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School Fee information.....help please :)       started by thetrainors on 23 Mar 2011   (23467)
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From thetrainors

23 Mar 2011 12:06 PM
(110450)
Hi, I have been reading through the older posts and they have been helpful but there hasn't been much talk on the school fees. My husband and I are considering a move to Perth (employment offer on the table just doing our research before we accept)We have 2 children ages 4.5 and 7 so one would be put in Level 1 (currently in grade 1 now in Canada so this will be a step backward for her) and the younger one will only be able to attend pre-primary (i think that's what its called)whereas in Canada she would have been starting 'big' school as she is calling it. SOOO some information I am getting is that Public (or Government schools) are free or have small fees $250 (aprox) then I read other sites and the fee is $8000.00. If anybody has information that could help me it would be greatly appreciated.
From Marshy

To thetrainors

23 Mar 2011 2:45 PM
(110451)
Firstly, your child will not be going back. She will be with kids her age and at this stage that is what is most important. Pre-Primary is full time and will usually be on the same site as her older sister. To be in year 1 this year your daughter would be born between 1st July 2004 and 30th June 2005. to be in PP born between 1st July 2005 and 30th June 2006. Most state schools in Perth would charge a voluntary contribution, my school is $45 per child. In addition school supplies are provided by the child, not the school, mine is usually around the $100 per child at state schools. Private primary school fees can vary. My eldest is at high school and her fees are nearly $5k per year, primary is around $3k at her school. The sky is the limit, depends on the school. I lived in NS for 3 years, my husband is in the oil industry also. Welcome to Aussiemove.
From Ange

To thetrainors

23 Mar 2011 2:54 PM
(110452)
Hiya What Marshy said before was right. Both my boys, aged 5 and 7 years go to a public school. You have the voluntary school fees of $45 each and you buy the kids supplies, books etc at the start of the year. My youngest books etc came to around $50 and the eldest was around $90. You just pay extra for any excursions that they do out of school. My son is going on a trip down to the Perth Museum in a couple of weeks and that is $10. I couldnt imagine shelling out thousands of dollars for my kids to go to a private school! Would much rather a nice family holiday, lol. All depends on what you want and what you earn. Hope I have been of some help.
From cindy42

To Marshy

23 Mar 2011 3:31 PM
(110453)
We have paid our voluntary contributions this year and so was disappointed to be told by my son's teacher that they don't provide 'readers' to bring home....So i thought i would check with parents from the same class and other classes of the same year.......and was told that the other classes provide 'readers' and only a certain 'few' in my sons class are given them. So why not my son? Find this strange as no consistency and feel my son is missing out. Yes he can get books from the library, but thats not the point. (he attends a state school ) Have you come across this before? Thanks in advance.
From Marshy

To cindy42

23 Mar 2011 6:58 PM
(110456)
Paying your voluntary contributions has nothing to do with a child's homework. Have you spoken to you child's teacher about it. How old is your child?
From cindy42

To Marshy

23 Mar 2011 7:55 PM
(110457)
Hi , yes i know that v. c have nothing to do with homework. I was just emphasizing that the school was happy to take the v. c but not so happy to provide the 'tools' ie home readers. Spoke to the teacher again and apparently she is the only one in the school that doesn't provide them. The reason she gave was, in the past parents/children have not returned them. Therefore reluctant to give readers to her pupils. Bit unfair, seen as the rest of the school kids that attend get them (just not her class). We have joined our local community library today, so got a few for him to read. cheers
From cindy42

To Marshy

23 Mar 2011 7:55 PM
(110458)
whoops, forgot to say he is in year 2.
From Marshy

To cindy42

23 Mar 2011 7:56 PM
(110459)
Then you should speak to the Principal. If your child is missing out on valuable reading time at home then you need to highlight it.
From cindy42

To Marshy

23 Mar 2011 7:57 PM
(110460)
Agreed. Thanks for replying.
From moirclan

To thetrainors

23 Mar 2011 9:11 PM
(110461)
my kids went to the canadian school in singapore , although they start earlier in the canadian school they were not really in advance when a few years later they transferred to the australian school so i wouldnt worry about them starting a bit later over here
From thetrainors

To Ange

24 Mar 2011 12:46 PM
(110463)
Hi Ange, Thanks for the quick reply. I have been reading so many different sites my head is spinning. I agree about taking a vacation rather than paying that much for a school! My kids attend public school here in Canada and do just fine. I think what I am mixing up is 'international students fees' I'm sure once our Visas are completed we'll be able to get more accurate information. Thanks again for your help Alison
From thetrainors

To Marshy

24 Mar 2011 12:53 PM
(110464)
Hi Marshy, Thanks for the quick reply, I agree keeping my older daughter with her age group is more important fitting in socially will be the priority she'll be fine academically. I like that my younger daughter will be able to me on the same site as her sister this will help for transportation etc. What has been confusing me is an 'international student fee' every web site I check leads me to the same PDF file and the fees for primary school are listed at $8000.....I am glad I found this site to talk to some real people. Where do you live in Perth? Ian's office is in West Perth, can you suggest any neighborhoods are areas where we could concentrate our house and school search? Thanks again for your help, i'm sure you'll be seeing more messages and questions from me in the weeks to come :) Alison
From Marshy

To thetrainors

24 Mar 2011 3:05 PM
(110465)
Hi Alison If you are coming on a permenant visa or a 457 temporary visa then no school fees are payable in public schools. Other visas can be liable for public school fees. Lots of areas to choose from depending on your budget. I live in Connolly which is about a 45 min to an hour drive at rush hour to West Perth and about 1 hour by public transport. My husband works in the CBD so we live in a convenient location for us. Close to shops, freeway and the all important beach! Somewhere on this website there is a useful map and suburb guide to give you an idea about house prices and other amenities.
From thetrainors

To Marshy

24 Mar 2011 9:24 PM
(110467)
Ok so the Visa will make the difference in fees.....Excellent. That was my only 'con' to the move. Thanks so much for your help