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Thank you for considering enrolling your child at St Joseph's Primary School Benalla. We invite you to lodge your application.

Access to PAM

New parents to our school will be given a login code where you can set your own password. This is given to parents prior to the commencement of the school year.

 

PAM (Parent Access Module):

https://pam.sjbenalla.catholic.edu.au

Simon Everywhere App

Google Play Store

Apple Store

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Foundation Transition Program

In Term 2 of each year, prospective Foundation Parents for the following year are invited to attend our school tours of St. Joseph’s Primary School. This is an opportunity for parents to find out about our culture, discover our high quality educational facilities and educational programs. Parents will be able to ask questions and collect an enrolment package during Inquiry Tours. 

 

In 2024 the Enrolment Enquiry Tours are:

Monday 6th May 9:30am - 10:30am and 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Tuesday 7th May 9:30am - 10:30am and 5:30pm - 6:30pm

 

1. Parents Submit Online Enrolment Application

Parents who are interested in enrolling their child at St. Joseph’s complete an expression of interest Application For Enrolment within the online package. The online enrolment process is a seamless process that supports the family to complete all required information and the upload of documentation from the initial application to admission. The school will contact parents who submit applications to arrange an interview time.

 

2. Enrolment Interviews 

Each family and their child will have an interview with the Principal to discuss the interests and needs of the child, the importance of partnership between the family and the school and the significant aspects of attending a Catholic school. 

 

3. Acceptance of Enrolment and Enrolment Package

After all enrolment interviews have been completed an email will be sent to families to explain the outcome of the enrolment interview. Those accepted for enrolment will receive an email from the school which directs them to complete the enrolment process online. For any applicants who are unsuccessful the Principal/Deputy Principal will contact the family via phone to discuss the rationale behind the decision which will be followed by an email confirming these details. 

 

4. Foundation Transition Days

Foundation staff and students visit the kindergartens in Term Three each year to read stories, sing songs and talk to the children about St Joseph’s and starting school.

Transition days are held over three Fridays in October-November each year, for children who are enrolled for the following year. This is an opportunity for your child to further experience school life at different times of the day. Parents are notified of the dates and times closer to the event. For 2024 the Transition Days are as follows:

  • Friday 8th November, 2024 (9:30am - 11am)

  • Friday 15th November, 2024 (9:30am - 11am)

  • Friday 22nd November, 2024 (9:30am - 11am)

 

Our Grade 6 students have opportunities to visit FCJ during the year for activities in preparation for Year 7. Additional transition days are offered for vulnerable students or students who feel they require it.

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School Fees

St Joseph's Primary School offers a comprehensive education at a reasonable cost. Government funding does not cover the full educational cost, therefore fees and fundraising are a necessary part of funding Catholic schools. All fees, levies, leases and excursion costs at St Joseph's are compulsory. School fees can be paid weekly, fortnightly, monthly or each term. 

 

2024 School Fees:
Tiered fee structure
$1338.00 One Child
$1475.00 Two Children
$1703.00 Three + Children

 

Student Levy: $290.00 per Student
A student levy is charged each year. This levy covers the costs for items such as student and classroom supplies, sports equipment, photocopying, library books, performing arts and all curriculum areas. This levy must be paid at the commencement of the school year.

Capital Maintenance Fee: $178.00 per Family
The fee is to assist in the development and maintenance of our grounds and buildings. This is paid per family per year.

Technology Fee: $200.00 per Student
This fee covers part of the cost of the iPads that each student requires. The school covers the remaining costs.

Excursions:
All fees for student excursions will be itemised on your School Fee Account at the beginning of the year, or as soon as the costing for each excursion is available. $50.00

Additional Costs:
There are numerous incidental costs that can be incurred over the year. The below are an example of these costs:
Yearbook $20.00 per child in Year 6
End of Year Celebration 40.00 per child in Year 6
Recorder $8.00 per child in Year 3 - 6
Satchels $13.00 per child in Foundation and any new enrolments
Swimming $40.00 per child in Foundation to Grade 6

 

PAYMENT METHODS
All families MUST complete the PAYMENT FORM annually stating their intended payment options.
School Fee Accounts are sent out during each term. Parents must have all accounts settled by the beginning of December. Payments can be made weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly by Direct Debit. This method is strongly recommended by the school as payments can be made at regular intervals and can be spread over the whole year. Families who direct debit are less likely to get into financial difficulty with their accounts. Forms are available within this package and from the school office. Payments can also be made via Internet banking (details are printed on accounts), or at the school during office hours.
Invoices will be sent out to families in the first week of Term 1.

 

FEE CONCESSIONS AND PAYMENT PLAN SUPPORT
Fee Concessions and payment plan support are available for those families who are having difficulty meeting their fee obligations. Applications for this concession are made through the Principal. Please phone the school office to make an appointment as early as possible in the school year. It is important that this not be left too late.


CONVEYANCE ALLOWANCE
A conveyance allowance is payable per student to families who live more than 4.8 kilometres from their nearest bus stop. Application forms are available from the Office and are submitted by the school to the Department of Education. Government regulations apply to the eligibility of this allowance.

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Buddy Program

The Buddy program helps to promote relationships and support between older and younger students through regular collaboration between their classes. This fosters a sense of whole-school community and creates friendships that enable students to bond more closely with their school.

 

Each year our new Prep students are buddied within a small group of their Prep peers, and a small group of Grade 6 students. During the Prep Transition period, Year 6 Buddies play an important role in familiarising Preps with the playground, ensuring they feel secure at recess and lunchtime, and assisting them in understanding routines and practices in the playground. The buddy program continues during the second semester.

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Uniform

St Joseph’s Primary School will be recognised, in part; by the way we present ourselves in the community. This includes the way the uniform is worn and ensuring a level of personal care of our students. 

 

Uniforms can be purchased through Dobsons, online or in person from the Uniform Shop at school on Fridays between 8:30-11:00am.

www.dobsons.com.au/schools/st-josephs-primary-benalla/

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GIRLS UNIFORM      

Summer

  • St. Joseph’s summer dress or St. Joseph’s red short sleeve shirt with logo and Standard dress navy blue school shorts

  • Plain white socks

  • Standard black school shoes with closed heels and toes

  • St. Joseph’s Sun-safe school hat 

 

Winter 

  • St Joseph’s Polo Shirt with logo – long or short sleeve

  • Navy blue tailored pants

  • We are currently phasing out the Gordon Hunting Tartan slacks but these may still be worn until further notice)

  • Gordon Hunting Tartan skirt

  • St. Joseph’s Polo Shirt with logo - long or short sleeve

  • St. Joseph’s navy windcheater or bomber jacket with logo

  • Plain white socks or navy blue tights

  • Standard black school shoes with closed heels and toes


BOYS UNIFORM

Summer  

  • St. Joseph’s red short sleeve shirt with logo

  • Standard grey school shorts/pants

  • Grey socks

  • Standard black school shoes with closed heels and toes or 

  • Elastic sided black school boots

 

Winter  

  • St. Joseph’s red polo shirt with logo - long or short sleeved

  • St. Joseph’s navy windcheater or bomber jacket with logo

  • Standard long grey school trousers (cargo pants are not suitable)

OR Standard grey school shorts

  • Grey socks

  • Standard black school shoes with closed heels and toes or

  • Elastic sided black school boots


SPORTS UNIFORM - ALL STUDENTS

  • St. Joseph’s red polo shirt with logo - short or long sleeved

  • Plain navy blue shorts (summer)

  • Plain navy blue track pants (winter)

  • Plain white socks

  • Sports shoes with sport safe soles and support. ‘Skate’ shoes are not acceptable


Year 6 only

Graduation Ruby Top


Accessories

  • Blue or red ribbons or scrunchies (school colours only)

  • Undecorated clips such as bobby pins or flat snap clips

  • Black, brown, red or blue elastic hair ties.

  • A wristwatch - no smart watches

  • Earrings - single plain gold or silver stud in each lobe

  • Short, clean, unadorned fingernails

  • Plain blue or red scarves and beanies 

  • No visible body art

  • Shoulder length hair or longer must be tied back. 

  • Extreme colours or styles are not permitted (Allocated dress up days are the exception)

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After School Care

There is an after school care program run externally to St Joseph’s Benalla. The service is run from the St Joseph’s Hall.


Pro Kidz OSHC Service

Pro Kidz provides outside school hours care (OSHC) for families within our school community who require care for their children at the end of the school day.

To obtain an enrolment form please email info@prokidz.com.au

Address: 33 Sydney Road Benalla

Phone: 5762 1784

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