Integration and Catholic Education

Attendance Dues

All Catholic Schools charge Attendance Dues which are a legally binding charge on all parents and caregivers who have enrolled their children at a Catholic school. This is payable, unless in special circumstances, the charge has been waived by the Proprietor of the school for specific issues associated with a family.
In the Christchurch Diocese the Attendance Due charge for 2021 is $412 per year or $103.00 per term (including GST) for each child. The account is sent out early at the beginning of each term, from the parish, and must be paid to the parish.  
The charging of Attendance Dues is authorised under the Private Schools Conditional Integration Act (1975) and are used to pay for costs associated with the land and buildings for the Catholic Primary Schools in the Diocese.
Where a parent has four or more children at a Catholic Primary School their attendance dues invoice will be for three children only, i.e. the fourth child, and any further children, will not be charged for attendance dues.
At St Joseph's, parents are asked to set up an automatic payment with their bank.

Catholic Special Character Contribution

The Catholic Special Character Contribution is collected on behalf of the Catholic Education Office and is used to cover costs associated with the provision and delivery of professional development and advisory services in support of Catholic Special Character in Catholic primary schools in the Diocese. This Catholic Special Character financial contribution is tax deductible. The Diocesan Catholic Special Character Contribution is $40 per annum, per child (no GST).
  • Attendance Dues - $70.00 per child per term
  • Catholic Special Character Contribution - $50.00 per child per term