Enrolment @ St Joseph's


As a Catholic School, our Catholic faith underpins all our actions. St Joseph’s promotes a learning community where all aspects of education are nourished. We strongly value the notion of partnership in education, encouraging families to actively work with the school to meet every child’s needs.

Parents applying for enrolment of their children at St Joseph’s School Alstonville are subject to the enrolment policy formulated by the Catholic Schools Office in Lismore. Enrolment at St Joseph’s is based upon the following:

1. The family’s commitment to Christian principles and faith expressed in their Parish community and their willingness to fully accept the school’s Religious Education program.

2. A positive commitment by families to contribute to the well-being and community nature of the school.

3. Children must turn five years of age on or before 31 July of the year of commencement.

4. Children turning five years between 1 April and 31 July may be enrolled at the principal's discretion and on the parents' agreement that the child may be asked to repeat a class if this is considered advisable.


Click to download an Enrolment Form

Please see Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools Enrolment Policy and Fees for more information about our enrolment policy.

The Parish Finance Council sets the school fees each November for the following year. The parents are then advised by a letter from the Parish Priest. (Parish Finance Council Letter).

The Tuition fees for 2023, payable in advance over four terms, have been set at:

  • One child at St Joseph’s $1200
  • Two children at St Joseph’s $2280
  • Three children at St Joseph’s $3060
  • Four children or more at St Joseph’s $3360.

Most book fees are included in this annual tuition fee.

Parish Building & Maintenance Levy

Each family will be levied annually to be used by the Parish to cover vital maintenance on parish/school buildings. The levy is $680 per family for the year. Once the year begins, this fee is payable in full for every family regardless of the length of enrolment.

Additional School Fees

Information Technology fee $130 per student

This IT fee has been levied because of the growing need to provide quality technology to all school members. This fee is payable by the end of February.

Fundraising Levy fee of $100 per family

This levy has been introduced by the Parish Finance Council and is supported by the parent body as discussed at Parish School Forum (PSF) meetings.

A full breakdown of fees is available from the Office.


Preferred payment methods are Bpay (Bpay details are included on your account statement) or Compass Pay. Payments by cash or card may be made via the Office. 

Fees can be paid yearly, in advance; by the Term; or by monthly, fortnightly or weekly instalments. We encourage you to view the suggested instalment amounts (below) to choose the best option for you.

Click here for suggested instalment amounts.

Special Arrangements

Arrangements must be made with the Principal each year for those with special financial circumstances.

Catholic schooling heritage fully endorsed at St. Joseph’s, is that no family should be deprived of their right to a Catholic education during financial hardship. Parents experiencing difficulty meeting school financial commitments must contact the Principal.

Unfortunately, fees not paid promptly or regularly place your child’s enrolment in jeopardy and recompense for outstanding payments will be sought.


There will be no refund of the Fundraising Levy, Technology Fee or Parish Building & Maintenance Fund as these are due and payable regardless of the length of enrolment.

Children enrolling in Kindergarten are required to provide the school with an NSW Health Department Immunisation Certificate for Primary School Enrolment, which can be obtained from your Doctor. Immunisation itself is not compulsory; however, in the event of an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease in a school, unimmunised children will be required to remain at home for the duration of the outbreak for their own protection.

The vaccine-preventable diseases are Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Meningococcal.