Enrolment Information

Guidelines

Catholic Schools are established by the Catholic community specifically to support the family by nurturing its children in the education of their Catholic faith and the living of the gospel values in their daily lives. At the point of entry to a Catholic school, parents, students and staff must have an understanding and acceptance of these values and goals, so as to preserve the distinctive character of our schools and to justify their existence.

Introduction

The guidelines outlined below will be used by the Principal when assessing the enrolment applications of potential students.

  • At initial enrolment, all parents must give a firm undertaking that they will accept and support, during the period of their child’s enrolment, the life, nature and identity of Gilroy Santa Maria College, including the appropriate participation of their children in the religious education programs.
  • No child will be denied enrolment at Gilroy Santa Maria College because of an inability of a parent/guardian, as against unwillingness, to meet financial requirements.

Despite such guidelines, acceptance of any application for enrolment is always subject to a satisfactory interview and references, and ultimately, after having sought appropriate advice, to the Principal’s final discretion. It also must be noted that there may be confidential circumstances only known to the Principal that may influence decision-making concerning families with great pastoral and family needs. All families accepting enrolment within the school will be given the clear expectation that they will contribute to the financial upkeep of the school by means of tuition, service and other such fees that will be required. The College acknowledges that each family within the school must be treated fairly and justly in the pursuit of collection of monies. Enrolment will not be finalised until all documentation has been provided and fully completed and signed.

Catholic Schools Family Discount

Our Primary/Secondary fee structure offers families discounted fees for younger children attending Catholic primary schools in the Herbert River district. Therefore if you have children at Gilroy Santa Maria and also at either Our Lady of Lourdes or St Peter’s you will receive a discount on your Tuition Fees at those two primary schools. To take advantage of this new family fee discount, parents/carers should contact the principal of either Lourdes or St Peter’s, informing them of older siblings attending Gilroy. Please note that families with more than one child at Gilroy Santa Maria automatically receive a discount on their fees for their younger children.

Pensioner and Health Care Card Holders Fee Discounts

In addition to these family fee discounts, parents/carers with a means tested Australian government health care or pensioner concession card may be eligible to receive up to a 70% discount on fees. Families without these cards who are experiencing financial difficulty should speak with their school principal to apply for special consideration. Importantly, no child will be denied enrolment due to financial difficulty. Parent/carers should discuss this matter with the school principal who will treat the situation with understanding, sensitivity and confidentiality.

Details on the Enrolment Procedure and School Fees are accessible in the Information Booklet