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 Dominic’s Centre is committed to offering the children in the Newcastle-Maitland 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):
Diocesan Tuition Fees 2018
The 2018 full rate Diocesan Tuition Fees are as follows:
- Kinder to Year 6 - $1,233.00 per year; $411.00 per term
- Years 7 –10 - $1,698.00 per year; $566.00 per term
Fees are levied over three accounts (Term 1, 2 and 3).
The 2018, family discount on full rate Diocesan Tuition Fees is:
- 1 child family - 0% - full rate to be applied
- 2 child family - 10% - each child
- 3 child family - 20% - each child
- 4 child family - 40% - each child
- 5+ child family - 50% - each child
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 3 terms.
School Resource and Service Fees
There is a Resource Fee of $165 per term for secondary students or $150.00 per term for primary students. This fee covers stationery items as well as specialist materials needed for particular KLA areas. A $20.00 diary fee is billed for each secondary student.
Resource costs are set by the Principal in consultation with staff, parents, Parish Priests and the CSO. Excursions and Incursions are also an additional expense and must be paid prior to the date of the camp.
Diocesan Family School Building Levy (DFSBL)
The DFSBL is $750 per year (2018) 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 for new catholic schools, and the acquisition of land for school purposes.
The DFSBL rate for 2018 will be $750 per family. The DFSBL rate is reviewed, recommended and approved in the same manner as mentioned earlier for the tuition fees and discounts.
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 levy will be divided into payments of $250 and will appear on the statement billed each term. The levies collected are used for building projects in all schools within the Diocese according to maintenance needs and building priorities developed by the FSBL committee administering the funds.
Per term (over 4 terms): $150.00
Per week: $15.00
Diocesan Pastoral Contribution
From 2017, a voluntary contribution of $150 per family ($50 per term) is being sought as a diocesan pastoral contribution.
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.
A non-refundable enrolment fee $100 is to be paid when confirming acceptance of an enrolment offer at St Dominic’s Centre. The enrolment fee covers all administrative work involved in processing the application.
Special Fee Reductions
To assist families with limited financial resources, St Dominic’s Centre 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.