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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first step I should take in enrolling my child into St Thomas Aquinas School?

Download an enrolment form from the Enrolment section of this website. Fill it in and drop it into the school office. 

 

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. Written offers of placement will follow in July.

 

How much are the school fees?

There are three levels of annual fees to be paid:

  • Tuition Fees
    $1263 per family per year (payable in 3 instalments ... Term 1 $421, Term 2 $421, Term 3 $421)
     
  • Primary School SEDSO Building and Maintenance Levy 
    $627 per family per year (payable in 3 instalments... Term 1 $209, Term 2 $209, Term 3 $209) 
     
  • Resource Fee
    $155 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. 

Technology Levy

$120 per year (1 child) $160 (2 or more children)

 

Please note that tuition and SEDSO fees are only paid for the first child in each family, resource fees are paid per child.

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 are the opening hours of the school?

School begins at 9:00am. Supervision begins at 8.30 am. The school day concludes at 3.00 pm and parents are expected to collect their children as soon as possible after this time.

 

What areas do school buses service around Bowral?

Children in Kindergarten and Years 1 and 2 are eligible for free bus passes.  Children in Years 3 to 6 are eligible for a free bus pass only if they live more than 1.6km from the school.  Application forms for bus passes are available from the school office.  If children are not eligible for free bus travel, parents may arrange for bus travel by payment to the Bus Company.  

Children catching the bus home assemble under the Infants' shelter shed where teachers supervise their progress onto buses.  Children who miss the bus are taken to the office and their parents contacted.

Lost or misplaced bus passes can only be replaced by a direct approach to the bus company (Berrima Buslines, Mittagong).

Click here to view details about when and where the school buses go

 

What extra-curricular activities are available at STA?

There are many opportunities for your child to become involved in extra-curricular activities; STA 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.  STA competes in chess and public speaking.

 

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

At St Thomas Aquinas 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 canteen is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  It is operated by the P & F and is staffed by parents on a volunteer basis. 

 

 

 

From where can I purchase the school uniform?

The school uniform is available for purchase from the St Thomas Aquinas Uniform Shop
Monday mornings 8:00 to 8:45 am, Monday afternoons 2:00 to 2.45 pm and Wednesday afternoon 2.00 to 2.45pm

 

Opening Hours are extended seasonally (Refer to STA newsletter) - Other times through arrangement at the office.
The Uniform Shop is located along from the office.  The phone number is 48624 008 (trading hours)
 

 

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.

 

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.