Welcome to the St Kieran Catholic Primary School Website
Thank you for those parents who have contacted the school regarding their school fees and querying the changes that have been made to the 2015 Annual School Fees.
When setting the 2015 budget the School Board was very aware that fees need to be set at a level that does not place an undue financial demand on families whilst at the same time providing the essential revenue required to meet the school’s ongoing financial obligations for both 2015 and beyond. We also are very aware of the need to be fully transparent in what parents are actually paying within their school fee structure.
The main part of any school fees are compulsory tuition fees which are set in consultation with Catholic Education WA who recommend a certain fee increase each year. In 2015, the tuition fee was increased by 7%, in line with the recommendation provided to us by Catholic Education WA.
The school building levy is a fee that is 20% of the tuition fee and which is used by the school to pay back outstanding loans that the school possesses. All Catholic schools charge families a building levy and that then contributes to reserves that accumulate over time for new building projects. Once fully established, schools are able to develop a capacity from their own operations to finance or carry the debt servicing on loans for building work. More information regarding this can be found on the Catholic Education Site
There are also a number of ancillary fees that we charge that are itemised so parents can see where their money is being allocated. Our ICT levy is spent mostly on the continual upgrade of technology infrastructure within the school. This includes, but is not limited to, rewiring, server upgrades, technology upgrades (i.e. smartboards to TV’s) iPads in junior grades etc…
Our excursion levy is a straight in and out fee where classes are able to plan both internal and external events that relate to the class curriculum and enhance the normal learning environment. Currently we ask classes to work on spending 2/3’s of this money for external events and 1/3 for internal events.
If you have any other queries regarding your account and maybe specifically what particular items are, then please just ask. We are more than happy to spend the time answering your queries, especially if it gives you a better understanding of what you receive for what you pay.
Next week, I am attending the annual Catholic Primary Principal Conference. If you have any queries regarding the school both Mrs Schelfhout and Mrs Woodgate will be available during my absence.
Have a great long weekend!