Catholic schools are typically regarded as great value for money, providing high-quality education supported by first-rate 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 James’ is committed to offering students in the Maitland-Newcastle 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, considering 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 comprise 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 divided equally across three terms.
The 2021 full-rate diocesan tuition fees are as follows:
The 2021 family discount on full-rate diocesan tuition fees is:
Fees are levied over three accounts (Term 1, 2 and 3).
There is a resource fee of $360 per child per year. This fee covers stationery items as well as specialist materials needed for particular KLAs.
Excursions and some incursions are an additional expense and must be paid before the date of the event.
The DFSBL is $1344 per year and is charged to the eldest child for each family. 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.
The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle consists of parishes, schools, CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning, St Nicholas Early Education and the Curia offices. The diocesan offices exist to support the work of parishes and other pastoral ministries that are the responsibility of the Bishop and the diocesan community. There are about 160,000 Catholics residing in our diocese.
The voluntary diocesan pastoral contribution for 2020 will remain at $300 per family ($100 per term for three terms).
These funds will support the ongoing pastoral works of the Diocese, which include, among many initiatives:
A non-refundable enrolment fee of $100 is to be paid when applying for enrolment at St James’. The enrolment fee covers all administrative work involved in processing the application. The enrolment fee will be deducted from the Term 1 tuition fees the following year.
To assist families with limited financial resources, St James’ offers a lower tuition fee to means-tested low-income families such as Health Care and Pension Card holders. This rate is 50% of the diocesan tuition fee full rate for each child. This discount applies only to the diocesan tuition fee, not to the DFSBL or other resource and service fees charged by each individual school.
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 contact the school. Diocesan provisions exist to help in this area and the principal can also exercise discretion where genuine need exists.
Accounts are sent home at the beginning of Terms 1, 2 and 3, payable in 21 days.
Payments can be made via cash, cheque, BPAY, money order, credit card (over the phone), and EFTPOS. Direct debit from your bank, credit union or building society account is also available. Please contact Mrs McCormack, our senior school support officer, for this method of payment.
A range of alternative payment plans are available. These include dividing the fees over 10 equal payments from February to November. Please contact our senior school support officer for further details.
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 bank account for proof of payment.