School Fees are set by the Governing Council in Term 4 of the prior year.
The school fees for 2023 have been set at $360.00.
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.
Invoices for School Fees are sent home at the beginning of each year. Applications for those who believe they are eligible for the School Card Scheme are available online. 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.
Payments can be made by cash, cheque, Direct Debit, eftpos or credit card, QkR! App 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 Lisa Pinder (Business Manager) in the Finance Office for forms and more information.
Willunga Primary School Governing Council uses the DfE Central Debt Collection Unit to recover outstanding fees.
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