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Voluntary contributions, compulsory charges and approved funding paid by parents and guardians are used to purchase text books, materials and other resources used by students in their everyday classes. All contributions and charges assist in providing an educational program that meets the requirements of the Curriculum Framework and comply with the guidelines issued by the Department of Education and the School Education Act.
The College community is appreciative of the financial support given by parents and guardians which enables staff to continue to offer quality educational programs.
The School Board has approved the College utilising the services of a debt collection agency to recover all unpaid compulsory charges at the end of 2016.
Year 7, 8, 9 & 10
The voluntary contribution requested for Year 7 to 10 students are $235.00.
PLEASE NOTE: The $235 is budgeted across all learning areas and does not reflect the students’ course of study.
Year 9 & 10
Where students choose high cost optional courses, compulsory charges apply.
Compulsory charges are separate from the standard voluntary cost on the accounts sent to parents. Advance payment of one third is required upon subject selection in Term 3. The second instalment due 2 December 2016 (end of week 8, Term 4) and the final instalment due 24 February 2017 (end of Week 4, Term 1 2017). If payments are not received, students may be moved to a lower cost option.
Year 11 & 12
Payment for all courses in Year 11 and 12 are compulsory. There is no established maximum as charges depend on the subjects selected by the students. Advance payment of one third is required upon subject selection. The second instalment due 2 December 2016 (end of week 8, Term 4) and the final instalment due 24 February 2017 (end of Week 4, Term 1 2017). If payments are not received, students may be moved to a lower cost option.
Some visa holders must apply and pay tuition directly to Education and Training International (ETI) in addition to the school’s standard requested voluntary contribution & charges.
Other Optional Costs and Voluntary Approved Request
The School Board have approved voluntary funding requests from each student enrolled at the college of Other Optional Costs of $125. This is itemised as follows: $40 for Technology / Internet, $20 School Activities & Carnivals, $10 Youth Focus, $10 School Bus Maintenance, $15 Library and $30 P&C Contribution.
Excursions / Incursions / Other
Students will only incur costs when they are involved in a particular activity. Payment will be requested for each activity as it approaches.
Smartrider Cards are free for Year 7 students. There will be a charge of $5 for any replacement Smart Rider cards in all years. However, students that turn 18 during the year will require to order an adult Smartrider Card and this will incur a $10 charge.
Payment of Contributions, Charges and Fees
How and when
Payments can be made during office hours in the administration office during school term in person, over the phone or by mail via cash, cheque or credit card. Credit card payments can also be made directly to the college bank account online:
|Account Name:||Ashdale Secondary College|
|Account Number:||1990 1762|
Some families may not be in a position to pay charges and contributions all at one time. Please feel welcome to contact the Manager Corporate Services on 9302 7100 who will assist in formulating a payment plan to suit your budget.
Secondary Assistance Scheme
The State Government, through the Department of Education provides financial support to eligible parents through the Secondary Assistance Scheme (SAS). The aim of this scheme is to assist low income families with secondary schooling costs.
The allowance consists of two components:
$235 Educational Program Allowance is paid directly to the school and is taken as payment for the Voluntary Contribution.
$115 Clothing Allowance paid directly to the parent/guardian to assist with purchase of the school uniform or parents can opt to direct payment to the school to decrease outstanding balance of voluntary contribution and or charges.
Application is made by parents or guardians of students enrolled in Years 7 to 12 up to and including the year the student turns 18 years of age.
Parents/guardians must hold one of the following cards:
- Human Services Health Care Card Card holder must be parent/guardian. Claims cannot be made by a parent using a student’s card (i.e. the student may hold a card for disability purposes).
- Human Services Pensioner Concession Card. Student name should be listed on the card.
- Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Concession Card. Health Pensioner Card, TPI / TPI Gold Cards or State Cards cannot be accepted as they are issued for medical benefit purposes only.
The above cards must be current during first term. Application must be in person, forms are available from Administration office at the College.
Applications close at the end of term 1. Any application received after this date will not be accepted.