St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is a Christ centred community, within
the Bunbury Parish, which aspires to educate and develop the whole child in
a caring, Catholic environment, recognizing and respecting the uniqueness,
dignity and rights of others.
In Western Australia, the Mandate of the Bishops requires the Catholic
Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA) to advance the
Church’s purpose for Catholic schools, while embodying the Church’s
preferential option for the poor and disadvantaged, by making available
a Catholic school education for all Catholic children, insofar as this
is possible. (Bishops’ Mandate, p. 50).
The term Aboriginal refers to the original inhabitants of Australia and
includes the Torres Strait Islander people. The term student will
include all students, including children and young people and children
enrolled in early learning and care services. The term parents will
include parents or guardians or carers.
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Bunbury:
3.1 Provides a distinctly Catholic education for enrolled children.
3.2 Recognises the uniqueness of each student.
3.3 Promotes justice to all, with due consideration for the diversity of
those who are culturally, socially, physically, intellectually,
financially, emotionally or spiritually disadvantaged.
3.4 Ensures financial grounds shall never be the reason for the
non-enrolment in, or exclusion of, any child from school.
3.5 Catholic schools fulfil their mission in partnership with parents
who are the first educators of their children.
3.6 Ensures Aboriginal students shall be given enrolment preference
wherever possible and practicable.
3.7 Complies with the requirements of student enrolment in accordance
with the Western Australian School Education Act 1999 and the
Disability Standards in Education 2005.
N.B. Enrolment in St Joseph's Catholic Primary School does not
guarantee enrolment in any other Catholic school.
4.1 (a) Completion of an Application for Enrolment Form and acceptance
of the application by the school do not guarantee a place at the
school, nor does it guarantee an enrolment interview.
(b) Each Application for Enrolment will be considered individually.
4.2 Priority in selection is given to:
• Catholic students from the Parish with a Parish Priest reference.
• Catholic students from outside the Parish with a Parish Priest
• Other Catholic students.
• Siblings of non-Catholic students.
• Non-Catholic students from other Christian denominations.
• Other non-Catholic students.
4.3 The final decision regarding the enrolment of a student is left to
the discretion of the Principal.
4.4 Before an offer of a place is made, prospective students and their
parent(s) or guardian(s) shall be interviewed by the principal or a
member of the school Leadership Team.
4.5 The Catholic/Non-Catholic Enrolment Percentage Parameters approved
by the Bishop of the diocese shall be referred to when enrolling
4.6 The principal may vary the above priorities to suit particular local
circumstances prevailing at the time after prior consultation with the
Executive Director of Catholic Education.
4.7 If the school does not have the necessary physical and/or human resources
to provide adequate and positive learning experiences for that child, the Principal
will suggest alternatives to best meet the child’s needs.
4.8 On applying for enrolment, parents are requested to send a copy of
the child’s Birth Certificate, Baptism Certificate and Immunisation
Card and any relevant reports from preschool or the previous school at
the time of enrolment. In accordance with statutory requirements,
children are to turn:
Three years old to be eligible for enrolment in the Pre Kindergarten
Programme Four years old by June 30 in the year they are enrolled into
Five years old by June 30 in the year that they are admitted to Pre
Six by June 30 in the year that they are admitted to Year 1.
A copy of any parenting or custody court orders needs to be supplied
with the application.
4.9 Parents of the students seeking enrolment are expected to support
the Catholic policies and practices of the school. Parents must show an
interest in the Christian values of the school and work with the
teachers in helping their child achieve these values.
4.10 All families are expected to support the religious education and
participate in the Sacramental programmes provided by the school.
Accordingly, new families will be requested to meet with our school
priest as part of their welcoming into our school community.
4.11 Parents are expected to support the school financially by paying
fees and also by becoming involved in the Parents & Friends Association
and other school activities.
1 Contact St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School to obtain a prospectus and
2 Parents/Guardians to lodge enrolment form.
3 A non-refundable $20 application fee is required with the lodgement of
an Application for Enrolment. This amount will be deducted from the
first term’s fees of the year of enrolment should the application be
4 A letter acknowledging receipt of the documentation will be sent.
5 Should a position be available for your child/children,
parents/guardians will be invited to attend an interview with the
Principal so that information regarding school policies and operation
can be discussed.
6 Parents are given a guided tour of the school facilities.
7 If a position is available the enrolment is then completed and further
information given regarding uniforms, book lists and so forth.
8 If a position is not available, the application will be placed on the
9 Every assistance possible will be provided to make your child’s
transition to St Joseph’s as smooth as possible.
10 Pre Kindergarten and parents/guardians will be invited to a class
meeting and orientation day.
11 Kindergarten parents will be invited to a class meeting and
A non-refundable administration fee of $20.00 is payable with every
student enrolment application to the School.
An enrolment fee of $200.00 is payable upon the acceptance of a new
student to the School. This fee will be credited to the family school
fee account when the student commences at the School.
Current holders of the following cards may be eligible for a reduction
of the tuition fees on presentation of a valid card.
Applications for the CECWA assistance are available from the School.
Please contact the Bursar to arrange an appointment to complete the
The School invoices all fees as an annual charge in February. The
account will itemise all applicable charges for the full school year,
thus enabling parents to budget for the year.
The School’s fee structure and controlled budget relies on payment of
school fees promptly. With this in mind we have available a number of
payment options and methods.
This fee covers many of the incidental costs that arise during the
school year. It will cover some of the costs associated with printing,
special art and craft lessons and other similar activities. It is not
set to increase the amount of school fees collected but to cover costs
that would usually need to be collected during a normal school year.
Each family is charged a P&F Levy to assist the Parents and Friends
Association in carrying out the many activities they take on during the
year that enhances the education and facilities for every student
attending St Joseph’s.
Each family is required to pay a levy towards the debt servicing of the
school’s capital works. This covers a small proportion of the total
debt servicing of the school. This levy is not tax deductible.
This levy is used to increase and upgrade our provision of IT for the
students’ education. IT is a resource that needs constant upgrading and
the associated costs are supplemented from the school’s budget. The
understanding and use of IT is embedded across the curriculum and is an
essential learning tool for all students.
St Joseph’s has a Student Accident Insurance Policy covering all
students, 24 hours per day/365 days per year, for lump sum benefits for
Non Medicare claimable items. It is strongly recommended that parents
check their general insurance policies to ensure adequate property and
liability insurance cover for their children. St Joseph’s does not
accept responsibility for any claim to property loss or damage incurred
by students or parents.
Students from Pre-Primary to Year Six attend interm swimming lessons
each year. The costs for pool entrance and transport are charged for
each student. Swimming tuition is free.
This camp is held every year at the Ern Haliday Recreation Camp in
Sorrento. A camp fee is included with the annual school fee account.
The following fees and charges are the annual fees that you will be
expected to pay for your child’s education at St Josephs’ Catholic
Primary in 2020.
Sibling discounts will apply to Tuition Fees where there is more than
one child per family at the School at the same time.
All fees may be paid using one or a combination of the following
Elect to pay your account in four instalments on or before the
To enable you to include your fees payments into your regular household
budget, we can arrange for you to pay off your school fees by weekly,
fortnightly or monthly periodic payments, either directly to the
School or through your bank or the Catholic Development Fund.
The following payments methods are available:
If you have any query regarding any of the payment methods
would like to make arrangements to pay your school fees account by
periodical payments, please contact the Bursar.