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For low income earners there is the School Card. You have to apply for it and fees are then very low. Not all visa holders can get one though.
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Also as we tie into an Apple school luckily, its not a big stretch for us. Hopefully HS will be Apple or work with both. I'd suggest anyone coming into a primary school should see what computers and so on they run on and what the IT tie ins are to ensure they can budget or opt out if they prefer and just carry on using the schools own. We did the school tour and they explained why they used Apple and so on and we were happy with this. We'd had very little IT stuff apart from the basics at sons previous school here so this was a big improvement for us and more what we wanted from a school (along with a heap of other stuff of course). A lot of the programmes they both run are similar and you can still do most of the same things on either system. I think reliabilty and security is better on Apple but that is a personal view.
Primary wise, I think there will always be alternatives. Most primary schools are not zoned and there are often a number in an area to choose from. We had the choice of 4 or 5 within a few km of our door and only two of those were zoned. And all of them were decent schools IMHO. All an overall improvement on our sons first school here. And that one we went with one further afield that wasn't zoned and passed over the school we were living within the zone for at the time.
I had an orientation meeting at Willunga High School a few nights ago and part of that was their BYOD policy - they support Chromebooks, Windows and Apple....which is great as that vaguely runs least cost > more expensive. I think that inclusion is good and especially for a public school which won't have bottomless pockets. Obviously all part of the school choice process. Quite chuffed to see Chromebooks being included as they are starting to creep into the workplace.
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Hi All, haven't posted on here for a while, but I got my son's fees for his 2nd year in High school and they came in at $700 and that is not including subject choices. He had got his IPad for his 1st year.
In year 10 he will be using a Apple Mac,I'm glad he's got 1 more year left of using his iPad, that would give me time to save up.
To update about the BYO device thing. Had the letter home about the BYO iPad for next year (primary school).
Its clearly a voluntary programme. Those not bringing iPads will continue to use the schools own.
They explained and said they undertook extensive research into the BYO device system. Networked with other schools around the country etc about it. They list the aims of the BYO programme and do explain why other devices are not supported. They say the majority of schools in Aus with the BYO tablet programme are solely using iPads and that it is important that they (the school) are able to use a common mobile programme for consistant use of apps and resources etc. That aspect makes more sense to me at primary level anyways, more so if the school uses Apple already in its classrooms.
They'll suppport from iPad2 and iPad minis will be supported although the preferene is for the full screen model.
So we are probably going to let ours take the home iPad in to use. I'll save my pennies/cents and buy another for myself at some point I guess if it has to stay at school most of the time.