Attendance Dues are a compulsory payment under the terms of the Education and Training Act 2020 and a condition of enrolment. Attendance Dues are charged for all students who attend Catholic Schools in New Zealand. Attendance Dues are used to repay loans for building works done at schools in the Auckland Diocese, property related costs including school building works, buildings insurance and costs directly associated with the administration of Attendance Dues.
[from the Catholic Diocese of Auckland June 2021 – Compulsory Attendance Dues Charges. Parents and Caregiver Responsibilities].
Attendance Dues are collected by your school on behalf of the school’s Proprietor. The Attendance Dues are forwarded to Auckland Common Fund Limited, a company established by the proprietors of Catholic Integrated Schools in the Diocese of Auckland responsible for the collection of Attendance Dues.
- At the time of enrolment you are required to sign an agreement which states that you accept that you will pay the Attendance Dues and that you understand that payment is a condition of enrolment.
- Payments can be made, in full at the beginning of the year or by instalment (weekly, fortnightly, monthly or per term). They cannot be paid in full at the end of the school year. St. John’s School invoices Attendance Dues and other fees termly (four terms per year).
- Financial Assistance with Attendance Dues is available to families of Preference Students in cases of genuine financial difficulties. Part of the criteria for receiving this assistance is that regular payments have been made at an affordable level.
- Overdue accounts may be referred to a Debt Collection Agency by the Proprietor.
- Failure to pay the Attendance Dues may put your child’s place at the school at risk.
- The agreement is legally enforceable and the person who signs the agreement remains legally liable for payment.
- Responsibility for payment cannot be transferred to another person, unless they sign a new agreement accepting responsibility for payment.
- Any civil agreements between parents do not take precedence over the legal agreement signed at the time of enrolment.
Attendance Dues Financial Assistance Scheme
The Diocese can assist parents/caregivers of preference students to meet Attendance Dues commitments where there is a genuine need. This assistance is not available to parents/caregivers of non-preference enrolled students. The granting of assistance is discretionary. It is desirable that parents/caregivers make a regular, if modest, payment towards Attendance Dues if they can. The assistance is available for a limited time (no more than one year). If further assistance is required a new application is required to be submitted. You are welcome to discuss fee assistance confidentially with the Principal, or the Principal’s PA who administers all school fees for the Board of Trustees. Please phone the school office.
Special Character Donation
This contribution provides the main source of funding for all services provided to St. John’s School by the Catholic Education Services Board. No contributions are made by the Government for these services. The Catholic Education Services Board assists schools to provide a Catholic education for your child through the preservation and enhancement of the Catholic Special Character in our schools. The Special Character donation is tax deductible.
Parent Contribution Donation
This contribution provides funds, additional to Government Grants, for the running of the School. It is reviewed annually. The Parent Contribution donation is tax deductible.
School Development Contribution Donation and School Fixtures and Fittings Contribution Donation
This applies to the first two children in each family. Money from this fee provides funds to allow for our school development programme. It is reviewed annually. The School Development Contribution Donation and the School Fixtures and Fittings Contribution Donation are tax deductible. These two donations up until the end of Term 3, 2019 were invoiced as one ‘School Development Donation’. From Term 4 2019 they were split 25%:75%. The School Development Contribution Donation is banked with the Diocese in an account in the School name for the school’s use. The School Fixtures and Fittings Contribution Donation is banked with the Board of Trustees school trading bank.
The Special Character Donation, the Parent Contribution Donation, the School Development Contribution Donation and the School Fixtures and Fittings Contribution Donation and any other donations to the school are paid on a voluntary basis and therefore are tax deductible (you can claim up to 33.3% of the total donations paid). Go to the IRD site by clicking on the button below and do a keyword search for: donation tax credit for more information and to download a claim form.
Attendance Dues are approved by the Minister of Education under the terms of the Education and Training Act 2020. Special Character and Building Contributions collected on behalf of the Proprietor are permitted under the terms of the Education and Training Act 2020.
Payment of Accounts
Accounts are sent out through the School Office at the beginning of each term. These can be paid by cash, eftpos or automatic payment. For all matters relating to school fees, please contact the Principal’s PA, Michele Nash or email firstname.lastname@example.org.