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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Download the Enrolment package from the Enrolment section of this website or from the Catholic Education Office Website- Enrolment Section. Fill it in and drop it into the school office. Alternatively, contact the school office by phone or in person to put your child’s name on the enrolment list and you will be given/sent an enrolment package.

 

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 Term 2. You will receive a letter or phone call informing you of a time for you and your child to come in and meet with the Principal. Written offers of placement will follow towards the end of Term 2.

 

How much are the school fees?

There are three levels of annual fees to be paid:

  • Tuition Fees
    $1326 per family per year (payable in 3 instalments ... Term 1 $442, Term 2 $442, Term 3 $442)
  • Primary School SEDSO Building and Maintenance Levy 
    $670 per family per year (payable in 3 instalments... Term 1 $223.33,
    Term 2 $223.33, Term 3 $223.33) 
  • Resource Fee
    $250 per student per year
    The Resource Fee covers books, stationery, excursions and incursions. This varies from year to year depending on the needs of the grade. 

This fee is only paid for the first child in each family.

Payments can be made in full or part using eftpos, 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 sort of facilities does your school have to offer?

The school has a mix of modern and older style classrooms.  A new hall was opened in 2011 and the parish church is on the same grounds as the school.  A tuckshop operates on a volunteer basis each day for children to order their lunch or to buy snacks. Our Administration area was recently renovated to provide more office space, a sickbay, an interview room and student and parent entrance.

The students have access to four playground areas, a concrete playground, two synthetic grassed playgrounds, and undercover area, multi-use hall, a new sustainable garden area and use of the oval across the road for lunchtime activities as well as for PE and Sport. Regular working bees keep these facilities in good condition.

 

What are the opening hours of the school?

Morning Bell    8:50am 
Recess            10:50am - 11:20am
Lunch             12:50pm - 1:40pm 
Dismissal         3:10pm

Morning: 
Supervision begins at 8:30am each morning.

Afternoon: 
Gates open at 3:00pm for parents to wait in the playground for the students do be dismissed.

 

Do the school buses run in my area?

Students are able to catch a bus to Keiraville and parts of West Wollongong. Students may be eligible for a bus pass and you are asked to inquire at the school office for forms and information.

 

What extra-curricular activities are available at St Brigid's?

There are many opportunities for your child to become involved in extra-curricular activities; St Brigid’s has representative teams in swimming, athletics, cross country, soccer, rugby league, basketball, netball and cricket.

 

Children also have the opportunity to try out for Mackillop (Diocesan representative) teams in several different sports.

 

St Brigid’s has a giant chess board and competes in public speaking. We have an environmental club, Student Representative Council, a school choir and Music Bus. We also compete in Wakakirri every 2- 3 years.

 

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

At St Brigid’s 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.

 

Do you have a healthy canteen?

Our tuckshop aims to provide healthy food for students.

 

From where can I purchase the school uniform?

The school uniform can be purchased at Lowes in Westfield, Figtree. Only hats and badges are available for purchase from the school ofice. Uniforms can also be ordered online from Lowes

 

Do you have organised after school care?

Yes, at St Brigid's we do offer high quality organised before and after school care. The program we use is Oshclub. OSHClub is dedicated to providing the best possible OSHC programs in Australia.

 

Click here to visit the OSHClub website for more information

 

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

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.

 

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.

 

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.