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What is the first step I should take in enrolling my child into Holy Cross school?

Download an enrolment form from the Enrolment section of this website.  Fill it in and drop it into the school office.  Alternatively, contact the school office by phone or in person to put your child’s name on the enrolment list and you will be given / sent an enrolment form.

 

Is it possible for us to have a look around the school?

In March the school invites families considering enrolling at Holy Cross to come to the school for a tour of the facilities.  This event is advertised at the local preschools.  Please contact the school office if you would like more information.
 
 

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?

School fees are set by the Catholic Education Office and signed off by the Bishop.  These will change slightly each year; currently they stand at $ 2 282 per family (you only pay for the first child in the family).  There is also a Resource Fee of $140.00 per child, which covers books, stationery, printing etc.  School fee statements are sent to parents at the beginning of Terms 1, 2 and 3.  Payments can be made in full or part using Eftpos, BPAY, direct debit, cash, cheque or money order.

 

What are the opening hours of the school?

School starts at 8:55am.  Supervision begins at 8:25am.  The school day concludes at 3:10pm and parents are expected to collect their children as soon as possible after this time.

 

What sort of facilities does your school have to offer?

Nestled in picturesque grounds the school boasts spacious, colourful, contemporary classrooms and a well resourced library all of which are supplemented by flexible multi-purpose spaces. The school shares a hall with the parish.  The hall and Holy Cross Catholic Church are located across the road from the school.  There is a canteen and second hand uniform shop.

 

Is there a school bus service for Helensburgh and surrounding areas?

 Students are able to catch a bus to and from school within the local area.  Students may be eligible for a bus pass and you are asked to inquire at the school office for forms and information.

Greens Northern Coaches School Services

 

What extra-curricular activities are available at Holy Cross?

There are many opportunities for your child to become involved in extra-curricular activities. Holy Cross has representative teams in swimming, athletics and cross country.  Children also have the opportunity to try out for MacKillop (Diocesan representative) teams in several different sports.  Holy Cross competes in various competitions including public speaking, the Cardinal’s Christmas Art competition and the CEO Digital Literature competition.  We have a Gardening Club, various leadership groups, a Dance Club and a school choir.

 

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

At Holy Cross 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 marginalize or victimize people.

 

Do you have organised after school care?

Before and after school care is offered on site by Camp Australia and off site by local agencies.  Please inquire at the school office for information. 

 

From where can I purchase the school uniform?

The Holy Cross School Uniform for boys and girls is available at:
Little Cherub Clothing Company
Shop 7A Walker Street, Helensburgh    
Mobile:  0417 664 101

 

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.  Parent volunteers are asked to attend a Parent Volunteer Information Session in order to assist in the school.  These sessions are held regularly throughout the school year.

 

How can I / we become involved in the life of the school community?

Parents are encouraged to become actively involved in their children’s education at Holy Cross.  Ways you can help in your child’s classroom are listed above.  Other ways of becoming involved are volunteering to help in the canteen, attending special days and events such as school liturgies or performances or helping at special events such as sporting carnivals.

Everyone is invited to attend Parents and Friends meetings which are held once a term. These meetings are run by the Parents and Friends Executive in collaboration with the Principal.  General issues about school life, including social events, engagement in student learning and fundraising are discussed at the meetings.