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Enrolment Information

St Mary's Catholic School enrols children from Year 1 to Year 6.

The maximum roll is 400, with preference given to those with a commitment to the Catholic Faith. Up to twenty students at any one time may be enrolled as 'non-preference'.

On enrolment, there is a Diocesan  Catholic Preference form to complete, with a preference card to be signed by your Parish Priest.

Students may be enrolled at any age and may begin school on/after their 5th birthday. All children in New Zealand must attend school before their 6th birthday.  St Mary's Ellerslie runs a new parent Orientation Morning once a term for the students who will commence school the following term. Some students may require additional class visits to assist their transition to school, this can be arranged through the school office.

Application for enrolment does not guarantee a place at St Mary's School. Enrolment applications must be emailed or dropped in to the school office. Enrolments are reviewed and places are offered to applicant families twice a term.  Depending on a number of factors, applicants may be offered a space on the  'Waiting List' rather than immediate acceptance.  We recommend that you plan ahead and begin the application process well ahead of your child's 5th birthday.

Attendance Dues and  Other Financial Commitments

In accepting the conditions of enrolment, parents undertake to pay attendance dues as determined by the Proprietor and approved by the Ministry.

An updated statement of accounts are sent out electronically at the beginning of each term. The end of year financial Tax Receipt is available for download from the parent portal from mid-April each year. Please keep your Tax Receipts in a safe place for your annual accounting and tax returns.

As the child begins school, the parent/caregivers will be asked for payment of the term fees (see document below). This can be paid through internet banking or the school office. 

Compulsory Attendance Dues - Parent and Caregiver Responsibilities

Attendance Dues Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to assist families who may need financial support with the payment of Attendance Dues for preference students attending Catholic schools in Auckland Diocese, both primary and secondary. Families facing financial difficulties can contact their school office, their Parish Priest or the Revenue Manager on 09-360-3069 at the Catholic Diocese of Auckland for further information.

Application forms for this assistance are available from school and parish offices, or can be down-loaded from the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Website: https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/acfl-attendance-dues-financial-assistance/

Special Character and Building Contributions 

Please contact the school office admin@stmary.school.nz if you require further information or need any assistance.

Application Pack 

When you apply for a placement at St Mary's Ellerslie, you will need to email or bring to the school office the following paperwork:

Please contact the office for an Enrolment Pack (admin@stmary.school.nz) or download the relevant documents below:

Tax Returns

Board Letter 2023   Board Letter 2022     Board Letter 2021     Board Letter 2020.     Board Letter 2019.     Board Letter 2018

When you recieve your Tax Year Statement (early April) you are able to claim a percentage of donations back from the IRD.  When you process this application, remember to also supply the Board letter from that tax year (see above).  Please check the IRD website for more information.