A condition of enrolment (as signed by all parents/caregivers on enrolling your child at Our Lady Star of the Sea School) is the agreement to pay all dues as set by the Proprietor (who is the Auckland Catholic Diocese).
The table below provides a breakdown of Parental Financial Contributions (which will be reflected within your statement);
2020 Attendance Dues: $112.00 per term ($448.00 per year) including GST NOT Tax Deductible
Attendance Dues are approved by the Minister of Education under the terms of the Education and Training Act 2020 and a condition of enrolment at Our Lady Star of the Sea School. Attendance Dues are charged for all students who attend Catholic Schools in New Zealand.
Attendance Dues are used to repay loans for building works done at schools in the Auckland Diocese, property related costs including school building works, buildings insurance and costs directly associated with the administration of attendance dues.
Attendance Dues are collected by Our Lady Star of the Sea School on behalf of the school’s Proprietor, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland. The attendance dues collected by Our Lady Star of the Sea School are forwarded to Auckland Common Fund Limited, a company established by the proprietors of Catholic integrated schools in the Diocese of Auckland responsible for the collection of attendance dues.
Attendance Dues can be paid in full at the beginning of the school year, per term or by regular instalment.
More information is available from your school office on attendance dues if you require further information or need any assistance.
Catholic Special Character Contribution: $50.00 per annum ($12.50 per term) Tax Deductible
Special Character Contributions collected on behalf of the Proprietor are permitted under the terms of the Education and Training Act 2020. These contributions are eligible for a taxation rebate. The Catholic Special Character contribution is a voluntary donation of $12.50 per term ($50.00 per annum) per student. This contribution provides the main source of funding for all services provided to Our Lady Star of the Sea, by the Catholic Education Services Board. No contributions are made by the Government for these services. The Catholic Education Services Board assists schools to provide a Catholic education for your child through the preservation and enhancement of the Catholic Special Character in our schools.
General Purpose Contribution: $500.00 per annum ($125.00 per term) Tax Deductible
This voluntary General Purpose Contribution is used by the Board of Trustees to ensure the successful resourcing and running of our School through access to such things as additional teaching resources and additional technology. Last year we also included planned trips, education outside the classroom opportunities, visiting performers and other planned activities such as the end of year outings, into this cost. Previously parents have been asked to pay for these activities as they occur throughout the year and the feedback we have had is that this is challenging for families on an ongoing basis in this largely cashless society, so we are continuing the practice of including these items in the General Purpose Contribution this year.
By including these costs into our voluntary contribution amount, our administrative system can then provide one total annual receipt and thereby providing you with the ability to claim a 33% tax rebate on these activities as part of your contributions to the school. This also avoids coming up with small sums of money on a frequent basis.
Please note: There will also be the odd event, particularly in the senior school if your child is selected for an event that only a small number of children are selected for, that we may approach you to support financially.
Payment received will be applied to the compulsory category first (i.e. Attendance Dues) and deducted in the following order: Special Character, General Purpose Contribution.
How to Pay?
The School prefers payments via direct debit or online banking; however payments can still be made by cash, cheque (payable to Our Lady Star of the Sea), credit card or eftpos.
For families wishing to commence payment by DIRECT DEBIT, an application form is available below or from the School office and should be completed and returned to the office. The School will then debit your bank account on the 10th of each month, March through December (10 months). For those who used the direct debit system in previous years, we will reactivate the permission received from last year. It will not be necessary to fill in this form again.
If Assistance is Required
No one is denied a Catholic Education and if a family financial hardship occurs (for example, loss of income due to redundancy or extended unemployment, or a family circumstance occurs affecting the ability to meet these costs), such matters need to be discussed as soon as this situation arises. Please contact the Principal in order to discuss your situation in confidence.
Retention of reasonable contribution levels is also possible due to the efforts of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA). Members of this organisation contribute in many ways to the development of the school community, and we would ask that you continue to support them in their endeavours.
If you would like to discuss this directly, please contact Sue Yandell on (09) 538 0195.
Please find the Agreement for the Payment of Attendance Dues form below.