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Frequently Asked Questions

Please find below, some frequently asked questions to assist our parents and carers, as well as prospective families.

You can also see more about what we offer students and families at Nazareth.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact our school office

Looking for more parent and carer resources to support your child through their Catholic education journey? Visit the CEDoW Parent & Carer Resources site.

Frequently Asked Questions

Download our enrolment package here. Alternatively, enrolment packages are available by contacting the school office on weekdays between 8:00am and 3:00pm. Once you have completed this form, you can post it or deliver it to the school office.

For more information on the enrolment process at Nazareth, visit our Enrolment Information page

Enrolment interviews are held in May and June (Term 2). You will receive a letter or phone call prior, informing you of a time for you and your child to come in and meet with the principal. Written offers of placement will follow later in Term 2.

For more information on the enrolment process at Nazareth, visit our Enrolment Information page

At Nazareth Catholic Primary School, we work in partnership with you to give your child the best opportunity to develop academically, spiritually and socially in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Our school is a place where each student is valued and respected. We ensure every child is supported in a learning environment that is inclusive and challenges them to reach their full potential.

At Nazareth, you and your child can expect:

  • A highly supportive, caring learning environment
  • A focus on quality learning
  • Impressive purpose-built school facilities
  • Professional, caring staff
  • A wide range of co-curricular opportunities
  • A comprehensive Kindergarten 'Transition to School' program

Please see our What We Offer page or Contact Ufor more information. 

You are most welcome! Please contact our office to make an appointment to meet with the principal and tour the school grounds.

In the meantime, take a virtual tour of Nazareth!

Our office opening hours are Monday to Friday, between 8:00am and 3:00pm.
 

Our school bell times are as follows:

Morning Bell

8:25am

Recess

10:25am – 10:55am

Lunch

12:55pm – 1:40pm

First Bell (Bus)

2:40pm

Dismissal

2:45pm


Student supervision begins at 8:00am each morning. The school day concludes at 2:45pm and parents are expected to collect their children as soon as possible after this time.
 

Please see our Term Dates and Bell Times page for more information.

There are many co-curricular activities on offer at Nazareth!

The school has many school representative opportunities in sport, including: swimming, athletics, cross country, soccer, rugby league, basketball, netball and cricket. Children also have the opportunity to try out for Diocesan representative teams and beyond in several different sports.

Nazareth also provides the chance to compete and excel in different areas of interest, including in creative arts, public speaking, coding, leadership and more.

Find out more about the co-curricular activities available for students at our Co-Curricular Opportunities page.

The dignity of the human person is the foundation of all Catholic Social Teaching and inherent to the mission of our school. Essential to this is the creation and maintenance of a respectful, safe and supportive learning environment that promotes student wellbeing and enables school communities to engage an inclusive and diverse range of learners.

At Nazareth, 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. 

See our Behaviour Support and Anti-Bullying Policy here. You can also refer to the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong's Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Policy.

For further anti-bullying, wellbeing and online safety resources, please see our Resources page.

Students are able to catch one of the Premier Illawarra school buses operating in the suburbs of Shellharbour, from the Windang Bridge to Shell Cove to Oak Flats. See our school bus routes and timetables here (under 'Nazareth School').

Note: The School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) gives eligible school students free or subsidised travel between home and school on NSW public transport, including buses and trains. For more information and to apply for a school travel pass for your child, click here.

Yes, after school care is available for Nazareth students via two providers:

Find out more information about our Out Of School Hours (OOSH) Care services.

Nazareth’s school uniform can be purchased from Lowes in Stockland Shellharbour or online at Lowes here. Price lists are available from the school office.

Some secondhand uniform items are also available from the clothing shop which is open each Friday morning from 8:30 – 9:00am.

For more information on our Nazareth school uniform, visit our Uniform page.

Please see our Fees Information page for more information.

If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay fees, please discuss the situation with our principal. Your situation will be treated with care and confidentiality, and an appropriate arrangement may be made for you. No student will be refused enrolment because of a family’s genuine inability to pay fees.

We'd love to have you! Nazareth strives to be a connected and welcoming community and we value the engagement of parents and families in the school life in any way they can.

This could be as simple as being interested and informed about school events and activities, supporting and/or participating in community events, school assemblies and school liturgies.

If you are able, we also welcome and value your involvement in school activities. Parents (and grandparents!) can participate and contribute by:

  • Assisting in the classroom with reading or mathematics groups
  • Volunteering at school working bees or maintenance
  • Assistance at sport carnivals and gala days

Please note: Given our commitment to safeguarding children, volunteers will first need to organise a Working With Children Check (WWCC) – information and forms can be found on the CEDoW website

All parents and families are also invited to become involved with our Parents and Friends (P&F) Association, who work collaboratively with the school and parish about matters that affect your child at school, as well as general issues about school life including social events, fundraising and community building.

For more information, please visit our Parent Engagement page.

If you have a concern or would like to raise any issue regarding your child’s learning and wellbeing, our staff welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your child.

We ask that you contact your child’s classroom teacher in the first instance. The best way to do this is by:

  • phoning the school office and asking that your child's teacher return your call; or
  • contacting the teacher via email at info@nscdow.catholic.edu.au to arrange a time to talk.

If the matter is urgent please contact the school office on (02) 4295 7303.

We ask for your patience in response to your request as schools are busy places and the main priority of staff is the education, safety and wellbeing of the students in their care during school hours. Requests by parents for information and meetings will be responded to as quickly as possible. 

If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, we ask that you do this by:

  • phoning the school office and asking that your child's teacher return your call; or
  • contacting the teacher via email at info@nscdow.catholic.edu.au to arrange a time to talk.

If the matter is urgent please contact the school office on (02) 4295 7303.

We ask for your patience in response to your request as schools are busy places and the main priority of staff is the education, safety and wellbeing of the students in their care during school hours. Requests by parents for information and meetings will be responded to as quickly as possible.

The Lighting the Way Together Parent-School Partnership Framework outlines for parents and the school, the principles and expectations of the partnership that is formed when a child is enrolled in a Catholic systemic school in the Diocese of Wollongong such as Nazareth. It will be introduced and implemented in schools throughout the 2020 school year.

Download a copy of the Parent-School Partnership Framework and read more about this important partnership at www.dow.catholic.edu.au/partnershipframework

Parents and carers can access the Nazareth Compass Parent Portal here and log in using their login details.

For more information on using Compass, see the Compass Guide for Parents.

For further information or enquiries, please contact the school office.

Ready to Enrol?

Interested in enrolling at Nazareth? We'd love to welcome you to our school!
See What We Offer and find out more information below.