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    I'll happily pay school fees, reason why I'm sending my kids to a private school.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lily of the Nile View Post
    ... But are public school fees non compulsory? ...
    No they aren't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missy2579 View Post
    Come on... What is a price for our kids education. I am lucky my two kids it is $100 for the year but Really thats not much to ask over 40 or so weeks of teaching our kids!
    I am sure all schools would be happy for you to pay fees etc off... A Small amount each week is better than nothing at all.
    I think the topic of excursion costs is a very different one to school fees.
    Yeh my sons school bills by the quarter so its easier than paying a lump sum.
    He goes to a catholic school and will go to a private school when he gets to high school.
    I just think either they should either make it compulsory to pay school fees or make it free, hardly fair that some parents do pay the fees and others don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    Yeh my sons school bills by the quarter so its easier than paying a lump sum.
    He goes to a catholic school and will go to a private school when he gets to high school.
    I just think either they should either make it compulsory to pay school fees or make it free, hardly fair that some parents do pay the fees and others don't.
    Are you talking about fees at public schools or Catholic schools? I get a discount as a concession card holder, so pay only $500/term this year, which will increase each year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    I just think either they should either make it compulsory to pay school fees or make it free, hardly fair that some parents do pay the fees and others don't.
    But by definition it is entirely fair. You all have the opportunity to not pay the fees.

    Are you completely unaware that there are people in this country who simply cannot afford any extra financial strain? Consider your subsidy an act of charity for the year if it helps you through this troubling issue.

    Kindness, people

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambjam View Post
    But by definition it is entirely fair. You all have the opportunity to not pay the fees.

    Are you completely unaware that there are people in this country who simply cannot afford any extra financial strain? Consider your subsidy an act of charity for the year if it helps you through this troubling issue.

    Kindness, people
    I think the concept escapes some people entirely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by share a book View Post
    Are you talking about fees at public schools or Catholic schools? I get a discount as a concession card holder, so pay only $500/term this year, which will increase each year.
    I'm talking about fees in public schools but just said my child goes to a catholic school. Are your fees for public or private and is that primary or high school fee?

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    I think it's unlikely I'll send my kids to private school until high school age so primary will likely be a local public school. I'll be happy to pay the extra voluntary contributions as we will likely be able to afford it. If it subsidises kids whose families can't afford it then I am happy with that, more than happy.

    I do think parents in a similar situation to us who choose not to pay anyway are a bit tight and should help out with extra if they can. What goes around comes around!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    I'm talking about fees in public schools but just said my child goes to a catholic school. Are your fees for public or private and is that primary or high school fee?
    Year 3 at a Catholic school. Public school fees should never be made compulsory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambjam View Post
    But by definition it is entirely fair. You all have the opportunity to not pay the fees.

    Are you completely unaware that there are people in this country who simply cannot afford any extra financial strain? Consider your subsidy an act of charity for the year if it helps you through this troubling issue.

    Kindness, people
    Exactly!! If you CHOOSE to pay the voluntary fees you are effectively making a donation to the school. It is your choice to do so. No one should HAVE to, but everyone has the choice to.

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    We don't even ask for the voluntary contributions at the school I work at, but I will be paying when my children go to public school. Every dollar helps the school to get more resources.

    Children shouldn't be excluded from things just because their parents don't pay.

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