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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first step I should take in enrolling my child into the school?

Download an enrolment form from the enrolment page of this website alternatively you can also collect and enrolment form from the school office.  Completed forms are to be dropped off to the school office with relevant documents attached. 

 

When will I find out whether my child has been accepted into the school?

Enrolment interviews are held in May and June.  You will receive an email in April that will contain information regarding booking a time for you and your child to come in and meet with the Principal.  Written offers of placement will follow in July.

 

How much are the school fees?

There are three levels of annual fees to be paid:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Primary School SEDSO Building and Maintenance Levy or Secondary School Building Contribution
  • Service fees set by each school related to course materials or camps/retreats etc

SCHOOL FEES FOR 2014 

Tuition Fee $1,326 ($442 per instalment) per family
SEDSO $670 ($223.33 per instalment) per family
Resource Fee $150 per child to be paid in full by the end of February

Years 3-6 also receive the School Magazine at $20 per annum and Year 6 have a leadership camp at a cost of $160 per student.

Payments can be made in full or part using eftpos, BPAY, direct debit, cash, cheque or money order.

If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay fees, please discuss the situation with the Principal.  Your situation will be treated with care and confidentiality and an appropriate arrangement may be made for you.

No student will be refused enrolment because of a family's genuine inability to pay fees. 

 

What are the opening hours of the school?

School begins at 8:50 a.m. – supervision from 8:30 a.m.  The school day concludes at 2:55 p.m. 

 

Do the school buses run in my area?

School buses service the area of Bulli and surrounding suburbs.

Please visit Greens website for details or call them directly on 4284 3367

 

What extra-curricular activities are available at St Joseph's?

All students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular programs on offer at St Joseph’s, these programs develop students’ confidence, talents and sense of responsibility.

They include:

  • Everyday Peacemakers - Infants
  • Mindfulness Program 
  • Diocesan Gala Days in soccer, cricket, tennis, netball, basketball, rugby, rugby league, and more
  • Opportunities to represent the school, diocese, Mackillop, State in swimming, athletics, cross country
  •  Primary and Infants choirs
  • Habits of Mind special assemblies
  • Sacramental Retreat Days
  • Northern Illawarra Catholic Schools (NICS) Showcase 
  • Art competitions (Sydney Archdiocese)
  • Christmas Story Art Competition
  • Lions Club Peace Poster Competition
  • University of Wollongong Science Competition (Stage 3)
  • Year 6 visit to IRT
  • Digital Citizenship Bootcamp 
  • ACMA CyberSmart Challenges
  • Mini Vinnies
  • Student Council representation
  • Veggie Gardens
  • Environmental Club
  • University of NSW Tests
  • Public Speaking
  • Mark Taylor Shield Cricket
  • Talking Tactics - Year 6
  • Spelling Bee
  • Rod Wishart League
  • Year 6 Leadership Camp
  • StartSmart - Financial Literacy Visit - K-6
  • Surf Lifesaving Program
  • Keeping Children Safe Around Dogs - NSW Government Initiative
 

Is there an anti-bullying policy in place at the school?

At St Joseph's we believe that all members of the community have the right to a learning and working environment free from intimidation, humiliation and harm.  We all share a responsibility to create a culture of caring which will not tolerate bullying.  We believe that bullying must be taken seriously and is not acceptable in any form.  In witnessing Christian values we reject ideas, beliefs and behaviours which marginalise or victimise people.

Download our Safe Schools Policy

 

From where can I purchase the school uniform?

The school uniform is available for purchase from Crystal Bears, Corrimal. (4283 3111) School legionaires hats ($10), boys long and short ties ($20) and girls ties ($2) are all available from the school office.

Change from Summer to Winter uniform occurs during Term 2 and change from Winter to Summer uniform generally occurs from the beginning of Term 4, depending on the weather.  Change of uniform will be advised through our school newsletter.

A school hat must be worn at all times when outdoors including to and from school.

The clothing pool is open during school hours operating on an honesty system.  all contributions of clean clothing to the clothing pool are gratefully accepted and donations may be left at the school office.

 

Do you have organised after school care?

As of Term 4 2014, Camp Australia will be offering Before and After School Care at St Joseph's.  Please refer to the OSHC website for further information.

 

How does the school canteen operate?

Canteen is available to students four days a week (excluding Monday), providing healthy lunch and snack options.  Parent involvement is vital to maintain this service.

The Canteen Committee manages rostering regular and emergency volunteers, the ordering of supplies for the tuckshop and the general maintenance of the Canteen.  The small profit that is made from the Canteen’s activities is then directed towards the main P & F body’s financial commitments or goals for the year.

See the St Joseph’s P & F website to contact the Canteen Coordinator if you are interested in volunteering for Canteen or would like to join the Committee

 

Will I be able to come and help in the classroom?

Yes, each grade will be different, but parents often participate and contribute in the classroom, particularly in Kindergarten.  This could include helping with reading and english programs, mathematics groups, technology, visual arts, or by offering expertise in a particular area of interest, such as Indigenous Education or Dance.

 

How can I / we become involved in the life of the school community?

Parents are encouraged to become actively involved in their children’s education at St Joseph’s.  Ways you can help in your child’s classroom are listed above.  Other ways of becoming involved are volunteering to help in the canteen, attending special days and events such as school liturgies or performances, helping at special events such as sporting carnivals, Fete, working bees, costume committees etc

All are invited to become members of the Parents and Friends Committee, who work collaboratively with the school and parish community about matters regarding quality education for all children, and general issues about school life, including social events, fundraising and finances.