I just went on the website of the private school I went to and calculated how much to fit out one student would cost without of the optional items - it was well over $1000!
$1000 !! OUCH. that's expensive. how many of each item did you calculate?
Phew! I just went and had a stickybeak at the website where dd has her name down at.. and i calculated uniforms. $615. but that's without netball/football uniforms etc.. until i know what they would be interested in, i calculated without those. but yeah $72 for a girls dress and $40 for one wide brimmed hat.
We didn't consider anything other than public school for our children. I'm a public school teacher, so know how the system works and also know our local schools well. Private schools in this area are all strongly religious and, as we are an atheist family, this rules them immediately out of contention. For high school, the older ones went, and the younger ones will go, to a public boarding school not too far from home. The local high schools, Government or Catholic, are not good.
I didn't realize there were public boarding schools. That's interesting.
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