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 are 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.
Concession Card Discount
In addition to the family and country school discounts, Cairns Catholic Education offers a means-tested concession card discount. Parents/carers with a current means-tested Australian government health care or pensioner concession card will receive a 70% discount to tuition fees (does not apply to school levies).
Card holders are required to advise the school of their concession card at enrolment or when the card is gained. Once the card is sighted by the school’s administration, tuition fees for future terms only will be adjusted. This scheme is intended to assist those families who genuinely do not have the financial capacity to pay tuition fees in full.
Families who are experiencing genuine financial difficulty but do not hold a concession card are encouraged to make a request to the principal for special consideration. This request will be treated with understanding, sensitivity and confidentiality.
It is the experience of our schools that families who are struggling financially are faithful in paying a contribution to their local school to whatever extent they can afford. It is the expectation that families with the capacity to contribute, do so, so that as near to possible to full realisation of this income source can be achieved and Catholic schools can maintain their outreaching focus to the poor and marginalised.
For further information on Catholic School Fees and Discounts visit the Catholic Education website.
|Description||Annual Fee||Family/Student||Charged - Term/Annual|
|Capital Levy||$400||Family||Term - 4 x $100|
|Resource Levy||$155||Student||Annual - Term 1|
|Activity Levy||$160||Student||Term - 4 x $40|
The Activity Levy covers 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 and subscriptions to software programs used in curriculum, that your child requires for the year. The only items personally purchased are consumable items such as pencils, glue and erasers etc.
- Concession Discount School Form https://www.cns.catholic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/HCC-Tuition-Fee-Discount-Scheme-Form.pdf
- Discount Fees Information Sheet https://www.cns.catholic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Discount-Fees-info-sheet.pdf
- Fees and Levy Hardship Concession Form https://www.cns.catholic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Fees-and-Levies-Hardship-Concession-Form.pdf
- 2020 Tuition Fees https://www.cns.catholic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/CE-Tuition-Fees-current.pdf
- 2021 Tuition Fees https://www.cns.catholic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/CE-Tuition-Fees-2021.pdf
- Fee Discounts https://www.cns.catholic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/CES-Catholic-School-Fee-Discounts.pdf