Sacred Heart School, Casterton warmly welcomes families who wish to have their children educated in a Catholic environment. When the school accepts the enrolment of the student, the family acknowledges its obligation to be supportive of the Catholic ethos of the school. When enrolling a child with Special Needs which would impact on the child’s learning (i.e. speech, hearing, eyesight, intellectual or physical disability) it is advisable for the school to have this information as early as possible, as submissions for applications of support funding must be completed by September in the year prior to the child starting school.
Enrolments for Foundation 2019 are now open. Open Mornings will be held on the following dates:
- Friday 25th May 2018 at 9:00am to 12:00pm
- Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 9:00am to 12:00pm
- Tuesday 23rd October 2018 at 9:00am to 12:00pm
Open Mornings include information sessions followed by a tour of the school.
Contact the School Office on 03 5581 1131 for more information.
Other Useful information links for enrolling your child:
- Faith in your Child’s Future: Parent Handbook for Victorian Catholic Primary Schools
- Every children starting school must have an up to date immunisation certificate - How to access my child's immunisation records
- Readiness for school
- 201 Literacy & Maths Tips for Your Child
Fees & Levies
WHAT DOES IT COST TO SEND MY CHILD TO SACRED HEART?
It is compulsory for Catholic Schools to supplement Commonwealth and State Grants as part of the General Recurrent cost incurred in the running of the school. Therefore, it is necessary to have school fees and student fees as well as fund-raising efforts to raise money on the local level. It is important to stress that no student will be excluded because of an inability to pay fees. In these cases a suitable fee structure will be negotiated with the Principal.
However, it is the expectation that all families make every effort to meet their financial commitments. It is a matter of justice to all students and families that the financial burden is equally distributed.
The School Fees for 2018 are as follows:
- Family Fee $990 per family
- Book and Stationery Levy $180 per child
- Camps and Excursions - starting at $25 for Foundation, Year 1 and 2 students and up to $250 for Year 5 and 6 students
Fast Fact—This equates to under $23 dollars per week.
FAMILY FEE ASSISTANCE SCHEME
The Diocese of Ballarat, through the Catholic Education Office, offers a Family Fee Assistance Scheme to assist families to send their children to Catholic primary schools.
The scheme is available to families eligible for a means tested Health Care Card, Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran Affairs Pensioner Card. This scheme reduces the cost of the Family Fee to a maximum of $520 per year. The Book and Stationery Levy and the Camps and Excursions Levy are then added to the school fee account to give a total fee amount for the year.
Catholic schools have always welcomed families of all financial means. We hope that this scheme will make sending your child to a Catholic school even more affordable.
Fee accounts are issued once per term. Fees may be paid each week, fortnight, month, term, half-yearly or annually. Fees may be paid via Direct Debit, cash or by cheque.
The costs of these fees are decided annually by the School Advisory Council as it is necessary to review and assess the inflation rate which in turn effects our local contribution. School fees are set in accordance with the Catholic Education Office Diocesan Policy.