Catholic schools are typically seen as great value for money, providing high-quality education supported by quality 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 and 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; your local school Principal will be able to discuss this with you.
Together with parents, clergy and school staff, St Aloysius is committed to offering students in the Chisholm region access to schools in which their faith can be nurtured in outstanding learning environments. We seek to assist young people to realise their full potential, taking into account their unique spiritual, intellectual, physical and social needs.
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 funds provided by government and the actual cost of running our schools. School fees are comprised of three components – Diocesan tuition fees, individual school resource and service fees and Diocesan Family School Building Levy (DFSBL).
School fees are an integral part of our Catholic school system and parents are required to sign a fee agreement commitment form on enrolment. Fee arrangements may be considered in extenuating circumstances and in consultation with the principal. The annual fees are billed and emailed in Term 1.
DIOCESAN TUITION FEES 2024
The 2024 full rate diocesan tuition fees are as follows:
- Kinder to Year 6 - $1,487 per year
The 2024, family discount on full rate diocesan tuition fees is:
- 1 child family - 0% - full rate to be applied
- 2 child family - 15% - each child
- 3 child family - 25% - each child
- 4+ child family - 50% - each child
Fees are levied annually.
SCHOOL RESOURCE AND SERVICE FEES
There is a Resource Fee of $570 per child per year. This fee covers some items including - stationery, books, technology and licence fees as well as specialist materials needed for particular KLAs.
Some incursions, camps (Year 4-6) and selective cultural and sporting events are an additional expense and must be paid prior to the date of the event.
Parents and caregivers are required to purchase a device for their child in Year 4 with minimum specifications as part of our BYOD program.
DIOCESAN FAMILY SCHOOL BUILDING LEVY (DFSBL)
The DFSBL is $1,638 per year and is charged to the oldest child for each family in a diocesan school. The levy is pooled to contribute towards past, present and future costs for building projects across all existing and new catholic schools, and the acquisition of land for school purposes.
The DFSBL rate is determined by the Diocesan Offices.
If you have an older child at a Catholic primary or high school in the Diocese, he or she will be billed by their school.
The levies collected are used for building projects in all schools within the Diocese according to maintenance needs and building priorities developed by the DFSBL committee.
DIOCESAN PASTORAL CONTRIBUTION
A voluntary contribution of $300 per family is being sought as a diocesan pastoral contribution.
These funds support the ongoing pastoral works of the diocese which include, amongst many initiatives, the diocesan pastoral ministries office and the activities of its many advisory councils, the provision of chaplains ministering in the following areas – Newcastle University, Newcastle Port, prisons, hospitals and CatholicCare Social Services - the Family Community Faith Coordinators who work to reach out to and connect families with their local parish and school and Pastoral Coordinators who work in those parishes without a resident Parish Priest.
We value the opportunity to work in partnership with you, and thank you for your continuing support of Catholic education in our diocese.
EXCURSIONS & CAMPS
Most Stage based excursions are including the Annual School Resource Fees, those excursions that are not included in the resource fee are billed individually with payments made through the Qkr app, and are expected to be paid prior to the excursion date. These may include sporting and cultural events.
Year group camps are billed at the beginning of the year so families are aware of the costs. These fees are incorporated into the Annual Fee Payment arrangements.
A non-refundable enrolment fee of $120 is to be paid when submitting an application for Kindergarten enrolment at St Aloysius. The enrolment fee covers all administrative work and additional staffing required in processing the application. A non-refundable enrolment application fee of $120 is also to be paid when accepting an offer of enrolment for a non-kindergarten position.
A genuine 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 ensure they make contact with 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 generated and emailed at the beginning of the year to advise families of the Total Fees payable. Statements are then emailed home monthly so families are aware of their running balances.
Payments can be made via BPAY, credit card (over the phone), EFTPOS, direct debit, cash or cheque.
A range of payment plans are available upon application. These include dividing the fees over 10 equal payments from February to November. Please contact our Senior School Support Officer, Mrs Samantha Keppie, for further details.
No receipts are issued for BPAY payments – please check your bank account for proof of payment.