School Fees and Contributions – 2022

St Bede’s College has three types of fees: compulsory fees and levies, contributions and cost recoveries.

Type Charge $ May be eligible
for tax credit
Compulsory Fees Boarding Fees 15,120  
  Attendance Dues Levy 1,500  
Contributions St Bede’s Old Boys’ Association Membership 80  
  Special Character Contribution 200 Yes
  Building Contribution 750 Yes
  School Contribution 800 Yes
  Proprietors Contribution 190 Yes
  e-learning Contribution 80 Yes
Recoveries Classroom costs   Usually
  Sports costs    
  Activity/EOTC costs    


All contributions included on statements are eligible for a donation tax credit.  We issue a donation certificate each year to allow you to claim the credit from Inland Revenue. Alternately, you can increase the value of contributions, at no cost to you, by registering with Tax Gift (see below)

Many of the costs associated with running St Bede’s College are not paid by the Government. Some of our teachers, parts of our academic programme, our chaplaincy and special character program, our wellbeing program, and many of our facilities are not funded. For these we rely on your support as parents to pay all the fees and contributions on your son’s school fees account. 

If you are unable to complete these payments, we may be able to provide financial assistance. To learn more please email Rachel Pitcaithly the head of our Ministry Team.

An explanation of ‘How your school fees and contributions are used’ is at the bottom of this page.  

Payment of Fees

Fees are charged at the start of each term, and we ask that you pay by the end of the term.

We encourage all parents to setup a direct debit for their fees. We will then email you a statement at the start of the month and on the 20th of each month, from February to November, the monthly portion of your fees plus any recoveries loaded during the month will be withdrawn from your nominated account.

We also accept online payment through the Parent Portal, eftpos at the office, automatic payment, or online banking. Fees paid by credit card are charged an additional 2% to cover bank fees. 

Our bank details are: 02 0816 0253094 00

Please include your son’s five-digit student ID, last name and initials on any of these payment methods. 

If you have any queries regarding payment options or require further information about the fees and charges, please email the school office.

Financial Assistance

St Bede’s, with the support of our parent community, the Christchurch Diocese, and the Society of Mary, has funding available to assist families who are struggling to pay their school fees. If you need assistance, or would like to learn more, please contact Rachel Pitcaithly in confidence the head of our Ministry Team.

Follow this link for a copy of the Financial Assistance Application Form

Overdue Fees

St Bede’s College does have a follow up procedure for any unpaid school fees. 

When compulsory fees remain unpaid, they may be referred to a debt collection agency and you will be liable for any debt collection costs. If Boarding fees are unpaid at the end of term your son’s place in boarding for the following term may be withdrawn.


St Bede’s College has partnered with TaxGift to provide you with an opportunity to donate the tax credits on your donations to us. By opting in to TaxGift today, each time you donate to our school your gift will be boosted by up to 48% at no cost to you.

Register by simply clicking the link below or using the QR code:

How does it work?

TaxGift is simple: you opt in for your donations to us from this tax year forwards, and the experts at TaxGift work with us and Inland Revenue to do the rest. Best of all, each gift goes on giving through the years until a minimum of $5 is reached, without you having to do anything further. 

Here’s how a $100 donation becomes $148.14, with TaxGift:

Historic donations

If you’ve had children at our school and gifted to us in the past four years, TaxGift can even go back and gift us your unclaimed tax credits on these donations: this is a gift that will make a significant difference to St Bede’s.

It only takes one minute to opt in to donate the tax credits on your donations to us

It’s the easiest fundraising ever and takes less than a minute to register by simply clicking the link below.

The experts at TaxGift will work with St Bede’s and Inland Revenue to do the rest. If you’ve already opted in for a child at the School, there’s no need to opt in again: your donations for your further child(ren) will also be TaxGifted without you needing to do anything further

What else should you know?

It won’t cost you anything to sign up to TaxGift; no money leaves your bank account (although the school pays TaxGift a small fee for its services). Signing up to TaxGift appoints TaxGift as your tax agent solely for the purpose of gifting your tax credits back to St Bede’s. Don’t worry – it does not affect any other tax agents that you might have (for example, if you have an accountant who does your tax returns). You must be an individual New Zealand tax resident who has earned taxable income in the relevant tax year to be eligible for the tax credit and you can opt out of TaxGift at any time by emailing their friendly team. 

You can visit TaxGift’s website for more information. 

How School Fees and Contributions are Used

Charge Purpose
School Contribution Many of the programmes and facilities which are offered by St Bede’s College are not funded by the Ministry of Education. The School Contribution helps us to: employ more teachers than are Government funded and help keep class sizes down; to provide learning resources in classrooms.

The School Contribution of $800 is tax deductible.

Special Character Contribution The Catholic Special Character Contribution is collected to cover costs associated with chaplaincy services, the teaching of Religious Education in the College and pastoral care of our students and their families. 

The Special Character Contribution of $200 is tax deductible.

e-Learning Contribution The e-Learning Contribution helps to pay for providing a secure IT environment for our boys. It also helps meet the costs of software used in the classroom and for communicating with parents and the school community.

The e-Learning contribution of $80 per year is tax deductible.

Classroom Recoveries When your son is using a specific classroom resource, like a workbook which can only be used once, we ask that you meet the cost of that resource. 

Classroom Recoveries vary depending on your son’s year level and subject selection. Classroom Recoveries are generally tax deductible.

Sports Recoveries Participation in a sport requires payment of fees to sports associations or unions, tournament and competition fees, and turf/playing field fees. Sports Recoveries meet these costs of your son’s involvement, as well as the costs of sports equipment, travel, and accommodation.

Sports Recoveries vary depending on the sports your son plays. They are not tax deductible.

Activity/EOTC Recoveries When your son participates in activities outside of the classroom, such as field trips and camps, the Activity/EOTC Recovery meets the cost of participation. This can include any travel, accommodation, and entry costs for the activity.
Boarding Fees These fees recover the costs of feeding, housing, and providing pastoral care for boys boarding at St Bede’s.

This is a compulsory fee which must be paid for all boarders unless the Board of Proprietors has waived the fee because of hardship.

The Boarding Fees of $15,120 are not tax deductible.

Attendance Dues Levy The land and buildings at St Bede’s College are owned by the Board of Proprietors but only some of the buildings are funded by the Ministry of Education. Buildings which are not funded are called ‘non-integrated’ and include the Centre of Wellbeing, the Chapel, the Weights Room, the Whare and the Arts Block.

Attendance Dues are used by the Proprietors to maintain integrated property and to repay loans taken out to fund the earthquake rebuild and new or improved facilities such as the Grimes Teaching Block and strengthening of the Performing Arts Centre. 

Attendance dues are $1,500 and are not tax deductible.

Building Contribution The Building Contribution pays for significant new facilities or major building upgrades. It has been paid by many generations of parents to help fund the facilities your son benefits from now.

The Building Contribution of $750 is tax deductible.

Proprietors Contribution The Board of Proprietors helps meet the costs of the College’s Special Character and Ministry to students and the St Bede’s community. It also helps meet the cost of some of the Board of Trustees’ obligations around the maintenance of integrated buildings.

The Proprietors Contribution of $190 is tax deductible.

St Bede’s Old Boys’ Association Membership The annual payment of $80 pays the full cost of the SBCOBA lifetime membership fee over the five years your son is at St Bede’s. Keeping Old Boys connected with the St Bede’s Community beyond school years.

The St Bede’s Old Boys’ Association Membership Fee is not tax deductible.