- Principal's Letter
- Staff Profile
- Carroll College Alumni Spotlight
- Carroll College Honour Roll 2021 – Recognising Achievements of CCB Alumni
- Assistant Principal Pastoral Care Report
- Assistant Principal Curriculum News
- RE Matters!
- Sympathy and Prayers
- Important College Dates for Term 4
- Parent Teacher Evenings
- MacKillop House 2021 Champions!
- Sports Administration Trainee Position available
- Science News
- English News
- Visual Arts News
- VET & Career News
- Student Welfare News
- Finance News
- QKr! News
- Senior Study
- Community News
Dear Parents, Students and Friends
I hope this week’s newsletter finds you well. It has certainly been an adjustment for everyone at the College as the busyness returns! I’m sure all families are in a similar situation as school routines and weekend sporting commitments begin again, among the many other family activities. The importance of routine and structure has become very apparent as students readjust to their learning environment at the College. High expectations around readiness for learning, uniform, and behaviour have been revisited with all year levels. It has been really pleasing to see that most students are compliant and are thoroughly enjoying being back at school with their friends. I also thank students for wearing their masks as required.
YEAR 12 HSC EXAMS COMMENCE
Year 12 students across NSW commenced their HSC exams on Tuesday. These exams are conducted over three weeks. Our students are well prepared, and I wish them every success for this final stage of their schooling. I am confident they will do well. Our support and prayers are with them at this time.
We are experiencing a high intake of new enrolments at present. Our Year 7 cohort for 2022 has gone beyond 100 students and we have now moved to 5 classes for Year 7 next year. We have a waiting list now for Year 8, and there are very few places remaining in Years 9 and 10, 2022. Our classes are limited to 25 students. There are currently positions still available in Years 11 & 12.
Mr John O’Neill is still recovering from his recent health scare. To support his full recovery, he has decided not to return at the beginning of next year. To accommodate Mr O’Neill’s leave, Mrs Erica Drewsen and Mrs Sandra Harris will both maintain their current roles as Assistant Principal. This will mean that the College will operate with three Assistant Principals into 2022, and until such time that Mr O’Neill feels well enough to return.
There will be changes to roles and responsibilities as we continue to merge our Pastoral and Curriculum focus. Mrs Drewsen will maintain her Religious Education Coordinator’s role as Catholic identity remains a priority with the development of our new Vision and Mission statements and 3-year Strategic Plan. Mrs Drewsen will also have oversight of Catalyst and Humanities. Mrs Harris will relinquish some of her administrative duties to focus more on supporting teachers with data analysis, student achievement/extension, and working closely with Mr Wayne Foster, our new Inclusive Education Coordinator. Mrs Harris will take carriage of the COMPASS rollout and focus on whole school improvement practices. More information will follow on Compass. This is a new school management system being introduced across all Archdiocesan schools.
Mrs Drewsen and Mrs Harris will be working closely together across many facets of whole school leadership. Our goal is to improve practices, curriculum offerings, and delivery of key system and school initiatives in a highly coordinated and supportive way. It is an exciting time of growth and renewal for the College.
We welcome Ms Cathy Bierman to the role of Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinator in 2022. Ms Bierman is a highly experienced teacher and VET Coordinator with 32 years experience. Ms Bierman is no stranger to Carroll College, having taught in the area of TAS, Hospitality, Business Services and Religious Education. Cathy’s level of expertise will be an asset to the College.
CATALYST - HIGH IMPACT TEACHING PRACTICES (HITP)
Carroll College has been very active in the implementation of HITP In Action, having 11 participants across the KLA areas of English, HSIE, Religious Education and TAS involved this year. We are now nominating a new group of teachers to be involved in the 2022 program.
HITP in Action aims to support teachers to improve their practice through practical professional learning based on Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction and follow-up coaching. HITP in Action will enable Catholic Education to achieve the System bold goals:
- Improve their understanding of the latest developments in the Science of Learning and be supported to implement evidence-based teaching strategies into their practice, in their own classroom.
- Receive richer feedback about student learning, as they’re teaching, so that they can make decisions on what to teach next, using information from every student.
- Improve student participation and engagement, such that every student achieves at least a year’s worth of progress, masters concepts, and retains learning.
Moruya Business Chamber has invited the College to be part of Moruya River Lights - Celebrating 90 Years since the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened.
As we come out of Covid and two years of stalled events, we seek to hold a community celebration to enliven the spirit and create a feel-good event for our area.
On 19 March 2022 the Sydney Harbour Bridge reaches a milestone 90 years – one of the most iconic and treasured symbols of Sydney. A very important part of the construction was the granite taken from the Moruya quarry. This beautiful stone is clearly visible in the pylons at both ends of the Bridge.
We would like to bring this important part of our history to light in the Eurobodalla Shire by holding a commemorative celebration – River Lights featuring illuminated floats on the Moruya River. We are seeking participation from Schools through entry of a float focussing on the history we are celebrating. To assist in the making of floats we are planning a meeting for interested schools with Robbie Cruise and Christine Greig to discuss design and construction of the floats. This year the design is planned to be simple to assist entries with painting of the floats being the major artwork.
Further, we intend to organise premade flotation bases for each float which would carry the illuminated display. We can assist with towing the floats for the display along the river. Floats can be built on one base or more up to 4 maximum in length. We can organise transport from your place of construction / storage to the riverbank. Floats would need to be completed by 2 March 22 to enable testing and would then be safely stored.
River Lights would take place just after dark and would be the culmination of a day of celebration. There will be a Street parade which all Schools are also invited to participate in and re-enactment of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Vulcan Street. We are planning for Market stalls and music in the Riverside Park to make the day a real celebration.
Please consider being a part of this important event and commemorate our important contribution to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
A great local event to look forward to and one the College will be happy to support!
Parent/Teacher interviews took place last night and are organised again for next Tuesday afternoon via Teams. I really encourage families to engage in these meetings. These opportunities enhance relationships between parents and teachers and assist teachers to gain a better understanding of the needs of their students. Open communication is essential between home and school.
Principals’ Mass and Dinner
Director of Catholic Education, Mr Ross Fox has invited all Principals to Canberra today to attend Mass and Dinner together. There are several Principals retiring and this evening’s event will provide the opportunity to recognise and farewell colleagues who have worked in our system for many years. It is nice to finally be able to socialise again!
As we move into Week 7 next week, Term 4 is drawing to a close very quickly. Supporting students in their return to face-to-face learning has been a priority. We are currently forming classes for next year, developing our 2022 college timetable, employing staff, enrolling students, and finalising end of year events. The final day of Term 4 is Wednesday 15 December.
Enjoy a pleasant weekend. Please do not hesitate to be in contact if you have any questions or concerns in the coming weeks.
Meet Mrs Erin Smith
Teacher – English & HSIE
Along with having a daughter and son, becoming a teacher has been one of the greatest joys of my life. I began my two-year full-time Master of Teaching online through Charles Sturt University when my son was 7 months old and my daughter was 3 years old. I look back on this time and think how much of an absolute whirlwind it was. It was an extremely challenging time, but I am so grateful for the challenge as it has made me the person (and teacher) that I am today.
My first paid job was at McDonalds at 14 years old. I loved this job! All my school friends worked the same shifts as me and it felt like we were getting paid to have fun!
When I finished high school, I went to TAFE to complete a Business Administration certificate and started a job in Debt Recovery at Shoalhaven City Council. Debt Recovery was a challenging job for an 18-year-old!
After this, I decided it was time to move out of my parent’s house and I moved to Hayman Island in the Whitsundays to work. All the staff on Hayman Island lived in a little village on the island. To say it was a fun time is an understatement.
Living on Hayman Island spurred my interest in travelling, and I went on my first overseas adventure to Europe. This was the first of many overseas adventures to come!
Next, I completed my first degree, a Bachelor of Media and Communication, majoring in Journalism and Australian History at The University of Wollongong. My first job fresh out of university was at The Manly Daily newspaper, which at the time was the biggest community newspaper in the Southern Hemisphere. I persevered at this job for quite a while, but it soon became apparent that working in the media wasn’t for me, and it certainly wasn’t the glamorous industry I had imagined it to be! There were bonuses though, I would get to go to the corporate box at Brookvale Oval (AKA the Fortress) when there were home games.
After leaving the Manly Daily I worked in administration roles in Sydney and continued to do so when my husband and I decided to move to the South Coast to settle down, buy a house and start a family.
While I was studying my Master of Teaching, I worked as a learning support officer at a local high school. I completed my final teaching practicum at Carroll College and was awarded Outstanding Success in Professional Practice by Charles Sturt University. After my teaching prac, I was successful in gaining employment at Carroll College and I have been privileged to teach our amazing students and work with such dedicated staff ever since!
Alumni Profile: Patrick McMahon
Year Completed Carroll College: 2000
Occupation: Deceased Estate Manager at McMahon Vincent Lawyers
Provide a brief overview of what you are currently doing: I live in Moruya with my partner and young family and we have two kids which take up most of our time. I work in a local law firm. My role is to administer the financial estates of deceased persons.
What is a typical day like in your role? Primarily my role is to assist clients to make statutory applications to the Supreme Court to enable them to administer the estate of their deceased family member/loved one. The majority of my day is spent liaising with clients, asset holders (such as Banks, share registries, Super Funds etc) and the Court.
What’s the best advice you can give someone who just started their career? The harder you work now, the easier it will become.
What inspires you at work? If I ever need motivation or inspiration at work, I just look at the balance of my mortgage!
What interests do you have outside of work? Aside from spending time with family and friends, I’m a big sports fan. In particular, I follow the Raiders in the NRL and Liverpool in the Premier League.
What is your fondest memory of Carroll College? We had some great times on excursions like snow trips to Thredbo, and Coota touch trips were always lots of fun. In general, I just have awesome memories of forming friendships that are still a big part of my life today.
Calling for Nominations
The Carroll College Honour Roll is awarded to a former student of Carroll College who has demonstrated excellence in their chosen field and who lives out the Broulee ABC’s through their actions and achievements.
You are invited to contact the College and nominate a former student for this award. Nominations can be forwarded to email@example.com
Please include the following information:
- Name of former student
- Years of attendance at the College
- Brief outline of what they have achieved since leaving Carroll College and how their actions demonstrate one or more aspects of the selection criteria (refer to criteria below).
CCB Honour Roll
- A former student of Carroll College
Criteria for Nomination
The Carroll College Honour Roll is awarded to a former student who has excelled in one or more of the following areas:
- Demonstrated excellence in their chosen field - Sporting, Cultural, Science or the Arts.
- Made a substantial humanitarian contribution to the Local/National/Global Community.
- Demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity.
- Contributed to the community on a voluntary basis.
- Made a substantial contribution to development of regional community and/or economy.
- Become an inspirational role model for the students at Carroll College.
Feedback invited from staff and community.
CCCC examine the nominees and selects.
Successful recipient invited to end of year awards and asked to deliver a presentation to students.
Award recipient’s name is added to the Carroll College honour roll board.
Last week I was able to attend the 2021 Positive Schools Conference. One of the speakers presented a session entitled “The best of times, the worst of times; exploring hope and despair in schools 2020/21 in light of Covid.” This session challenged us to reflect on how from our lockdown experiences we can discover areas for growth. We can experience stress related growth and growth opportunities if we look for them. Some of the reflection questions we can ask, include ‘what did we do differently during lockdown that we really enjoyed?’, ‘What advice would you give your old self now you have had this experience?’ and ‘ What did I find out about what and who I really value during lockdown?’. The answers to these questions are the growth and change in mindset that we can take forward in our relationships and lives.
The Advocate for Children and Young People in NSW is currently interested in hearing from our young people about their Covid experiences and thoughts on a range of topics. Through completing a 10 minute online survey, the voices of students will be shared with decision makers across Government. It will ask about their experiences of learning from home during lockdown, as well as their experiences in returning to school. The Advocate for Children and Young People in NSW is independent so responses will be kept anonymous, unlinked to the individual or their school. This survey is completely optional. If students do not wish to share their point of view, that is entirely up to them. The survey will be open from 9th November – 5pm on the 15th November.
To complete the survey, please follow the link below.
If you would like to learn more about ACYP you can visit their website is https://www.acyp.nsw.gov.au/
Our Catholiccare Councillor, Naomi Bee, has been a wonderful support to our students and families navigating lockdown and the return to school. In this open letter Naomi has offered some ideas for reflection for parents.
Dear Parents and Carers,
What is resilience?
Resilience is the ability to overcome a tough situation or difficult time and then get back to feeling just about as good as you felt before. It’s also the ability to adapt to difficult circumstances that you can’t change, and keep on thriving.
When you’re resilient, you are able to learn from difficult or challenging situations and be stronger in the future.
Why is resilience important?
Helping children develop resilience and build their coping skills means they’re more likely to experience positive emotions, which supports their mental health and wellbeing now and into the future.
Resilience is not something a person either does or does not have. It can be taught, it can be learned and it must be maintained. As we grow, we all develop particular beliefs about who we are, what we are able to do, and who loves and supports us. If a young person has strong positive beliefs in these three areas they are more likely to be resilient in the face of adversity. These areas are identified as the "I Am, I Can and I Have".
Focusing on these three beliefs and finding ways to develop an optimistic outlook will help build resilience in the whole family.
Some strategies to try:
- Find out what individual strengths your family members have and notice what is working well.
- Role model an optimistic outlook on life. Approach challenges and disappointments with humour and a “let’s try again” attitude.
- Expect your children to do well but also support them to meet those expectations. Focus more on the effort rather than the outcome. Don’t avoid situations for fear of failure. Feeling sorry for your child is not helpful to them.
- Widen your child’s network by nurturing positive friendships and encouraging them to get involved in community activities, sports or other groups. This helps develop a sense of belonging, positive relationships and positive self-esteem.
- Allow your children to make choices about the things they are able to. Give them a chance to make a meaningful contribution to the family through chores and deeds that benefit others.
- Build a toolbox of relaxation or calming exercises that you can do as a family or make time for reflection.
- Nurture your own resilience, learn what your internal beliefs are, about yourself and the world around you and decide if you need, or want, to start making changes for yourself.
For further information:
If you have any questions or would like to talk further, please contact Naomi Bee the School Counsellor.
To continue to build our positive school mindset last Friday students from years 7 to Yr 11 were reminded about the importance of living out the BRoulee ABC’s. Each one of these values can be expressed in how students interact with each other, represent the College through the wearing of their uniform correctly and behaviour as well as striving to use their gifts and talents for personal and communal benefit.
At Carroll College, we use our BRoulee ABC to guide, shape and affirm positive behaviours and actions at the College. To be a strong, cohesive, and caring learning community, we aim to:
As more Yr 11 students attain their driver's license they are reminded that they must be at school on time for Homeroom, no one is to access their car during the day and if this access is a necessity then they need to go out and back in via the Front Office only. Any passengers in cars must have submitted signed paperwork to the office before being driven in the car and Yr 11 will not have early leave until the beginning of Term 1 of Yr 12 in 2022.
Please feel free to contact the College if you need to speak with your child’s Pastoral Coordinator or me.
Mrs Louise Ibbett
Assistant Principal Pastoral Care
In Week 11, students will receive an individual report, describing their learning achievements over the semester. A grade from A-E for each subject will be allocated describing how well students have achieved
- the depth of knowledge and understanding and
- the range of skills that students are showing.
The Common Grade Scale describes performance at each of the five grade levels shown below.
The student has extensive knowledge and understanding of the content and can readily apply this knowledge. In addition, the student has achieved a very high level of competence in the processes and skills and can apply these skills to new situations.
The student has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the content and a high level of competence in the processes and skills. In addition, the student is able to apply this knowledge and these skills to most situations.
The student has sound knowledge and understanding of the main areas of content and has achieved an adequate level of competence in the processes and skills.
The student has a basic knowledge and understanding of the content and has achieved a limited level of competence in the processes and skills.
The student has an elementary knowledge and understanding in a few areas of the content and has achieved very limited competence in some of the processes and skills.
In addition, students will be assessed on their learning habits. A three-point scale (Consistently, Sometimes, Rarely) will be used to indicate achievement in this area. The learning habits for Semester 2 are:
- Brings all the correct equipment, books, uniform and technology to complete tasks
- Manages time effectively
- Collaborates positively
- Works independently when required
- Completes and submits required work on time
- Seeks clarification or assistance when needed
- Contributes to a positive learning environment
- Engaged with Remote Learning
This semester an individual overall comment will only be written by students’ homeroom teachers highlighting the student's strengths and highlights from the year. Parents are encouraged to attend the parent teacher interviews next week for further feedback on their child’s progress this year.
Assistant Principal (Acting)
Curriculum and Achievement
On the 27th of October the College celebrated the achievements of our Year 12 cohort with a Graduation Mass and Academic Awards presentation. To comply with current health orders, we arranged for the Mass and presentation to be held at St Bernard’s Parish, Batehaven at 5:00 pm. This change of venue allowed for parents to attend this special event with their child.
The Mass was co-celebrated by Fr Martins Aloga and Fr George Azarkath with Seminarian Mark Ha assisting. The theme of the Mass was “Be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead” from the first letter of St Peter. The message was one of hope and joy and of embracing what will no doubt be exciting futures for all our graduating class.
As a Catholic school, it is important that at significant events and celebrations we embrace the gift of the tradition of the Church through the celebration of Eucharist. The sacrament of Eucharist is also known as Holy Communion and as the name infers is about being in communion (community) with Christ and, with each other. It is through the receiving of the Body of Christ or the Blessings of the Church that we come together to honour our history, our core values, and the shared belief in the importance of God in our lives. The Mass was a significant way to acknowledge what has been, for some of our students, 13 years of Catholic education.
I would like to thank Mrs Belle Barling, Faith Formation Coordinator for her planning, coordination and vision for the Mass. As with all Masses at Carroll College, a highlight was the music ministry lead by Mrs Ros Maher, Creative and Performing Arts Coordinator, supported by Mr Matt O’Brien from our Support Staff. Thank you to our Year 12 musicians and singers who lead the service and shared their gifts with the community: Darcy Coppin, Gemma Ferguson, Maeve Hatton, Sam Heffernan, Bree Mealy, Timothy Nguyen, Damia O’Loughlin and Joshua Vanzetti. Finally thank you to Ms Emma Mullins for her creation of the beautiful name tags on the pews and the student gifts and to Mrs Jacqui Heffernan and Mrs Krys Wise for their work and oversight in making the space look so special.
Monday 15 - Friday 19 November - Year 10 Minimum Standards Tests
Tuesday 16 November - Parent Teacher Interviews via Teams
Wednesday 17 November - Eurobodalla Youth Committee Meeting via Zoom
Monday 22 - Friday 26 November - Year 11 Work Placement
Friday 26 November - Year 7, 2022 Orientation Day
Thursday 2 December - Year 10 Peer Support Training
Thursday 2 December - Year 12 Formal (Moruya Golf Club)
Friday 3 December - Year 10 High Ropes Course
Tuesday 7 December - SLT Training Day
Wednesday 8 December - College Surfing Championships
Thursday 9 December - End of Year Ceremonies
Friday 10 December - Year 9 Jamberoo excursion
Monday 13 December - Year 10 "Summer Soiree"
Wednesday 15 December - Last day Term 4
Our final night of Parent Teacher evenings will be held on Tuesday 16 November, 3.30pm – 6.30pm. Due to COVID restrictions, the evenings will be conducted via Microsoft Teams.
If you would still like to make a booking please contact Mrs Nadine Cooper via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information – student’s name, preferred times, and names of teachers you would like to meet.
Sandra Harris and Erica Drewsen
Assistant Principal (Acting)
Curriculum and Achievement
Carroll College and AFL SportsReady currently have an exciting position available for someone wanting to pursue a career in the Sports & Recreation industry.
Last Sunday, Makadde Ethell’s National Youth Science Forum (NYSF2022) journey continued with the online NYSF Orientation Meeting. Makadde was supported by her family and Mr Foster.
The meeting was a wonderfully exciting and inspiring event where the program of NYSF was outlined and young people spoke about the impact NYSF had on their development as scientists.
NYSF is an amazing opportunity. Makadde will be meeting top scientists from around the world. She will be touring cutting-edge Science facilities and experiencing working Science laboratories. Makadde will have the opportunity to be involved with live crosses to Science organisations and events like CERN in Switzerland, The Science Forum in London and NASA in the U.S.
Following the Orientation meeting, Makadde was interviewed to explore how she became involved with the National Youth Science Forum.
What drew you to applying for NYSF?
I have always had a great interest in Science. I spoke to a previous participating student and she urged me to apply. The student said she really enjoyed the program and she made life-long friends. The student is now at university studying Science and she said that the program helped her a lot.
What interests in Science do you have?
I’m interested in Medical Sciences – Biology and Chemistry. I’m interested in the human body and how it works.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
It depends on whether or not I’m still studying. I might become a doctor or get a PhD in Medical Sciences. I don’t really know where life will take me. If I don’t become a doctor I would like to get into Medical Research.
What are you looking forward to at NYSF?
I’m really looking forward to meeting lots of people with a similar interest as me. I’m looking forward to listening to the Science lectures and meeting famous scientists. I’m going to look at some amazing Science facilities and see some working Science laboratories.
Where did your interest in Science begin?
When I started doing Science in Year 7. I thought it was really interesting. Very different from Primary School. I aced my final exam in Year 7 and this gave me a lot of confidence in studying Science.
Do you have any advice for students who want to get into Science?
Jump on to any extra-curricular activities related to Science that the College offers. Stay on top of your studies. Follow your passions and interests. It’s OK to be a nerd!
The next stage will be for Makadde to register for her Science experiences. The College wishes Makadde all the best for her NYSF experience in January.
Australian Bushfires 2020
The sky was red like the raging hot sun,
And with it brought treacherous disaster
The fires kept blazing, they were in for the long run,
They were now reaching the homes of many faster.
Oh how it felt to be locked up in a car for hours
How much we wanted for this to end like a chapter,
As Embers kept falling, anxiety seemed to devour,
We were the captives, and our car was the captor.
Then it went dark:
The whole sky was taken by darkness,
Frightening it was, even the dogs began to bark,
As we prayed, the fires went on, regardless.
After hours, for some even days,
We got to go back home to see what was left,
While the car ride was all a blurry gaze,
We saw the house, that the fire had kept away.
Although worry had slightly disappeared.
We had no power,
Not being able to contact loved ones was what we feared,
Things were becoming more disastrous hour by hour.
Until it was on,
Our panic was long gone.
By Savannah McGann
Year 7 has returned to learning with amazing enthusiasm. We are exploring the theme of The Natural World. Students have created slab-constructed ceramic tiles and then pressed natural objects into the tiles. They have then been glazed. Here are some of the results.
Students were given the opportunity to complete the Mandatory NESA “ All my own work ” modules and how to collect the evidence to save in their newly created careers accounts within the Carroll College Careers Website.
Students were given the chance to explore their own interests, skills and work values, workplace safety and have the chance to start a Virtual Job Experience in an industry of their choice.
UAC Key Dates - Update
Admissions 2022 date changes
On Friday 10 September a revised timetable for HSC examinations and results was released. As a consequence, the following UAC dates will change:
- ATARs for NSW HSC students will now be released at 9am on Thursday 20 January 2022.
- ATARs for ACT Year 12 students will now be released at 9am on Thursday 20 January 2022.
- January Round 2 will now be the first ATAR-based offer round. The deadline for changing preferences for January Round 2 will be midnight on Friday 21 January 2022.
- January Round 2 offers will be released at 7.30am on Wednesday 26 January 2022.
Changes to other UAC dates will be confirmed as soon as possible, as will the arrangements for ACT ATARs.
Information for NSW and ACT students applying interstate, and interstate students applying to NSW and ACT universities, will also follow.
Educational Access Schemes
- EAS application and document deadline for January Round 2 will be midnight Friday 17 December 2021.
- EAS eligibility letters will be released progressively from Friday 21 January 2022 to all applicants with finalised assessment for January Round 2.
Dear Parents, Grandparents & Carers
Headspace are offering free webinars in October, November and December on a variety of topics to assist our young people in the community. Please use the link provided to access the webinars.
Student Welfare Officer
Term 4 fee statements were emailed on 15 October with a due date of Friday 5 November. Thank you to families who have made payments. Any recent payments will be receipted shortly.
Any families currently who have submitted a Fee Concession Application, your application process is currently still underway.
Covid-19 Fee Assistance
Catholic Education and Carroll College will support families who have been financially impacted as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in Term 3 and 4, 2021. Where your family is experiencing financial stress due to job loss, being stood down, reduction in work hours, business downturn or closure resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, full or partial fee relief is available. Please complete the Covid-19 Fee Assistance Request Form and you will be asked to provide supporting documentation. Please contact the Business Manager via email Rhonda.email@example.com
It is important to seek this assistance as soon as possible during Term 4 as this assistance is not available after Term 4.
Managing your Fees
The College recommends a regular payment approach to managing your school fees and to reduce the financial burden that delaying fee payments may cause. For example, a regular weekly or fortnightly payment through Direct Debit, BPay or Qkr! can assist in managing your school fees. The 2021 Fee Schedule is available on the Carroll College website – Enrolment/Fees. In this section of the website, there is also a Fee Calculator to assist families in determining fee payment amounts in managing their school fee payments. If you are unable to pay off your school fees in full by the end of the year, you will need to setup a Fee Agreement with the College. A fee agreement assists both the College and families in managing school fees. Please contact our finance team via firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain Fee Agreement Form.
Fee Assistance – Concession Application
Currently enrolled families facing significant financial difficulty are able to apply for fee assistance. Fee assistance is income based and requires supporting documentation. You may be asked to meet to discuss aspects of your application and will be required to provide supporting documentation. Fee assistance can include:
- a payment plan (extends the payment period to 12 months and commits families to make ongoing payments to pay off school fees by the end of the school year)
- an extended payment plan (extends the payment period to greater than 12 months and commits families to make ongoing payments to pay off school fees over an approved, extended period of time)
- Fee Concession – partial reduction of fees and payment plan
- Fee Concession – full reduction of fees
Fee assistance is an annual application process based on your circumstances. In some situations, any reductions may be reviewed on a term by term basis, which would then require separate applications including supporting documentation at the start of each term. Where your circumstances improve during the school year, the College relies on families to get in touch, so that your fee assistance can be adjusted accordingly and the College is able to provide support to other families requiring assistance.
Government grants provide part of the funding required to operate the College. The balance of operating costs are funded through school fees. The ongoing operations of the College are dependent on parents paying the required level of fees. Every effort will be made by the College to recover fees from parents who are deemed to have the capacity to pay fees.
On the basis of the information provided in the Fee Assistance Form, the Fee Committee will determine an appropriate level of fee support based upon guidelines agreed to by Catholic Education Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn and Carroll College. The Fee Committee reviews fee assistance applications once per term, in the latter half of the term. Applicants will be then be advised of the outcome via email and letter. Please sign a copy of this letter and return via the envelope provided to the College. Following receipt of signed agreement letter, the concession will then be applied to your fees. Where you are granted a partial reduction in school fees with a payment plan, it is necessary that you commit to maintaining your payment plan. Where you are on a payment plan or extended payment plan, it is important to maintain those ongoing payments. If you need to change your payment plan arrangements, please get in touch with College as soon as practicable.
Change in Circumstances – Request for Split Billing
Where there has been a change to your family circumstances and you require split billing, this creates a variation to your school fee obligations from initial enrolment. Please request the Split Billing Request Form which needs to be signed and dated by both parents/guardians to take effect. This form requires parents to indicate the percentage split for fees and acknowledges your obligations relating to fees, levies and charges incurred while your child is enrolled at the College. Please contact our finance team via email@example.com to obtain a Split Billing Request Form.
All information is treated and maintained confidentially.
If you require fee assistance, please contact Rhonda Forner, Business Manager by email at Rhonda.Forner@cg.catholic.edu.au
Access to Bushfire & Natural Disaster Support
Given the challenges that 2020 and 2021 has presented, there are many avenues for support. These are listed below to provide some assistance.
The National Recovery and Resilience Agency is able to provide assistance to individuals and families, businesses, not for profits, primary producers – everyone in our community. Their website address is: https://www.bushfirerecovery.gov.au/
Bushfire & Natural Disaster Specific Assistance
Recovery Support Officer (RSO)
Mental Health & Wellbeing
COVID 19 Financial Survival Guide
Please be aware that you are not alone and there are resources available to assist you and your family at this time. Listed below are some of those resources for information.
Information on Jobseeker can be found at:
Changes to Government Assistance:
NSW Government Financial Support for Businesses
NSW Government Covid-19 business grants and payments comparison
Financial Institution Support during Covid19
Financial Institutions are also offering a range of assistance to account holders, homeowners and businesses. Please enquire with your financial institution to access financial support such as:
- Suspending payments on credit cards and personal loans
- Reduce interest rates on home loans/suspending or deferring home loan repayments/loan variations/reducing loan interest rates
- Loans and support for small business
- Loan extensions/deferrals.
Teachers Mutual Bank
Scams during Coronavirus
Please be aware that there are some financial scams relating to Coronavirus. These may be in the form of text messages, emails or phone calls. The best approach is to not provide any of your financial information. If you suspect you have been contacted as part of a scam, you can report it to scamwatch – scamwatch.com.au/report-a-scam and the police.
For additional support, other services available include:
When finalising payments on Qkr, please make sure to finalise anything that is in the cart on the top right-hand corner. If the cart is not empty and you do not have a receipt, this means the payment and consent has not been finalised. This includes any events or excursions that only require permission (eg. swimming consent notes). Once you have signed the permission note you will still need to ‘checkout’ at the end of the process to ensure the permission note is finalised. Thank you!
Qkr! Is our preferred payment option. If you need help using this app, please contact the Office on 44 715600.