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What is the first step I should take in enrolling my child into St Francis of Assisi?

Kindergarten enrolments are taken during the first term of the school year- the year before your child is due to commence school.  Enrolments for all other classes are accepted all year round. 

Enrolment interviews are usually held in May. You will receive a letter 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.

Enrolment forms are available from the school office between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm.

 

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?

There are three levels of annual fees to be paid:

  • Tuition Fees
    $1326 per family per year (payable in 3 instalments ...
    Term 1 $442, Term 2 $442, Term 3 $442)

  • Primary School SEDSO Building and Maintenance Levy 
    $670 per family per year (payable in 3 instalments...
    Term 1 $223.33, Term 2 $223.33, Term 3 $223.33) 

  • Resource Fee
    $125 for Kindergarten

The Resource Fee covers books, stationery, excursions and incursions. This varies from year to year depending on the needs of the grade. 

Please note that tuition and SEDSO fees are only paid for the first child in each family, resource fees are paid per child.

Tuition and SEDSO fees can be made in full or part using BPAY, direct debit, cash, or cheque.  Resource fees can only be paid by BPAY, cash, or cheque. 

The school is unable to apply direct debit payments to Resource Fees.

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 8:42am.  supervision begins at 8:20am.  The school day concludes at 3:00pm and parents are expected to collect their children as soon as possible after this time.

 

What areas do school buses service around Warrawong?

School buses service the areas of Warrawong, Lake Heights, Berkeley and Lindsay Heights.

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What extra-curricular activities are available at St Francis of Assisi?

All students are encouraged to participate in extra curricular programs on offer. These programs develop students’ confidence, talents and sense of responsibility.

They include:

  • Diocesan Gala Days in soccer, cricket, netball, basketball, rugby, rugby league, and more
  • Opportunities to represent the school, diocese, Mackillop, State in swimming, athletics and cross country
  • Public Speaking
  • University Tests
  • Art competition (Sydney Archdiocese)
  • Community Partnership Programs including:
     - In 2 Uni
     - U Me and Us
     - Mini Vinnies
 

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

St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School does not tolerate bullying in any form. All members of the school community are committed to ensuring a safe and caring environment, which promotes personal growth and positive self-esteem.

St Francis of Assisi staff communicate anti-bullying plans and procedures to parents and the wider community through annual parent information nights, newsletter items, regular staff meetings and whole school assemblies.

Regular class lessons that are incorporated into the Religious Education or Personal Development Program will address the issue of bullying and raise awareness among the students. All students are constantly encouraged to speak to any staff member with whom they feel comfortable regarding any problems.

Below are some very valuable links with information and advice regarding different types of bullying, including cyber-bullying.

 

From where can I purchase the school uniform?

The school uniform is available for purchase from

Lowes Menswear
Address: Shop 89, Westfield Shoppingtown, Cnr King and Cowper Sts, Warrawong , NSW 2502
Phone: 02 42 764 348
Opening Hours: Mon,Tues,Wed,Fri 9-5:30, Thurs 9:00-9:00, Sat 9-4:00, Sun 10-4:00

 

How does the school canteen operate?

The School Canteen operates three days per week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) at recess and lunchtime, dependent on availability of volunteers. Our school canteen endeavours to provide healthy foods for the students, regularly reviewing and trialling menu items.  A price list is sent home during the early weeks of Term 1. 

We require volunteers to give service to our students by providing lunches for them.  Mothers, fathers, guardians and relatives are encouraged to put their names down for the Canteen Roster.  Helpers usually work one day a month.

Lunch orders can be made by having the child’s name, class and order written on a paper bag, with the money placed inside.  Children put their lunch bags in the class lunch order basket when they first enter the classroom in the morning. 

Parents are asked not to give their child more than $3 per day.

 

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 Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School.  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 and our International Food Fair.

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.

 

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

St Francis welcomes parents and grandparents to help in the classrooms. Each grade will be different, but parents often participate and contribute in the classroom.  This could include helping with reading and literacy programs, mathematics groups, technology, craft, or by offering expertise in a particular area of interest, such as Indigenous Education or Music.