Ours is $300 and I haven't paid it yet - meaning too. I'm a bit slack as I was on the school board and I know they have a half million $ slush fund so paying $300 to add to it peeves me a bit.
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14-04-2014 19:10 #21Senior Member
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14-04-2014 19:14 #22
OP you don't need to call the school and explain anything. What state are you in? It is definitely voluntary. Our school has started sending accounts to parents that are intended to serve as reminders. They are not accounts. You don't need to explain yourself (unless of course you want to)
I actually received an account even though we'd paid it. I was pretty peeved as they then asked me for proof. Turns out the agent that had collected the payment (we pay as part of the book list) had stuffed up and about 25 families were incorrectly sent reminders.
Just ignore it if it embarrasses you. I'm actually going to recommend our school stops sending them.
14-04-2014 19:16 #23
I'm in nsw, ours is $120 per child per year.
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14-04-2014 19:21 #25Senior Member
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I'm in Vic and ours is almost $300 per child, but there is no book list so that includes supplies (we don't even send a pencil case)
14-04-2014 19:46 #26
Our sends us notices all the time.
I pretty much never actually go into the school - I drop off on the way to work, and then pick her up from after school care (so office is shut by that time) later on/DP picks her up from there. The thing is, I would pay... I just haven't because they require cheque or cash. I can't go in and pay in cash... and I'm not stuffing around with a cheque. Until they give me alternate options, and until I can go into school and do it, it's not getting paid, no matter how many letters they send me demanding it.
14-04-2014 19:50 #27
Ours is public and has a online payment option and then receipts are sent out via the kids.
15-04-2014 00:49 #28
Yes because I love our school.
15-04-2014 07:28 #29
Ours is $250 per year. We have yet to pay ours (the notice sat on the noticeboard unnoticed!), and we too received a reminder account in the mail. I felt embarrassed about it. I thought public school fees were voluntary anyway? Not that we won't pay it, because we will, but now that we have received an 'account', we feel obliged to pay for the voluntary contribution. I understand how important it is for public schools to have support from families.
15-04-2014 07:40 #30
I pay it but only because we can afford it.
My sons school sends out letters reminding parents, and go on about how its to cover air con because its the only public school in the area with air conditioning through out the whole school - yet I pick my kid up on a day where its 35 degrees and he walks out of his class sweating like crazy cos the teacher only had the fans on, not the air con and my poor kid was sweltering. FWP sure but if you're going to send all the parents letters citing the air con as the reason we should pay the contribution, then bloody well turn it on!
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