• Enrolment Information
  • Enrolment Procedure
  • School Fees Information
  • Enrolment Form

Enrolment Information

Vision Statement

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.

1 Rationale

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).

2 Definitions

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.

3 Principles

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 Procedures

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 reference. • 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 students.

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 Kindergarten. Five years old by June 30 in the year that they are admitted to Pre Primary. 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.

Enrolment Procedure

Enrolment Procedure

1 Contact St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School to obtain a prospectus and enrolment form.

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 successful.

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 waitlist.

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 orientation day.

St Joseph’s Catholic primary
School Fees.

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, recognising and respecting the uniqueness, dignity and rights of others.

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.

  • Health Care Card (Family Cards)
  • Pensioner Concession Card (PPS)

Applications for the CECWA assistance are available from the School. Please contact the Bursar to arrange an appointment to complete the application.


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.


A non-refundable administration fee of $20.00 is payable with every student enrolment application to the School.

  1. 3 Yr Old Program $2,008.50
  2. Kindy - 3 days $670.00
  3. PP to Year 6 $1,340.00

Sibling discounts will apply to Tuition Fees where there is more than one child per family at the School at the same time.

  • 20% for 2nd child
  • 40% for 3rd child
  • 100% for 4 children or more
  • Kindergarten $ 76.50
  • Pre Primary – Yr 6 $166.00
  • Student Insurance $ 13.50
  • Year 6 Camp $460.00
  • Technology Levy $ 59.00 (PP-Yr6)
  • Diary $ 7.50 (Yr1 – Yr6)
  • Literacy/Numeracy Levy$ 18.50 (PP)
  • Literacy Levy $ 15.50 (Yr1 – Yr2)
  • Literacy/AR Levy $ 18.50 (Yr3 – Yr6)
  • HotMaths $ 10.00 (Yr5 – Yr6)
  • Swimming Lessons $ 55.00 (PP – Yr6)
  • Excursion Levy $ 25.00 (PP - Yr6)
  • Year 6 Year Book $ 30.00 (Yr 6)
  • Building Levy $255.00
  • P & F Levy $ 35.00

All fees may be paid using one or a combination of the following options:

Elect to pay your account in four instalments on or before the following dates:

  1. March
  2. June
  3. August
  4. November

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:

  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Direct Debit
  • Telephone Payments by Credit Card
  • BPAY

If you have any query regarding any of the payment methods available or would like to make arrangements to pay your school fees account by periodical payments, please contact the Bursar.