School Account Charges
Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney provide an affordable option for parents seeking a faith perspective for their children's education. Catholic schools collect school fees because there is a gap between the amount of government funding received and the cost of running a Catholic school. Although Catholic schools must charge tuition fees and levies to supplement government funding, fees and charges are kept at a level that is affordable for most families. School Accounts contain four main components; Tuition Fees, Levies, School Charges and Excursions.
The School Fee is set each year by Sydney Catholic Schools on approval from the Sydney Archdiocese Catholic Schools Board in consultation with the Archbishop. This amount is collected by the College on behalf of Sydney Catholic Schools and is forwarded to Sydney Catholic Schools to assist with the payment of salaries, workers compensation, public liability, student accident insurances and other operating costs needed to run the system. A portion of the school fees are returned to the College to contribute towards our operating costs.
Fees are levied at the commencement of the year but may be paid in a lump sum, over three instalments (Terms 1, 2 and 3), monthly or fortnightly.
Stage 4 - $1652 per a year
Stage 5 - $1832 per a year
Stage 6 - $2440 per a year
- School Building Levy
The School Building Levy contributes to the capital and maintenance costs of the facilities in College. This Levy is $615.00 per student per annum.
- Parents & Friends
Champagnat Catholic College’s P&F have also elected to charge a $75 fundraising levy per year in lieu of running school fundraising activities for school resources.
- Information Technology Levy
Students across the Archdiocese are also levied for the cost of IT services borne by the school. For students in Year 9 and 12 this is higher at $448 as it includes additional service, support and insurance costs for the leased school device. From 2016, Sydney Catholic Schools moved to a Bring Your Own Device model and this system will be in place for Year 7,8,10 and 11 in 2017 hence their lower levy of $390.
School Based Charges
The Service Costs are set by the College in consultation with Sydney Catholic Schools and are used to pay for core subject resources, excursions, incursions, resourcing school facilities and amenities, transport costs, administrative costs and sport and recreational costs. In 2017, under the advice of Sydney Catholic Schools, this single consolidated fee now incorporates a number of items previously billed separately including Sports Levy, KLA Resource Fees, Reflection Days and some Excursions for ease of accounting and billing.
Significant fees and charges that relate to non-core subjects (not studied by all students) and significant individual charges, (including major excursions, retreats and formals) are listed as a separate individual item on the account.
In 2017 the Service Fee is
Stage 4 - $1725
Stage 5 - $1605
Stage 6 - $1305
The Service Fee is reduced from Stage Four to Stage Five and further again from Stage Five to Stage Six. This is due to all students doing TAS, Visual Arts and Music practical courses in Stage Four, whilst in Stage Five and Stage Six, optional courses with significant practical fees are billed separately as not all students study these practical courses.
Elective Practical Curriculum
Fees and charges that relate to non-core subjects (not studied by all students) are listed as separate bill items. These generally relate to practical subjects that use additional resources.
All incursions and small excursions are included in the service fee. Overnight and larger day excursions are billed separately.