Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis, with one Term’s notice. Fees are invoiced electronically at the start of each Term, and are payable in full by the end of Week 3 within the Term, unless an approved Fee Agreement is in place for instalment payments. Payment methods are Direct Debit, EFT, Credit Card, Cheque or Cash.
In addition to tuition fees, parents can expect to pay for the following items.
- Music Tuition: Additional charges for music tuition commence in Class 3 and for various ensembles in Class 7&8. Refer to the ee Schedule for details.
- Stringed Instrument: Class 3 children will need a stringed instrument (violin, viola or cello). Prices range from $200 upwards.
- Recorders: Purchased in Class 1 – $80 (approx.)
- Camps: The camps program from Class 3 to 8 may cost between $200 to $800 per student each year.
- Day Excursions and Special Events: Allow for approximately $200-$400 per student per year, according to year level.
- Individual Text book levy: Approx. $30 per year for senior students for maths, science and language texts.
These charges are approximations. Details will be added to invoices.
Fee Assistance Scheme
The school has adopted a Fee Assistance Scheme to help provide short-term assistance for temporary periods of hardship. Fee Assistance is by application and dependant on available school funds for families with severe financial difficulty in meeting fee payments. Assistance is limited, and families are still required to pay the majority of the fees whilst receiving assistance.
Tax Deductible Building and Library Fund Donations
The school will be undertaking major capital building projects into the future within the School Master Building Plan, which require regular financial commitments. Donations to the school’s Building Fund are tax deductible. The school also operates a tax deductible Bursay Fund. Donations enable these programs to develop and can be made on a regular basis. These payments are voluntary and are welcomed at any time throughout the school year.
The Conveyance Allowance is paid by the State Government to parents who convey their children more than 4.8 km to school (one way). Students travelling on the school bus from Castlemaine have the conveyance allowance (bus rates) paid to the school to cover the costs of the buses. Applications for Conveyance Allowance are made through the school office and are advised in the school newsletter. Payments come from the Department of Education to eligible families each term.
Kindergarten families with a current, valid Health Care Card receive a financial rebate from the State Government, in the form of a reduction of fees. Parents must supply a copy of their Health Care Card to the office to be eligible to claim this rebate.