Enrolment Fees

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Fees and charges are reviewed by the Board annually.

Enrolment Fee – Australian Residents

A non-refundable enrolment fee of $175 per student or $300 per family to cover administration costs and the costs of setup and supplies is due once the child or children have been accepted to Casuarina School. This fee is payable before the child/children commence school. Until the enrolment Fee is paid, a child is not guaranteed a place in the school.

Application for Placement

The school maintains waiting lists when either the child is too young to be assessed for enrolment or the relevant class has no vacancies. An $80 per child non-refundable fee will apply for placement on the waiting list. This does not entitle the child to enrolment. Assessment of the enrolment must still occur when the child is of age or a place becomes available.

Tuition, Parent & Child group and Peach Blossom Fees

Tuition Fees are inclusive of most school work expenses, including a set of crayons/pencils, pens, compasses, lesson books and craft materials. (Tuition fees do not cover the purchase of musical instruments or the cost of national testing programs.)

Parent & Child group

  • $18.00 per morning session, $6 each extra child. Payable per term

Peach Blossom

  • $37.50 per day. Payable per term

Years K-6

  • $5,228 per annum or $1,307.00 per term (over 4 terms)

This year we are offering parents who can pay the entire year’s fees up-front a discount of 3.5%. Fees paid per term, weekly or monthly do not attract a discount.

Family Allowances

A concession in tuition fees is allowable where two or more members of the immediate family attend the school. The scale of concessions may vary over a period of years, and for 2017 is:

  • For the second child 15% discount
  • For the third child 30% discount
  • For the fourth child no charge if they are all attending Casuarina Steiner School at the same time

Payment Due Dates

Due dates for tuition fees payments are:

  • Term 1 – Due 13 February 2017
  • Term 2 – Due 8 May 2017
  • Term 3 – Due 31 July 2017
  • Term 4 – Due 23 October 2017

Additional Projected Costs – Activity Fees (Classes 1-6)

Students will attend special learning or sporting activities organised by the Class Teacher during the year. These will be billed to the families account and parents can expect that these will cost around $160 per student per year ($40 per term).

Maintenance Levy per family

A yearly Maintenance Levy of $200 is payable for all families. The maintenance levy literally helps us to maintain the school. The levy is used to pay for cleaning, work on the school grounds, repairs and renovations.

Overseas Students

Tuition Fees for non-residents are $12,000 per year (39 weeks tuition) or $308 per week. Enrolment fee for each non-resident child is $200. There will be no refunds of fees paid.

* Fees may be adjusted each year

Music Program

Instruments will be required as follows

  • Class 1: Pentatonic Recorder
  • Class 3: Descant Recorder
  • Class 3-6: Strings Program (violin or cello – can be hired from school)

Rental:

  • Violin $55 per year, $50 bond
  • Cello $55 per year, $250 bond

Prices of instruments can vary significantly from year to year. Please check with the office for current prices.

National Testing Programs – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

The School is required to offer national testing programs under an agreement with the Commonwealth Government. The charge incurred by the School for will be charged to the accounts of families electing that their child sit these tests. In 2016 the costs per student will approximately be $42 including GST per student.

Holding Fee/Leave of Absence

Children who need to be absent for more than half a term due to serious illness or travel are eligible for a 50% reduction in fees payable for the period of absence. Application will need to be made to the Principal. For absences of over a term no school fees are applicable, but the school will require advance payment of $150 (per child) per term (or part thereof) to hold a position in a class.

Withdrawal

One term’s notice of withdrawal of a student from the school must be given in writing. In the absence of such notice, the equivalent of four weeks fees will be charged. Any other outstanding fees must be settled prior to the child’s departure date.

Methods of Payment

We offer three different methods of paying your school fees:
a) Upfront payment of annual fees with a 3.5% discount by 28 February 2017
b) Term by Term, paid by Monday of week 3 of each term
c) Direct Debit set up with Ezidebit, weekly, fortnightly or monthly (paid in full by 30 November 2017)

In person payable at school office – EFTPOS, credit card, Cheque, cash
Phone – by credit card – Visa, MasterCard and American Express

Direct debit:

Bendigo Bank
Account Name: Casuarina School Cooperative Ltd
BSB: 633 000
Account Number: 123 546 350

Late/Non Payment of Fees

Responsibility for paying fees

As all families with children attending our school are required to pay school fees, non-payment of fees may result in cancellation of enrolment. All signatories to the Enrolment Form are jointly and severally liable for the payment of all fees and charges incurred on behalf of the students. For any change to this arrangement the school needs to be notified in writing by all signatories on the Enrolment Form and the school agrees to this variation, in writing.

Late Payment

Unless pre-payment or monthly direct debit payment arrangements are in place Term Accounts are due and payable by Day 1 of Week 3 of each term. In cases where circumstances prevent timely settlement of fees, alternative payment arrangements must be made with the Principal/Leadership team as soon as possible. Accounts outstanding after the due date will be considered delinquent and, if not settled two weeks following the due date will attract a penalty of 10% per annum of the outstanding amount, calculated on a daily basis, which will be added to the account each month. A $5 fee will be charged to the parents per debt collection letter. Debt Collection agents will be used if payments are not received as undertaken and any Debt Collection fees incurred as a result will be billed to the debtor.

The school may, at its discretion, suspend a student pending settlement of an outstanding account.