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 Mary’s is committed to offering students in the Scone 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 2020 full rate Diocesan Tuition Fees are as follows:
In 2020, the family discount on Diocesan Tuition Fees, full rate, will be:
There is a Resource Fee of $410 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 prior to the date of the event.
The DFSBL is $1,455 per year and is charged to the oldest 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, they 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 2023 will remain at $300 per family.
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 Mary's. The enrolment fee covers all administrative work involved in processing the application.
To assist families with limited financial resources, St Mary's 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 make contact with the school. Diocesan provisions exist to help in this area and the principal can also exercise discretion where genuine need exists.
School fees are billed annually in Term 1. Payment frequency can by installments; weekly, fortnightly, monthly or term. All fees must be paid in full by 30 November.
Payments can be made via cash, cheque, BPAY, credit card, EFTPOS. Direct debit from your bank, credit union or building society account is also available. Please contact Anna Guilfoyle, our Senior School Support Officer, for this method of payment.