Please find below, our frequently asked questions and answers to assist parents and carers, as well as our prospective families.
You can also see more about what we offer students and families at St XX.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact our school office.
Looking for more parent and carer resources to support your child through their Catholic education journey? Visit the CEDoW Parent & Carer Resources site.
Enrolment interviews are held in May and June (Term 2). You will receive a letter or phone call prior, informing you of a time for you and your child to come in and meet with the principal. Written offers of placement will follow later in Term 2.
For more information on the enrolment process at St XX, visit our Enrolment Information page.
Our office opening hours are Monday to Friday, between XXam and XXpm.
Our school bell times are as follows:
10:50am – 11:20am
12:50pm – 1:40pm
Supervision begins at 8:30am each morning.
The school day concludes at 2:55pm and parents are expected to collect their children as soon as possible after this time. Please note, no supervision is provided by staff after 3:10pm.
Please see our Term Dates and Bell Times page for more information.
There are many co-curricular activities on offer at St XX!
The school has many school representative opportunities in sport, including: swimming, athletics, cross country, soccer, rugby league, basketball, netball and cricket. Children also have the opportunity to try out for diocesan representative teams and beyond in several different sports.
St XX also provides the chance to compete and excel in different areas of interest, including: XX.
Find out more about the co-curricular activities available for students at our Co-Curricular Opportunities page.
The dignity of the human person is the foundation of all Catholic Social Teaching and inherent to the mission of our school. Essential to this is the creation and maintenance of a respectful, safe and supportive learning environment that promotes student wellbeing and enables school communities to engage an inclusive and diverse range of learners.
At St XX, we believe that all members of the community have the right to a learning and working environment free from intimidation, humiliation and harm. We all share a responsibility to create a culture of caring which will not tolerate bullying. We believe that bullying must be taken seriously and is not acceptable in any form. In witnessing Christian values we reject ideas, beliefs and behaviours, which marginalise or victimise people.
Please refer to the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong's Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Policy here.
You can also find further anti-bullying, wellbeing and online safety resources at our Resources page here.
Students are able to catch one of the Premier Illawarra school buses operating in SUBURBS. See our school bus routes and timetables here (under 'St XX').
Note: The School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) gives eligible school students free or subsidised travel between home and school on NSW public transport, including buses and trains. For more information and to apply for a school travel pass for your child, click here.
Yes, we offer quality organised on-site before and after school care. CatholicCare's Out Of School Hours (OOSH) Care services at St XX are staffed by a dedicated team of education professionals who are university trained early childhood teachers or TAFE trained Diploma educators who support and respect the uniqueness and individuality of children and their families.
Find out more information about our Out Of School Hours (OOSH) Care services.
Please see our Fees Information page for more information.
If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay fees, please discuss the situation with our 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.
We'd love to have you! St XX strives to be a connected and welcoming community and we value the engagement of parents and families in school life in any way they can.
This could be as simple as being interested and informed about school events and activities, supporting and/or participating in community events, school assemblies and school liturgies.
If you are able, parents (and grandparents!) can also 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.
If you are able, we also welcome and value your involvement in school activities. Parents (and grandparents!) can participate and contribute by:
Please note: Given our commitment to safeguarding children, volunteers will first need to organise a Working With Children Check (WWCC) – information and forms can be found on the CEDoW website.
All parents and families are also invited to become involved with our Parents and Friends (P&F) Association, who work collaboratively with the school and parish about matters that affect your child at school, as well as general issues about school life including social events, fundraising and community building.
For more information, please visit our Parent Engagement page.
If you have a concern or would like to raise any issue regarding your child’s learning and wellbeing, our staff welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your child.
We ask that you contact your child’s classroom teacher in the first instance. The best way to do this is by:
If the matter is urgent please contact the school office on (02) XX.
If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, we ask that you do this by:
If the matter is urgent please contact the school office on (02) XXX.
We ask for your patience in response to your request as schools are busy places and the main priority of staff is the education, safety and wellbeing of the students in their care during school hours. Requests by parents for information and meetings will be responded to as quickly as possible.
The Lighting the Way Together Parent-School Partnership Framework outlines for parents and the school, the principles and expectations of the partnership that is formed when a child is enrolled in a Catholic systemic school in the Diocese of Wollongong such as XX. It will be introduced and implemented in schools throughout the school year.
Download a copy of the Parent-School Partnership Framework and read more about this important partnership at www.dow.catholic.edu.au/partnershipframework