Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to St Gerard’s Carlingford

As a member of system of schools known as Catholic Schools Broken Bay we seek to inspire hearts and minds to know Christ, to love learning, to use their talents to be the very best they can be.

Our principal, teachers, staff and parents all work together with the wider community to deliver authentic, professional Catholic education with care and compassion.

Our teachers are committed to the mission of Catholic education and apply evidence-based practice to support students to learn and to gain the confidence and skills to enable them to be involved in shaping their society.

Here are some frequently asked questions.

 

Do you need to be catholic to attend a catholic school?

No, your child does not need to be Catholic to enrol at a Catholic school. While preference is given to students of the Catholic faith, particularly if you are active in your parish, our schools welcome families from all backgrounds or faith traditions who share in our mission and purpose.

 

What are the K-12 enrolment opportunities?

Catholic Schools Broken Bay has commenced the rollout of a K-12 enrolment program, providing parents with children in our system of primary schools a streamlined pathway through to our secondary colleges. Please refer to your school Principal for further information about which schools currently offer a K-12 enrolment pathway.

Catholic Schools Broken Bay Secondary Colleges

Mercy Catholic College, Chatswood

St Joseph’s Catholic College, East Gosford

St Brigid’s Catholic College, Lake Munmorah

St Paul’s Catholic College, Manly

St Peter’s Catholic College, Tuggerah

St Leo’s Catholic College, Wahroonga

Mackillop Catholic College, Warnervale

Mater Maria Catholic College, Warriewood

 

Do you offer any fee relief?

Catholic Schools Broken Bay are committed to supporting families as the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt in the community. No family will be excluded from our school because of financial difficulties.

Even if you have not enrolled yet, we would like to offer the following help with school fees if you need it:

A full reduction on ALL fees if your family gets JobSeeker.

If you are unsure if your family can get fee help or need assistance completing the form please contact our COVID-19 FEE HELP HOTLINE on 9847 0728 (8am – 4pm Monday to Friday).

 

Does St Gerard’s have before and after school care facilities?

St Gerard’s has on site Outside of School Hours Care and Vacation Care. Catholic Care independently runs the facility and can be contacted directly on (M) 0417 193 647 or (E) oshc.carlingford@catholiccaredbb.org.au

 

What public transport is available?

Many local children use the bus services at St Gerard’s. Bus services are provided by Hills Bus and Sydney Buses, which service a wide area including North Rocks, Epping, Pennant Hills and Castle Hill. For more detailed information, please refer to www.transportnsw.info

 

Tell me about the specialised programs that St Gerard’s offers.

St Gerard’s aims to cater for the individual with many opportunities for all children to shine. There are currently learning opportunities in the following areas: STEAM initiative that includes robotics and coding utilising a range of technical devices, Gifted Education Program, Maths Olympiad, Justice and Action Group, Representative Sport opportunities for talented sports people, Band, Choir, Chess and Public Speaking. Year to year opportunities may change depending on the talents and the interests of the children.

 

Do you have a “buddy program” and how does it work?

The Year 6 students take their leadership role seriously. Being a happy and responsible role model for their kindergarten buddy is an important part of their year. The Year 6 students meet with their buddies regularly and play the part of a big brother or sister helping the children settle into their life at St Gerard’s. What access will my child/children have to information technology? At St Gerard’s information technology is used as a tool to enhance learning. Children have access to computers, iPad and interactive smart board whiteboards. Children from Years 2-6 have email accounts and can access class pages for interactive work at home. St Gerard’s is a “cyber-smart” school and follows the strict guidelines set out by the Catholic Schools Broken Bay.

 

Will my children be able to participate in Sacramental Programs?

The school works in partnership with the Parish. The Sacramental programs are organised by the Parish Sacramental Coordinators. Parents and children work in small groups to prepare for each Sacrament. These groups meet after school and on the weekends.

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