Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the roles of the various roles and bodies within the school?
The Rector is responsible for the professional, educational and operational side of the school. The Rector ensures instructional leadership, discipline and management of the staff, and the day to day delivery of education.
Council is responsible for directing strategy and structure, setting policies and ensuring compliance and strong performance across all areas of the school. The Chair and Council support the Rector.
The three Parent Associations represent the parents of St Dunstan’s and their role is to support the school through parent communication, input and develop a positive and welcoming climate for parents. They also play a critical role in fund raising, which provide the extra facilities that enhance the school campus and equipment.
- Do the Council and other Committee members get paid fees for their membership and participation?
No. Membership of Council and other sub-committees is voluntary and comprises independent external members. Representation upholds the motto of the school “I Serve”.
- How are annual fees increases determined?
Consideration is given to detailed operational budgets, the requirements for continued growth and development of the campus, current general economic climate and affordability, and reference to similar ISASA schools.
- Are there settlement discount offered on fees paid in advance?
- Does the school offer sibling discounts?
No. The school treats every pupil as an individual and the school fees are determined accordingly.
- Does the school offer scholarships? How does one apply?
We advertise scholarships at our Information evening for prospective Grade 8 students in February of the preceding year. Students may be invited to sit for the Academic scholarship exam in March.
Our current students are invited to apply throughout the course of their schooling at St Dunstan’s College and students at other educational institutions may apply as well.
Scholarships are awarded on merit.
Parents may apply for financial assistance (bursaries). This process involves the completion of a form which is forwarded to the Financial Department.
- What happens to the Annual School Development Levy?
The School Development Levy contributes to the continued needs of a newly established and growing school campus.
- What happens if you default on fees?
As per the contractual agreement, pupils will be excluded from the school for continued non-payment of fees.
- How is the budget determined?
Annual budgets are determined from a zero base, with the specific needs of each department fully analysed and interrogated prior to approval.
- How is the annual CAPEX budget determined?
Consideration given to continued growth of the school campus and increased enhancement and maintenance requirements for these facilities.
- What is the next development plan for the school campus?
The current project is the development of the EJ Butler Centre for the Arts, an Iconic project in celebration of St Dunstan’s Centenary in 2018.
- How are large capital projects funded?
The school utilises a bond which was used to supplement the development of the main school structures.
- Does the school make a profit on any sundry items charged to the school account?
All additional charges are at direct cost.
- What happens to any “profits” made by the school?
All funds are fully re-invested into the school as the school is a non-profit organisation and does not have shareholders who require returns on their investments.
- Are the Audited Financial Statements and Monthly Management Accounts of the school open for public review?
No, the Financial Accounts of the school are confidential and are under the guardianship of the Council and FINCO, executive sub-committee of Council. Management Accounts are reviewed in detail monthly. All financial records are audited by an external audit firm and are unqualified.