The Woden School

An ACT Public School
Independence and Responsibility


Finances

Voluntary Contributions - Departmental Statement

"For many years students have benefited from the additional resources provided through voluntary financial contributions from parents, carers and other citizens. These contributions have assisted the school to conduct additional programs and activities and purchase educational material.

The School Board has suggested the following contribution will directly support the educational programs by the school. This voluntary contribution may be made in full or in part or by instalments. These contributions have been used to purchase materials for use across the all KLA's as well as in the Library, Information Technology, Science, Health and PE, as well as Visual and Performing Arts.

Section 27 of the Educational Act 2004 however clearly states that
a) each contribution must be voluntary
b) a child is not to be refused benefits or services because the child's parents do not make a contribution
c) a child is not harassed for contributions
d) any record of contribution is confidential.

Schools may offer to facilitate some specific optional items, activities and services for which parents may be required to pay if they want their child to access them. There are included in Schedule One of the Department of Education and Training's Statement on Requesting Financial Contributions from Parents, which can be found at Education Directorate: Policies A-Z."

Voluntary Contributions - Fees

The school operates a fee scheme which enables parents, carers and other citizens to contribute to the considerable costs of the educational programs used in the school. The value of the fee is reviewed annually by the School Board.

The fees are set as follows:

  • $100 per individual student per year
  • $25 per individual student per term
  • $150 per family per year
  • $40 per family per term

Voluntary Contributions - Excursions

Excursions and camps are arranged regularly for all units of the school. These experiences are designed to enhance the educational programs of the students and emphasise the development of personal and social skills. The excursion program enables the school to enrich the learning environment of the students by moving into the wider community. Every attempt is made to keep the cost of excursions to a minimum.

Subject Contribution

Subject Contribution is $60 a year, and pays for things such as paper, learning and office supplies, photocopying, etc.

Method of Payment

Payment of the above items by electronic funds transfer (EFT or 'Internet banking') is the school's preferred method of payment, and is growing in popularity amongst parents, carers and other citizens for its added convenience and security. We also cater to QuickWeb form of payment. More information of this payment type can be found here QuickWeb for Schools

Although we still accept cash or cheque payments, these involve increased administration, clearing times and security risk at the school. Also, the school does not have a float, so the issue of change cannot be expected if paying by cash. Nor do we have EFTPOS facilities at the school because the number of transactions is not high enough for this operation to be cost effective

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