If you have a pre-school child, or have friends and neighbours who intend enrolling at this school, please see the links to the forms below, or contact the office for an enrolment application form. It is important for future planning to have an accurate record of enrolments for the years ahead.
The school has an enrolments and application policy which outlines the process of entry to the school. An interview with the Class Teachers is a vital step in this process. A summary of the Admissions Process is available for download here or the Policy can be viewed in full the office.
It is essential that all families have lodged
and signed an Application
Form (see below) as
part of their admission to the school.
(please right click and save these forms to your computer)
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Application fees can be paid electronically.
Account Name: Castlemaine Steiner School Ltd.
BSB: 013 560
Account No: 1980 78283
The School derives its recurrent or operating expenditure from five main sources:
- Fees and charges from parents
- State and Commonwealth Government funding on a per student basis
- Capital grants and other special purpose grants from the Commonwealth Government
- Fundraising by the parents, and other special efforts
- Donations and grants from individuals, groups and philanthropic organisations
Click here to donate to our School
Fees are payable in advance at the beginning of each term within 21 days of receiving the invoice. The school has implemented a clear Fee Retrieval Policy which forms part of a Conditions of Admission Form that all new parents/guardians sign on joining the school.
The school has kept tuition fees to a minimum in order to remain accessible to all families. This requires that the school community as a whole supports the school's fundraising activities. Some commitment, in the form of giving some of their own time, is expected of all families.
see above for forms to download
Enrolment Application Fee
A non-refundable enrolment application fee of $100 is payable with the enrolment
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Entry into the school (ie Prep to Class 8) requires the payment of an Entry
Bond of $600. See the document Conditions of Admission for further information.
Fee Assistance is a reduction in the fees charged in the current year for families who are in particularly difficult financial situations and cannot meet the fee requirements of the school. Application for Fee Assistance can be made each November for the following year. Fee Assistance will only apply to school fees and not to the extra charges and expenses of sending the child to school, eg music fees, excursions, specialist equipment or other school activities. Donations to this fund are very much appreciated.
Visiting Student Fees
- Application Fee - $120.00 to be paid once a vacancy has been confirmed.
- Fees per term - $2,205.00 - All fees to be paid prior to the student commencing at the school.
Camps, excursions and other items as required by the class to be paid on invoice prior to leaving the school.
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In addition to tuition fees parents, can expect to pay for the following items:
Music Tuition: An annual charge for music is charged to accounts each term for those students taking music lessons. See
Recorders: Class 1 - $80 (approx).
Camps: Classes 3-8 Ranging from $200-800 (approx).
Stringed Instrument: Class 3 children will need to be provided with an instrument. Prices range from $200 upwards.
Excursions/special events: Approx $200-400 per student per year, according to year level.
Individual class levy for text books: Approx. $30 per year for senior students.
Swimming: Class 1- 7 $25 (approx).
These charges are approximate only. Details will be forwarded and added to invoices.
Tax Deductible Building Fund and Library Fund Donations
We urge parents to contribute to either the school building fund or school
library fund each year, beyond the fees. These donations are tax deductible
for income tax purposes. They do not appear on your account to protect your
tax deductibility. The Administrative Council encourages all families to contribute
at least $200 per year to these funds. Extra donations are very much valued
as we continue our building projects. Our wonderful buildings add enormously
to what we are trying to achieve. Please consider whether you can afford a
more substantial donation to increase the facilities that your children, and
those of the future, will enjoy at their school.
Conveyance Allowance and Education Maintenance Allowance
The Conveyance Allowance - is paid to parents who convey their child/ren
more than 4.8km to school (one way) and is to assist with travel costs.
The Education Maintenance Allowance - is for parents who are
holders of health care cards, pension cards or similar and is to assist with
Application to the Department of Education for these two allowances is made
through the administration of the school and is advertised through the school
newsletter. This payment is made twice yearly through the school, at the end
of the second and fourth terms. Conveyance Allowance is paid every term.
Because the Kindergarten receives State Government funding, Kindergarten families with a Health Care Card receive a financial rebate as a deduction from their term 3 and 4 fees from the State Government. You must take your card to the office in Term 1 to claim this rebate, which is approx. $730 in 2009.
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