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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first step I should take in enrolling my child into Good Samaritan?

Download our Primary School Enrolment Package, fill in the form 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?

You are most welcome to call and make an appointment to meet with the Principal, or book a time for a tour of the school grounds and buildings.

 

When will I find out whether my child has been accepted into the school?

Enrolment interviews are held in May and June. You will be informed 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?

2018 Diocesan School Fees — Good Samaritan

 

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 sort of facilities does your school have to offer?

The school has a mix of modern and older style classrooms.  New state of the art library and administration, Kindergarten block, Learning Support Centre and uniform shop have recently been completed. The master plan for the site allows for additional refurbishment and construction of new classrooms in the near future.

There is also a school hall, music room, Reading Recovery room and canteen.

The school has concrete playgrounds, two grassed playgrounds and use of the oval across the road for lunchtime activities as well as for PE and Sport.

The carpark acts as a vehicle drive-through-pick-up zone for students of an afternoon.


 

What are the opening hours of the school?

Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School operates between the hours of 8.50am and 3.00pm.

A nominated teacher will supervise the playground from 8.20am to 8.50am. Students who arrive earlier than this will be supervised by a member of the School Leadership team on the verandah of the Primary Building from 8am.

 

Do the school buses run in my area?

School buses run in the areas of Fairy Meadow, Balgownie, Mt Ousley, Mt Pleasant, Towradgi and Tarawanna.  There is a new service planned from Unanderra to Fairy Meadow via Wollongong.

 

What co-curricular activities are available at Good Samaritan?

There are many activities outside the regular school curriculum that children have the opportunity to become involved in.  Some of these are:

Diocesan Gala Days in soccer, cricket, netball, basketball, rugby, rugby league, and more

  • Opportunities to represent the school, diocese, Mackillop and State in swimming, athletics, cross country
  • NSW Catholic Primary Schools Basketball Championships
  • Mark Taylor Shield Cricket
  • Choir
  • Stage 3 Band
  • Various drama / musical groups
  • Participation in Wollongong Eisteddfod 
  • Student Leadership Conferences
  • Sacramental Retreat Days
  • Northern Illawarra Catholic Schools (NICS) Enrichment Days
  • Chess
  • Public Speaking
  • University Tests
  • Art competitions (Sydney Archdiocese)
  • Environment Club
  • ACMA Cybersmart programs
  • Seasons for Growth
 

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

At Good Samaritan 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 marginalise or victimise people.

Good Samaritan aims to foster an inclusive school culture and ethos that supports all students and values the diversity of student, staff and community population including culture, ethnicity, gender, physical ability and economic status.

 

Do you have a healthy canteen?

The canteen operates at recess and lunch time, Monday to Friday, dependant upon availability of volunteers. Mothers, fathers and family members are encouraged to put their name down for the roster. Volunteers are only asked to work one day per month. Extra volunteers are always welcome.

A price list will be sent home during the early weeks of Term 1. Lunch orders can be made by writing the student’s name, class and order on a paper bag, with the money placed inside the bag.

Parents are asked not to give their children large sums of money to bring to school. Our school Canteen is endeavoring to provide healthy foods for the students. Summer and winter menus provide the students with a healthy variety of quality foods at reasonable prices.

Due to medical issues with some students and to ensure students' safety and well-being, the school has removed all nut products from the school environment. Goods containing nuts have been removed from the school canteen and parents are requested not to send food items containing nut products to school.

 

From where can I purchase the school uniform?

The school uniform can be purchased from the new school uniform shop, situated at the Eastern end of the lower level of the Primary double storey building.  

The shop will be manned by a school support officer and all orders and payments are made through this shop.  

Parents are encouraged to donate unwanted or unused clothing to the clothing pool.

 

Do you have organised after school care?

After school care is offered by a number of different agencies.  Please inquire at the school office for information.

 

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

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.

All are invited to become members of the Parents and Friends Committee, who work collaboratively with the school and parish community about matters regarding quality education for all children, and general issues about school life, including social events, fundraising and finances.

 

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.