But then even the cheap catholic schools you are up for min $60 p/f per child and there's still uniforms, excursions, fund raising, just the same as public. I went private as a kid and they supplied a few pencils and $1 cheap lined books and the rest my parents paid for after the fees
I hate the shared system. We struggle at times to afford the enormous booklists they send home and then to find out that things are being used by other kids because of lazy parents .... grrrrr. I have gotten to a point now that i send one or two items of each requested to school with my daughter at the start of the year and then she lets me know what she needs when she runs out. If i had sent all 20 lead pencils that were requested, they would all be gone because of other children taking them. Instead by doing it our way, she still has 10 at home that we can use for next years list instead.
I feel so lucky DD doesn't have a share system. I bought her a pencil case with textas, highlighters, rubbers etc at the beginning of the year and she still has them. They have some cheap coloured and lead pencils on each table for the kids who don't get bought their own, by the school. But expecting parents to buy all this stuff then have other kids use them is a bit rich imo
Wow - that is hexy for Gr1. In Gr 1, do they have their own tidy desk or chairbag? I know with my son, everything was communal in Prep, however when we started Gr1, I covered all his books and put his name on every pencil (but he had a chairbag). I even brought him his own pencil case to place all his pencils/sharpene/rubberr in. I believe I was also teaching him a lesson on how to look after his own belongings.
That sounds so strange. Dd is in year 3 and all books are given by the school even writing books. We just have to cover them and put names.
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