|St Josephs Primary School||
St Joseph's Primary School Red Cliffs
17 Fitzroy Avenue,
Red Cliffs, 3496.
Phone: 03 5024 1654
Attending St Joseph’s like any other school does come at a cost for parents. School fees and other compulsory charges are required but every effort is made to make attending St Joseph’s affordable and accessible for all families. St Joseph’s is strongly committed to the principles of social justice and the dignity of the human person. We make it a priority, therefore, to create an environment in which all parents and families feel welcomed, valued and supported.
The setting of fee levels and other compulsory charges in Catholic primary schools is the responsibility of the individual school, taking into account the allocation of government funds. Our School, while funded substantially by the Commonwealth and State Governments is also expected to raise approximately 25% of funds locally. As the Governments increase their subsidies to meet with inflation they expect us to do the same. Below is a list of the various ways we make up our local contribution (a copy of the current fee amounts can be collected from the School Office):
A Curriculum Levy is charged annually, per student, at the beginning of the year to cover the items your child will be using at school during the course of the year. (Covers all student's requisites, levies for art, language, sport, reading, social studies, excursions, visiting performers, audio visual, reference books, duplicating costs, teaching requisites, computer software etc.). Our Curriculum Levy is broken into three areas including:
A School Fee is charged annually per family, and it assists with the general running costs of the school.
Capital Works Fee
A Capital Fee is charged annually per family. Income raised is for capital projects - new buildings, major renovations and maintenance, major equipment purchases etc.
The technology levy is charged annually per family. Income raised is used to assist with the maintenance, purchasing, programming and updates of ICT equipment.
SCHOOL FEE PAYMENT
As a school we have a number of methods for paying fees to reduce any financial burden and assist financial planning. Fees may be paid by cash, cheque, EFTPOS, direct debit, direct credit and Centrepay. This can be on a yearly, monthly or fortnightly basis. Your preference is to be indicated on the “School Fee Commitment” form which is completed annually by parents.
FAMILY FEE ASSISTANCE
The Catholic Diocese of Ballarat introduced the Family Fee Assistance Scheme to provide fee relief to families eligible under Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) from the Victorian Government. and families who may experience financial difficulty. Application forms need to be completed at beginning of school year
Governments have several allowances available to help offset costs for education in Catholic Schools. These Government Allowances are available to those who satisfy the eligibility criteria. Application forms and information are available from the Administration office and should be completed in the first week of Term 1.
Camps Sport’s and Excursion Fund (CSEF)
If you have a child under 16 years of age and receive an eligible Centrelink benefit along with a health care or pension card, you may be eligible for the Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) from the Victorian Government. This allowance is provided to assist low-income families with the cost of school trips and sporting trips. The school receives $125 per child for those eligible and this is used to help offset costs associated with our excursion and swimming levy. Money left over is applied to reduce school camp costs.
Conveyance Allowance (Victorian Residents)
All pupils who live 4.8 km (3 miles) or more (in Victoria), by the shortest route and attend the nearest Catholic school may be eligible for a travel allowance. For more information please contact the office.
Opening the Doors Foundation
The Opening the Doors Foundation addresses the severe educational disadvantages still being experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, by providing assistance so that they are able to choose and successfully maintain a positive educational environment for their children. The foundation helps cover the costs associated with schooling, costs not otherwise funded from government or other educational funding sources, such as school uniforms, books, school camps and other associated costs. The student must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and supply a ‘Confirmation of Aboriginality’.
SCHOOL BASED SUPPORT FOR FEES
If you have any concerns regarding payment of school fees or charges, you are encouraged to discuss these at any time with the principal. Where appropriate you will be able to make alternative arrangements to pay the fees. It is not helpful to ignore notices of request for payment.