay area along the path from the basketball courts and via the Ursula Companion Centre.


Parents Attending School

  • Limited parking will be available for all volunteers in the small car park at exit gate on Reservoir Road

  • Parents attending the uniform shop or who have appointments will need to park on the street and walk into the school grounds via the Reservoir Road pedestrian gates


Student Departure

Reservoir Road

  • There is no drive through pick up in the afternoon in accordance with advice from the Road Traffic Authority and the Police Local Area Command

  • Parents picking up students will need to park on the street and walk into the school grounds and wait in the drive through area. Teachers, from 3.00pm, will bring students to the gate area for dismissal

  • Students whose parents are not at this point will be returned to the Father Kevin Dadswell Learning Centre as waiters

  • Students will be able to remain at this point until 3.30pm after this time any students remaining will be taken to COSHC and parents will be charged $21 for the afternoon session.

Orwell Street

  • All students departing from Orwell Street will be escorted by teachers and will assemble for car pick up at the covered area between the Church and Catechist Centre

  • Parents will be required to enter the Parish car park and proceed to pick up point with family name clearly displayed in front window

  • There will be no car parking permitted at this time of the day, unless attending Parish business or in the event of a funeral

  • Supervision at this point will conclude at 3.30pm when all children will then be taken to COSHC and Parents will be charged $21 for the afternoon session

  • All Orwell Street walkers will be escorted to the Orwell Street crossing and supervised.

At the conclusion of the afternoon assembly, children waiting for parents will assemble in the Father Kevin Dadswell Learning Centre forecourt. No child is to move through car parks without adult supervision.

Catholic Out of School Hours Care (COSHC) offers a before and after school program for primary school aged children conveniently located with the school. COSHC is run by experienced and qualified staff, with close links to the school and the local parish.

Students participate in a range of activities including craft, cooking, dramatic play, language and literature, outdoor play, group and individual projects and support for homework. Nutritious and balanced meals and snacks are provided.

The operating hours are Monday to Friday mornings, 6:45 am to 8:45am when children will be escorted to the playground, and afternoons 3.00pm until 6.30pm.

To contact phone 0419 554 302 or email COSHC.StMichaelsBlacktown@parra.catholic.edu.au.

Please note that a letter is necessary for ALL absences. For legal reasons, notes must be sent to school explaining each of your child’s absences. However, if a child is going to be away from school for more than two days, please telephone the school. In this way we may be able to continue to support your child’s learning.

If your child arrives late to school (any time after 9.10am), they must collect a Late Arrival slip from the office, which must be handed to the classroom teacher. To ensure that your child doesn’t miss any class activity, punctuality is imperative. Children arriving late will need to be accompanied by an adult or supply a letter explaining the reason for the late arrival.

If you wish to pick your child up from school early (any time before 3.00pm) for an appointment or any other reason, you must complete an Early Leavers slip at the Office. Once forms are completed, the office then contacts the class teacher and the student is sent to the office. Should anyone else be picking up your child, the office and classroom teacher needs to be notified. The office staff may also require person’s collecting children to provide them with identification in these instances.

It should be understood that arriving or leaving in school time disrupts both the children’s learning and teaching. This should only happen when no alternative is available.

All parents who volunteer their services by working in the canteen, as parent readers, as managers and coaches of sporting teams and attending excursions must undergo a child protection check completing the online Children Protection Training Module. This online training needs to be completed every two years.

Once this module has been completed, the school receives notification and we will send home a declaration for completion.

To complete your 'Building Child Safe Communities'  - 2 modules are required to be completed

  • Undertaking for Volunteers
  • Training Module

http://childprotection.parra.catholic.edu.au/volunteers

All visitors to our school must sign a visitor’s book found at the school office. In ensuring safety for all, visitors must wear a visitor’s badge. Once again we invite your support in working as:

  • a parent tutor
  • a canteen assistant
  • library support
  • an excursion and sport assistant.

Parents are encouraged to help with literacy and numeracy. Many parent courses are offered during the school year and we encourage parents to attend.

Before being able to help or work with any children in the school parents must complete a child protection declaration form.

School assemblies are held on Monday mornings at 9:00am in the Infants and Primary quadrangles. The assemblies involve all classes and are approximately fifteen minutes in length. During assemblies, awards are presented to the children. All parents and grandparents are welcome.

At St Michael’s, we believe that positive school behaviour grows from creating a school environment which fosters care for one another, respect of individual differences and trust through a sense of feeling safe. As members of the Catholic community at St Michael’s, we believe that child management is an ongoing process that nurtures the total development of the child. It cannot be a separate entity and is an interchange of values between home and school. With this in mind we aim to develop strong supportive relationships between teacher, parent and child.

At St Michael’s when permission/payment for excursions, etc. are required, it is essential that you fully complete and sign the envelope that is attached to the note and return with correct money.

Please return all envelopes to the class teacher. We ask further that a separate envelope be used for each child.

Throughout the year fundraising events will be kept to a minimum. However the school conducts a ‘Games-a-Thon’ to support further resources of our school.

 

Developing literacy skills is foundational to a child’s development as an independent and confident learner. We ask that each child read to an adult and/or be read to every night for about 10 minutes in Kindergarten, 10-15 minutes in Years 1-2, and 20 minutes in Years 3-6. This should be a positive experience. If the reading material is too hard, please see your child’s teacher.

In Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 readers will be sent home for this purpose, but in Years 3 - 6 we suggest that library books borrowed form the basis for nightly reading.

Children will often bring a book home a number of times. This is in order to develop fluency and confidence. As skilled adult readers we read in blocks of words or phrases - this aids our ability to take meaning from what we read. Children need to have opportunities to do the same. Reading a new text one word at a time discourages children from expecting reading to have meaning or ‘make sense’. Please support us in this process by discussing what the story is about and praising your child’s phrasing of the story as it is read.

Key Learning Areas

Religious Education at St Michael's is very important to our community. See Religious Education for more information.

Developing proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident communicators, critical and imaginative thinkers, life long learners and informed, active participants in Australian society - NSW Education Standards Authority, English K–6 Syllabus.

English learning at St Michael’s is grounded in the content and processes outlined in the NSW English Syllabus. Students learn to and about Speaking & Listening, Reading and Writing through a balanced literacy model. In a balanced literacy model, students learn though a combination of teacher modelling and demonstrating, shared or guided activities, and independent activities.

Learning in English is supported by an extensive range of high-quality reading and library resources, and learning technology. Learning programs are provided for students with special education, a non-English speaking background and communication needs. St Michael’s has a particular focus on early intervention; using the school's assessment and teaching resources to identify and assist students in need of support before the end of Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2).

The Mathematics K-10 Syllabus contains the syllabus content for Early Stage 1 to Stage 5. Within each stage, the syllabus is organised into three content strands, Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability, with the components of Working Mathematically integrated into these strands.

The continued development of Mathematics learning at St Michael’s has been a particular area of focus since 2010. Teachers have undergone a professional development process called Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) to better understand the demands of the contemporary Mathematics curriculum. Significant acquisitions continue to be made to build upon the school's collection of teaching and learning resources.

Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) seeks to develop within children an understanding of the social and physical world in which they live, enabling them to function within it as just and active citizens. The NSW HSIE K–6 syllabus organises the curriculum content across four strands, namely Change and Continuity, Cultures, Environments, and Social Systems and Structures. Students learn in HSIE through using an inquiry process of gathering, analysing, synthesising and applying information.

In Science and Technology students learn about natural and built environments.

Study of these environments leads to a greater understanding of:

  • buildings and structures
  • information and communication
  • living things
  • physical phenomena
  • products and services
  • the earth and its surroundings.

The NSW Science and Technology curriculum facilitates learning about the subject matter of natural and built environments through the development of skills of Working Scientifically and Working Technology.

Subject matter in HSIE and Science and Technology can sometimes interrelate and often provides a meaningful context to facilitate learning of content and skills in other Key Learning Areas such as English, Mathematics and Creative Arts. Most grade excursions are chosen to support learning in either HSIE or Science and Technology.

The state curriculum for Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) seeks to develop the child as a whole person. Its aim is to develop within children a healthy lifestyle, a positive sense of self-worth, as well as sound personal decision making. Learning in PDHPE covers a broad range of knowledge, skills and values and attitudes in the areas of Fundamental Movement and Physical Activity, Healthy Choices, and Self and Relationships. A specialist teacher provides weekly physical education lessons that support the classroom PDHPE program.

See Sport for more information.

The NSW syllabus for Creative Arts includes four strands; Visual Arts, Music, Dance and Drama. Each develops its own skills in making, composing, performing, listening, organising sound, and appreciating as appropriate.

The Music strand of the Creative Arts curriculum is provided for in weekly lessons with the school's specialised music teacher. The Music program is further enriched by an annual performance and lesson sequence from one of the many Captivate Performances.

The school participates in a number of extracurricular activities involving Creative Arts. The school has a choir directed by the music teacher, participates in Diocesan Creative Arts Festivals held every three years and has reached the state finals in the National Story Festival, Wakakirri.

Starting School

Week 1 in Kindergarten

  • During this week the Kindergarten children will only attend school for their nominated Early Years Assessment appointment time (45 min duration)

  • The teachers (EYA) will lead each child through the (EYA), set by the Catholic Education Office of Parramatta.

  • This assessment is designed to provide the school with valuable information about each child, in order to assist with the formulation of class groupings and to plan for the needs of the children.

  • The children need to be at school at least 5 minutes before their appointment time.  Parents and children will wait in the Infants Quad and the teachers will come down to collect and return the child at the completion of the Early Years Assessment approx 45 min later.


Week 2 in Kindergarten

  • Formal Schooling begins for Kindergarten in this week. These will be FULL DAYS starting at 9:30 am until 3:00 pm.

  • Children will have been placed in class groups, however, these are not final and there may be some changes made over the first few weeks of school. This is important as we try our best to meet the child’s individual needs and strengths. Parents will be informed if there are any changes made involving their child.

  • We ask that you arrive at the Infant’s Quad just before school starts and collect your child’s name tag which will be colour coded.

  • With your help, the children can line up with their teachers at the coloured flag, matching their name tag.

  • Say goodbye, kiss them, remind them you’ll be back and walk away cheerfully. If you are positive about leaving, then your child is more likely to be positive too.

  • The children will then move to their classrooms with their teachers to begin their journey in Kindergarten.

  • At 2:50 pm, we ask you to wait in the Infant’s Quad. The teachers will escort the children to the Quad, line them up and then call you to collect your child. It is important for you to wait for the teachers to call you, as this is the routine for a safe dismissal.

  • If your child is catching a bus, they will be escorted to bus lines. If you will be late collecting your child they will be supervised by a teacher until you arrive in front of the Father Kevin Dadswell Learning Centre (FKDLC).

  • Children will need a hat, recess and lunch.

  • Children can also bring in the items needed for Kindergarten - boxes of tissues, paint shirt, baby wipes etc.


Week 3 in Kindergarten

  • The children will begin at 9:00 am and finish at 3:00 pm.

The morning bell rings at 9:00 am, but we ask that the children are at school prior to the bell, so that they can get into the routine of lining up with their class, and even spending a little time playing before school starts. If you think your child is ready you can say your goodbyes prior to the bell. There will always be a teacher on duty from 8:30 am. Allowing your child time to play in the mornings is one way you can help your child form friendships at school.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Kindergarten. Your role in this venture is so important. A positive approach from you will help your child have a positive and enjoyable experience with school and learning.

Communication Between School and Home

Every second week a newsletter is sent home which contains valuable information about the St Michael’s school community. School newsletters are also archived on the school website for reading at your convenience.

An open line of communication is essential if a school is to reinforce values that are being taught at home. The school provides three structured means of reporting to parents:

Term 1 Parent Information Night
Term 2 Written report and parent/teacher interview on request
Term 4 Written final report with parent/teacher interview on request.

Although teachers are available to talk to parents regarding their child, the usual process is to make an appointment through the school secretary for a mutually convenient time. It is important that parents do not try to discuss their child’s learning during class time. If you require further advice regarding your child’s development, stage learning team leaders can be available to meet with you.

The proactive relationship between school and home plays an important part in a child’s successful school life.

If you have a matter you wish to raise with a teacher please feel free to communicate in writing, or contact the office to make an appointment.

In the event that your issues have not been satisfied you are invited to contact your child’s stage coordinator. The stage coordinator is a member of the school’s leadership team and can be an important liaison between yourself and your child’s teacher.

If the matter requires further consultation an interview with the school Principal can be made by ringing the school office.

Please remember your concerns, ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

Transport & Safety

Bus/train passes

Free bus passes are available to all children from Kindergarten to Year 2, irrespective of distance from home to school. However, for students in Years 3-6 to be eligible, they must reside more than 1.6 kilometres (radial distance) measured from the centre of school. To travel before and after school your child will require a SCHOOL OPAL CARD. Please apply at transportnsw.info/school-students


Behaviour on buses

Children travelling by bus are expected to follow a code of behaviour that is sensible. Children who are consistently reported as misbehaving will have their bus passes removed either temporarily or permanently. Parents are asked to remind their children of their expectations of behaviour to and from school.

Parking is only allowed:

  • on Reservoir Road
  • in the church car park
  • on Orwell Street.

Please do not park in the area behind the presbytery and at no time are you to park in the Marist Centre which is next to the school.

Children travelling by car are to be collected from the waiting area in the Infants quad after school. 

Please note – children are not permitted to go alone to the car park or to the church.

This rule is for the safety of your child and your compliance is required.

Children are supervised while waiting. If a problem arises and your child has not been collected by 3:30 pm please try to notify the school of your delay.

NO ENTRY of cars into the school grounds will be permitted from Reservoir Road and the gates between the hours of 10.00am and 3.30pm - there are NO exceptions to this rule. Please also note that you are not permitted to enter the Staff carpark at any time unless an official pass has been issued by the Principal.

In the interests of safety for all concerned and in particular, for the safety of our children, we ask all people using ‘St Michael’s Drop Off Zone’ from Reservoir Road in the morning, to obey the following procedures:

  • at all times when driving in school or parish grounds vehicles are to travel at walking pace only
  • parents are not permitted to park in St Michael’s Primary school or Nagle College car park during normal school times
  • no parents’ vehicles are to enter the school grounds from Reservoir Road in the afternoon
  • children (including Nagle College students) are not to walk through the primary school staff car park. Pedestrian ways are provided
  • ‘Drop Off Zone’ – in the morning within St Michael’s school grounds from Reservoir Road
  • no stopping or parking on pedestrian ways
  • vehicles to remain in single file - no overtaking
  • drivers are not to leave their vehicles while in this zone
  • no stopping in middle of this zone. Always be mindful of vehicles trying to get into this zone from Reservoir Road
  • no right turn into Reservoir Road from ‘Drop Off Zone’ between 8:00 am and 9:30 am
  • we prefer that you make a left turn into the ‘Drop Off Zone’ from Reservoir Road.

Health & Medication

In the event of a slight accident, graze or bump, a teacher will administer simple first aid, such as washing with water and applying a bandaid. However, in the event of a serious playground accident, the teacher will have first aid administered in the office, complete an accident report sheet, and the parent or other person nominated by a parent will be notified. Under no circumstances will children be allowed to administer first aid to another child. Parents should notify the school of all allergies and other medical information pertinent to their child.

If a child requires medication during school time (prescribed medication only), parents are asked to complete an ‘Authorisation for Prescribed Medication’ form (available from the office), otherwise the medication will not be administered.

What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. It must be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment and urgent medical attention.

Anaphylaxis is a generalised allergic reaction, which often involves more than one body system (e.g. skin, respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular). A severe allergic reaction usually occurs within 20 minutes of exposure to the trigger and can rapidly become life threatening.


What causes anaphylaxis?

Common triggers of anaphylaxis include:

  • Food
    Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, fish, crustaceans and soy are the most common food triggers, which cause 90% of allergic reactions. However, any food can trigger anaphylaxis. It is important to understand that even trace amounts of food can cause a life-threatening reaction. Some extremely sensitive individuals can react to skin contact or even the smell of a food (e.g. fish)

  • Insect venom
    Bee, wasp and jumper ant stings are the most common causes of anaphylaxis to insect stings. Ticks and fire ants also cause anaphylaxis in susceptible individuals.

  • Medication
    Medications, both over the counter and prescribed, can cause life-threatening allergic reactions. Individuals can also have anaphylactic reactions to herbal or ‘alternative’ medicines.

  • Other
    Other triggers such as latex or exercise induced anaphylaxis are less common and occasionally the trigger cannot be identified despite extensive investigation.


Signs and symptoms

The signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis may occur almost immediately after exposure or within the first 20 minutes. Rapid onset and development of potentially life-threatening symptoms are characteristic markers of anaphylaxis.

Allergic symptoms may initially appear mild or moderate but can progress rapidly. The most dangerous allergic reactions involve the respiratory system (breathing) and/or cardiovascular system (heart and blood pressure).


Common symptoms

Mild to moderate allergic reaction

  • Tingling of the mouth

  • Hives, welts or body redness

  • Swelling of the face, lips, eyes

  • Vomiting, abdominal pain.

Severe allergic reaction – Anaphylaxis

  • Difficulty and/or noisy breathing

  • Swelling of the tongue

  • Swelling or tightness in the throat

  • Difficulty talking or hoarse voice

  • Wheeze or persistent cough

  • Loss of consciousness and/or collapse

  • Pale and floppy (young children).


Diagnosis

A person who is suspected of having a food allergy should obtain a referral to see an allergy specialist for correct diagnosis, advice on preventative management and emergency treatment. Those diagnosed with severe allergy must carry emergency medication as prescribed as well as an Anaphylaxis Action Plan signed by their doctor. Food allergic children who have a history of eczema and/or asthma are at higher risk of anaphylaxis. Administration of adrenaline is first line treatment of anaphylaxis.


Management and treatment

Anaphylaxis is a preventable and treatable event. Knowing the triggers is the first step in prevention. Children and caregivers need to be educated on how to avoid food allergens and/or other triggers.

However, because accidental exposure is a reality, children and caregivers need to be able to recognise symptoms of anaphylaxis and be prepared to administer adrenaline according to the individual’s anaphylaxis action plan.

Research shows that fatalities more often occur away from home and are associated with either not using or a delay in the use of adrenaline.

Please consult your doctor for more information on allergic reactions and life-saving, emergency treatment.

The following infections are common in early childhood. This is a guide to the time which the child should have away from school should an illness occur.


Chicken Pox  Exclude till fully recovered - minimum exclusion for seven days after the first spots appear.
German Measles Exclude till fully recovered - minimum exclusion for five days from appearance of the rash.
Infectious Hepatitis Exclude until medical practitioner certifies recovery.
Measles Exclude for at least five days from appearance of the rash.
Mumps Exclude till fully recovered - minimum exclusion for ten days from the onset of the swelling.
Streptococcal Infection Exclude until fully recovered.
Whooping Cough Exclude until fully recovered - minimum exclusion for three weeks from the onset of the whoop.
Conjunctivitis
(Acute Infectious)
Exclude until discharge from eyes has ceased.
Impetigo
(School Sores)
Exclude until sores have fully healed. The child may return provided that appropriate treatment is being applied and that sores on exposed surfaces such as scalp, face, hands or legs are properly covered with occlusive dressings.
Head Lice Exclude until hair is completely cleaned, neither eggs nor lice being present. Children who have such problems may not be readmitted to the school without a note from parents or guardian indicating that appropriate treatment has been given.

Policies & Procedures

The system of schools within the Diocese of Parramatta is a non-profit organisation and as such acceptance of enrolment into a Catholic school of the diocese ordinarily involves a responsibility and commitment to pay school fees as they fall due for payment.

Except where specially noted, in interpretation of the following, the words ‘school fees’ and ‘fees’ should be taken to include Diocesan School Fees, Diocesan Building Levy and any other fees or charges as advised by the school from time to time.


Fees

  • All fees are due and payable within 30 days of the date the school account statement is issued.

  • Late payment of fees may attract a late payment fee as published in the school schedule of fees.

  • For students not enrolled at the school for the full year, fees will be payable on a pro-rata basis based upon the number of weeks attended over the school year (40 weeks). Attendance for part of a week will be deemed a full week for the purposes of this calculation.

  • Absence during the whole year or any part of the term does not remove the obligation to make payment of the terms fees.

  • Except in unforeseen circumstances, a full term’s notice in writing must be given to the principal before a pupil is withdrawn from the school and in default of such notice, a full term’s fees will be payable.

  • On termination of enrolment any adjustment to fees already paid will be at the sole discretion of the school.

  • Where fees and charges are not paid in full and an acceptable arrangement has not been made, the parent(s) or guardian(s) may be liable to legal action for the recovery of any unpaid fees or other charges. All legal and/or collection charges incurred by the school for the recovery of any overdue amount will be payable by the parent(s) or guardian(s).

  • In addition to any action to recover outstanding fees, the enrolment of the student(s) may be discontinued.


Financial assistance

  • Reduced levels of diocesan school fees are available for the 2nd and 3rd child with no fees payable for 4th or subsequent children of a family attending a Catholic Systemic school within the Diocese of Parramatta, St Dominic’s, Kingswood, Catholic Systemic schools within the Archdiocese of Sydney, Diocese of Broken Bay and Wollongong.

  • At the discretion of the principal, a further discount of up to 10% may be given on the total diocesan school fees where there are siblings attending congregational schools and the principal believes that the financial circumstances of a given family warrant some reduction.

  • No child will be refused a place in a Catholic Systemic school where genuine financial hardship is experienced. In these circumstances parents should consult with the principal so as assistance can be made available.