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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first step I should take in enrolling my child into St Collumbkille's School?

Download an enrolment form from the Enrolment section of this website. Fill it in and drop it into the school office. Alternatively, contact the school office by phone or in person and you will be given an enrolment form.

 

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 and June. 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 or Assistant Principal. Written offers of placement will follow in July.

 

How much are the school fees?

School fees are set by the Catholic Education Office and signed off by the Bishop. These will change slightly each year. There is also a Resource Fee per child, which covers books, stationery, excursions and incursions. This varies from year to year depending on the needs of the grade.  School fee statements are sent to parents at the beginning of Terms 1, 2 and 3. Payments can be made in full or part using eftpos, BPAY, direct debit, cash, cheque or money order.  The fee amount is published in the first newsletter of the year.

 

What sort of facilities does your school have to offer?

Recently refurbished school library

Spacious school hall equipped with modern technologies

Air conditioned learning spaces

SMART Boards or LCD TVs in each classroom

Access to iPads, desktop and laptop computers

 

 

 

What are the opening hours of the school?

School begins at 8.50 am. Supervision begins at 8.30 am. The school day concludes at 3.10 pm and parents are expected to collect their children as soon as possible after this time.

 

Do the school buses run in my area?

There are three bus services from the school operated by Premier and Dions.  Buses run to Bellambi, Balgownie & Tarrawanna and north to Woonona.  Forms are available from the school office or from Premier and Dions websites.

 

What extra-curricular activities are available at St Columbkilles?

There are many opportunities for your child to become involved in extra-curricular activities at St Columbkille’s. Children have the opportunity to try out for Mackillop (Diocesan representative) teams in several different sports. St Columbkille’s competes in chess, public speaking and the Wollongong Eisteddfod. We have an environmental group, Student Representative Council and a school choir.  We have also entered Junior Rock Eisteddfod and at the end of 2012 are presenting a school production.

 

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

St Columbkille's is a Schoolwide Positive Behaviours for Learning School (SPB4L) and an eSmart School. 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.

 

How does your canteen operate?

The school canteen is available four days a week (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri). Students can order their lunch as well as purchase recess and other food at lunch time. The canteen is staffed by volunteer parents. New volunteers are very welcome.

 

From where can I purchase the school uniform?

The school uniform can be purchased from Crystal Bears in Corrimal Park Plaza, Princes Highway Corrimal 2518
Phone 42 833 111 

 

Do you have organised after school care?

After School Care is available through Big Fat Smile.  Children can be picked up after school by the service.  Please contact the school office for more details.

 

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

Yes, 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.

 

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

Parents are encouraged to become actively involved in their children’s education at St Columbkille’s. Ways you can help in your child’s classroom are listed above. Other ways of becoming involved are volunteering to help in the canteen, attending special days and events such as school liturgies or performances, helping at special events such as sporting carnivals, school fete, working bees, and Parents & Friends Association.

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.