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How are Catholic schools different to other schools?

Catholic schools are extremely popular. In fact, they enrol about 20 per cent of Australian school students.

Many parents say they have made their educational choice for reasons such as:

  • Catholic schools are faith-based places that are grounded in Christian values
    The Catholic faith is not just taught in Religious Education classes but is experienced within the total culture of the school. Christian values are up front and explicit. Catholic schools are intrinsically connected to the parish in which they reside and are an integral part of the mission and life of the Church.

  • Catholic schools strive to achieve very high standards of education
    Expectations of achievement and conduct are high. While there is a focus on the individual child, a broad curriculum caters for a wide range of interests and abilities.

  • They are safe yet challenging places
    Relationships are warm and friendly. Parents, students, teachers and pastors see themselves as working in partnership. The children belong to a community that really cares about each one of them.

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What are the school fees?

There are three levels of annual fees, billed in instalments during Terms 1, 2 and 3:

  • Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees set by Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta
  • Diocesan Building Levy set by Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta
  • School-based fees.

Annual tuition fees in Catholic systemic schools vary from Kindergarten to Year 12 but there are very significant discounts for your second and third child. In fact, there are no fees for your fourth and subsequent children.

In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Diocesan School Building Levy which is charged per family per year. There are also school-based fees which are set by each school.

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Does the school offer any co-curricular activities?

Yes, we do.

Our Lady of the Nativity is committed to educating the whole child and we offer a range of exciting opportunities for our students. Students can discover a talent, follow a passion or explore an interest across a range of sporting, academic and creative pursuits.

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Does the school offer before and after care?

Yes we do.

Ambrose Early Years Learning and School Aged Care operates an out of hours care centre for students in Years K-6 is a large, well resourced space located on the school grounds. Specialist staff take great care of the students in a safe and secure environment that encourages positive social interaction.

We encourage all families to enrol your children into our Ambrose Out of Hours Care centre in case of an unplanned need. Should a place be available we will then be able to readily accept your child.

The first step is to complete a short online form to join our waitlist.

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How do I become a parent volunteer?

Parents are key to the life of our school. We welcome parent and carer involvement and invite parents and carers to contribute towards building community by contributing to the life of the school community.

Demonstrate to your children that volunteering is a good thing. Contact the school today using the 'I'd like to be a parent volunteer' enquiry type on our contact form or call us on 4753 2200.

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Do Catholic schools enrol children with additional needs?

We welcome students with diverse needs and aim to provide appropriate educational opportunities and support for students with additional needs. Once the school has evaluated whether a prospective student meets the general enrolment criteria, the additional needs of the student and the school’s capacity to meet them must also be evaluated.

Additional needs are varied and sometimes complex to identify and evaluate. Close partnership with parents is important to support the prospective student in finding what may be their best interests. In some instances school placement at this school may not be available or be in the best interests of the student. The Principal and Catholic Education's Director System Performance may seek a way forward by working with the family, if the family would like assistance.

Our Lady of the Nativity hosts an ASPECT satellite class for children with autism. If you are interested in enrolling your child in the ASPECT class, contact Aspect Western Sydney School, Wetherill Park on 8786 3000, or via email at westsyd@autismspectrum.org.au.

Parents of children with additional needs are advised to approach the school more than a year in advance.

ASPECT Satellite Classes
High Support Learning Needs Centres
Meeting Diverse Learning Needs
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School Uniforms
Our Lady of the Nativity Primary Lawson uniform and accessories can be purchased from School Locker.

Volunteer and contractor training

We welcome the contribution volunteers make to the life of our school.

As part of our commitment to keeping students safe, all volunteers in schools are required to complete the building child safe communities undertaking form and child protection training module before volunteering. These checks reduce potential risk and forms part of our strategy to build child safe communities.

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