School Fees

School Fees are set by the Governing Council in Term 4 of the prior year.

The school fees for 2017 have been set at $285.00.

The ‘standard sum’ is indexed annually by the June quarter of the City of Adelaide CPI.The standard sum for 2017 is $231 for primary students. This leaves a gap of $54.00 between the Standard Sum and our fees which is a voluntary amount.

So what is your material and service charge used for?

Schools are publicly funded with the majority (92%) of funds going towards Human Resources. A further 6% (approximately) covers the school operating costs including a set rate for electricity, water, waste disposal, grounds upkeep, maintenance etc.  This leaves about 2% for curriculum which is used to update our ICT, purchase curriculum resources and to manage any unforeseen expenses (like a water leak!!)  The rest is made up through parent contributions, which are the M&S charges.

M&S is described as curriculum materials to be consumed by the individual student during the course of their study for the calendar year. This means that these funds purchase:

  • All stationery and photocopied material
  • Glue, sticky tape, paint, card, scissors
  • Sports equipment
  • Garden / environmental  equipment
  • Diaries or reading record books
  • Book bags
  • Access to ICT
  • Upgrading of library resources i.e. JP reading books
  • And so on and so on!

That means that the parent contribution is extremely important to ensuring we can purchase equipment and materials to support student learning.

More Information

SCHOOL CARD

Invoices for School Fees are sent home in Week 1 of each year.  Applications for those who believe they are eligible for the School Card Scheme are available at the Finance Office. We ask that these fees (or applications) be completed as soon as possible in the school year, but no later than the end of Term 1. If anyone has any queries regarding these, please contact our Business Manager, during school hours.

MANAGING DEBT

Payments can be made by cash, cheque, Direct Debit, eftpos or credit card, or alternatively arrangements can be made to pay by instalments. Also, Willunga Primary School is registered with Centrepay. Centrepay is a free, direct bill-paying service offered to parents receiving payments from Centrelink. Through Centrepay you can choose to pay bills by having a regular amount deducted from your Centrelink Payment. If any families wish to access this service for payment of school fees or upcoming camps, excursions etc, please see Michelle Collins (Business Manager) in the Finance Office for forms and more information.

Willunga Primary School Governing Council uses the DECD Central Debt Collection Unit to recover outstanding fees (standard sum) if payment or instalments are not finalised with the Business Manager after Term 1.

CAMPS AND EXCURSIONS

Camps and Excursions can be expensive and are an added cost to parents.  With this in mind, we ask excursion costs be kept to a minimum and are directly linked to learning outcomes.  Excursion notes are forwarded home a minimum of two weeks prior to the event.  Your child will not be able to attend the camp or excursion if signed consent and full payment is not received by the due date.  Notification for camps is given with as much prior warning as possible.

SAPSASA, CHOIR and OTHER activities

These are supported by the site through teacher release and an allocation of funds.  Parents are asked to pay towards their children attending extra curricula events.

HARDSHIP

Families experiencing hardship should contact the Business Manager, Principal or Pastoral Support Worker as soon as possible so that support can be put in place.


Last updated: January 18, 2017 at 10:21 am

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