Catholic schools are typically seen as great value for money. Catholic schools do more with less whilst still providing high-quality education supported by quality facilities and learning environments. As stated below, it is our policy that financial hardship should not prevent a 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.
Each school year the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, through its agency the Catholic Schools Office, reviews the fees for students in our diocesan schools for the coming year. By far the greater part of our schools’ funding now 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.
See below the fee arrangements for 2017. The following rates and discounts have been reviewed by the Diocesan Finance Council (DFC) and upon the advice of the DFC and the Diocesan Executive, they have been approved by Bishop Bill Wright.
The school fees are comprised of three components:
- Diocesan tuition fees
- Individual school resource and service fees
- Diocesan Family School Building Levy (DFSBL)
1. Diocesan tuition fees 2017
In 2017 the full rate diocesan tuition fees will be:
- Kinder to Year 6 $ 1,206 (increase of $54 p.a. or $1.04 per calendar week from 2016)
- Years 7 to 10 $ 1,662 (increase of $75 p.a. or $1.44 per calendar week from 2016)
- Years 11 to 12 $ 2,502 (increase of $75 p.a. or $1.44 per calendar week from 2015)
In 2017, the family discount on full rate diocesan tuition fees will be:
- 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
2. Individual school resource and service fees
These are fees set by individual schools and can cover a range of costs including the supply of resources such as texts, school supplies, exercise books, subject levies, technology, excursion costs etc. The cost and nature of the fees can vary between schools and they will be set out in the parent handbook provided by the school and itemised in the school fee account from the school.
3. Diocesan Family School Building Levy (DFSBL)
The DFSBL 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 2017 will be $600 per family. The DFSBL rate is reviewed, recommended and approved in the same manner as mentioned earlier for the tuition fees and discounts.
]The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle consists of parishes, schools, CatholicCare Social Services, St Nicholas Early Education and the chancery offices. The chancery 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 approximately 160,000 Catholics residing in our diocese.
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 Diocesan Pastoral Council, the Adult Faith Formation Council, the Liturgy Council, the Ecumenical and Interfaith Council, the Social Justice Council and the Diocesan Council of Ministry with Young People.
- The provision of chaplains ministering in the following areas – Newcastle University, Newcastle Port, Prisons, Hospitals and CatholicCare Social Services.
- Family Community Faith Coordinators who work to reach out to and connect families with their local parish and school.
- Pastoral Coordinators who work in those parishes without a resident Parish Priest.
Special fee reductions
To assist families with limited financial resources, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle offer 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.
It is the policy of the Catholic Schools Office and the Diocese 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, we are committed to offering the children in this diocese access to schools in which their faith can be nurtured in outstanding learning environments. We seek to assist young people to realise their full human potential, taking into account their unique spiritual, intellectual, physical and social needs. We value the opportunity to work in partnership with you, and thank you for your continuing support of Catholic education in this Diocese.