School Fees Policy

Rationale

School Fees and levies at Holy Spirit School are used to provide a high quality of education for our students. Our School Fees are based on the recommended fee advised by Brisbane Catholic Education Office in conjunction with allowances for educational cost increases and local context. They allow for the provision of:

  • Servicing loans for capital and technology projects;
  • Teacher support, administrative support and ground staff;
  • Essential resources and facilities;
  • Maintenance of buildings, grounds and equipment;
  • Addressing the shortfall from government payments to Catholic schools ​

Aims

  • To ensure fee collection rates enable the ongoing provision of quality Catholic education for all students.
  • To ensure all members of the school community are treated with fairness, compassion and justice in the process of payment and collection of fees.
  • To ensure that all parents and guardians are well informed about expectations in regard to fee payment and collection procedures.​

Fee Payment​

All families pay fees at Holy Spirit. Continuing enrolment at our school is conditional upon the payment of school fees, levies or, if appropriate, a concessional rate. Fee payment is a matter of justice and equity.

  • It is expected that school fees will be paid by the due date which is two weeks after fee statements are issued in February, April, July and October.  The due date for the payment of fees will be shown on each school fee account raised.
  • On expiry of the due date, a school fees account reminder for the new period will be forwarded which will highlight the amount overdue. ​

Fee Collection

  • If no suitable response to the above is received by the end of one week after the fees due date, the matter will be passed on to the Principal for consideration.
  • If no suitable response has taken place, the Principal will pass the account to the firm employed for debt collection for them to pursue payment. The account will remain with the debt collection agency until paid.  All costs associated with debt collection will be passed onto the family concerned.
  • Families who fail to reply or to attend to any of the correspondence or communication from the school will have the continuing enrolment of their child/children reviewed.  ​

Fee Concessions​​

  • A family experiencing difficulty with the payment of fees may seek concessions.
  • Fee concessions will be determined on the basis of a just and equitable formula using a Brisbane Catholic Education means-testing template. 
  • Any reduction in fees granted must be evaluated in terms of the financial needs of the family concerned.
  • All families requesting assistance will be interviewed with a view to determining a just and equitable fee which is within their ability to pay.
  • All special fee concession agreements become void at the end of the period for which they were negotiated. This necessitates a separate application and interview to obtain fee concessions at the beginning of each school year. There are pastoral benefits in this approach.
  • Families needing concessions should apply directly to the School Principal, using the above-mentioned concession form.​

​Tuition Fee​s

  • Tuition Fees supplement the shortfall in Government funding to meet running costs such as cleaning, upkeep of school grounds, classroom resources, insurance, rates, water, electricity, telephone, etc.
  • Tuition fees are inclusive of student accident insurance, excursions, incursions, sport and elective programs, and visiting performances. They do not include the Year 6 camp or the Year 5 leadership 3-day program which will be invoiced separately.
  • Increase of $58.00 for one child compared to 2019. Tuition costs for two, three and four children remain the same as 2019.​

Levies

​Capital Levy $540 (sa​​me as 2019)

Since January 1, 1998, Pine Rivers Parish has not provided a facility for tax deductible building fund donations.  All families with children at the school will be required to pay a capital levy to contribute to building costs.  As a compulsory charge, this is not eligible for tax deductibility. The Capital levy replaces the 'Building levy'.

P&F Levy $100 (same as 2019)

This levy is to reduce fundraising requests which may put strain on the family budget. The P&F will use the levy to buy resources for the school or to implement agreed school projects.

Maintenance Levy $100 (same as 2019)

This levy contributes to the on-going maintenance of the school.

Student Levy $360

This levy includes two previous levies (Technology and Mathematics and Literacy) and two new levies (Stationery and Swimming).

The $360 is a combination of the following levies ~

  1. Technology Levy   $160 (same as 2019)
    This levy pays for the school's Technology Resources including all student IT devices, IT support, internet access charges.
     
  2. Mathematics and Literacy Levy $50 (same as 2019)
    This levy is used to purchase appropriate textbooks, online apps and specific Mathematics and Literacy Resources.

  3. Stationery Levy $70
    This levy is used to purchase all required stationery for your child. Please refer to letter from Principal on 7th November 2019.

  4. Swimming Levy $80
    This levy will be used for the cost of swimming lessons, entry to pool and bus transportation costs. Please refer to information about Holy Spirit swimming program in the School Newsletters 14th November 2019 and 21st November 2019.​

NB In Summary

Student Levy of $360 is the total of ~

1. Technology Levy $160

2. Mathematics and Literacy Levy $50

3. Stationery Levy $70

4. Swimming Levy $80

​Payment Options

  • Direct Debit is Holy Spirit School's preferred method of payment.
  • Fees can be paid by direct debit, BPay, EFTPOS, BPoint​ credit card, cash, or cheque.