Back to School 2021 Information
Welcome to 2021!
Welcome back to St Colman's School for another year. A warm welcome to our five new families. This newsletter contains a variety of information that will be of interest to you.
School Fees Information 2021
The attached letter explains the School Fees for 2021 including payment options etc.
SCHOOL FEE ACCOUNTS WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU EARLY NEXT WEEK.
Please complete the School Fees payment intentions form by clicking on the link below. If you intend paying via Direct Debit, a form will be sent home for you to complete and sign.
Camps Sports and Excursion Fund
The Camps Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) is available for families with Health Care Cards to apply for. It is designed to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities. Further information and an application form are attached. You can obtain a form from the Office if you cannot print the one attached.
Family Fee Assistance
The Family Fee Assistance Scheme was introduced by the Ballarat Diocese in 2011. Families who qualify for CSEF will be able to apply for this scheme also. Families will pay $520 per annum for primary school tuition fees. The discounted fee covers tuition and capital fees only. It does not cover additional charges such as camps, book hire, subject levies. A brochure which outlines the details of the scheme will be available next year as will the application form. Although a family may be eligible to receive a fee discount, families may choose not to apply for the fee discount and pay the full school fee, likewise, families who are not eligible for CSEF may apply for a part discount if they are having difficulty paying their fees. No student will be excluded because of their parents’ inability to pay tuition fees. Please speak to Tim or Jane for more informationor to obtain a form if you are unable to print one off.
SZapp and PAM
In 2020, we launched a new school website designed by Schoolzine. We also use the Schoolzine eNewsletter and SZapp, which are all integrated, to deliver the bulk of our communications to you. This has proved very popular as these products are very user friendly. If you have not already done so, please download the App. PIN number is 1823 for access.
PAM (Parent Access Module) is accessable via a tile on SZapp and requires a user name and password. If you don't know yours, please contact Jane. All permission notes are sent out via PAM as are school reports. New students need to have their medical profile completed and you need to keep the information up to date. You can notify absences via PAM and this is the preferred method to do this as the information is then immediately available to the class teacher.
Meals on Wheels Volunteers
St Colman's School volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels once per term. We have a small group of loyal volunteers who help us deliver this service but are always looking for others. Please indicate below if you would be able to help and on what days. You will then be contacted when our turn comes around.
The school uniform shop stocks blue polo shirts, navy sports polo shirts, school navy jackets, navy sports polar fleece jumpers, hats and school bags.
Other items such as shorts and pants and school jumpers can be purchased at Reicha's.
The School Advisory Council are currently considering some further changes to our uniform, in particular the school dress and pinafore. Details of this will be made available during the first term.
Lunch orders are available every day from Clarke's Cafe. Orders can be written on an envelope with money enclosed and are collected at school each morning by the senior students and then collected and returned at lunch time by Clarke's. We have not received an updated menu for 2021 as yet.+
School House List
St Colman's combine with St Thomas' to form three sports teams. Red, Blue and Gold. The two schools combine for our swimming sports (held at the Mortlake pool in February) and athletic sports (held at the Terang Recreation Reserve in March). St Colman's hold our Cross Country alone at Tea Tree Lake in May. Children are to wear a polo shirt or T Shirt in the colour of their team on these days.