Attendance Dues – Paying Attendance Dues is a condition of enrolment for all students enrolled in New Zealand Catholic Schools. Attendance Dues are compulsory – there is a legal requirement for parents and caregivers to pay Attendance Dues under the Education and Training Act 2020. On enrolment, parent/caregiver who signs the enrolment forms accepts that the school can discontinue attendance of the named student if they are in default of undertaking to pay Attendance Dues.
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. Attendance Dues are collected by St. John’s School on behalf of the school’s Proprietor, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland. The Attendance Dues collected by St. John’s School 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. Attendance Dues can be paid in full at the beginning of the school year, per term or by regular instalment. More information on Attendance Dues or if you need any assistance, please contact the Principal’s PA at the school office.
Attendance Dues – Auckland Common Fund Covid-10 Hardship Assistance
Assistance is available as a means of helping parents and caregivers with the 2020 Attendance Dues while they are experiencing Financial Hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic. This specific hardship assistance is available for a limited period of time (Terms 2 – 4 2020) and may be extended if the Diocese deems this necessary. Covid Hardship assistance cannot be used to reduce Attendance Dues outstanding from Term 1 2020 or before.
Financial Hardship Grants for Attendance Dues – ACFL General Hardship 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.