INFO FOR PARENTS
2021 STUDENT STATIONERY LIST
PARENT INFORMATION PACK
HOW DO I ENROL MY CHILD AT ST JOSEPH'S?
Criteria for preference for enrolment in State-Integrated Catholic Schools is based on at least one of the following criteria being met:
5.1 The child has been baptised or is being prepared for baptism in the Catholic Church.
5.2 The child’s parents/guardians have already allowed one or more of its siblings to be baptised in the Catholic faith.
5.3 At least one parent / guardian is a Catholic, and although their child has not yet been baptised, the child’s participation in the life of the school could lead to the parents having the child baptised.
5.4 With the agreement of the child’s parent/guardian, a grand parent or other significant adult in the child’s life, such as an aunt, uncle or godparent, undertakes to support the child’s formation in the faith and practices of the Catholic Church.
St Joseph's Catholic school can also accept a limited number of non-Catholic students. Please contact us to discuss this further.
a) Up to 12 children with non-preference status may be on the school roll at any time.
b) Parents are able to place their child's name on a waiting list. Children will be offered placement as vacancies occur in accordance with the following guidelines;
siblings of existing non-preference students
students living within the parish boundary.
children of staff members
students living outside the schools parish boundary.
The date names are placed on the waiting list will define the priority within each of the above criteria.
Lunch orders are available every Friday. Orders are placed at the school office before 9am and these are delivered to school by 12:40pm.
In Term 1 and 4 this is usually ice blocks and flavoured milk.
Term 2 and 3 have hot lunch options e.g. fish & chips, nuggets, hot dogs, burgers from Golden Dragon or Charleez Chicken.
Once a month the school holds a Sausage Sizzle on a Wednesday lunchtime as a fundraiser. Again orders are placed at the office before school. Sausages are $2 each.
All Catholic schools charge attendance dues, which are a legally binding charge on all parents and caregivers who enrol their children at a Catholic school. It is payable unless the proprietor waives the charges in special circumstances.
Attendance dues are authorised under the Private Schools Integration Act. They are a separate payment to any school donations, and are used to pay costs associated with property and insurance that are not funded by the government. Attendance dues are not a donation and are not eligible for a tax credit.
In this diocese, attendance dues are set at $444 per year for each student. The invoice is sent out from the Hamilton diocese after enrolment, and at the beginning of each year. Attendance dues are paid directly to the proprietor through the Catholic Integrated Schools Office.
Please Note: Assistance is available should the payment of attendance dues become difficult due to personal circumstances. Do not hesitate to contact the school should difficulties occur.
As St Joseph's Catholic School Matamata has opted into the Government's donations scheme for 2020, we will not ask parents for any donations (gifts/koha), except for overnight camps.
Anyone can choose to make a donation to the school at any time. Donation tax credits can be claimed and GST is not payable.
Student activity payments
Parents cannot be asked to pay for goods and services that are part of the core learning programme (curriculum), however parents can be asked to pay for goods and services that are additional to the curriculum.
Parents are informed in advance of any additional optional payments that are extra to the school's curriculum obligations.
Special character contribution
The Hamilton Diocese also asks for a Catholic Special Character contribution, which helps cover the costs associated with the delivery of professional development services in support of Catholic Special Character in Catholic primary and secondary schools. It is a donation paid to the Catholic Education Office and is eligible for a tax credit.
This optional special character contribution is $50 per year and is requested by the Hamilton diocese with attendance dues
Children enjoying Harold and the Life Education Caravan
Checking the compost for the Community Garden
Water safety activities with Ben from Energize Sports Waikato
The school office must be notified if your child is absent. This can be done by ringing the office or by sending a notification through the Skool Loop App. The school will contact parents after 9:30am if there is an unexplained absence. If parents wish to take their child out of school early or during the day they must notify the classroom teacher or the office in advance.
All pupils must wear approved safety helmets. Bikes and Scooters must be kept in the stands provided and must not be ridden in the school grounds during the school day. Parents must follow current Police/Road Safety guidelines if allowing children to ride bikes to school.
Students catching the bus are now issued with high visibility vests provided by the school. The duty teacher will check and supervise those children boarding the bus at school. Please let the school know if your child is not travelling on the bus.
Sun Smart Safety
We are officially a Sun Smart School. Sunhats are issued to all students and these are to remain at school. In Term 1 and 4 all students are to follow sun safe procedures. e.g. hats are to be worn whilst outside, sunscreen available at the school when necessary. Students are to wear sufficient clothing during school outings. Lunch to be eaten under designated shaded areas.
All clothing for school use (including swimming togs, towels etc) should be clearly named as this makes it easier to return.
Any unnamed or unclaimed items are kept in a lost property box in the learning space.
Scholastic book club brochures are available from time to time. Purchases can be made by filling in the form on the back of the brochure and returning to school with the required money. Parents are not required in any way to purchase books
PANDEMIC PLAN INFORMATION
St Joseph's Pandemic Plan 2020
COVID-19 ALERT LEVELS SUMMARY
Alert Level 2
Alert Level 3