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This page will give you a general insight on how the day to day school is run

School Times

School Commences 9.00am
1st Break 10.55am -11.35am
2nd Break 1.45pm - 2.25pm
Dismissal 3.30pm

Children are asked to be at school no later than 8.55am each morning but not before 8.30am - unless booked in for before school care 

A staff member commences supervision of the school grounds at 8.30am.


Lunch Arrangements

Students are supervised by teaching staff for 10 minutes whilst eating. Staff on duty, supervise the grounds during play times.



Children need the opportunity to meet their friends prior to the commencement of class each day. We encourage all students to be at school prior to 8.55am. Repeated lateness interferes with the child’s progress each day.



Students are dismissed at 3.30pm. At the end of the day a bell sounds at 3.25pm for children to prepare for dismissal before the final bell sounds at 3.30pm.


End of Term Dismissal

School is dismissed at 2.30pm on the last day of each term.  Except for the last day of the school year where children finish at 3.30pm.


School Assembly

This year Assembly is held Friday each fortnight at 2.50pm. This will start on Week 2 and will continue on every even school week (2,4,6, etc.) Parents are most welcome to attend.


Absence from School

Children are expected to attend school every day unless there is a reasonable excuse for non-attendance. If your child is absent from school parents must telephone the school before 9.00am or alternatively parents can complete a Parent Notified Absence on thier PAM (Parent Access Module) App.  


Change of Contact Details

Please ensure that you notify the school of any change of address, phone numbers, work arrangements etc. This is very important if the school needs to contact you urgently.


The following term dates are set by the Victorian Department of Education. 


Term 1:  Monday 29 January to Thursday 28 March (students return Tuesday 30th January)

Term 2:  Monday 15 April to Friday 28 June

Term 3:  Monday 15 July to Friday 20 September

Term 4:  Monday 7 October to Friday 20 December


Term 1:  Tuesday 28 January to Friday 4 April (students return Tuesday 29th January)

Term 2:  Friday 18 April to Friday 4 July (Includes Easter Break - Good Friday 18 April and Easter Monday 21 April)

Term 3:  Monday 21 July to Friday 19 September

Term 4:  Monday 6 October to Friday 19 December


Visitors to School

When visiting the school during school hours for purposes of delivering messages, collecting children for appointments etc, parents should first call at the office. In this way the school and classroom organisation is not interrupted. Parents visiting or helping in the school during school hours must sign in on arrival and departure.


Change of After School Arrangements

If you need to change after school arrangements for your child you will need to contact the office. If possible, parents are advised to ring prior to 3.00pm. The office can be very busy after this time and this will help ensure that your child gets your message.


Transfer to Another School

If you intend to leave the school and transfer your child to another, please notify the Principal and obtain the necessary transfer documents for your child.


School Fees

School fees are set each year. They cover tuition, stationery, intensive swimming program and local excursions. This varies from year to year according to the excursion for the classes. The Capital Levy component is to assist the school in meeting capital development including buildings and computer technology. It is a directive of the St. Monica’s School Board that parents use the direct debit system for the payment of school fees. This has proved most successful in past years. The fortnightly/monthly payments commence as soon as possible after the commencement of the school year. Direct debit payments are deducted from your nominated bank account on a Friday. It is expected that those not using the direct debit system pay their school fees in advance.

Direct debit Request forms are available from the office/website, and also at the following link: 

document Direct Debit Form (145 KB)

Please click here for our 2024 Fee structure

Camps & Excursions

Parents will be notified with details and cost of any excursion or camp organised throughout the year by the classroom teachers. These activities are billed at the start of the year when all school fees are issued. IMPORTANT: If your child is not attending camp for any reason please notify the class teacher and/or principal within the first few weeks of the school year.


Classroom Supplies

Supplies used in the classroom, such as work books, pencils, rulers, erasers, etc are provided by the school with the cost being covered by the school fees. Students will need to supply an art smock and library bag. Library bags may be purchased from the Uniform Shop.


Smoke Free Zone

Saint Monica’s Primary School is a Smoke/Vape free Zon. Smoking/vaping is also not permitted within 4 meters of any enterance to the school.


Maintenance of Saint Monica’s

The School Board meets regularly and part of their responsibility is to ensure that the school is properly maintained. If you notice anything at school that might require attention, please inform the principal or make an entry in the Hazard Alert Register at the front office.


Catholic Schools Network

Saint Monica’s belongs to the Catholic Education Goldfields, which includes the following schools:

St Therese’s Primary School, Kennington                  St Kilian’s Primary School, Bendigo

St Joseph’s Primary School, Quarry Hill                     St Peter’s Primary School, North Bendigo

Holy Rosary Primary School, White Hills                    St Liborius Primary School, Eaglehawk

St Francis of the Field’s Primary School, Strathfieldsaye



The Sandhurst Catholic Education Office and Schools acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which their Offices and Schools are built. We commit to working in partnership with Aboriginal people for reconciliation and justice.

Believe !     Imagine !     Serve !