Attendance Dues are charged by all Catholic Schools and are a legally binding charge on all parents and caregivers who have enrolled their children at a Catholic school. This is payable to the Parish, unless in special circumstances it has been waived by the Proprietor.
In the Christchurch Diocese the Attendance Dues charge is $56.00 per term for each child. The account is sent out early at the beginning of each term, from the Parish, and should be paid to the parish. Dues that are not paid by the parents or caregivers of the child need to be covered by the Parish, placing unnecessary strain on the Parish accounts.
Attendance Dues are authorised under the Private Schools Conditional Integration Act and are used to pay for costs associated with the land and buildings for the Catholic Primary Schools in the Diocese.
At the same time as the first term’s Attendance Dues account is sent out, the Catholic Education Office requests parents and caregivers pay a contribution for Religious Education costs. This contribution, which is a donation, is set at $40.00 per child per year. This money is used to assist the Catholic Education Office in their advisory work for Catholic Primary Schools throughout the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. It is charged as a $10.00 per term charge.
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.