Catholic schools are open to all who seek a Catholic education and who are supportive of the Catholic ethos and values. No child will be denied a Catholic education due to financial inability - fee assistance is available.
The enrolment period for Catholic schools is generally April-May each year, however applications will still be accepted outside of this time, pending availabity.
Each school has a different enrolment procedure, so please refer directly to the school office for further information. Most schools hold Open Days, giving families the opportunity to visit and explore the school and facilities.
Parents/carers are encouraged to make contact with their nearest Catholic school to find out about the enrolment procedures and the information that is required to complete the enrolment application.
Documentation that may be required for enrolment applications include:
- birth certificate
- baptismal certificate
- immunisation records
- school reports
- academic records
It must be noted that schools may not always be able to accept every family who applies due to availability of places. In these cases, the Principal is guided by the Townsville Catholic Education Enrolment policy. Many schools have waiting lists if this occurs.
Single School Family Fee Discount
Families with more than one child in the same systemic* Catholic school in the Townsville Diocese receive fee discounts for the second, third and subsequent children.(* Does not include St Patrick's College or Ignatius Park College)
Multi-School Family Fee Discount
As of 2015, a new fee structure gives families discounted fees for the second, third and subsequent children across both secondary and primary systemic* Catholic schools in the Townsville Diocese. (* Does not include St Patrick's College or Ignatius Park College)
To take advantage of these extended fee discounts, parents/carers should contact the principal of the primary school, informing them of older siblings attending a systemic Catholic secondary school. Diocesan tuition fee discounts will be applied accordingly.
Health care/Pensioner Concession Card Fee Assistance
In addition to the family fee discounts, parents/carers with a means-tested Australian government health care or pensioner concession card may be eligible to receive a 70% discount to tuition fees.
Families without either of these cards who are experiencing financial difficulty should speak with their school principals to apply for special consideration.
Why do Catholic schools have fees?
To operate and provide quality learning environments, Catholic schools have fees to help us meet the shortfall in Government funding. Schools strive to keep fees as low as possible.
The term 'school fees' includes tuition fees, levies and charges. Each school assesses the school fees necessary to meet their individual school and community operation requirements.
In doing this, they are firstly guided by the diocesan tuition fee set by the Diocesan Education Council.