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    I don't pay them. I've never had an account sent to me but at DS' s old school the principal did up a name and shame list of those who hadn't paid and put it up for all to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    I don't pay them. I've never had an account sent to me but at DS' s old school the principal did up a name and shame list of those who hadn't paid and put it up for all to see.

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    That is shocking. If I hadn't paid it would only be if we were really struggling financially and I wouldn't want the whole world knowing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    I don't pay them. I've never had an account sent to me but at DS' s old school the principal did up a name and shame list of those who hadn't paid and put it up for all to see.

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    Oh wow are they legally allowed to do that.

    I've called the det to see if I do in fact have to pay. I mean, if I had the spare funds of course I'd pay but I don't. I'm quite embarrassed that I'm going to have to call the school and explain.

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    @cluckcluck have a chat to them and see if they'd be open to a payment plan. Please don't feel obliged to pay them as they are meant to be voluntary. Out of interest how much are the fees? Our school asks for $70 per year which is about $1.50 a week. Hugs, I'm sorry you've been made to feel this way and hopefully you can work something out with the school.


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    I pay, but I divide the amount x 4 and pay a quarter per term. Spreads the cost out a bit.

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    schools get parents in all the time who are embarrassed because funds are short. The office staff are usually very discreet and understanding. You can pay a small amount each week if you would like.

    As for the name and shame, I would say they were desperate. In my small school we have about 20 families, from a lie socio farming area. Would you guess that the family who dent both their children to the school over a period of 10 years were the wealthiest in the district? No one knew because we never named and shamed but I can understand the frustration of budget being tight while $600 odd dollars from one family hasn't been paid, and they're off in their new car to their beach holiday house.

    Afm at my boys school I've paid half so far- I had to so the school would 'release' their equipment. Not sure ill pay the other half with our income going down rapidly. However it's a bright yet inconvenient idea to have families pay at least half right at the beginning of the year.

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    I pay them but this term I've been a bit busy (and lazy) and I haven't gotten around to it this year yet. DS got an invoice in class I will be paying as soon as school goes back

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    OP - I am fairly sure that if you are experiencing financial hardship they will understand. Just have a chat to your school business manager. I know it's hard, but they are very professional and you don't need to be embarrassed.

    off topic - but did you say $400 excursion??? Eeek! Is it just me or is that a lot for a public school?

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    Yep. $400 for the year 6 end of school excursion. To be fair, it is for a whole week and includes all accommodation and food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippa View Post
    @cluckcluck have a chat to them and see if they'd be open to a payment plan. Please don't feel obliged to pay them as they are meant to be voluntary. Out of interest how much are the fees? Our school asks for $70 per year which is about $1.50 a week. Hugs, I'm sorry you've been made to feel this way and hopefully you can work something out with the school.


    Me + DH = DS1 (6), DS2 (2) and #3 due September 8th
    Our school asks for $40 for the building fund and $40 for the library fund.

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