Enrolment and more

We endeavour to make enrolling at St. Mary's Catholic School easy.  

You can find out about our fees, application requirements, after-school care and more. 

Room 9b

Like all schools, we ask parents to make donations to assist with the running of our school.

These donations are voluntary, but do make a huge difference to the school’s ability to operate successfully. 

We hope all families will find a way to support us through donations.

In addition to these donations, we are required to charge a compulsory fee to families of all enrolled students, to assist with the costs of maintaining the school’s property and buildings.

The following is information about the current fee requirements:


Attendance Dues

Attendance Dues are a compulsory payment under the terms of the Private Schools Conditional Integration Act 1975 and a condition of enrolment at St Mary's Catholic School, Papakura.  Attendance Dues are charged for all students who attend Catholic Schools in New Zealand.  Attendance Dues are used to repay loans for building works done at schools in the Auckland Diocese, property related costs including school building works, buildings insurance and costs directly associated with the administration of Attendance Dues.  

Attendance Dues are collected by St Mary's Catholic School, Papakura on behalf of the school’s Proprietor, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland. The Attendance Dues we collect are forwarded to the Auckland Common Fund Limited, a company established by the proprietors of Catholic integrated schools in the Diocese of Auckland, responsible for the collection of attendance dues.

Current Attendance Dues payable:


Y0 – Y8 Students - $107.50 per child per term ($430.00 per child per annum) including GST.

Attendance Dues - can be paid in full at the beginning of the school year, per term or by regular instalments.

This money is a legally chargeable cost that Catholic schools must make, as the buildings in our school are not funded by the government, unlike those in state schools.


Special Catholic Character Contribution

The Catholic Special Character contribution is a voluntary donation of $12.50 per child per term ($50.00 per child per annum) including GST.

This contribution provides the main source of funding for all services provided to St Mary's Catholic School, Papakura by the Catholic Education Services Board.  No contributions are made by the Government for these services.

The Catholic Education Services Board assists schools to provide a Catholic education for your child through the preservation and enhancement of the Catholic Special Character in our schools. 


Religious Education Resource Contribution

$1.70 per child per term ($6.80 per child per annum) including GST.

A voluntary contribution used to meet a charge levied on the school to fund digital Religious Education resources.


Board of Trustees Contribution 

$28.30 per child per term ($113.20 per child per annum) including GST.

A voluntary contribution used by the Board of Trustees to assist in the running of the school.  


Total charges are as follows:

1 child                                      $150.00 per term

2 children                                 $275.00 per term

3 or more children                    $380.00 per term

Other Charges:  (Year 7 and 8 students only) - Technology / Manual Charge - Passed on at cost.  


Fees and suggested donation levels are set annually and parents are invoiced each term. The Board have put in place an abatement scheme to reduce costs for families with more than one child enrolled at the school.


Tax Refunds - Payment of the Special Character Contribution, Religious Education Resource Contribution and Board of Trustees Contribution may all be claimed back as charitable donations.  Parents and caregivers are urged to retain receipts to gain this rebate.  Full payment of all donations before 31st March would allow a claim to be lodged for all donations at the end of the tax year.  

Donations of amounts greater than the suggested Board of Trustees contribution are welcome. 

Receipts for additional donations also qualify for tax refund purposes.  

When genuine hardship exists, there is assistance available.  Please contact the Principal and arrange to speak to him in confidence about this need.