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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first step I should take in enrolling my child into Stella Maris?

Kindergarten enrolments are taken during the first term of the school year- the year before your child is due to commence school.  Enrolments for all other classes are accepted all year round. 

Enrolment interviews are usually held in May. You will receive a letter during April informing you of a time for you and your child to come in and meet with the Principal. Written offers of placement will follow late June /early July.

Enrolment forms are available from the school office between the hours of 8:10am and 3:00pm.

 

Is it possible for us to have a look around the school?

You are most welcome to call and make an appointment to meet with the Principal, or book a time for a tour of the school grounds and buildings.

 

When will I find out whether my child has been accepted into the school?

Enrolment interviews are held in May. You will receive a letter or phone call during April informing you of a time for you and your child to come in and meet with the Principal. Written offers of placement will follow in late June / early July.

 

How much are the school fees?

There are three levels of annual fees to be paid:

 

  • Tuition Fees

 

  • Primary School SEDSO Building and Maintenance Levy or Secondary School Building Contribution

 

  • Service fees set by each school related to course materials or camps/retreats/excursions

 

The annual tuition fee can be paid upfront at the start of the year or as three equal payments in Terms 1, 2 and 3.  Currently tuition and SEDSO fees stand at $2282 although this will change slightly each year. This fee is only paid for the first child in each family.

 

There is also a Resource Fee per child, which covers books, stationery, excursions and incursions. Currently this stands at $   for K-2 and $   for Years 3-6.

 

Payments can be made in full or part using BPAY, direct debit, cash, cheque or money order.

 

If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay fees, please discuss the situation with the Principal. Your situation will be treated with care and confidentiality and an appropriate arrangement may be made for you.  

 

No student will be refused enrolment because of a family’s genuine inability to pay fees.

 

 

What are the opening hours of the school?

Supervision begins at 8:10am each morning.

The afternoon bell goes at 2:50pm and parents are expected to collect their children as soon as possible after this time.
Office hours are 8:10am - 3:10pm.

 

What areas do school buses service around Shellharbour?

The school bus services the areas of Shell Cove, Flinders and Warilla.

 

What co-curricular activities are available for students at Stella Maris?

 Stella Maris offers many co-curricular activities for students, including a variety of sports, choir, public speaking (Y5-6), Christmas Story Art Competition (Y5-6) and Australian Schools Assessments (Y3-6)

 

Is there an anti-bullying policy in place at the school?

At Stella Maris we believe that all members of the community have the right to a learning and working environment free from intimidation, humiliation and harm. We all share a responsibility to create a culture of caring which will not tolerate bullying. We believe that bullying must be taken seriously and is not acceptable in any form. In witnessing Christian values we reject ideas, beliefs and behaviours, which marginalise or victimise people.

The Anti-Bullying Policy is contained within the school's Behaviour Management (SPB4L) Policy.

 

From where can I purchase the school uniform?

The school uniform is available for purchase from

Lowes Menswear
Address: Shop 13, Shellharbour Square, Lake Entrance Road, Warilla , NSW 2529
Phone: 02 4297 4516
Fax: 02 4297 4556
Opening Hours: Mon,Tues,Wed,Fri 9-5:30, Thurs 9:00-9:00, Sat 9-4:00, Sun 10-4:00

 

Do you have organised after school care?

 Yes, we currently have three after-school care providers. Nurture Me (Parish based), PEAK and  Big Fat Smile

 

How can I / we become involved in the life of the school community?

All are invited to become members of the Parents and Friends Committee, who work collaboratively with the school and parish community about matters regarding quality education for all children, and general issues about school life, including social events, fundraising and finances.  We also invite parents and grand parents to assist in the classroom, work in the canteen or volunteer to manage sporting teams and helap at carnivals.

 

Will I be able to come and help in the classroom?

Stella Maris welcomes parents and grandparents to help in the classrooms. Each grade will be different, but parents often participate and contribute in the classroom.  This could include helping with reading and literacy programs, Mathematics groups, technology, craft, or by offering expertise in a particular area of interest, such as Indigenous Education or Music.