ATTENDANCE DUES – Payable to the Catholic Parish

All Catholic Schools charge Attendance Dues which are a legally binding charge on all parents and caregivers who have enrolled their children at a Catholic school. This is payable, unless in special circumstances the charge has been waived by the Proprietor of the school for specific issues associated with a family.

The Parish Office sends out these accounts at the beginning of each term. These should be paid to the Parish Office.

Attendance Dues are authorised under the Private Schools Conditional Integrated Act and are used to pay for costs associated with the land and buildings for the Catholic Primary Schools in the Diocese.

The Catholic Education Office requests parents and caregivers to pay a contribution for religious education costs. This contribution is a donation per child per term and is included in the Attendance Dues. This money is used to cover costs associated with the provision and delivery of professional development and advisory services in support of Catholic Special Character in Catholic Primary schools throughout the Diocese of Christchurch. The financial contribution is a tax deductible donation.

Where a parent has four or more children at a Catholic Primary School their attendance dues invoice will be for three children only, i.e. the fourth child, and any further children, will not be charged for attendance dues.


(Please see the school office for current charges)

Family Donation per Pupil for the FULL school year:

This is used by the school to supplement/subsidise the cost of activities not covered by the Operations Grant provided by the Ministry of Education. These include Religious Education resources and Newspapers in Education etc.

Student Charge per Pupil for the FULL school year:

This is a direct student charge for items extra to the curriculum including some stationary requirements. Year 7 & 8 students will include a parent share of the Mid Canterbury Technology charge which is also subsidized by the BOT.

Swimming Programme– the tuition is paid for so this leaves only the entry cost to be paid by the students.

Please note that both the Family Donation and Student Charge does not cover Education outside the classroom, class/sports trips or external exams. These will be invoiced separately at the time of use.

Accounts for Family Donation/Student Charges for the full year, are sent out at the beginning of Term 1. This account may be paid each term or at the beginning of the year as one account. A tax credit may be available for the ‘Family Donation’ portion.

Fundraising is often undertaken to fund extra activities, particularly school camps.