If you are considering enrolling your child at St. Joseph’s, please make an appointment to speak with the Principal.
Does our family have to be Catholic to attend St. Joseph’s?
No, you do not have to be Catholic to attend our school. We provide faith inspired education for all families.
Fees for education in a Catholic School are an inbuilt component of the total funding of Catholic Education. A proportion of the funding for Catholic Schools comes from the Commonwealth and State Governments. The remaining proportion is raised through parental contributions (school fees), and fundraising. School fees are set by the Parish Education Board within parameters set by the Catholic Education Office, Ballarat each October for the following year. Accounts for these fees are sent out three times per year. School fees are currently $810 per family. The Catholic Education Office and the school have arrangements in place that can assist families experiencing difficulties in paying fees. Please do not hesitate to contact the Principal if you are having difficulties in paying school fees or to discuss any other issues.
Subject & Book Fees
At the beginning of each school year parents are required to pay a Book and Stationery Fee which is currently $145 per child. This fee, together with the Government Allowance of $30 per child, covers the cost of materials used by the children such as pens, pencils, books, paper etc. It also goes towards the cost of running such programs as Music, Science and Physical Education.
School Advisory Council
St. Joseph’s School has a School Advisory Council. The role of the Council is to advise the Parish Priest and the Principal on matters relating to the operation of the school, particularly in matters of policy, budget, maintenance and future directions. Nominations are called for and elections are held at the Annual General Meeting. All parents and parishioners are eligible to serve on the Council. If you want to know more about the School Advisory Council or if you would like something raised at Council level, feel free to approach any Council member.
St. Joseph’s School Advisory Council, 2014
Parish Priest: TBA
Chairperson: Mr. Terry Gleeson
Secretary: Mrs Janice Braune
Mr Josh McElgunn (Principal)
Mrs Fiona Fitzgerald (Finance)
Ms Tracey Gould
Mrs Tracy Plunkett
Parents’ and Friends Rep: Mrs Catherine Egan
Parish Rep: Mr. Terry Gleeson
The St. Joseph’s School Parent Association aims to meet several times a term, in the School (meetings are advertised in the school newsletter). All parents (both mothers and fathers) automatically belong to the Parent Association. The AGM is held in July.
This year the office bearers are:
What you can do to help at home
Parents you can help at home by:
Reporting to Parents
Formal AusVELS reporting to parents takes place twice a year with written, A-E, reports sent home at the end of Terms 2 and 4.
In addition to these written reports the school also provides.
We welcome parents to the school at any time and as well as the more formal involvement via the School Advisory Council and Parents Association, we appreciate the help given in the following areas;
The School newsletter is sent home every Wednesday where possible. It is a very important that you read the newsletter as often children forget to pass on messages. It is often a good idea to check little bags for notes, readers or spelling journals, etc.
Contact Phone Numbers:
Please keep us up to date with your phone number and the number of your Emergency Contact Person.
St. Joseph’s Primary School: 03 5575 2131
Parish Priest: 03 5581 1044
Email address: Click here
If your child is to be absent from school please let us know beforehand. If your child is absent due to unforeseen circumstances then we require that you contact us by telephone or provide a written note of explanation on the first day of your child returning to school.
Australian Democratic Principles
Australian society is defined, among other aspects, by a belief in elected Government; by a commitment to the rule of law, to equal rights for all before the law; and by a belief in freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of association. Our society is also tolerant of a range of religious, political, social and cultural beliefs and values in the context of the fundamental principle of our democracy.
The ‘Education and Reform Act 2006’ requires all education providers to operate in a manner consistent with this set of Australian democratic principles.
In accordance with the Act we will deliver our programs and teaching in a manner that supports and promotes the principles and practice of Australian democracy. This includes a commitment to:
9am - School day begins
10am – Munchies (fresh fruit or veg. snack)
11am - Recess
11.30am - Classes recommence
1pm - Children eat lunch in their classrooms
1.10pm - Lunch recess begins
1.55pm - Classes recommence
3.25pm - Dismissal
Summer: (see images below)
The Coleraine and District Community Bank provides a banking service for the children. Bank books are collected from the school on Wednesday and returned the next day
Grievances and concerns
At times there may be a grievance and/or concern about the school.
The principal and staff need to know about it so that appropriate action may be taken. The school will deal with grievances and/or concerns that have been communicated to the principal and the staff by the concerned party.
The following procedures are set to ensure that a fair and just system is available for all parties.