An annual activities contribution of $165 covers your child’s class trips and other education outside of the classroom. This amount is payable directly to school at the beginning of each year. Examples include:
- Swimming lessons
- Trips to concerts and performances
- Ski trips
- Cultural awareness
The Integration Act allows for Attendance Dues to be levied on parents whose children attend Catholic Schools.
A proprietor may charge Attendance Dues at a maximum level approved by the Minister of Education. The payment of Attendance Dues in a Catholic Integrated School is a requirement on the condition of enrolment provided in the Integration Agreement for each school. The income from attendance dues can be used only for the costs associated with the provision of school land and buildings.
It is important to realise that Attendance Dues are the only means the diocese has of repaying all Education Loans whether they be from the Diocesan Catholic Development Fund or Religious Orders.Attendance Dues are a charge payable to the Proprietor and a condition of enrolment at integrated schools. Dues are not a donation, and they are not tax deductible. Note: Attendance dues in the Diocese of Christchurch are the lowest in the country.
Catholic integrated schools are financed partly by the government and partly through Attendance Dues paid by parents/caregivers to the Proprietor. Attendance Dues fund the borrowing required to provide those new classrooms that are not funded by the government. Attendance Dues are also used to pay other building-related costs, insurance on school buildings and to repay loans. These loans have been incurred to provide some of the school facilities being used by this generation of students.
Attendance Dues are collected on behalf of the Diocese by the local parish. The parish makes no money through this process (in fact it costs them money). Families are also encouraged to join the Parish’s planned giving programme where you can make tax deductible donations to support the running of the local parish. Families will be provided with automatic payment forms at the time of enrollment.
Attendance Dues per Term (2016 amounts)
Attendance Dues per child $51.75
Special Character Contribution $10.00
PER YEAR $247 per child