School Fees are determined by the School Principal in consultation with the school accountant and Education Board. The School fees are reviewed annually. You will be notified toward the end of the year as to the fees and levy charges for the following year.
St James School, Vermont, as a Catholic School, receives funding from both the Commonwealth and State Governments. However this funding does not cover the total expenses of the school. Catholic schools are required to cover the shortfall between total expenses and income received through various fees and charges.
School and capital fees together with Commonwealth and State Government grants pay the operational costs of the school. These include such things as salaries, building, ground and equipment maintenance, insurances, capital expenditure, computer equipment, power and water rates, heating/cooling, phone and administration costs, loans etc.
Levies pay for student educational costs such as stationery needs, curriculum/resource materials, photocopying, library books, excursions and incursions, sacramental programs etc.
Fee/ Levy Payment Timetable:
A letter is sent to all families in December, outlining the costs and procedures for the following year asking families to nominate their preferred method of payment. Relevant direct payment forms as well as fee commitment forms will be enclosed. Both forms should be returned to the school office.
At the beginning of February, an account for the total school fees and levies payable for the year will be issued to all families. Fees and levies can be paid in three ways:
Parents may pay the total amount owing for the year at the beginning of the year. A discount applies if all fees are paid by the end of February.
Parents can pay over three instalments 1, 2 and 3 Term. See instalment dates below
Parents can make regular payment arrangements monthly or fortnightly (Direct Debit) and monthly (Credit Card) between February and November (10 months) .
2020 Instalment dates:
Last week of Term 1
Last week of Term 2
Last week of Term 3
Parents may choose to share/split the payment of fees. Please confirm in writing or via email should you wish to do so.
Any parent who is seeking special consideration for fee relief on School fees for 2020 should make anappointmentto speak to the Principalearly in the New Year.
If you are having difficulty in meeting payments or cannot pay them by the due date do not delay in contacting the Principal to discuss arrangements. It is our policy that no child will be excluded from school because of genuine financial difficulty.
Payment is by cash, cheque, direct debit or credit card. Cheques are to be made payable to ‘St James School’.
Camps Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)
The Camps Sports and Excursions Fund is available to families who hold a current Health Care Card.
To be eligible for the fund, a parent or legal guardian of a student attending a registered Government or non-government Victorian primary or secondary school must:
on the first day of Term one, or;
on the first day of Term two;
a) Be an eligible beneficiary within the meaning of the State Concessions Act 2004, that is, be the holder of a Veterans Affairs Gold Card or be an eligible Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) holder, OR
b) Be a temporary foster parent, and
c) Submit an application to the school by the due date.
Parents who receive a Carer Allowance on behalf of a child, or any other benefit or allowance not income tested by Centrelink, are not eligible for the CSEF unless they also comply with one of (a) or (b) above.
Parish Stewardship or Parish Maintenance Levy
As a member of the Parish, (by rite of student enrolment at St. James) each family will have the opportunity to make a contribution to the Parish Stewardship Program, or pay a Parish Maintenance Levy. This contribution supports the many Parish programs and ongoing costs associated with the upkeep of our vibrant Parish including our school. Should parents choose to pay a Maintenance Levy this is invoiced by the Parish in May and October.
The school fees comprise
An annual fee per family
A Capital fee per family
Educational Levy, Excursion Levies and Books and Stationery Levy are per student.