- Principal's Welcome
- A Message from our Assistant Principal, Learning and Innovation and Religious Education Coordinator
- RE Matters!
- A Message from our Assistant Principal Pastoral Care
- St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
- A Message from our Assistant Principal, Learning and Improvement
- Father's Day 2022
- VET News
- Careers News
- Sports News
- English News
- AM Breaks Clubs Program
- 2022 Census Privacy Notice
- Finance News
- Senior Study
- Community News
Dear Parents, Students and Friends
I trust you have had an enjoyable week. It has certainly been productive at the college. The CCB team have numerous priorities at present, ranging from Year 12 HSC Trials to the completion of HSC major projects, staff recruitment, strategic planning, building projects, pastoral care initiatives, and rich teaching and learning through Catalyst deliverables, to name a few. It makes for an exciting learning community that benefits the students in every way.
This week we celebrated the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop (8 August). With grateful hearts we remember the power for goodness that Mary MacKillop is in our world. Her words of wisdom inspire us today as we develop our young people to live with purpose and integrity through our partnership as parents and educators.
The Carroll College Community Council meeting was held this week and several interesting items were presented and discussed. Lockers for Year 7 students, 2023 have been purchased in readiness for next year, and a discussion followed regarding students and their use of mobile phones. Last year we decided to introduce lockers to the college for students commencing in Year 7 for two main reasons. These being so student bags could be stored all day without students carrying them from class to class, and secondly to provide a safe and secure place for students to store personal items and devices such as laptops and mobile phones.
Community Satisfaction Survey data over the past few years has indicated that parents were concerned with their children carrying their bags for the duration of the day. Our response to this has been a strategic approach of introducing lockers annually to each new cohort of Year 7 students. This is a cultural shift for the college and one that has been well received this year.
Mobile phone usage among teenagers is a concern for every parent. Our college policy is very clear. Our approach is one of trust. We trust all students to do the right thing and follow college expectations. If students choose to make the mistake of not doing what has been asked of them then the privilege of having a phone will be removed.
- For Year 7 students - mobile phones are to remain in lockers during lessons. Phones can be checked during AM and PM breaks, but students are not encouraged to be on phones for the duration of the breaks. Breaks are all about getting active, socialising with friends, and making connections with other peers throughout the college.
- For Years 8-12 students - mobile phones remain in school bags during lessons. This means NOT on your person (not in a pocket, a pencil case, or on a student’s desk). Regarding AM and PM Breaks, the same expectations apply as with Year 7. Students are encouraged to get active, socialise with friends, and make connections with other peers throughout the college. Students should not be on their devices for extended periods during break times.
We are a regional college and appreciate that it is important to students to have their mobile for contact with family and employers. Some students travel long distances to attend Carroll and the security of having their phone is necessary. We do not want to take this privilege away from any student, but we are teaching students to show maturity and responsibility. There is a time and place for mobile phones and under no circumstances should phones be seen or used in classrooms.
If phones are seen in classrooms, students can expect:
- to have their phone confiscated and it will be passed onto the Pastoral Team and kept secure for the day
- the incident will be recorded on their Sentral profile
- parents will be contacted
The message is simple... students need to be responsible users of technology. This takes time, guidance, and a measured approach.
Teenagers require a slow release of responsibility in all aspects of their development – learning, assessments, leadership, driving, use of equipment, technology, social experiences, going to parties, shopping, gaming, using social media, watching movies… the list is endless. What is important is nurturing within each of them a sense of consciousness for what is right and wrong. Their character building, moral compass, and integrity is what is important to us at the college as students’ grow to understand what is correct for their personal health and wellbeing. Students do not always get it right. This is where the safety net of parents in partnership with the school comes into play. Every child needs to know and understand their worthiness. My trust is in each of them. Consequences follow on an individual basis if boundaries are difficult for students. Our deep care for our students has profound outcomes in terms of their preparation into adulthood.
Reimaging Carroll College’s Vision and Mission
Last year, the staff embarked on the journey of re-writing the college’s Vision and Mission statements to better reflect the contemporary learning environment of Carroll College. Changes in staff, school culture, and educational direction has contributed to the decision to re-imagine our Vision and Mission. The statements below are still in draft form. I share these with the community for input. Please do not hesitate to email the Religious Education writing team with feedback.
Carroll College is a Catholic learning community enriching the lives of young people through faith in action.
At Carroll College, our core moral purpose is to celebrate being a Catholic school for all, that delivers a dynamic curriculum where students are empowered in their learning through contemporary educational practice. In partnership with families, we provide a safe and welcoming environment that is well resourced to prepare students to be people of integrity and service in the community.
The Gospel teachings are at the heart of our college. We value:
- being Christ-like and living out the Gospel through compassion, love, equity, justice, and respect
- love of neighbour, especially the marginalised
- care of creation
VET Student of the Year
Congratulations to Makaylah Cowan who was presented with the 2022 Outstanding VET Student of the Year Award last week. Makaylah is pictured right with her parents, Jade and Sarah.
Workplace Learning South Coast Schools Excellence in Vocational Education and Training (VET) Awards were held at Moruya Golf Club. We are delighted that Carroll College took out the top award. Congratulations also to Kody Jeffery, Alyah Williams and Grace Reid of Carroll College on their nominations. We are very proud of their success and the VET pathways that are creating such opportunities for our students.
Enjoy a lovely weekend ahead. I hope everyone is keeping well. As always, please be in contact if you need support of any kind. My door is always open.
Professional learning is a regular feature in schools and staff recently undertook an excellent presentation by Shane Chapman from NESA about consistent allocation of grades in Years 7 to 11. The session was highly engaging and allowed staff time to openly discuss and debate current practices and consider ways we can improve student outcomes.
An aspect of assessment that is to become a focus at the College is to provide greater evidence to students about how to succeed. One way of doing this is to provide samples of past work or exemplars that students can access in order to see just what the task is and what is being expected of them. This strategy supports students in a very practical way and demystifies assessment.
This commitment to providing samples for students will be happening, and is already occurring, across departments in the months ahead. In Year 8 Religious Education classes for example, students are completing a task that asks them to create a YouTube style blog to discuss a covenant from the Old Testament. To help students know what they could do, classes have been shown two examples. The feedback from teachers has been that students were able to discuss and identify which sample was better and why and the activity created some excitement about what students could make and how they envisaged approaching the task themselves.
Year 7 Humanities classes have received a recent task that requires students to research an aspect of Ancient Rome that demonstrates Roman innovation and invention. One part of the task is to build a diorama, the second part is to complete two paragraphs about the topic. Students have been provided with images and captions (see below) to encourage discussion about what their diorama will need to meet the set criteria. They have also received a sample of A Grade paragraphs and C Grade paragraphs as well as questions asking students to identify what the A sample contains that the C sample does not. It will be exciting to see how students respond to this support. The early signs are very positive. Please expect to see some samples for assessment tasks shared with your children in the weeks and months ahead.
Teaching Religious Education is a great privilege that I have enjoyed for some 22 years. I have taught RE every year of my career. I could not guess how many hours of RE lessons I have taught or how many students I have shared my love of faith, Catholic tradition, World Religions, ethics, sacred texts, Catholic Social Teachings, conscience, sacraments, rituals, prayer and so many other wonderful topics with. It was therefore the gift of a lifetime, to be able to have traveled to Israel, the Holy Land, with my family earlier this term. I hope you will indulge me in this reflection on our experience.
The reason for choosing to go to Israel, originally came from an invitation to be part of the first-ever Surf Lifesaving Carnival to be held in Poleg Beach, Netanya, Israel. My husband, Darren and children Erin and Luke are all keen members of the Broulee SLSC and when this opportunity arose, they were very interested. For me, to travel to Israel was a dream – a ‘bucket-list’ place. And so, sometimes life throws you strange invitations and you just say "yes” which is what we did.
My family and I spent 13 days travelling Israel and Jordan. As a teacher of Religion and History, I was in my element. On our second day in the country, I was looking over the Holy City of Jerusalem, a sight that overwhelmed me. Here I was finally looking at the cityscape of a place I had stared at and studied thousands of times in books, on posters, in documentaries and now it was before my very eyes. I have now prayed at the Western Wall, a place of great pain and joy for Jews. I have stood in the searing hot sun but felt the cool of the enormous stones and experienced the peace and quiet one feels in prayer whilst standing shoulder to shoulder with other women in the noise of a very busy city. To stand outside the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, such holy places for Muslims, and admire the intricate mosaics that speak of God’s beauty and power was incredibly special. I am very grateful to have experienced more closely than I ever have Jewish and Islamic faith, culture, food, and traditions.
Naturally, I was thrilled to travel to places of significance to Christians. I went to Mass with Erin at 6:30 am in the Church of the Annunciation. It is a very beautiful church built over a grotto where it is believed that Mary received the message she would bear a child, and where she opened her heart and said “yes” to God’s plan. We also travelled to the Sea of Galilee where we visited many wonderful churches, my favourite being the Church of the Primacy dedicated to St Peter. It too is built over the remains of what is said to be Peter’s house and a place where he and Jesus would have had many meals and conversations. I was sure to put my feet in the Sea of Galilee and reflect on who else’s feet once stood on that shore. It was wonderful.
On our second visit to Jerusalem, we visited the “upper room” the room where the Last Supper was held as well as where the apostles and Mary received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. All these experiences culminated in our journey to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the church that is built over the place of Jesus’ death and the tomb where he was laid and from where he resurrected. I was able to touch the large slab of marble that covers the original limestone of the tomb. It was a very emotional moment.
My intention in writing about my trip to the Holy Land is to provide thanks for the opportunity to have the time to make this journey. Due to the dates of the SLS Carnival in Netanya, I took nine days off work. Teachers are always very aware, more so than ever now, of how difficult it is to have cover for classes, and we also do not like leaving our students. I would also like to share that in a world that is becoming more and more secular, making time for the spiritual is so enriching. I feel very blessed to have travelled to such a holy place, a place of great contradiction but also such beauty. I am more knowledgeable in my faith and in my teaching discipline of RE. I will never forget the feel of that clear, blue Galilee water on my feet or the moment my eyes first saw Jerusalem in all its glory.
Religious Education Coordinator
Growing Stronger Communities
The students from Year 8 and Year 10 participated in the Growing Stronger Communities Survey this week. The team from the coalition of local services that formed the Eurobodalla Local Drug Action Team (ELDAT) administered the survey in consultation with Deakin University. Our visitors were very impressed with the welcome they received by our students, their behaviour and their diligence in completing the survey. We all hope that the data our students have contributed will enhance the focus of services offered to the youth across the Eurobodalla region.
Recently at our whole school assembly, students were reminded about the college expectations for wearing their uniforms. Students who consistently wear their uniforms correctly were affirmed and acknowledged for their contribution to the College. Students who were not complying with the college uniform policy were reminded of the expectations the college has. I have attached the College uniform policy below for parents to read. To support the efforts made by our staff we would appreciate parents monitoring student uniforms in particular hair styles, jewellery and the length of uniforms for the girls.
To assist our students who may feel hesitant to make direct contact with our Counsellor for assistance a QR code has been developed. This code is on display in student spaces around the College. All students need to do is scan the code which will take them to a form they can complete and submit. The Counsellor will then reach out to the students to organise a time to meet. If you feel your child would benefit from some extra support at school, please contact their Pastoral Coordinator or encourage them to use the QR code system.
For some students, there may be times when they may feel overwhelmed. At these times the routine of school can be an obstacle and they may either avoid coming or refuse to attend on a regular basis. Days absent here and there can quickly accumulate and result in a loss of social connection, confidence, and disrupted learning. If this is something that you as a parent have experienced or you know of friends or families where this can occur, the information below may be of some assistance.
Assistant Principal Pastoral Care
School Avoidance and Refusal
School refusal can be a challenging issue for students and their families and can be more frequent after school holidays when students have had a break from their routine and school. For many young people, refusing to go to school can be part of a larger issue, and it is important to provide support to assist them to go to school safely.
What is school refusal?
School refusal is when a student frequently does not want to attend school due to anxiety and worry about being there. This worry can become so great that the student refuses to attend school and may act out in order to stay at home.
School refusal can look like this:
- Becoming increasingly anxious or worried on the Sunday before school, or the morning before a school day
- Complaining of illness/injury that requires them to stay home, but then symptoms go away once they are at home and have missed school
- Crying and begging not to go
- Trouble sleeping
Common school refusal causes include:
- Worrying about leaving the comfort of home (common in younger students and students who are new to a school)
- Learning difficulties – challenges in class that include not understanding key concepts, difficulty concentrating, and finding all schoolwork “too hard”
- Social problems – bullying, fighting with friends, feeling left out
How can we help?
As a parent or carer, it can be hard to remain patient with your child when they don’t want to go to school, but it is important to take the time to learn why, and how your child can be supported.
- Learn about the issue from your child’s perspective. Have an honest and open discussion about what they are feeling and why. In doing so, you can gain an understanding of what support they need in order to attend school. If your child is having difficulty identifying the issue, a useful way to explore this is to ask them to rate each part of the day – homeroom, class, recess, lunch, bus ride etc. In doing so you can find the main issue together.
- Acknowledge feelings and manage expectations. It is important to acknowledge how your child feels and let them know they are not alone, and that you are there to help. It is also important to let them know that they are still expected to go to school and will be supported to do so. Plan with your child about how you can work together to get back on track.
- Communicate with school and other supports. Let the school know what is going on for your child and work together to collaboratively support them. Communicating with others involved with your child is also important (e.g., sports coach or music teacher). The best way to support a child is to have a team around them with a common goal.
- Reach out if you are concerned. School counselling is available if you are not seeing any improvement with your child, or if they would like to talk to someone else about the issues they are experiencing.
“Never see a need without doing something about it.”
On August 8 we commemorate the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop (marking the anniversary of her death in 1909). St Mary MacKillop is Australia’s first Saint after being Canonised by Pope Benedict XVI on 17 October 2010. On her feast day, we honour and celebrate her legacy and good works. The eldest of 8 children, Mary understood human frailty and the need to reach out and support those less fortunate.
At just 24, Mary established a school for children of the poor and less privileged in Penola, South Australia. She was also the co-founder of the Josephites, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.
Mary and her Sisters would establish orphanages and homes for the destitute as well as establishing refuges for ex-inmates of Australia’s grim nineteenth-century prisons.
Often met with opposition and acting contrary to many societal norms, Mary’s strong faith, courage and dignity helped her face these most daunting of challenges, including ex-communication. She was a trailblazer of her time who truly carried out the work of Jesus.
Through her vocation as a Sister of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, Mary MacKillop impacted and improved the lives of countless Australians. Her legacy lives on through many Catholic schools across Australia including here at Carroll College.
As the Pastoral Coordinator of MacKillop, I work closely with the MacKillop Homeroom teachers dedicated to meeting the pastoral needs of our students, ever inspired by the works of Mary MacKillop.
Mr Greg McAteer
MacKillop Pastoral Coordinator
The MacKillop Pastoral Team
Parent Teacher Evening
Our Parent/Teacher evenings are planned for Thursday 25 August, 3.30pm - 7.00pm and Wednesday 31 August, 3.30pm - 6.30pm. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with your child's class teachers to discuss their progress. Due to the COVID restrictions, we will conduct the evenings via Microsoft Teams. To make a booking for your child(ren), parents will need to login to the Sentral Parent Portal. The booking portal is now open. Parents can book interviews on either or both evenings. We encourage students to attend the interview with their parents so that we can work in partnership to achieve the best outcomes.
Progressive Achievement Tests – Spelling
This fortnight, Years 7 to 10 students will complete their Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) in Spelling. PAT is an integrated approach to improving learning as it measures student’s knowledge, skills and understanding and helps pinpoint where they are in their learning journey. Students will be using their own devices to complete the test. I encourage all students to do their best as the results assist the College in helping monitor student progress.
Year 9 – Wednesday 24 August, Period 3
Year 8 – Thursday 25 August, Period 4
Year 10 – Friday 26 August, Period 3
Year 7 – Friday 26 August, Period 4
Year 10 Minimum Standards Tests
The HSC minimum standard is a way of supporting and ensuring students have a functional level of literacy and numeracy. To achieve an HSC in 2020 and beyond, students must sit the HSC minimum standards online tests in reading, writing and numeracy. Each of the three tests are of 45 minutes duration.
Minimum Standard Reading Test
- 45 multiple-choice questions
- Adaptive — meaning it tailors to a student's ability. Questions become harder or easier depending on whether a student is answering questions correctly or incorrectly.
Minimum Standard Numeracy Test
- 45 multiple-choice questions.
- Adaptive — meaning it tailors to student's ability. Questions become harder or easier depending on whether a student is answering questions correctly or incorrectly.
- An onscreen calculator will be provided for some questions.
Minimum Standard Writing Test
- One questionbased on a visual or text prompt.
- Response of up to 500 words to be provided in onscreen text box.
- Marked by trained markers according to the achievement level descriptions, relevance of writing to the topic, structure and sequence of ideas and control of language.
Preparing for the writing test
500 words is only a suggestion
- Many students can meet the minimum standard in fewer than 500 words.
- Students should try to use the full 45 minutes.
- Students should use some time to plan their response on a piece of paper, and some time to edit their work. For example, a student might write 400 words in 40 minutes and then spend five minutes editing the response.
- Any text that exceeds 600 words will be in red. It will still be marked, but is unlikely to add value to the student’s response.
- Students should place greater emphasis on the quality of the response rather than focusing on the word count.
Sample tests can viewed on NESA following the link https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/hsc/hsc-minimum-standard/online-tests
Year 10 students will be completing the minimum standards test in Week 7. A timetable will emailed to families in the coming weeks.
Year 11 Examinations
Year 11 examinations will be held in Weeks 8 and 9. Students should be preparing for their examinations by revising the year's work and other study material set by their class teacher. If students have any questions regarding their exams, they are encouraged to talk to their class teachers. Good luck with your preparation Year 11.
Please see below for a copy of the Trial HSC Examination timetable.
Father’s Day Drive-Thru Breakfast
The Carroll College community would like to warmly invite all fathers, guardians and grandfathers to attend our annual Fathers’ Day breakfast on Thursday 1 September from 7.30am to 8.30am. This year we will be having a Drive-Thru breakfast, due to the COVID restrictions. Please see below for a copy the invitation.
This weeks reminders
- Monday 22 August – student pupil free day
- All the best to our students competing at the Archdiocese Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 23 August.
- Parent teacher evening will be held on 25 August from 3.30pm – 7.00pm via Teams.
Term 3 examination and testing weeks:
- Week 5: Year 12 HSC Trial exams continue
- Week 6: Years 7 - 10 PAT spelling
- Week 7: Year 10 minimum standards tests
- Weeks 8 - 9: Year 11 exams
Assistant Principal, Learning and Improvement
South Coast Workplace Learning Awards
Last week we celebrated the achievements of four of our Year 12 VET students at the South Coast Workplace Learning Awards ceremony. Alyah Williams (Sport Coaching), Kody Jeffery (Business Services), Grace Reid and Makaylah Cowan (Hospitality) were presented with certificates in Excellence in Vocational Education and Training. These awards recognise the commitment and achievement of these students in each of their courses.
Makaylah Cowan received the “2022 Outstanding VET Student of the Year”. The judges recognised Makaylah’s commitment to her VET Hospitality course, her work placement and Makaylah’s enthusiasm for learning for life. Congratulations Makaylah.
Thank you to Mrs Kenna, Miss Gill and Mrs Paull for their work in the nomination phase of the Workplace Learning Awards.
EVET applications closing 22 August
Year 10 students who would like to include an externally delivered Vocational Education course in their pattern of study 2023 must have their application into the VET office by 22 August. All students also need to provide a signed (students and parent) “2023 Intention to Commence” with their EVET application. Please come and see us in the VET office if you would like to collect an application form and commencement letter.
You can’t be what you can’t see!
During the first week of Term 3, Miss Gill and I attended a number of amazing professional learning opportunities.
We visited a very cold Crookwell and stood amongst the massive wind turbines. Renewable energy is such a huge emerging market and there are so many opportunities for employment. Electricians, engineers, and surveyors to name a few. These turbines need regular maintenance and there are many people behind the scenes that make this energy source viable.
Are you interested in working, studying and getting paid for school work?
We have School-based traineeships available for Cert III in Business Administration at Moruya Yard and Garden, and IRT Moruya (office based).
Reece Plumbing, Batemans Bay are also looking at SBAT.
Each of these SBATS require a minimum of 100 days on the job.
Please email me if any of these interest you!
Come and visit the VET and Careers office to chat more about careers and VET opportunities.
Finding the right career pathway can be an exciting yet daunting time in most students’ and job-seekers lives. Skills Road Workshops provide students with career-related content that is simultaneously engaging, informative and authentic to start their career journey. Students completed 50-minute workshops across the day to engage with the skills road team. Thanks to the Eurobodalla Shire Council and Eurobodalla Employment Revolution for organising Skills road to visit the south coast and their support with funding this initiative.
Canberra CareersXpo 2022. Opening Times for 2022: Wednesday 17th Aug 9am-3pm & Thursday 18th Aug 9am-2.30pm. The 2022 Canberra CareersXpo will go ahead and we are working closely with the ACT Government to ensure that the event will be conducted in a COVID-compliant manner. The CareersXpo showcases the multifarious careers and jobs available in 2022. This event is for school students, adults and all who are interested.
Insight Publications Creative Writing Competition for 2022.
This competition aims to ignite a passion for creative writing in secondary-school students and to inspire the voices of the future.
Who can enter?
You must be enrolled in Years 7–12 in Australian secondary education to take part in this competition.
How many times can you enter?
You can only submit one entry.
There is an optional theme that you may use to inspire your entry; however, you are not required to write to this or any other theme.
The optional theme is: Look for the magic in every moment.
There will be six categories:
- Year 7
- Year 8
- Year 9
- Year 10
- Year 11
- Year 12
You must only submit an entry in the category that corresponds to your current year level or homeschool equivalent.
Entries must be your own original work. This means that your work must not be written by, or in conjunction with, your friends, family, teachers or parents.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. You will be automatically disqualified from the competition if any plagiarised work is submitted.
Entries that have been previously published or submitted in any other writing competition will not be accepted.
The word length of your story must not exceed 1400 words.
All entries must be accompanied by a 100-word statement that addresses at least one of the following:
- your motivation for writing
- the creative inspiration for your entry
- your aspirations for future writing.
This written statement will be used to help determine the winner of a special award that honours the legacy of a founding member of Insight Publications, Iris Breuer. The Iris Breuer Writing Award will take both the creative piece and the written statement into account. This award seeks to recognise and celebrate young people’s engagement with and passion for writing and literature.
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11||Year 12|
|First Prize: $200
Second Prize: $125
Third Prize: $50
|First Prize: $200
Second Prize: $125
Third Prize: $50
|First Prize: $250
Second Prize: $175
Third Prize: $100
|First Prize: $250
Second Prize: $175
Third Prize: $100
|First Prize: $300
Second Prize: $225
Third Prize: $150
|First Prize: $300
Second Prize $225
Third Prize: $150
Iris Breuer Writing Award: $200
If you have any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our AM Break Clubs program is starting up next Wednesday with the reintroduction of Chess and Boardgames Club.
AM Break Clubs are a great way for students to have structured breaktime in a supervised environment and mix with like-minded friends.
We hope Chess and Boardgames Club is a great success. All are welcome!
Term 3 fee statements were emailed on 1 August with a due date of Friday 12 August. Thank you to families who have made payments. Any recent payments will be receipted shortly. All families are emailed a fee statement including those who make regular payments. This provides information on where your account and fees are to the dates indicated and provides the opportunity to check your account.
Any families currently who have submitted a Fee Concession Application, your application process is currently underway.
Families assessed as having the capacity to pay fees are expected to pay their fees. Where families demonstrate an unwillingness to pay fees, the College will recover fees and this may involve referral to a debt collection agency. Additional costs incurred in the collection of fees are the responsibility of the debtor/parent/guardian.
Managing your Fees
The College recommends a regular payment approach to managing your school fees and to reduce the financial burden that delaying fee payments may cause. For example, a regular weekly or fortnightly payment through Direct Debit, BPay or Qkr! can assist in managing your school fees. The 2022 Fee Schedule is available on the Carroll College website – Enrolment/Fees. In this section of the website, there is also a Fee Calculator to assist families in determining fee payment amounts in managing their school fee payments. If you are unable to pay off your school fees in full by the end of the year, you will need to setup a Fee Agreement with the College. A fee agreement assists both the College and families in managing school fees. Please contact our finance team via email@example.com to obtain Fee Agreement Form.
Fee Assistance – Concession Application
Currently enrolled families facing significant financial difficulty are able to apply for fee assistance. Fee assistance is income based and requires supporting documentation. You may be asked to meet to discuss aspects of your application and will be required to provide supporting documentation. Fee assistance can include:
- a payment plan (extends the payment period to 12 months and commits families to make ongoing payments to pay off school fees by the end of the school year)
- an extended payment plan (extends the payment period to greater than 12 months and commits families to make ongoing payments to pay off school fees over an approved, extended period of time)
- Fee Concession – partial reduction of fees and payment plan
- Fee Concession – full reduction of fees
Fee assistance is an annual application process based on your circumstances. In some situations, any reductions may be reviewed on a term by term basis, which would then require separate applications including supporting documentation at the start of each term. Where your circumstances improve during the school year, the College relies on families to get in touch, so that your fee assistance can be adjusted accordingly and the College is able to provide support to other families requiring assistance.
Government grants provide part of the funding required to operate the College. The balance of operating costs are funded through school fees. The ongoing operations of the College are dependent on parents paying the required level of fees. Every effort will be made by the College to recover fees from parents who are deemed to have the capacity to pay fees.
On the basis of the information provided in the Fee Assistance Form, the Fee Committee will determine an appropriate level of fee support based upon guidelines agreed to by Catholic Education Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn and Carroll College. The Fee Committee reviews fee assistance applications once per term, in the latter half of the term. Applicants will be then be advised of the outcome via email and letter. Please sign a copy of this letter and return via the envelope provided to the College. Following receipt of signed agreement letter, the concession will then be applied to your fees. Where you are granted a partial reduction in school fees with a payment plan, it is necessary that you commit to maintaining your payment plan. Where you are on a payment plan or extended payment plan, it is important to maintain those ongoing payments. If you need to change your payment plan arrangements, please get in touch with College as soon as practicable.
Change in Circumstances – Request for Split Billing
Where there has been a change to your family circumstances and you require split billing, this creates a variation to your school fee obligations from initial enrolment. Please request the Split Billing Request Form which needs to be signed and dated by both parents/guardians to take effect. Separate forms can be provided to each parent. This form requires parents to indicate the percentage split for fees and acknowledges your obligations relating to fees, levies and charges incurred while your child is enrolled at the College. Please contact our finance team via firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a Split Billing Request Form.
All information is treated and maintained confidentially.
If you require fee assistance, please contact Rhonda Forner, Business Manager by email at Rhonda.Forner@cg.catholic.edu.au
Access to Natural Disaster Support
Given the challenges that 2020 to 2022 has presented, there are many avenues for support. These are listed below to provide some assistance.
The National Recovery and Resilience Agency is able to provide assistance to individuals and families, businesses, not for profits, primary producers – everyone in our community following natural disasters including recent flooding. Their website address is: https://recovery.gov.au/#/map
COVID 19 Financial Survival Guide
Please be aware that you are not alone and there are resources available to assist you and your family at this time. Listed below are some of those resources for information.
Information on Jobseeker can be found at:
Information on Newstart allowance:
Changes to Government Assistance:
Emergency Financial Assistance
Financial Institution Support during Covid19
Financial Institutions are also offering a range of assistance to account holders, homeowners and businesses. Please enquire with your financial institution to access financial support such as:
- Suspending payments on credit cards and personal loans
- Reduce interest rates on home loans/suspending or deferring home loan repayments/loan variations/reducing loan interest rates
- Loans and support for small business
- Loan extensions/deferrals.
Teachers Mutual Bank
Scams during Coronavirus
Please be aware that there are some financial scams relating to Coronavirus. These may be in the form of text messages, emails or phone calls. The best approach is to not provide any of your financial information. If you suspect you have been contacted as part of a scam, you can report it to scamwatch – scamwatch.com.au/report-a-scam and the police.
For additional support, other services available include:
When finalising payments on Qkr, please make sure to finalise anything that is in the cart on the top right-hand corner. If the cart is not empty and you do not have a receipt, this means the payment and consent has not been finalised. This includes any events or excursions that only require permission (eg. swimming consent notes). Once you have signed the permission note you will still need to ‘checkout’ at the end of the process to ensure the permission note is finalised. Thank you!
Qkr! is our preferred payment option. If you need help using this app, please contact the Office on 44 715600.