A friend of mines daughter went on one they had to supply the lot that included particular clothes, a certain light etc.
Yes, I am that friend. I've got one in private High School, my private school supplied the tent, stove & rain jacket. I had a massive list of clothing to supply, no cotton in case it gets wet etc etc, we had to buy a sleeping bag that covered -5 conditions, inner sheet for the bag, specialist clothing that "quick dried" a head light that cost $56 when they did them in K-Mart for $20, first aid kit, cutlery, bowls & cups even water bags and all her food for the trip. On top of that I had to pay $130 for the actual trip, we think it cost around $350 in all. I pay around $1400 a term and then there are trips and camps on top of that. Uniform cost $660 and its true what Rachel says, its so bleedin expensive parents buy 2 sizes to big to last a few years.
Next year my middle daughter is moving up to High School, she flatly refused to go to private and we have managed to get her into Golden Grove High School, cost around $400 for the year, there is a get to know you camp in week 2 that cost about $130 and I've got uniform on top. I'm happy with both schools as they suit my daughters varying needs. i would never have considered private but we had a hellish time with bullies at the state school my eldest was at and my only option to make her safe at the time was a private school. She has flourished, has lovely friends and is happy. My middle one is completely sports orientated, going to school in kilts, tights and ties would kill her which is why we chose Golden Grove as their sports programme is excellent.
My baby starts school next year and we have the option of going private to the same school as my eldest or the state school next door. $635 a term versus $300 a year. At the moment I'm keeping my options open and will make a firm decision in term 4 this year. I can see the benefits of both systems (apart from the money) but it seems to be that most of my aussie friends start off in state and move to private at High School level. This has definately been the case with my middle ones friends, I'd say 70% are going private next year.