2024 Senior School General Information

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All Souls St Gabriels School CHARTERS TOWERS





Welcome It is my pleasure to welcome you to All Souls St Gabriels School. We are a Pre-prep to Year 12 co-educational day and boarding school. With over 100 years of experience, we are a school grounded in Christian faith and enriched by our history and traditions. Our holistic approach to education places emphasis on developing the whole person in Mind, Body and Spirit. Our young men and women graduate with the skills and qualifications needed to make a valuable contribution to their community. Our caring and passionate team of educators inspire students to be aspirational in their studies. Our wide range of curriculum offerings allow our students to prepare for further tertiary education, gain an apprenticeship, traineeship, or enter the workforce directly. As a founding partner of the Dalrymple Trade Training Centre, we maintain strong community links to local businesses.

All Souls St Gabriels School is full of opportunities for students to extend themselves beyond the classroom, with numerous sporting, cultural, service, and rural activity groups and teams. We enjoy healthy competition year-round between local schools. Many students have the opportunity to represent our school further afield, either through individual pursuits or as part of a team. Our school moto Servire Regnare ‘to serve is to reign’ underpins everything we do, and our hope would be that all students who leave All Souls St Gabriels School feel compelled to serve their communities with the gifts and talents they develop while attending our school. If you would like further information about how to join our community, please make contact via the website or give us a call. You are most welcome to visit our school. Mr Shannon Lee Headmaster

About All Souls St Gabriels School All Souls St Gabriels School has produced selfreliant young men and women for over 100 years. The smaller class sizes – a maximum of 25 students in both the Junior and Senior School – ensures that teachers know each of the students very well. ASSG offers a sound broad-based education with choices for everyone. Both educational and vocational pathways are catered for. All classrooms and dormitories are air-conditioned. There is a caring family atmosphere with over 90 teaching, boarding and support staff for just over 460 students across the day and boarding school. All Souls St Gabriels School is a friendly

environment in the spirit of the bush – friendly, welcoming, and hardworking. All Souls St Gabriels School is a safe environment, away from the hurly-burly and temptations of city life, yet in a town whose main industry is education. We have a large campus – over 40 hectares – set on the edge of historic Charters Towers with over 20 adults and their families living on the campus. The school develops and fosters a sense of community and participation in its students, which they take with them into the community later in life.

Enrolment Process How does my child become a member of the All Souls St Gabriels School community? 1. A Parent or guardian makes an initial inquiry to school via phone, email, website or personal visit. 2. The school forwards an Information Pack. 3. The Enrolment Officer contacts enquirer to answer any questions. 4. The Parent/Guardian completes an online Application for Entry via the School website. Documentation required to complete the online Application for Entry include a copy of the Applicant’s Birth Certificate, a copy of the most recent school report (not required for Prep and Pre-prep), and a copy of the most recent NAPLAN report (if applicable). A $50.00 non-refundable Application Administration Fee is also required as part of the application process. 5.

We use School Reports to determine whether we can adequately cater for each student (learning support and other needs, suitable school subjects, etc.) and whether the displayed student behaviour and attendance will allow the student to effectively settle into our School.

6. The school acknowledges receipt of Application for Entry, and an assessment of the Application and the student’s Academic Reports is undertaken. Where an Application for Entry has no chance of success, the Application fee will be refunded. 7. The school organises an interview in consultation with Parent/Guardian and informs parent/guardian and student of date and time of the interview, subject to enrolment availability. 8. An interview with student and Parent/Guardian, including a tour of the school, is conducted: 8.1. School offers (or does not offer) a placement. 8.2. If an Offer of Enrolment is made, a Letter of Offer and Enrolment Acceptance Form is forwarded to the Parent/Guardian. 8.3. The Parent/Guardian may accept the offer immediately or may request time for further consideration. 9. If Parent/Guardian wishes to accept the offer, an Enrolment Contract and Enrolment Acceptance Form is completed, and a $150.00 non-refundable Enrolment Confirmation Fee is submitted. 10. If the Parent/Guardian does not complete the Enrolment Contract and Enrolment Acceptance Form within four weeks of the date of offer, the offer may be withdrawn. 11. The school confirms enrolment. 12. The enrolment confirmation fee is non-refundable and non-transferable if the child does not enter the School on the agreed start date. 13. Information regarding uniforms, stationery, commencement dates, etc., is forwarded at the appropriate time.

Advance Enrolments When a Parent/Guardian completes an online Application for Entry more than twelve months prior to the applicant’s commencement date, the school will process the Application for Entry and advise if any enrolment interview is to be offered. If an interview is offered, the School will request more recent copies of school reports prior to the time of the interview, which will be approximately eight months before the anticipated starting date.

Schedule of Fees – 2024 Application Fee There is a $50.00 non-refundable Application Fee payable when a parent decides to make an Application for Entry. Enrolment Confirmation Fee After a Confirmation of Enrolment has been provided by the school, the parent pays a $150.00 nonrefundable Enrolment Confirmation Fee to secure the enrolment placement. This becomes a lifetime membership of the All Souls St Gabriels Past Student Association Inc. when the student completes their education at All Souls St Gabriels School. School Fees: • School fees are reviewed annually. • All fees are annual fees. • Fees for Pre-prep to Year 11 are billed in four equal instalments. • Fees for Year 12 are billed in three equal instalments.

2024 Tuition Fees

Pre-Prep – 5 Day Pre-Prep – 3 Day Prep – Year 6 Year 7* Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 – 11

2024 Tuition Annual Fee $ 7,880.00 $ 4,730.00 $ 4,200.00 $ 9,520.00 $ 9,520.00 $10,272.00 $10,584.00

2024 Tuition Fee per Instalment $1,970.00 $ 1,182.00 $ 1,050.00 $2,380.00 $2,380.00 $2,568.00 $2,646.00

Year 12



2024 Boarding Fees

Year 6 - 8 Year 9 – 11 Year 12

2024 Boarding Annual Fee $15,950.00 $16,740.00

2024 Boarding Fee per Instalment $3,987.50 $4,185.00



Note: • Year 7* students receive a Transition allowance. • Boarding students need to pay the Boarding Fee plus the Tuition Fee. • Weekly Boarding fees will be charged at a rate of 80% of the full time boarding fee. Optional lunches for Day Students (includes Morning Tea) Years 2 – 6: $313.50 per Term (including GST) Years 7–12: $413.75 per Term (including GST)

International Student Fees – 2024 The following fee structure applies to all Full Fee-Paying International Students at All Souls St Gabriels School, i.e., all students who have been granted entry to Australia on an appropriate Student Visa. All fees are quoted in Australian Dollars. School fees are reviewed annually. All fees are annual fees and are billed in two equal instalments. Tuition Fee per Annum – Primary School

Year 6


Tuition Fee per Annum – Middle School Tuition Fee per Annum – Middle School Tuition Fee per Annum – Middle School

Year 7 - 8 Year 9 Year 10

$29,700.00 $30,500.00 $30,750.00

Tuition Fee per Annum – Senior School

Year 11- 12


Tuition & Boarding Fee per Annum – Primary School

Year 6


Tuition & Boarding Fee per Annum – Middle School Tuition & Boarding Fee per Annum – Middle School Tuition & Boarding Fee per Annum – Middle School

Year 7 - 8 Year 9 Year 10

$45,670.00 $47,240.00 $47,490.00

Tuition & Boarding Fee per Annum – Senior School

Year 11 - 12


Pre-prep Our Pre-prep is a Queensland Government Approved Kindergarten Program. 3 Day and 5 Day Programs are available. Our 3 Day Pre-Prep Program is conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Building Fund Donation Parents are encouraged to donate $50.00 per term to our Approved Building Fund. These donations help assist the funding of capital improvements to our School. All Building Fund donations are taxdeductible. Goods and Services Tax Curriculum-based tuition and activities do not attract GST. Other services provided by the school, however, e.g., catering, may attract Goods and Services Tax.

Sundry Charges – 2024 • Academic Subject Levies are included in School Fees. • Extra-Curricular Levies o Horse Club (Year 7 – 12) $170.50 per term o Cattle Club (Year 7 – 12) $120.00 per term • IT Levy (Compulsory) – A levy is charged each term to partly fund IT infrastructure o Junior School (Prep – 6) $ 71.25 per term o Secondary School (Year 7 – 12) $100.00 per term • Stationery, mending and laundry bags o Costs for these services are charged as they are incurred. • Nursing expenses o Nursing expenses such as medicines and trips to Townsville are extras and charged as they are incurred. • Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – (Years 9*, 10, 11 & 12 – Non-Compulsory) o Gold $115.50 per Term o Silver $104.50 per Term o Bronze School funded •

Vocational Education Courses o The school offers a variety of vocational education courses, which we manage jointly with an approved RTO (Registered Training Organisation), and students qualify for a certificate upon successful completion of their course.

Distance Education Subjects o As per charges from Distance Education provider – Year 11 & 12

DTTC (Dalrymple Trade Training Centre) o As per charges from TAFE or RTO (Registered Training Organisation) – Years 11 & 12 o The school charges a $250.00 annual fee for additional administration and transport costs per VET course.

Music o Private music lessons are charged for on a monthly basis. Please see the Instrumental Music Handbook for current charges.

School Fees The School Fees are annual fees and are divided into four equal instalments and accounts are sent prior to the commencement of each billing period for Pre-prep to Year 11. Schools fees for Year 12 are annual fees and are billed in three equal instalments. School fees are due to be paid in full by the first Friday of each billing period. Alternatively, arrangements may be made by contacting the Finance Officer, for regular direct debit payment plans, via weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments. We also accept most major credit cards. If an instalment payment cannot be paid by the first Friday of each billing period, please contact the Finance Officer or Business Manager to discuss. The School cannot provide education to students where fees remain unpaid. It is an enforced policy of the School that a student may not take their place at the School at the start of a term where fees for a previous term remain unpaid. Parents are also reminded that any fee discount (sibling, past student or staff) received is dependent upon the fees being paid by the due date. Discounts will be withdrawn if this condition is not met. Any account not paid in full by the due date will incur an account keeping fee of $20 per month per account. Returned cheques and rejected direct debits will also incur a fee of $20.00 per event.

Scholarships Scholarship applications for 2025 will open in early 2024. All Souls St Gabriels School will offer Academic Scholarships to prospective day and boarding students entering Year 7 and Year 11 in 2025. A Music Scholarship is also available to Secondary students. Scholarships are open to students at All Souls St Gabriels School, as well as students who are currently attending other schools, and are awarded on the understanding that the recipient will complete their schooling at All Souls St Gabriels School. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the examination results. Scholarships are subject to annual review based on academic performance, high standard of conduct and school participation, as well as adherence to School policies and procedures. ACER Academic Scholarship Examinations and the Music Scholarship audition will be held on Saturday 18 May 2024. Application Forms will be available on the school website, or from the Main Administration Office.

Educational Allowances Are you aware of all the Educational Allowances to which you may be entitled? If the student attends a primary or secondary school, School of Distance Education, boarding school, special education facility or rural training college, and A. You live at least 16 km (by the shortest practicable route) from the nearest state school with the required year level and at least 4.5 km from the nearest transport; B. If you live less than 4.5 km from transport, a student may still qualify if the family home is: i. At least 56 km from the school via the transport service, or; ii. At least 3 hours travelling time per day to and from the school via the transport service. If you meet the above criteria, you may be eligible for Government funding. Please do not hesitate to contact our Finance Team for further information and assistance with the application process.

Commonwealth Government Allowances AIC - Assistance for Isolated Children The Federal Government, through the Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme provides assistance (including an Additional Boarding Allowance) for families who have school age students who live in an isolated area, or a school-age child with a disability or special health need that cannot be met at a local state school. • • • •

Boarding Allowance – income test free. For families with low income, a means-tested Additional Boarding Allowance is available. Second Home Allowance – for a second home maintained by the family for educational purposes only. Distance Education Allowance – for primary and secondary level.

Phone: 13 23 18 https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/assistanceWebsite: for-isolated-children-scheme Youth Allowance • For students aged 16 to 24 (Secondary and Tertiary). NB – secondary students may opt to continue with AIC. • Includes Rent Assistance and Remote Area Allowance for those eligible. ABSTUDY • Educational assistance for A.T.S.I. students.

Queensland Government Allowances LAFHAS – Living Away from Home Allowance Scheme The Queensland Government, Department of Education, provides financial assistance to eligible Queensland families, who do not have reasonable daily access to a Queensland Government school with the relevant school year level. Phone: 1800 248 997 (Freecall) Email: lafhas@qed.qld.edu.au Website: https://www.qld.gov.au/education/schools/financial/ruralremote/lafhas School Transport Assistance The Queensland Government provides eligible families with school-aged children a private transport (conveyance) allowance for students who live more than 4.8 km (Secondary) or 3.2 km (Primary) from the nearest State School with the required year level. Phone: 1300 119 289 or 07 4758 7534 https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/public/school/school-transportWebsite: assistance/apply-for-school-transport-assistance

Where to apply for these allowances Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) 13 23 18 Youth Allowance 13 24 90 ABSTUDY 13 23 17 Living Away from Home Allowance Scheme (LAFHAS) 1800 248 997 School Transport Assistance 1300 119 289 This is a general list, and Parents/Guardians should make further enquiries to ascertain current Allowance Guidelines.

Government Grants Students who receive assistance from Centrelink must: • Direct payment of ALL allowances (LAFHAS, AIC, Additional Boarding Allowance and ABSTUDY) to the school. • Provide written confirmation of eligibility for Government Grants BEFORE final enrolment can be approved, if applicable.

Subject Alternatives – 2024 Students and their parents may find the following guides useful in following the sequence of subjects from Years 7 to Year 12. The list below includes the changes that occur in the names and focus of some subjects from one year to another. It must be stated that this list is not definitive. Changes can occur on an annual basis, determined by student demand for subjects, teacher availability, physical resources, etc.

Year 7

Year 8

Years 9 & 10^

2024 Year 11

2024 Year 12





Mathematics (Advanced, Intermediate & Foundation) Science

Mathematics (Advanced, Intermediate & Foundation) Science

English Essential English* Essential Mathematics* General Mathematics Mathematical Methods Specialist Mathematics Biology Chemistry Physics

English Essential English* Essential Mathematics* General Mathematics Mathematical Methods Specialist Mathematics Biology Chemistry Physics

Agricultural Practices* Economics Legal Studies Business Studies*

Agricultural Practices* Economics Legal Studies Business Studies*

Modern History

Modern History

LOTE (SDE) Physical Education Sport & Recreation*

LOTE (SDE) Physical Education Sport & Recreation*

Early Childhood Studies* Drama Music Visual Art Visual Arts in Practice*

Engineering Industrial Technology Skills* Hospitality Practices*

Early Childhood Studies* Drama Music Music Extension (Composition & Performance) Music In Practice* Visual Art Visual Arts in Practice* Engineering Industrial Technology Skills* Hospitality Practices*

VET Courses* Education For Life

VET Courses* Education For Life


Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

LOTE (SDE) HPE (Health & Physical Education)

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Economics & Business# LOTE (SDE) HPE (Health & Physical Education)

Drama# Music# Visual Art#

Drama# Music# Visual Art#

Drama Music Visual Art

Design & Technology#

Design & Technology#

Design & Technology

Food & Nutrition# Textiles# STEM#

Food & Nutrition# Textiles# STEM#

Food & Textiles

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

Education For Life

Education For Life

Economics & Business LOTE (SDE) HPE (Health & Physical Education) Physical Education

STEM Education For Life

^ Year 9 & only Terms 1-3 of Year 10. Year 10 students will commence senior studies in Term 4, 2024 # Subjects studied by all students in that year level for part of the semester on a rotation basis Subjects in italics and bold type are elective subjects for students in these year levels. * These subjects/courses only count for one input into the calculation of an ATAR

Although at this point, some students may only be concerned with selecting subjects for Years 9 and 10, it is very important for students and their parents to understand that compulsory subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, HASS and Health & Physical Education) will prepare students for the majority of the subjects offered in senior years. In turn, the two electives chosen by students will help them decide which types of subjects they most enjoy. Students tend to do better in subjects they enjoy. Please refer to the school’s Senior Curriculum Handbook for details regarding the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) System. This publication includes a double page of information on each senior subject; as well as general information pertaining especially to the senior phase of learning. The following extracts (ATAR Eligibility, the DTTC Offerings and Other Alternative Courses) are provided as a summary of these curriculum areas.

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) Eligibility The calculation of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will be based on a student’s: • best five General subject results or • best results in a combination of four General subject results plus an Applied* subject result or a Certificate III or higher VET qualification. The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) has responsibility for ATAR calculations. Eligibility for an ATAR will also require the satisfactory completion of a QCAA English subject. While students must meet this standard to be eligible to receive an ATAR, it is not mandatory for a student’s English result to be included in the calculation of their ATAR.

2024 Dalrymple Trade Training Centre (DTTC) Offerings* ASSG has been involved with the Dalrymple Trade Training Centre since its inception in 2007. Now up and running since 2014, we have had exciting advancement in RTO (Registered Training Organisations) numbers and certificate offerings. At this stage of planning, the DTTC is hoping to be able to offer courses in the following industry areas: • • • • • • •

Agriculture Automotive Construction Engineering Health Hospitality Resources & Infrastructure (Mining)

A core element of the Queensland Government’s Working Queensland jobs plan is ensuring Queenslanders have access to quality training programs that deliver effective skills to meet employment and business demands. Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) is a financial program that supports this aim by offering nationally recognised qualifications to school students, providing them with the skills and knowledge required for specific industries. The Department of Education and Training’s VET investment budget funds those VETiS qualifications at the Certificate I and Certificate II level which have been identified in consultation with industry, national skills shortages, Queensland Government priorities, and other evidence relating to effective training pathways that support employment. VETis funding will only cover the course costs for ONE Certificate I or Certificate II course for each child. There is a school fee of $250.00 charged for each VET course taken at the DTTC to cover additional administration and transportation costs. Please note that some DTTC Certificate courses may have additional fees and equipment requirements.

Other Alternative Courses Additional courses of study are often offered during the Senior Phase of Learning at ASSG. In the past, these have included – First Aide, Food Handlers, Barista, Workplace Health and Safety, Job Site White Card, Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA), Provide Responsible Gambling Services (RSG), Food Handling, Working at Heights, Working in Confined Spaces, and other subject related VET course/s. There is also an extensive range of Certificate Courses and extension courses that can inspire students to gain valuable skills for their future pathways. Many of these are offered and completed online. ASSG is committed to assisting students to achieve success in this style of learning. Should parents/caregivers/students find a course which their child is (a) suitably qualified, and (b) is committed to completing, we will work on a case by case basis in catering for individual needs. There are always new and exciting extension programs that ASSG students undertake. A recent program in which students have succeeded is the CQU (Central Queensland University) SUN (Start Uni Now) Program. Please contact our careers team for further information on this and other opportunities as they are advertised directly to students and parents via email.

Academic Reporting – 2024 The following table shows the change-over of the curriculum in year levels, as well as the academic reporting that will be provided:

Term 4

Term 3

Term 2

Term 1

• •

ASSG Progress Report – A one-page document summarising current academic progress. ASSG Full Report – This was formerly referred to as a “Semester Report”. It is multiple pages with details including results, effort grading, a curriculum statement, behavioural rating and a general comment from the student’s Tutor Group Teacher. Years 7, 8 & 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Term unit based on the Australian Curriculum

Term unit based on the Australian Curriculum

Unit 1 QCAA Senior Syllabus documents

Unit 3 QCAA Senior Syllabus documents

ASSG Progress Report

ASSG Progress Report

ASSG Full Report

ASSG Full Report

Term unit based on the Australian Curriculum

Term unit based on the Australian Curriculum

Unit 2 QCAA Senior Syllabus documents

Unit 4 QCAA Senior Syllabus documents

ASSG Full Report

ASSG Full Report

ASSG Progress Report

ASSG Progress Report

Term unit based on the Australian Curriculum

Term unit based on the Australian Curriculum

Unit 2 QCAA Senior Syllabus documents

Unit 4 QCAA Senior Syllabus documents

ASSG Progress Report

ASSG Full Report

ASSG Full Report

ASSG Full Report

Term unit based on the Australian Curriculum

Unit 1 QCAA Senior Syllabus documents

Unit 3 QCAA Senior Syllabus documents

ASSG Full Report

ASSG Progress Report

ASSG Progress Report

Study for and complete External Exams for QCAA Senior General Syllabus documents QCAA Senior Statement + QCE & ATAR for eligible students

Frequently asked questions: Will there be activities for my child after school and on weekends? The Recreation Officer and staff run activities before school, in the afternoon and at the weekends for students of all ages, including recreational activities, club sport, games, dances and camps. Will the school give my child the skills for a computer-based future? The school has a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program in secondary school, ensuring that the school remains at the forefront of technological advancements. Wireless internet is available in all areas of the school, including dormitories. Does ASSG offer the subject my child needs? The school offers a solid core of academic and vocational subjects from Physics and History to Engineering and Agriculture, allowing students sufficient choice to follow their interests, while keeping their options open. The school believes in providing a comprehensive, broadbased education, with both academic and vocational pathways available, including subject offerings from the Dalrymple Trade Training Centre (DTTC) and other RTO’s. Will my child receive extra help, if needed, with their studies? The very nature and size of the school means that problems are identified early, and teachers have more time to spend with an individual. Staff in our Ena Eden Centre for Effective Learning provide learning support individually, or in small groups, to those who need more formal assistance. In Secondary, staff from various departments will provide after-school workshops for those who need that little bit extra. Homework Club is held in the library each afternoon with a teacher on duty to assist any students requiring assistance. Teaching staff are on duty during prep time in the evenings to assist students. Outside specialist assistance is also available if required. What pastoral support is there for my child? Students are encouraged to seek assistance from whomever they feel most comfortable. We believe a caring school environment is founded upon the mutual interaction of groups and individuals with the onus of responsibility upon each for the well-being of the others. Within this framework, there is a wide variety of people who will provide support – Dean of Students, Year Level Coordinators, Heads of House, School Nurse, and teaching staff. The school also has established links with appropriate outside agencies and individuals. Does ASSG provide large, nutritious meals to cater for growing students? Our experienced chef provides three cooked, nutritious and generous meals each day for our growing students. The menu is varied, catering to all tastes and specialty diets, with a hot meal every morning and plenty of fruit available at each meal. Supper is also supplied each evening in the Residential Houses for boarders.

How secure are the dormitories? The Boarding Houses are alarmed at night and locked during school hours. Many staff and their families live in and around the Boarding Houses. Boys’ and Girls’ Houses are at opposite ends of the campus. All dormitories are air-conditioned. Is the School Nurse available at all times? The school runs a clinic and sickbay with 12 beds. Our Clinic Sisters are also involved with our health program. They are available during the day and are on call for residential staff in the evenings. They organise everything from treating cuts and bruises, doctors’ visits, prescriptions, administration of medicine, and even urgent specialist appointments if necessary. For boarding students, a School Doctor is on campus five days per week. Will my child have access to sporting teams and competent coaching? The school is a member of the Charters Towers Secondary Sports Association and participates in fixtures each week. The school fields teams in all sports including Rugby League, Swimming, Softball, Cricket, Netball, Cross Country, Tennis and Athletics. Teams are also organised to participate in town sports such as Soccer, Rugby Union, Netball, Rugby Tens and Touch Football. Our fully qualified PE staff serve as coaches and are supported by numerous teachers and community members who have qualifications and an interest in their chosen sport. Are there opportunities for my child to be extended academically? The school participates in a wide variety of nationwide and local subject competitions, quizzes, tests and debates. Our staff provide additional guidance and tutoring for enthusiastic students. Our smaller class sizes allow teachers to spend more time with individual students. What extra-curricular activities does the School offer? Extra-curricular activities include band, choir, Horse Club, Cattle Club, Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Air Force and Emergency Service Cadets, Leo’s Club (affiliated with Lions Club), Z Club (affiliated with Zonta Club) and debating club. Many of these activities encourage students to make a contribution to the community. May I bring my horse to school? Yes – providing he/she can behave! (Conditions apply) Who owns the School? The School was established by the Anglican Church in 1920. It is now owned by All Souls St Gabriels School Limited and conducted by All Souls St Gabriels School Inc., with a governing body made up of past and present parents and past students.

School Fees Policy 1.

Introduction All Souls St Gabriels School is an Independent School in the Anglican Tradition, under the general control of the Board of Governors. The management of the School is designated under the School’s Constitution.


Level of School Fees and Charges Whilst it is the aim of the Board of Governors to set the fees on an annual basis, the Board reserves the right to change fees at any time. Annual fees are detailed in the Schedule of Fees normally issued each December and they remain in force until they are amended on the approval of the Board.


Withdrawal of Students and/or Change of Status If parents remove a student from the School, you are required to give half of one term’s notice in writing to the Headmaster or the payment of one-half of one term’s tuition fees is required, except in exceptional circumstances.


Issuing Accounts School tuition and boarding fees are annual fees which are issued in four instalments (three instalments for Year 12 students) throughout the school year with a minimum of 14 days’ notice period. Each month invoices are sent with any outstanding balances and sundry charges incurred throughout the month.


Payment of Fees A Schedule of fees is issued to all parents/guardians annually and copies of this document are available on our website and on request from the School Office. All School fees are due on the first Friday of the instalment period. The following discounts shall apply, provided: a) For fees debited by the start of instalment period – Accounts are cleared by due date; OR regular electronic or salary deduction arrangements made and kept, with debt being cleared by term end; OR some other payment schedule agreed to by the payer and Business Manager is maintained as agreed and debt cleared by term end. b) For fees debited after the start of term, agreed payment terms be complete by the end of the following term.


Discounts a) Staff Discount – staff discount granted pro-rata on Tuition and Boarding Fees. b) Sibling Discount – 10% discount on Tuition and Boarding Fees for second and third siblings. The fourth and subsequent child is 100% discount on Tuition and Boarding Fees. To be eligible for sibling discounts, all children must be currently attending the School. c) Past Student Discount – 10% discount on Tuition and Boarding Fees. This discount is available to families whose father or mother/grandfather or grandmother attended All Souls St Gabriels School or St Barnabas Ravenshoe. d) Only one of the above discounts can apply to any child at one time. e) Full years fees paid in advance – 5% discount will be given (in addition to the above discounts) if payment of four terms fees is made in full by the first Friday of first term (Tuition and Boarding only).



Discounts are applied after all other funding is applied to the account (Living Away From Home Allowance Scheme, Assistance for Isolated Children, Additional Boarding Allowance, ABSTUDY and Scholarships) School discounts do not apply where Government allowances or scholarships create an excess when these funds are applied to the family school fees. Any excess funding is retained by the School, or the family discount applied is adjusted so that the result is a zero balance. All allowances are to be paid direct to the school.

IMPORTANT: Any discount shown on the charge’s summary page will be forfeited, and this amount added to the amount due if payment is not received by first Friday of term or if arrangements for payment have not been made with the Business Manager by that date, and such arrangements adhered to. 7.

Action on Overdue Accounts If the school fees remain unpaid and no special arrangements have been made, the students will be removed from the School and appropriate recovery action commenced. A late payment fee of $20.00 per month will apply to all overdue accounts that are not on a payment plan which is maintained according to the agreement. Discounts will be forfeited for any term where payment is not received by the first Friday of term or arrangements for payment have not been made with the Business Manager by that date, and such arrangements adhered to.


Arrangements for Deferred Payments Parent(s)/guardian(s) of students may approach the Headmaster or Business Manager to formalise an arrangement if school fees cannot be paid by the due date. These requests will be treated confidentially and on a case by case basis according to the procedure outlined below. It is the policy of the Board that this procedure be followed. The Headmaster and Business Manager do not have authority to deviate from this procedure without the express consent of the Board. The initial request by the parent(s)/guardian(s) can be made writing or by telephoning the Headmaster or Business Manager. The School may then request the parent(s)/guardian(s) to complete an Application for Fees Concession Form and forward it to the School for consideration. The information provided will be treated in the strictest confidentiality. Circumstances will need to be verified. The Headmaster or Business Manager may allow: i. Instalment payments provided agreed arrangements are kept and debt cleared by end of term (end of following term for fees levied after start of term). ii. Deferral for a period of time, provided agreed arrangements are kept and debt cleared by end of term (end of following term for fees levied after start of term). Arrangement other than those above may only be granted by the Board and will only be considered in extreme circumstances. If special arrangements are allowed by the Board, parents/guardians must inform the Business Manager as soon as the circumstances which lead to the granting of the special arrangements change.


Change in the Relationship Between Student(s)/Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Parent(s)/Guardian(s) must inform the Headmaster if there is a change in their relationship with each other since signing the application form (e.g., divorce or separation). Unless otherwise directed, the Headmaster will require that a new enrolment application is be completed by the person who is to assume the obligation of paying the school fees. All information given to the Headmaster will be treated in the strictest confidence.


Refunds – Excepting in extenuating circumstances a) No refund of School Fees for any absences including late returns, absences during the term, disciplinary suspensions, sick leave, early completion of term or school year (e.g. Year 12) b) Half of one terms notice in writing is required when terminating enrolment or half of one term tuition fee is payable. The Tuition fee includes the IT Levy. c) If half of one term’s written notice is not given then an additional half of one instalment of the tuition fees, only, is charged. d) If a student is asked to leave at the request of the School in the first half of the term, 50% of the term’s tuition and boarding fee will be refunded. If asked to leave in the second half of the term, no refunds will be made.


Government Allowances (AIC, LAFHAS and ABSTUDY) Students who receive assistance from Centrelink (allowances – AIC, LAFHAS and ABSTUDY) must direct payment to the School.

Term Dates 2024 Term 1 Travel Day – Boarders Return First Day of Term 1 – 8:15am School closed for Australia Day Public Holiday Term 1 Ends – 3:00pm Boarders Travel Day

10 Weeks Monday Tuesday Friday Wednesday Thursday

Term 2

10 Weeks

Travel Day – Boarders Return Monday Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews First Day of Term 2 – 8:15am Tuesday ANZAC Day Service and March (No Classes) Thursday School closed for ANZAC Day Public Holiday School closed for Labour Day Public Holiday Monday Term 2 Ends – 3:00pm Thursday Boarders Travel Day Friday QISSN & QISSRL 23 June – 28 June

Term 3 Travel Day – Boarders Return Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews First Day of Term 3 – 8:15am School Closed for Charters Towers Show Public Holiday Term 3 Ends – 3:00pm Boarders Travel Day

15 April 16 April 25 April 06 May 20 June 21 June

9 Weeks Monday

15 July


16 July


30 July

Thursday Friday

12 September 13 September

Term 4 Travel Day – Boarders Return Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews First Day of Term 4 – 8:15am School closed for King’s Birthday Public Holiday Preliminary Prize Giving Awards Day Valedictory Dinner Term 4 Ends – Pre-prep to Year 11 – 3:00pm Boarders Travel Day

22 January 23 January 26 January 27 March 28 March

9 Weeks Monday

30 September

Tuesday Monday Thursday Friday Friday Wednesday Thursday

01 October 07 October 10 October 11 October 11 October 27 November 28 November

2024 BYOD Minimum Specifications The minimum hardware specifications are as follows: Form Factor

Laptop or hybrid (2-in-1) device


Intel Core i3/i5 (or equivalent)


8 – 16GB


128GB SSD (Solid State Drive) or greater


Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) preferably with 5GHz support


6-hour battery life or greater

Operating System

Windows 10 or 11 (not running in S mode)*


Protective Case

Please consider the options below when purchasing a new device: Processor

Intel Core i5 / i7


16GB or greater


256GB SSD for more storage or installing larger applications. Also consider an NVMe SSD for faster performance Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with 5GHz support

Wi-Fi Other

For faster performance or more demanding applications.

Maximum weight: 2kg Extended warranty Onsite warranty Accidental damage protection / insurance

N.B. While your child is enrolled at All Souls St Gabriels School, they will be provided with the Microsoft Office Suite at no cost. Email: byod@allsouls.qld.edu.au For FAQ, please see our school’s website http://www.allsouls.qld.edu.au/seniorschool/byod Information on “S” Mode: If you buy and choose to leave the computer in “S” mode, please be aware that it cannot run all the programs that regular Windows can. For example, your child will not be able to do NAPLAN testing on a computer running in “S” mode. You can switch the computer out of “S” mode, but it is your responsibility to do so before your child brings it to school. Switching out of “S” mode requires a Microsoft account and our IT staff cannot set this up for your child. Also, please note that switching out of “S” mode is one-way. If you make the switch, you won’t be able to go back to Windows in “S” mode.

BYOD – BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Devices: Do all students need to have their own personal device (laptop)? • All students in Senior School (Years 7 – 12) require a laptop. Do all students need to buy a high-end device if they are doing subjects requiring specific hardware? • No. The school will continue to provide high-end, subject-specific hardware. Should a student decide they may require this software, they may be interested in purchasing a device with higher specifications. Please refer to the BYOD minimum specifications sheet. Will the device require a “client” to be installed for monitoring while the personal device is at School? • No. There is no intention to have this on student devices at his point. We reserve the right to do so in the future if we feel it improves device security and student safety. What happens if a computer requires maintenance? • The school strongly recommends that parents keep a copy of the initial warranty information. The initial point of diagnostic contact will be the IT Department. The IT Department will guide parents/students with further maintenance advice or recommend outside providers for support. Additional information will be provided on the student information sheet and orientation meetings. If an “Acceptable Use Agreement” is removed due to misbehaviour, will my son/daughter be disadvantaged? • Yes. It is a privilege for a student to bring a device to school. If they do not follow the rules and regulations and, more specifically the Acceptable Use Agreement that they have signed (with you), then they will lose the privilege. Your child will then need to complete work using alternative means. • Any attempt to bypass the school’s filtering software, using either a personal or a school-owned device, will result in appropriate sanctions. How will a personal device be secured? • Personal devices should be kept locked away in student lockers when not in use. It is not possible to provide secure storage of devices when travelling to other venues. Why does the school recommend that devices be less than three years old? • To be able to optimise the school’s Wi-Fi network, it is important to have a fairly recent device. Will students still be able to save work and resources onto the School Network? • BYOD devices will only have access to the internet through the school network. However, Cloud storage is available through Google.

How many personal devices can a student bring to school? • No more than three personal devices per student will be allowed to join the BYOD network. What safety systems will be applied to personal devices? • No antivirus program will give a 100% guarantee on the internet. Windows 10 and 11 has inbuilt antivirus. All BYOD devices will go through the school’s web filtering while it is on our network only. It is the student’s responsibility to have an up to date Internet Security Suite installed on their device if required. What training/coaching will be made available to students and staff to ensure this program runs smoothly? • Any training students require will be provided by classroom teachers. Staff will undergo the usual professional development opportunities. Additional information will be provided on the student information sheet and orientation meetings. Aren’t they just going to play games, causing more distraction than they are worth? • In a well-managed classroom, with the right tasks and challenges, personal access to a device will enhance engagement to improve learning, and hence performance, of our students. Are both boarders and day students subject to the same procedures? • Yes Are Facebook and other social media platforms accessible by students during the academic day? • Social media platforms are blocked when the device is using the school’s BYOD network. What coaching will students receive regarding social media? • The school has a very successful Cyber-Safety course that runs through Education For Life classes and generally through the curriculum. Does my device require Microsoft Office? • Yes. However, the school’s Microsoft Agreement allows the school to provide the Microsoft Office Suite to students for as long as they are enrolled at the school. The Microsoft Office suite is not required to be pre-installed on the device. Additional information will be provided on the student information sheet and orientation meetings. How will I know if my child’s device is ready for the classroom? • All students will be given an orientation time during travel days and the first few days of learning where your child’s device will be checked for readiness for the classroom. This will include checking internet connectivity and the installation of the Microsoft Office suite.

What if my child forgets their device or forgets to charge their device? • Students are expected to charge their devices overnight in readiness for school the next day. We understand that we are working with children and even the most organised child can forget their device/charger from time to time. A small number of power points are fitted in classrooms, and teachers will endeavour to work with the student to enable learning to continue. However, should this be a regular occurrence, consequences as part of the Behaviour Management Plan will be issued. Which computer is better? • This is a question we can’t answer, as each student has a different requirement and will use their computer in different ways, depending on their studies. • The school requires that the device meets our BYOD Device Minimum Specifications so that it can be used effectively in the classroom.


From 2020, Queensland Year 12 students will be certified for tertiary entrance with the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

WHAT IS THE ATAR? Across Australia, the ATAR is a standard measure of a student’s overall academic achievement in relation to that of other students. It is intended to assist tertiary institutions to select applicants into their courses. The ATAR is a percentile rank, not a mark. This rank indicates a student’s position relative to other students in their age group in any given year. It’s expressed as a number on a 2000-point scale from 99.95 down to 0.00 in steps of 0.05. An ATAR of 80.00 does not mean a student got 80%. It indicates that the student placed in the top 20% of students in Queensland in their Year 12 age group.

WHO CALCULATES AND RELEASES THE ATAR? Responsibility for calculating and issuing the ATAR has been assigned to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) on behalf of Queensland tertiary institutions. QTAC administers the application and offer process for tertiary institutions in Queensland (and a few institutions interstate) and has over four decades of experience in tertiary admissions.

For more information call us on 1300 467 822 or visit qtac.edu.au or email atar@qtac.edu.au

WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR AN ATAR? To be eligible for an ATAR, a student must: •

complete five General subjects (Units 3 and 4); or

complete four General subjects (Units 3 and 4) plus one Applied subject (at Units 3 and 4) or a VET course at AQF Certificate III level or higher; and

accumulate results within a five-year period.

Students must also satisfactorily complete (i.e. achieve a minimum grade of C or higher) an English subject (one of English, English as an Additional Language, English and Literature Extension, Literature, or Essential English). While students must satisfactorily complete an English subject to be eligible for an ATAR, the result in English will only be included in the ATAR calculation if it is one of the student’s best five scaled results. For more information about scaling and the ATAR, refer to QTAC’s website.

PRECLUDED SUBJECTS AND SUBJECT COMBINATIONS The following rules apply regarding precluded subjects and subject combinations in the ATAR calculation: 1. Only General English subjects or Applied English subjects can be included in the ATAR, but not both. For example, it is not possible to include both English (a General subject) and Essential English (an Applied subject) in a student’s ATAR. 2. Only General Mathematics subjects or Applied Mathematics subjects can be included in the ATAR, but not both. For example, it is not possible to include both Mathematical Methods (a General subject) and Essential Mathematics (an Applied subject) in a student’s ATAR. 3. Only one result for the same subject taken as a General subject and via Senior External Examination can be included in the ATAR. For example, it is not possible to include both the General subject Chinese and the Senior External Examination subject Chinese in a student’s ATAR. Similarly, it is not possible to include both the General subject Biology and the Senior External Examination subject Biology in a student’s ATAR. There are no other restrictions on the inclusion of subjects in the ATAR, for example a student may count the following General subject results in their ATAR: • • •

both English and Literature both Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics both Chinese and Chinese Extension

Remember! Some university courses have subject prerequisites that you must satisfy before you can be considered for tertiary entry so if you have a desired course(s) in mind, consider this when selecting your subjects.

For more information call us on 1300 467 822 or visit qtac.edu.au or email atar@qtac.edu.au

HOW IS THE ATAR CALCULATED? Your ATAR is calculated based on an aggregate of scaled results from your five best ATAR eligible inputs from three different schemes: • • •

Five General subjects (at Units 3 and 4); or Four General subjects (at Units 3 and 4) plus an Applied subject (at Units 3 and 4); or Four General subjects (at Units 3 and 4) plus one completed VET qualification at Certificate III level or above.

The key steps in the ATAR calculation process are: Step 1: QCAA provides QTAC with student’s subject results (Units 3 and 4 only) and completed VET qualifications. Step 2: The subject scaling process is undertaken. Step 3: The best five scaled subject results (from eligible inputs) are added together to create a best five Subject Aggregate. Step 4: Students are placed in a descending order of merit based on their Best five Subject Aggregates. Step 5: Determine how many students are to be in each of the 2000 ATAR bands (based on the Queensland Year 12 population). For example, if the Queensland Year 12 population is approximately 60,000 students then approximately 30 students will be placed in each ATAR band. Step 6: Assign students to each ATAR band. The top 30 students are assigned ATAR 99.95, the next 30 students are assigned 99.90, and so on.

INTER-SUBJECT SCALING What is scaling? Students can study thousands of different combinations of subjects in their senior schooling and qualify for an ATAR. Scaling adjusts for the fact that it is more difficult to obtain a high result in some subjects than in others. This is not because some subjects are inherently harder or easier, it is because some subjects attract a more competitive cohort of students. Scaling ensures that students are neither advantaged nor disadvantaged based on the subjects they choose. Each state in Australia uses a scaling process in the calculation of the ATAR. In Queensland, subject results are scaled by QTAC. There is some complex mathematics that underpins the scaling process, but as a simplified explanation, scaling is the process by which ‘raw’ subject results are adjusted to allow the results for each subject to be fairly compared with the results from any other subject for the purpose of calculating ATARs. The scaling process will adjust the raw results in each subject to take account of how well students achieve in their subjects and how difficult it is to achieve a particular result in the subject relative to achievements in all other subjects. Refer to the QTAC website for more information about scaling.

WHO GETS AN ATAR? Queensland Year 12 students: QTAC calculates an ATAR for all Queensland Year 12 students who have met ATAR eligibility requirements.

For more information call us on 1300 467 822 or visit qtac.edu.au or email atar@qtac.edu.au

YOUR QCE AND YOUR ATAR Your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and your ATAR are different and have different purposes. QCE


Certifies learning, showing the individual has achieved a specific standard of education at senior schooling level and may be considered for further study and employment.

Tells us about a student’s position (or ranking) compared to all other students in the state. The only intended purpose for the ATAR is to assist with selecting applicants for tertiary study.

Shows a set of results across QCE subjects. Your results in a subject show your performance in the subject against every student who took the subject.

Your ATAR measures your position (or ranking) against the whole Queensland Year 12 age cohort, where a variety of combinations of subjects have been studied. Is based on scaled results.

Is awarded and released by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).

Is calculated and released by QTAC.

THE ATAR AND TERTIARY SELECTION Most tertiary courses administered by QTAC attract more applicants than there are places available. This requires applicants to be placed in a merit order (i.e. ‘ranked’) to allow selection to take place. The first step when selecting applicants is to check whether the applicants have met the prerequisites for the courses for which they have applied (for example some Bachelor of Physiotherapy courses will have a science subject prerequisite). If you have not successfully completed these prerequisite subjects you will not be considered for entry to the course, regardless of your ATAR. The second step is to rank all applicants who satisfy the prerequisites for that course. For most courses, current school-leavers are ranked using the ATAR. Some courses may have additional selection criteria, such as portfolio, interview, audition, questionnaire or test. Prerequisites and additional selection criteria will be listed in the course description in the QTAC Guide and on the QTAC website.

ATAR AS THE STANDARD PATHWAY TO TERTIARY STUDY ATAR will be the standard pathway used to determine entry for most tertiary courses (in addition to other entry requirements such as subject prerequisites). ATAR will not be the only pathway to tertiary study for all courses however. Other pathways include: •

VET qualifications as a stand-alone basis of admission: Individual institution policies will apply as to whether VET qualifications such as AQF Certificates III and IV, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas can be used to gain admission to a course. Refer to the institution website or QTAC website for more information.

Courses where ATAR is not a selection factor: Most TAFE VET courses, and some university tertiary preparation courses and other courses may not require an ATAR for entry. Refer to the relevant institution website or the QTAC website for more information about course entry requirements.

For more information call us on 1300 467 822 or visit qtac.edu.au or email atar@qtac.edu.au

Bridging and preparation courses: Completion of approved bridging, pathway or preparation courses can lead to entry to your preferred tertiary course. Refer to institution websites or the QTAC website for more information.

Other admissions pathways: Refer to institution websites for additional information on other admissions pathways.

ATAR AND ADJUSTMENT FACTORS Adjustment factors (previously referred to as ‘bonus points’) are additional points that may be added to an applicant’s ATAR (or other rank) to derive an adjusted selection rank for a particular course at a particular institution. They do not change the ATAR. Each institution has its own criteria for when adjustment factors can apply. They may not be applicable for all courses or all applicants. All institutions limit the maximum adjustments that will apply to your selection rank (for example some may cap the increase to your selection rank to 5 points). Common types of adjustment factors include: • • • •

Equity adjustment: if an applicant has experienced difficult circumstances or disadvantage Subject adjustment: if a current Year 12 applicant has undertaken a secondary subject in a Language Other than English (LOTE) or Specialist Mathematics, or university enrichment courses Location adjustment: if an applicant has resided in certain areas Elite athlete adjustment: if an applicant is an elite athlete

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ATAR? For more information about the ATAR refer to QTAC’s website or contact QTAC at: Phone: 1300 467 822 Email: atar@qtac.edu.au

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For more information call us on 1300 467 822 or visit qtac.edu.au or email atar@qtac.edu.au

About Boarding: How is boarding organised in boarding schools? Boarding schools basically have two options when it comes to organising boarding facilities. One school of thought houses the students in a horizontal organisation, and the other is vertical. What does this mean? o Horizontal o

Students live in houses with students of a similar age. Senior Secondary students may live together as their needs may be perceived as being different to Junior Secondary students and vice versa.


Vertical o

Students live in their House dormitory with a cross-section of ages.

At All Souls St Gabriels School, we are very much in favour of the Vertical organisation Why do we prefer a vertical organisation? There are numerous reasons. They include: o Studies (and our experience) show that most bullying between students occurs

within a year level, rather than from older student to younger, so vertically organised dormitories have less bullying.


Older students usually provide good role models. We want our Year 7s and Year 8s to be saying to themselves - “I want to be like that Year 12 student”. A Year 12 student seems so grown up and mature to your average 12 year old. We believe that creating a situation where they have day-to-day contact with the older students brings greater independence and resilience more quickly. Of course, this only works if our Year 11 and Year 12 students show the necessary maturity and leadership. It is the school’s responsibility to ensure that this occurs.


In horizontally organised dormitories younger students do not interact as much with the older ones, and the leadership that develops within the dorm is usually given by whichever Year 8 or Year 9 student is the dominant personality. There are few students to provide role modelling. We would rather have our Year 9 students being led by a Year 12 student rather than the dominant Year 9 personality.


More so than later years, Junior Secondary students are mainly in the same class all day. They see a lot of their friends and fellow boarders. In horizontal organisations, they also live with them after school. In a vertically organised dormitory, students have a little more space. Although they will still be with friends, they spend more time with other ages and the “hothouse” effect of lots of Junior Secondary students living all day every day in each other’s pockets is lessened.


Vertically organised dormitories offer more opportunities for leadership for older students.


Vertically organised dormitories develop great “house spirit”. House team and event organisation is much easier, and students develop a real sense of belonging to their House very quickly. We want all our boarders to feel that they belong. You walk into a dorm as a Feetham boy or a Chad girl, and immediately you have a sense of belonging.

How are our houses organised? o At All Souls St Gabriels School, we have six boarding houses: o


Alban, Becket and Chad cater for our girls.

Feetham, Page and Ramsay cater for our boys.

How are students allocated their bays or rooms? o Within each house, students of similar ages are kept together. This way lights out can be at different times for different ages.

Does it really matter? o No. Both systems work, and for some schools, a horizontal system of Senior and

Junior dorms works well. At All Souls St Gabriels School, the vertical organisation works best for us.

What matters most is the quality of the care. It doesn’t matter which system is used as long as the quality of care is as you would want it for your children. With all our supervision being provided by adult residential staff, All Souls St Gabriels School is in a great situation to offer the best boarding environment for our students.

All Souls St Gabriels School Charters Towers

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