Ex­tra cost of go­ing pri­vate

Add-on school charges hit par­ents

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - LAU­REN MARTYN-JONES

ED­U­CA­TION RE­PORTER PAR­ENTS al­ready pay­ing thou­sands to send their chil­dren to pri­vate schools are be­ing hit with a raft of ad­di­tional fees.

They in­clude tech­nol­ogy levies and sta­tionery charges that run into the hun­dreds as wealthy in­de­pen­dent schools in Bris­bane im­pose a num­ber of ex­tra charges to cover costs for build­ing up­grades, school camps and even pho­to­copy­ing.

While some schools, have moved to an “all-in­clu­sive” fee struc­ture, oth­ers are in­form­ing par­ents they will have to pay ex­tra on top of tu­ition fees.

At some schools, ex­tra charges add thou­sands to tu­ition fees mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for par­ents in school se­lec­tion and af­ford­abil­ity.

Tech­nol­ogy levies are now com­mon­place and range from $100 a year for se­nior stu­dents at St Peter’s Col­lege in In­dooroop­illy to $1200 for se­niors at Bris­bane Boys’ Col­lege in Toowong.

While some schools have vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tions to build­ing main­te­nance funds, oth­ers charge com­pul­sory cap­i­tal levies, or in­fra­struc­ture fees. Some schools also bill for sta­tionery costs, in­clud­ing pho­to­copy­ing.

Angli­can Church Gram­mar School, or Churchie, in Years 7-12 has a $200 book rental levy and an­other $320 for a sta­tionery pack, and Somerville House charges $500 for the sta­tionery.

Gen­eral or co-cur­ric­u­lar levies are also of­ten charged as tu­ition fee add-ons and in­clude ex­penses for camps, mu­sic and sport.

Ke­dron’s Padua Col­lege charges se­niors a $2025 an- Gen­eral/ac­tiv­ity levies Tech­nol­ogy/ICT levies In­fra­struc­ture/build­ing levies Sta­tionery levies Re­li­gious body levies nual ac­tiv­ity levy and St Ai­dan’s Angli­can Girls’ School in Corinda has a $494 gen­eral levy for Year 12 stu­dents for ex­cur­sions, stu­dent ID cards and di­aries.

Sue Kloe­den, ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Queens­land In­de­pen­dent Schools Par­ents Net­work, said there was a pref­er­ence among par­ents for clear, all-in­clu­sive fees.

Cather­ine and Bren­dan Fitzger­ald have their four chil­dren in pri­vate schools and took into ac­count ex­tra costs. “There are a lot of lit­tle costs that you don’t re­ally think about,’’ Ms Fitzger­ald said. Bris­bane Boys’ Col­lege tech­nol­ogy levy Padua Col­lege gen­eral pur­pose and ac­tiv­ity levy St Lau­rence’s Col­lege com­pul­sory build­ing levy NO SUR­PRISES: Scar­bor­ough mum Cather­ine Fitzger­ald, with chil­dren David 14, Ge­orgina 9, Robert 11, and John 12, has taken the ex­tra costs into ac­count. Pic­ture: Lachie Mil­lard

$500-$2000+ $100-$1000+ $300-$1000 $300-$500 $50-$140 $1200 $2025 $196 a term

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