Our school is part of an independent school system; a need to charge fees arises from the policy of governments to deliver significantly lower per capita grants to non-state school than to Education Queensland schools. Whilst this means tuition fees and levies must be charged, it also ensures we are able to maintain some independence as a school system, thus allowing us to achieve the ideals of the Catholic Church in our school organisation.
Every attempt is made to make an education at St Rita’s affordable. However, families experiencing financial hardship are able to make confidential arrangements with the Principal. No child will be denied a Catholic education because of financial difficulties.
Discounts are offered to families where more than one child is attending Catholic schools in the Diocese of Cairns. St Rita’s South Johnstone also qualifies for a further Country Area discount. Parents are often pleasantly surprised at the affordability of Catholic Education in the Cairns Diocese, especially when fee schedules are compared with those of other non-government schools or southern Catholic schools.
For further information on Catholic School Fees and Discounts visit the Catholic Education website.
- Capital Levy: $400 per family annually
- An Activities Levy has been introduced to cover the cost of known activities throughout the school year, eg. sports days, swimming and performance tours. A Resource Levy is also charged at the commencement of the school year. This levy covers the cost of all text and exercise books that your child requires for the year. The only items personally purchased are consumable items such as pencils, glue and erasers etc.