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    My year 1's book list was $273, and my year 3's was $349. The only thing different for my year 3, was this year she requires headphones, a dictionary and a study bible.
    Our book packs come in 2 packs, marked semester 1, and semester 2. So we keep the second pack home. My daughter seems to eat glue sticks, they're always needing to be replaced! I get a bit annoyed that they need to have derwent pencils for art, at 8 years old, but oh well.

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    I was raised to believe sharing is good, sharing is helpful, and in some cases sharing can give someone else an opportunity they might otherwise miss out on. An opportunity to learn numeracy and literacy, and actually have a good shot at being employed when they are older. I also do not believe there is ever a time when it's ok to punish a child for choices parents make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by share a book View Post
    I was raised to believe sharing is good, sharing is helpful, and in some cases sharing can give someone else an opportunity they might otherwise miss out on. An opportunity to learn numeracy and literacy, and actually have a good shot at being employed when they are older. I also do not believe there is ever a time when it's ok to punish a child for choices parents make.
    I agree, but the school should be providing the supplies the parents aren't providing. We are low income and my child has a new school bag, all new stationary, drink bottle, uniforms etc. Yes I know every parent doesn't do that, but I feel it's unfair to expect parents to be essentially providing others with supplies as well. I buy DD good quality stuff (I've learnt my lesson in kinder that cheap rubbers/pencils etc are crap) and I would annoyed at other children taking her stuff. We place a priority on her education despite being poor. I can't be expected to provide for others as well.

    This frustration isn't directed at you, but at parents that refuse to buy their children what they need and expect others to foot the bill...

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    We haven't even received booklists or school fee information or anything yet so I'm even more interested to see it now, I had no idea about the sharing thing until I read this thread!

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    and I should add.... DD's Year 2 booklist...... zero the teachers are no longer using text books. I love her school, quality education and teachers that actually teach of course I had her stationary stuff, but there was no list. I bought her pencils, textas, highlighters etc but it cost me maybe 20 bucks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I agree, but the school should be providing the supplies the parents aren't providing. We are low income and my child has a new school bag, all new stationary, drink bottle, uniforms etc. Yes I know every parent doesn't do that, but I feel it's unfair to expect parents to be essentially providing others with supplies as well. I buy DD good quality stuff (I've learnt my lesson in kinder that cheap rubbers/pencils etc are crap) and I would annoyed at other children taking her stuff. We place a priority on her education despite being poor. I can't be expected to provide for others as well.

    This frustration isn't directed at you, but at parents that refuse to buy their children what they need and expect others to foot the bill...
    While it sounds like a lovely solution for the school to provide what isn't provided by the parents (who choose not to do so) - its a slippery slide .. there ARE parents out there, that if they know that the school will cough up - will choose not to pay .. and then the % of parents NOT paying gets bigger and bigger and bigger .. and the school budget gets tighter and tighter and tighter

    Our school has a new principal and he has turned the levy situation around .. from about 75% NON PAYING .. to about 30% (or less?) not paying .. and this is around a $80 levy ... its a freaking joke .. its $2 per school week and there are many many families who just dont pay.

    The school allows part payments (you can pay $20 a term- or $40 a semester) - but these families still choose not to pay ..

    Classroom teachers are struggling to make their classroom budget work - and they cant possibly cover 75% of their class not paying!

    It just blows my mind .. why parents dont pay? I would rather go without something myself, so that my child has everything can can need at school (I thought that was a no brainer??)

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    Oh ITA Veve. I can't comprehend how parents won't pay the levy. The school shouldn't have to make up the difference, I know public schools are stretched as they are. But other parents shouldn't have to go thru twice the supplies bc other children are using their child's stuff.

    I'm not sure what the answer is, I just think the shared system is unfair. At DD's school the have a communal container on each group of desks with basic pencils and textas provided by the school. Most send their child's supplies though.I dunno.... I just find it hard to understand why parents don't put their child first.... they know the new school year is coming. A $2 pack of textas, pencils and lead pencils would suffice... a whole $6??

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    Hi,

    Just wanted to add that I have worked in both public and private schools where parents supplied pencils, crayons etc. I buy big ziplock plastic bags (at my own expense) for each students spare supplies and store them until they are required. I am quite strict about giving this stuff out so it is not wasted because I know that it costs parents a lot. If you don't supply anything spare and your child tells the teacher at 9am they don't have a writing pencil....how is that fair on your child to constantly be without back up stuff and how is that fair for the teacher who has to supply one (at their own cost) to enable the class to progress smoothly and your child to be able to complete some work on that day.
    Yep it costs a lot.....but isn't our kids education worth it??


 

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