While tuition is free in government schools, the cost of textbooks and resources is mostly funded by schools. The Department of Education pays for all site maintenance, utilities and so forth as well as a core amount of teaching resources and textbooks. Parents/caregivers paying school fees are an important sign of tangible support for the school. They also enable us to enhance the quality of the resources we provide and the educational opportunities we offer. All students are expected to pay school fees.
There are some costs associated with going to school that you may find it helpful to plan and budget for.
- school books and equipment
- co-curricular activities.
Voluntary school contributions
Like all NSW public schools, we can request contributions to enhance our educational and sporting programs including elective subjects. School contributions help provide additional educational resources for the benefit of students. Payment is voluntary.
For more information, visit the Voluntary School Contribution policy.
The NSW Government allocates limited funds for each school to assist families experiencing financial difficulties. The scheme is called the “Student Assistance Scheme”.
A conversation either by phone or in person with the school is the best way to broach these issues and allows the school to assess and discuss possible support on a case-by-case basis. We understand that every family’s circumstances will be different, as will a child’s educational needs. Understanding factors such as income levels and interruptions, size of family and enrolments in school/s, support received from other agencies, minimising financial burden at schools, special circumstances re extended family and care, allow us to establish a better understanding for assistance. Assistance may then be applied in the most helpful ways, which may include delayed or split payments, borrowing of resources/materials, provision of uniform articles, discounts, or full support for some items. All conversations will remain discreet, confidential and remain within the Senior Executive and limited Welfare Team.
Applications should be sent in a sealed envelope marked “confidential”, addressed to the Principal. They may also be handed in at the office.