School Fees

SCHOOL FEES 2023

At Our Lady Star of the Sea School parents contribute financially through payment of school fees. These contributions help to supplement the funding that comes from direct grants from the Federal and State Governments.

In accepting enrolment at Our Lady Star of the Sea all families are expected to pay school fees. Inquiries regarding school fee accounts are to be directed to our school office. In 2023 the payment of the school fee accounts is to be finalised by 14 November 2023. Statements are sent out each term. Fee payment by Direct Debit is the school preferred option.

The fee structure consists of a Family Fee, Student Levy, Technology Levy Year Prep-3, Capital Levy and Camp for Years 3-6.

Family Fee 2023

The Family Fee for 2023 is $2,285.

The Family Fee is used for recurrent expenses, including the cost of running and maintaining the school, associated curriculum requirements, infrastructure and capital expenses.

Student Levy

The Student Levy for 2023 is $370 per child.

The Student Levy is used to purchase student requirements necessary for the learning and teaching program, including the required book list items and curriculum expenses for all areas. These requirements and curriculum expenses include licenses and subscriptions we use for our learning and teaching, all classroom supplies, Sacramental Program, art supplies, sports equipment and programs, music, science, Environmental and Sustainability programs, Digital Technology resources, library stock, Indonesian, swimming, excursions and Staff Professional Learning.

Camp

Camp charges will be included on your School Fee account at the beginning of the year. 2023 camp fees have not been finalised. It is expected that costs will be: Year 3/4 camp $210 and Year 5/6 camp $330.

Capital Levy

$200 per family. This levy covers loan funding for the 2020/2021 building project of learning areas and a Multi-Purpose area.

    Fee Assistance

    At times families may experience financial hardship and therefore may have difficulties in paying the school fees. If you find yourself in this situation, you are reminded that you can contact the school office to make an appointment to discuss your situation with the school principal.

    Health Care Card

    If you are a holder of a Health Care, Concession or Veterans Affairs Card please ensure this information is  indicated via your Operoo account. In addition, please forward a copy of your card to  secretary@staroceangrove.catholic.edu.au  Eligible card holders are entitled to assistance through the Camp,  Sport and Excursion Fund. The amount received by the school on behalf of the eligible card holder is offset  proportionally against their school account to cover camp, selected sport or excursions.

    Concessional School Fees Program

    Health Care, Concessional and Veterans Affairs (gold) card holders as well as students identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander may be eligible for Concessional School Fees.

    The following families are strongly encouraged to apply for concessional school fees:

    • Any family of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage.
    • Any family holding an HCC and eligible for CSEF.
    • Any family experiencing severe financial hardship.
    • Any family holding a DVA Gold Card.
    • Any family identified as refugees and holding an ImmiCard.
    • Any family required to relocate their (Australian resident) child to St. Michael’s Catholic Primary School, North Melbourne, due to the child requiring long term medical treatment at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Pro-rata concession is provided for part-year attendance. An annual statutory declaration is required to confirm eligibility.
    • HSS who attend a MACS primary school on a part time basis, who meet any of the criteria detailed above.

     For further information view the Concessional School Fees Policy and Application Form.

    The Building Fund

    A donation to the Building Fund, which can be claimed as a tax deduction is voluntary. Money donated to the building fund account is used to service the loans the school has to pay for past building programs.

    Donations can be paid by cash, cheque or internet transfer.

    BSB: 083 347

    A/c number: 02547 1925 

    Reference: Please quote 01399, family name and initial.