Contributions and Charges - Gilmore College
In December each year parents will be posted a Voluntary Contributions and Charges Statement for each enrolled student.
In accordance with the Department of Education Policy we request:
- A minimum of 50% of the compulsory charges must be paid prior to the first day of the new school year, with any balance to be paid by the end of Term 1.
Failure to make payment of, or to make arrangements to pay the minimum 50% of the compulsory charges prior to the first day of the school year, may result in your student being changed into low-cost subjects.
- Voluntary Contributions are to be paid before the end of Term 1.
- For enrolments after the school year has commenced, a Statement will be posted and payment is requested within 14 days.
Information for Years 7 – 12
The following information is provided in the hope of making the school charges and contributions structure clear for parents and caregivers. Gilmore College has directed our efforts towards keeping costs as low and as equitable as possible. The Gilmore College Board has examined the contributions and charges structure in detail and has approved the amounts shown in accordance with the Education Act.
The Legal Position
The State Government through the Department of Education provides placement at educational facilities for all students who choose to attend Government schools. The Department also pays for the wages of all teaching and non-teaching positions plus costs such as repairs, maintenance and utilities. Government does not provide for many goods and services which students use and it is reasonable for parents to meet these costs.
Where do contributions and charges go?
Some examples include: ingredients in home economics, transport, photographic equipment and supplies, art materials, timber, metals and consumable tools, external instructors, consumable sporting equipment, text books, etc.
How much can be charged?
For years 7, 8, 9 and 10 the maximum voluntary contributions a school may charge is currently fixed at $235, however additional compulsory charges above that figure can be requested for consumables and additional resources. For Years 11 and 12 there are no maximum charges set by the State Government. Schools endeavour to set their own charges for these years and such charges are compulsory. The school can also request a 50% confirmation charge for these years.
Who should pay?
Given that all students benefit from the pool of collected fees, it is fair to expect that all parents should pay the balance of contributions and charges. Parents of students who choose the more expensive option subjects need to consider the costs during the subject selection process. All would agree that it is unfair for those parents who meet their financial commitments to be seen to subsidise the education of those students whose parents do not pay their contributions and charges. This College is committed to an even-handed and responsible approach so all parents should make contributions towards their children’s education.
A Compassionate View
This College is only too aware that the payment of school contributions and charges can be a burden for some families. Part payments, deferred payments and credit card debits are all available to support parents experiencing difficulties. However, we do need to talk to you about this. Ignoring accounts and reminders is unhelpful to all parties. The College is also keen to assist parents in selecting options that they can afford. To this end subject charges will always be provided to parents prior to selection of subjects.
Collecting Contributions & Charges
The College will take a positive approach to collecting contributions from parents/caregivers of students in Years 7 to 10. In particular, the College will highlight the benefits to students if all parents meet their contributions. With respect to charges for Years 7 to 12, the College will actively seek full payment of charges when appropriate. The College Board, in support of this process, has endorsed the following actions:
- Regular statements sent home to parents
- Year 11/12 Subjects will require a 50% confirmation charge prior to enrolment.
If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact the Business Manager on (08) 9411 1811 to make alternative payment arrangements.
Financial support provided by parents has always played an enabling role in the provision of resources that extend the College’s capacity to add value to students’ learning experience. For example, parent contributions allow schools to provide class sets of text books instead of students having to provide their own.
An overview of the costs of schooling is available by contacting the College.
Voluntary Contribution Years 7 – 10
Contributions in WA Government schools are set at a maximum of $235 per student for a nominal curriculum. Funds raised from school contributions and charges are expended on texts and consumables essential for teaching which is not supplied by the Government. Examples of these expenses are textbooks, photocopy materials, computer/ digital items, cooking ingredients, materials for art, design and technology and science activities.
As part of the school budgeting process, a portion of each $235 is allocated to each learning area.
Senior School Years 11 and 12
The College offers a variety of courses in Years 11 and 12. Requirements for materials, equipment resources and textbooks vary widely. For some courses the College supplies all materials and resources in return for the payment of a hire or resource charge; in other subjects there is a reduced charge, but a requirement that students purchase textbooks. Charges will depend upon the course chosen. Some specific courses will incur higher costs dependent upon such items as text, subject specific resources, materials, excursions, certificates and work placement. 50% of the subject charges are required to be paid prior to the first day of the new school year. The balance is required to be paid by the end of Term 1 (unless a payment plan has been arranged). Students involved in work placement must pay the associated charges prior to commencement of the work placement.