Catholic Primary School Attendance Dues & Catholic Special Character Contributions


Attendance Dues are a charge payable to the Proprietor of the School (The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch) and are a condition of enrolment at integrated schools.  The Parish (Catholic Cathedral Parish) collects the attendance dues on behalf of the Diocese for all children attending either St Mary’s or St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary Schools.  Dues are not a donation, and they are not tax deductible.

The income from attendance dues can only be used for costs associated with the provision of school land and buildings.
Attendance Dues fund the borrowing required to provide new classrooms not funded by the Government.  Attendance dues are also used to pay other building-related costs such as Projects, Insurance, Building Warrants of Fitness and debt/loan servicing.

The level that Attendance Dues are set at is reviewed annually.

Archbishop Paul Martin SM has authorised that Attendance Dues for Diocesan Primary Schools be increased from $362 per year to $402.50 (including GST) for 2022.  A copy of the letter from Bishop Paul is available here.

Accordingly, we now advise that the rates for the 2022 school year will be:

YearDiocesan Primary School Attendance Dues (inc GST)Special Character Contribution (no GST) – tax deductible.Total per child per year
2021$402.50 per annum$60.00 per annum$462.50

The Catholic Special Character Contribution (CSCC) helps cover the costs associated with the delivery of professional development services in support of the Catholic Special Character in Catholic Primary Schools.  This is set at $15.00 per child per term and is exempt from GST and is tax deductible. 

Attendance Dues Payments can be made weekly, fortnightly, monthly, per term or annually.

Payment Schedule and Due Dates

Due dates for each term are as follows;

Term One – 20th February

Term Two – 20th May

Term Three – 20th August

Term Four – 20th November

Should you wish to pay the full year in advance this needs to be paid during Term One.

Payment should be made into the following account

CDOC The Catholic Parish of Christchurch Cathedral

03-1592-0207236-22 – St Mary’s Primary Attendance Dues

03-1592-0207236-21 – St Francis of Assisi Primary Attendance Dues

Using surname and invoice number as reference

A breakdown of online payment options follows

1 Child2 Children3 + Children
Weekly *$9.64$19.27$28.91
Monthly *$42.05$84.09$126.14
Per Term$115.63$231.25$346.88
* This is based on payments commencing 1st February 2021

If parishioners would like to help families with the payment of their attendance dues please contact the Parish Office.

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