Horizon Christian School students have access to the network of government run school buses, which bring children to Balaklava daily.
In addition to these, Horizon Christian School operates seven bus services to support parents in their desire to access Christian education for their children.
All Horizon Christian School bus routes and pick-up and drop-off times and locations can be found below. Parents can download the bus management software app, RollCall, to manage bus travel.
This document provides a coherent school policy about the way students are enrolled at Horizon Christian School.
Horizon Christian School was established to provide Christian families, and the broader community, with a Christian education for their children.
This includes presenting experiences to students through the lens of a Christian worldview. Successful student outcomes at Horizon Christian School (Balaklava and Clare) are the fruit of parents and carers working in partnership with Horizon staff.
Enrolment at Horizon Christian School, as far as its resources shall permit, is open to all students regardless of the parents/care-givers’ economic status or religious affiliation. Our open enrolment policy is outworked in consultation and support of:
parents/care givers accepting and actively supporting the School’s Christian ethos, Vision, Mission, Anchors and Statement of Faith
KEY POLICY STATEMENTS
ADMISSION TO HORIZON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL:
Admission to the School will be subject to:
a position being available in the relevant year and year level (see Class Size Guidelines – Appendix 1)
consideration of any behavioural issues at previous schools, where applicable
agreement on the level of support to be provided to the student
a commitment to actively support the Christian ethos of the School.
There are five categories of priority for enrolment. These are:
1. A child of a Christian family where a brother or sister is already attending the School. The Enrolment Application must provide evidence of regular Church attendance.
2. A child of a family not professing the Christian faith, but where a brother or sister is already attending the School.
3. A child where either one or both parents/care-givers is/are committed Christians, and where there are no other siblings already attending the School. The Enrolment Application must provide evidence of regular Church attendance.
4. Children of Old Scholars of Horizon Christian School not professing the Christian faith, but who support the Christian ethos of the School.
5. Any other family applying for a position in the School if the Principal considers that both parents/care-givers will support the Christian ethos of the School. There shall be no exceptions of entry to the School outside of the policy and priorities set out above, except in special cases, such as children of pastors and missionaries of the Christian faith, or teachers appointed to the School. However, only the Principal will decide whether a child in this category can be admitted ahead of students already on the waiting list.
1. Parents/caregivers submit an Enrolment Application to the School Enrolment Officer, including enrolment information and any necessary legal documents.
2. The School makes an assessment of the documentation.
3. The School Enrolment Officer will arrange for a School Tour to meet with the following staff; Principal, or delegate; Accounts Department; Enrolment Officer; and where appropriate the Coordinator of Student Learning and Engagement, or a delegate of the team.
4. Where the application fits the criteria for enrolment, and the student has identifiable educational needs, the School and the parents investigate the student’s educational needs prior to holding a second interview (if required). The School then draws up a proposal of how best to serve the needs of the student.
5. Prior to commencement, and in recognition of the parties to the enrolment not having an established credit history with the School, the parents must pay the Enrolment Fee, and enter into an instalment plan (FACTS Management) which will pay off fees as they are incurred.
OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE:
In submission of the Enrolment Application, in relation to the enrolment of their child/ren listed, families agree to:
1. Accept the Statement of Faith of the school.
2. Support the Mission, Vision, Values and Culture of the School.
3. Support the Christian Ethos of the school.
4. The Enrolment Policy and Enrolment Process.
5. Accept that devotional times are incorporated into the daily school routine and are compulsory for all students.
6. Accept that all children will be encouraged to commit their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ.
7. Agree to support the School in facilitating all School policies, as amended from time to time, and to cooperate with the School concerning School activities.
8. Understand that if more than one party enters the Enrolment Contract, each party shall be individually and jointly liable for all payments of the School Fees, unless a written agreement is entered into.
9. Understand that, once accepted, these terms are binding, and this agreement may only be altered or revoked with the written approval of the School.
INFORMATION AT ENROLMENT:
If false or misleading statements are made during the enrolment process, or if relevant information was not disclosed at the time of the enrolment, the Principal may suspend the student while the enrolment is renegotiated, taking all relevant information into account. The Principal may then reinstate the student, or terminate the enrolment where there is reasonable justification for doing so.
1. Services include all services performed by the School in relation to providing an education to the child, and shall include, but not be limited to, extra-curricular activities such as camps, excursions, sports carnivals, retreats and private music lessons.
2. Services will be provided by the School to the child for the period of terms as outlined by the School.
3. Parents/caregivers understand the School, in the event of the child suffering from sickness or injury, will take such action as it deems fit to obtain medical and/or hospital care and attention, including by ambulance when a parent/caregiver cannot be contacted or when required by emergency, and will indemnify the School against all costs, claims, actions and demands made against the School and its employees and agents.
4. Parents/caregivers understand the School will review the child for health conditions, and agree that in the best interests of the child and the safety of staff and students, re-entry at School will occur when the child is able to participate in school activities, and which may include the need for parents/caregivers to provide medical certification.
1. The School Fees will be set by the School Board of Governors. The Fee Schedule is published annually at the conclusion of the school year.
2. Additional fees may be charged to cover the cost of extra-curricular activities, as arranged from time to time by the School or as requested by the parent.
PAYMENT OF SCHOOL FEES (See Appendix 2):
1. An Enrolment Fee is payable to confirm a place for enrolment.
2. Families are encouraged to enter into an agreement to pay fees in instalments via the FACTS Management payment plan.
3. The parties entering the Enrolment Contract agree to pay the School, in accordance with these terms and conditions supplied via the School and available on the School website.
4. Additional payments to cover the cost of any extra-curricular activities, as arranged from time to time by the School or as requested by the parent, are due and payable before commencement of the activity (unless pre-arranged with the Accounts Department).
5. Parents may authorise a leave of absence during term time for students to attend family events from time to time. In order for the enrolment to remain current for the return of the student at the end of the period of withdrawal, full fees will remain payable during the period of absence if the duration is less than 5 weeks a. If the duration of the absence is more than 5 weeks, and the student continues to receive ongoing support from staff via Canvas, a 50% reduction in fees will apply.
b. If the duration of the absence is more than 5 weeks and the student does not receive ongoing support from staff via Canvas, an 80% reduction in fees will apply with parents/caregivers paying a 20% enrolment holding fee.
6. Other than using the FACTS Management payment plan, payment of fees may be made by cash, credit card, or any other method of payment in agreement between the parties to the Enrolment Contract and the School.
7. The parties to the Enrolment Contract agree to notify the School immediately should there be a change in circumstances which will affect their ability to fulfil their financial obligations to the School.
8. In the event of the fees and charges not being paid, notice may be given that the student will be suspended from School, or the School may withhold provision of services until such time as all fees and charges, and any arrears, are paid. Continual non-payment may jeopardise the child’s place at the School. Decisions regarding this will be made at the discretion of the Board.
9. If the account is passed to debt collectors, any debt collector’s expenses or court costs incurred, or to be incurred, are also payable by the parent/caregiver. If legal action is taken to enforce the recovery of monies owed, this action will be taken out under the jurisdiction of a court in the State of South Australia.
10. Any bank fees or charges incurred by the School for cheque dishonour, rejection of direct debit or credit card payments or any similar fees charged by a bank or financial institution upon rejection of a payment will be charged to the account of the parent/caregiver.
11. The School is entitled to perform any necessary enquiries, investigations and assessments to ensure the accuracy of the information provided to the School, and further, that such information, as verified, may be used by the School or any authorised agent of the School for the purpose of establishing or managing an account or the recovery of any outstanding account balance.
1. At its sole discretion, the School reserves the right to suspend a student temporarily, or permanently, for disciplinary purposes resulting from any breach of School policy, without refund of fees for the current term of enrolment.
2. The School shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, or consequential loss or damage, arising from the School exercising their rights under this agreement.
3. The parties to the Enrolment Contract may cancel the enrolment of the student prior to commencement. Please note the Enrolment Fee is non-refundable in these circumstances.
4. The parties to the Enrolment Contract may cancel the enrolment of the student by giving the School one term’s written notice in advance. In default of such notice and in lieu of notice, a full term’s charges and fees at the rate (as fixed by the Fee Schedule published annually) applicable to the child at the time of removal, must be paid.
5. The School reserves the right in its absolute discretion, to terminate the enrolment at the expiry of a school year, within the broad parameters of, but not limited to, issues surrounding community safety/wellbeing, absenteeism, behaviour issues, parental support and or school readiness.
6. Any refunds due and payable will be made to the parties as per the Enrolment Contract for the payment of the School Fees.
1. The School assumes no responsibility for changes in State or Commonwealth legislation which may affect this agreement.
2. The School reserves the right to review these terms and conditions at any time, and publish the changes on the School website.
3. If any terms or conditions contained in this document are found to be unenforceable for reasons of validity or legality, the remaining provisions shall not be affected in any way whatsoever.
ACTIVE SUPPORT OF THE CHRISTIAN ETHOS
The highest calling of every human being is to love God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength and to actively live a life intent on pleasing God and worthy of the sacrifice of Jesus, through the grace that has been given to all who believe. Horizon Christian School is committed to being a place where God is at the centre - where He is honoured, followed, worshipped and revealed to the School and wider community. We trust that all who come to Horizon Christian School will be inspired by His great love for them and the recognition that every person is intrinsically valuable, not for what they can do, but because of who they are, created in His image. We are passionate about our schools continuing to be places where students who respond to the Gospel are strengthened and emboldened to live out the gospel and become ambassadors for Christ to positively impact the wider community around them, whether locally or internationally.
At school, students experience regular Assemblies, Easter/Christmas services, pastoral care and biblical studies programmes, and are encouraged to have an ongoing relationship with a local church. We are also passionate that those who do not know God, both students and their parents, have an opportunity to meet Him by hearing the Gospel at Horizon Christian School and become followers of Christ. Being intentionally Christian also means that we are called to ‘love our neighbour”.
Psalm 139:14 states that we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made”. At Horizon Christian School this means that every person is intrinsically valuable because we are all made in the image of God. It is our desire that every student has the opportunity to be welcomed into a safe, loving school environment, but also that students or families do not promote or encourage views that are in opposition to our Christian beliefs and values.
Horizon Christian School was formed specifically for the education of students in an intentionally Christian environment where Christian beliefs are supported at School. Horizon Christian School deliberately provides an environment where all students will be actively encouraged to consider the Christian faith irrespective of their religious background. This shall include student attendance at, and participation in assemblies, prayer services, worship times, class devotions, Religion and Biblical Studies, prayer time and other such activities where the Christian faith is practised and discussed.
The School does not preclude people based on their religious background. However, the School does not provide an environment where people of other doctrines, faiths and religions may practise their faith. Therefore, it is expected that all behaviours, actions and practices must be respectful of this Christian environment, and not undermine, denigrate or be inconsistent with our Christian beliefs as expressed in the School’s Statement of Faith. It is expected that students, parents and other people in the School community associated with students, will be respectful of the views of those with beliefs other than their own. Importantly, the School fosters open and respectful discussion about different doctrines, faiths and religions in Home Groups, Biblical Studies and other educational forums.
A Transforming Christian Education For All.
Horizon Christian School’s mission is to journey faithfully with God and inspire a love of learning as we nurture partnerships in our school community to bring the light, hope and truth of Jesus to all.
Journey Faithfully with God
To intentionally walk with God in prayerful partnership, as we offer our lives as living sacrifices in our ministry at Horizon.
Inspire of Love of Learning
To give our best ‘as working for the Lord’, to encourage students to develop a passion for learning.
Nurture Partnerships in Community
To foster authentic relationships within our campuses; between the schools and our families and with Christian churches within our regions.
The Horizon Christian School Class Size Guidelines reflects the care Horizon exercises to maintain effective levels of educational support for each student.
The purpose of this policy is to clearly state the expected sizes for classes at Horizon Christian School.
Recommended Class size numbers are outlined in the table below:
|Reception||20 Students||Up to and including 25, with negotiation and support for teacher|
Years 1 - 6
Up to and including 28, with negotiation and support for teacher
Whilst every effort is made to adhere to these class sizes, occasionally exceptions can occur due to special circumstances. The Principal (or delegate) will inform the Board, (or the Board Executive if it is an urgent matter), for permission to exceed these maximum class size guidelines, on a case-by-case basis. In each case, the class teacher will be counselled first by the Principal (or delegate). Should a position not be available, the student will be placed on a wait list, to be enrolled as soon as a position becomes available in the year level/class.
* Years 1 – 6 Should the total number of students in any one year level exceed 30 – in the one class (including those currently attending and those enrolled, waiting to commence), multiplication into two classes of equal proportion shall occur, subject to how this affects mixed year level classes. The process for this to occur will include the successful engagement of an additional teacher & the availability of class room floor area to accommodate the additional class.
* Years 7 – 12 Should the total number of students in any one year level exceed 30 – in the one class, multiplication into two classes of equal proportion shall occur. The process for this to occur will include the successful engagement of an additional teacher and the availability of class room floor area to accommodate the additional class.
All families are encouraged to sign up to the FACTS Management payment plan.
Fee Invoices are issued by end of Week 2 each year. Monthly invoices are sent through FACTS Management.
Payment preferred within 14 days.
Reminder notices to be issued in Week 4 of each term.
Follow-up telephone contact in Week 5 of each term.
Formal letter requesting payment in Week 7 of each term. Letter is also to include arrangements discussed in Week 5 telephone conversation, (eg interview time and payment plan.)
60 Day Debtor Aging Report to be presented to the Finance Committee for action.
DISCOUNTS RELATING TO FEE PAYMENT INCLUDES:
4% for term Invoices if paid within 14 days of Invoice date.
6% off full year fee.
School card concessions are available.
Part time students: Will be charged a fixed rate of 40% of the total school fee and levy amount, the remaining 60% to be divided by a full time load of subjects and then charged dependent on the number of subjects studied.
Term by term.
Direct Debits (weekly, fortnightly or monthly) using FACTS Management.
Installments by arrangement.
PROCESS TO ADDRESS OUTSTANDING FEES MAY INCLUDE:
“Application for Fee Remission”.
An individual payment option.
FAILURE TO MAKE PAYMENT/ OTHER FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS
Failure to pay overdue fees or to make suitable payment arrangements may result in the following action being taken:
- Students will not be permitted to attend camps or excursions or other activities which incur a cost to parents
- Referral to a collection agency
- Temporary suspension of student from school
- Cancellation of a student’s enrolment (costs including debt collection agency fees and solicitors costs shall be paid by the debtor)
The wearing of our school uniform is compulsory. Parents are expected to ensure their children attend school in the correct uniform at all times. Failure to wear a required uniform item should be accompanied by a note of explanation from a parent or caregiver. Uniform items are available for purchase from the school's uniform shop located onsite at the western end of the admin car park. Access to the uniform shop is via the front office.