+ Reply to Thread
Page 4 of 4 FirstFirst ... 234
Results 31 to 35 of 35
  1. #31
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Country WA
    Posts
    7,791
    Thanks
    4,834
    Thanked
    4,147
    Reviews
    13
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    No I don't. That's why it's a public system. I do think that those who can afford to pay the voluntary fees should though. That benefits the whole school. Our voluntary fees were about $250 for both kids. Uniform and Excursions are on top of that, and the stationery for both kids was about $300 I think. Much cheaper than the $4K it cost for 1 day of DC for 1 child a week!

  2. #32
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    10,972
    Thanks
    3,478
    Thanked
    6,929
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by chameleon View Post
    No, I don't think so, although it does bug me that I always pay the voluntary fee when I struggle financially, and so many of the parents who own huge homes and go on overseas holidays, etc, tell me they don't.
    That's like my lady in the OP, she said IF they pay it, implying she doesn't but then whines about the school needing upgrades - so pay your school fees ! She can definitely afford the $170!

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to Elijahs Mum For This Useful Post:

    babyno1onboard  (10-03-2017)

  4. #33
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    80
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    21
    Reviews
    0
    No. We chose to send our kids to a local state school. We could afford to pay for private school but I liked the atmosphere of the state school better. I love that our kids mix with all walks of life. I think means testing would result in kids being put in boxes (low income or better off) right from the start of their education. We pay any voluntary contributions and buy the raffle tickets that get sent home. I volunteer time in the classroom.

  5. #34
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Posts
    1,193
    Thanks
    416
    Thanked
    1,027
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    We chose private because of a better school environment and less wayward kids who swear and carry on. Plus safety was an issue. And small class sizes. And modern buildings.

    But Im sure public school fees are voluntary. But they are low so why would you not pay them?

  6. #35
    Join Date
    May 2016
    Posts
    336
    Thanks
    200
    Thanked
    246
    Reviews
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by SSecret Squirrel View Post
    Depending on the school, state schools can end up being very expensive, especially highschools. It's more than just the fees. If they get into the school band, there are musical instruments to purchase. School camps, excursions, uniforms, shoes etc. It all adds up. Then there are the BYODs. I paid $1300 for DD's computer this year. It isn't compulsory to buy the school computer, BUT you are not allowed to bring a non-school one to school.
    The laptop is the equivalent of one week of day care for my two kiddos. I understand it would be a huge cost for families. But when you've been paying day care fees for a while, it's a drop in the pond.


 

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 28
    Last Post: 23-07-2010, 18:27
  2. Do you think that subsidised hours should be dropped?
    By MummaBear03 in forum Childcare Options
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 10-02-2010, 19:25
  3. Replies: 45
    Last Post: 03-11-2009, 10:40
  4. Do you think pre school 5 days a week it too much???
    By maybe1more in forum Preschools and Schools
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 13-10-2008, 20:07
  5. do you think the school is over-reacting
    By mumtobenumber3 in forum Parents with older kids
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 13-08-2006, 10:25

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
FEATURED SUPPORTER
ProSwimProSwim runs learn to swim classes for babies, children and adults. Our indoor centre in Plympton Park has lessons all ...
FORUMS - chatting now ...
IVF babies due July/August/September 2018!pregnancy and babies through IVF
Joyful JanuaryConception issues & ttc
Child booster seatProduct Recommendations & Questions
I am...#21General Chat
Transferring PPLGeneral Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
REVIEWS
"Made bed time less anxious"
by Meld85
My Little Heart Whisbear - the Humming Bear reviews ›
"Wonderful natural Aussie made product!"
by Mrstwr
Baby U Goat Milk Moisturiser reviews ›
"Replaced good quality with cheap tight nappies"
by Kris
Coles Comfy Bots Nappies reviews ›