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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first step I should take in enrolling my child into St Patrick's?

Download an Enrolment Application Form.  Fill it in and drop it into the school office. Alternatively, contact the school office by phone or in person to put your child’s name on the enrolment list and you will be given/sent an enrolment form.

 

Is it possible for us to have a look around the school?

You are most welcome to call and make an appointment to meet with the Principal, or book a time for a tour of the school grounds and buildings.

 

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 a letter or phone call during April informing you of 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?

Fees broken down to five levels are as follows:

  • Tuition Fees $1326 per family ($442 x 3)
  • School Enhancement and Debt Servicing Obligation (SEDSO) $670 per family
  • Resource Fee $130 per child, which covers books, stationery, art and craft
  • Excursion levy $75 per child, which covers all bus trips, excursions and visiting performances
  • Information Technology levy $100 per child (2 eldest children only)

The annual tuition fee can be paid upfront at the start of the year or as three equal payments in Terms 1, 2 and 3.

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 8:45am. Supervision begins at 8.15am. The school day concludes at 3.00pm and parents are expected to collect their children as soon as possible after this time.

 

What are the arrangements for dropping off / picking up / catching the bus before and after school?

Parents are asked not to drop children off before 8:15am as there is no supervision in the playground.  
If parents are running late of an afternoon, please call the office and let staff know, to avoid children's anxiety. 

 

What areas do school buses service around Port Kembla?

To the west:  Kemblawarra, Warrawong, Lake Heights and Berkeley
To the south: Primbee, Windangat areas 

The following information is from Premier Illawarra's website

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

At St Patrick'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 marginalize or victimize people. 

View our Anti-bullying and Harassment Policy

 

How does your canteen operate?

The Tuckshop is a school administered enterprise offering part- time support to families… Mondays and Fridays.

The Tuckshop Manager is assisted in delivering the twice weekly service by a group of volunteer workers drawn from the parent body. Supplementary to this, a Wednesday Treat Day operates for the benefit of the children.

 

From where can I purchase the school uniform?

Currently school uniform is available at Claussen’s Uniform Shop, Burelli Street, Wollongong. However, from 2013 the uniform will be available from the following local supplier:

Crystal Bears
12-14 Beverly Avenue
Warilla  
ph: 42 967 720

Read more about uniform

 

Do you have organised after school care?

Options for After School Care are currently under review with a plan to implement a program in the 2013 school year.

 

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 Patrick’s. Ways you can help in your child’s classroom are listed above. Other ways of becoming engaged in your child/ren’s learning community may include:

  • volunteering to help in the Tuckshop,
  • attending special days and events such as school liturgies or performances,
  • helping at special events such as sporting carnivals, annual school fete, working bees,
  • volunteering to become a member of specific groups ( eg. SPB4L Committee)
  • attending school assemblies
  • sharing your special area expertise/ talent to student interest groups

All parents are invited to become members of the Parents and Friends Committee. Within this forum members work collaboratively to support school and parish initiatives underpinning the delivery of quality education in the best Catholic Tradition. Beyond the obvious benefits associated with engagement in the planning of social and fundraising events, involvement in the Association helps parents to become better informed about important school initiatives. 

 

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

Within the scope of the National Partnership Framework Agreement (NFPA) – a Federal Government Initiative in operation at St Patrick’s (2010 – 2014) staff members are working to ensure engagement of parents and the community in a variety of authentic ways within the school.

Whilst parental involvement in class-based activities varies across learning stages, it is encouraged at all class levels. Parents can be found on a daily basis in a range of classrooms supporting student learning in Reading and Literacy programs, Mathematics groups, in Craft activities. or in projects involving the application of specific or broad ranging Technologies.