Originally Posted by donkuok
Unless you send your kids to public school which is free where school fee payment is optional as it's fully funded by the govt.
My child attends a secondary public school. There is a component of compulsory fees. Below is an extract from the school council notice I received wrt 2017 fees:
Essential Student Learning Items:
1. Basic Charge includes the cost of items and services that the school deems essential to student learning such as school provided text books, additional stationery, high quality Library resources, additional materials for the learning and teaching program, communication systems, student ID Cards etc. $610
2. Integrated Learning Levy:
(Including incursions and excursions) $110
3. Sport Carnival Levy:
(including transport for compulsory Athletics and Swimming Carnivals) $39
￼￼￼￼Notebook (each child is given their own laptop) payment: $ 400
￼I paid $900 in non-voluntary fees plus $400 for the notebook program. You can buy some text books (Maths, Science and English text books) second-hand provided the school doesn't insist on only using a new edition. You pay less than half price.
Uniforms (winter and summer) and shoes can be quite expensive (school uniform shops helps schools raise funds). For e.g. a new summer tunic set me back $100. Woollen coat was around $200 or so from memory.