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Attendance Dues


Attendance Dues are a compulsory payment under the terms of the Private Schools Conditional Integration Act 1975 and a condition of enrolment at St Matthew's Catholic School.  Attendance Dues are charged for all students who attend Catholic Schools in New Zealand.


Attendance Dues are used to repay loans for building works done at schools in the Palmerston North Diocese, property related costs including school building works, buildings insurance and costs directly associated with the administration of attendance dues.


Attendance Dues are collected by St Matthew's Catholic School on behalf of the school’s Proprietor, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Palmerston North .The attendance dues collected by St Matthew's Catholic School are forwarded to Palmerston North Common Fund Limited, a company established by the proprietors of Catholic integrated schools in the Diocese of Palmerston North responsible for the collection of attendance dues.

Attendance Dues payable for 2020 school year:

Y0 – Y8 $447.00 per year including GST


Y7 – Y8 $447.00 per year including GST
Y9 – Y13 $894.00 per  year including GST

When are attendance dues paid?

The annual invoice sent in March each year shows the attendance dues charge for the year and any amounts still owing from previous years. Payment can be made in the following ways:

  • Payment in full by the 31st March.

  • Four equal instalments due by 31 March, 31 May, 31 July and 30 September

  • Regular weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments over the whole calendar year.


What if I can’t pay?

We understand that certain situations can place financial pressure on families, and full payment may result in genuine hardship. In this situation please contact either the attendance dues team or your school or parish to talk through your situation and discuss what options are available to help.

If you require further information or need assistance about Attendance Dues, visit the school office, 25 Ross Street, Marton.

Attendance Dues: Payment options

The Diocese offer a number of different payment options, including:

1. Internet Banking (including bill payment and automatic payment)

Our bank account details for one off or regular payments are:

Bank: BNZ

Branch: Terrace End

Payee Name: Diocese of PN

Account Number: 02-0630-0237950-04

Reference Number: Your attendance dues account number from your invoice/statement

2. Credit card or Debit card (Visa or Mastercard only)

Payment in full and one off payments can be made using our website:

3. Cheque

Please make all cheques payable to the Diocese of Palmerston North and post to:

Diocese of Palmerston North, Attendance Dues Team, Private Bag 11-012, Palmerston North 4442.


4. In Person

By cash, cheque or EFTPOS at our office between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday: Diocesan Centre, 33 Amesbury Street, Palmerston North.

Regular Payments

If you would like to make regular payments to spread payment of the total charge over the whole calendar year, we also accept weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments, by internet banking, automatic payment or credit/debit card.

The amounts for regular payments per child made from the start of the year are as follows:

  • Weekly payment

    • Primary - $8.60/week

    • Secondary - $17.20/week

  • Fortnightly payment

    • Primary - $17.20/fortnight

    • Secondary - $34.39/fortnight

  • Monthly payment

    • Primary - $37.25/month

    • Secondary - $74.50/month

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