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Anyhow, now our kids are beyond Family Benefit we feel more financial pain. I know that for us, costs have risen hugely and the kids have long been over free stuff lol.
I suppose my point is, I feel it can take a few years for things to stop financially swinging between, " Goodness, it's all good" to" Oh, it's fair expensive here" to "Wow! When did life simply become life?"
If I had a good life, surrounded by people I loved, in the UK, I would stay. If my whole self wanted...needed ....the adventure, I'd say bugger it and come over. It will either work or it won't.
Wherever you live.
"Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows." Alfred North Whitehead
Don't forget that you have to pay school fees (in state schools), although if you are on a really low income you can get help via a School Card http://www.decd.sa.gov.au/goldbook/p...card/?reFlag=1
Fees do vary from school to school; Primary school fees are $300-$400 a year but high school costs more - we pay nearly a $1000 a year, which includes rental of a compulsory school laptop (about $350).
Backpacked round Australia 1992. Married Australian husband in Adelaide 1994. Lived in Adelaide 1994-1997. Moved back to UK & lived in Essex/Herts 1997-2009. Returned to Adelaide November 2009. 2 kids dual nationality.
Also primary uniform here is pretty relaxed at many schools, mix and match of official uniform pieces with basic school wear pieces available from stores like k-mart and Target which are pretty cheap.
The government sets a recommended rate for per child. If schools wish to charge more than this, they need to get a majority of the school community to agree.
This is what is on the school website our son went to (I was on governing council at one stage). It is a lot more for secondary school, but obviously the resources required are greater.
Highbury Primary School uses a composite fee system which means that the same amount is charged for children in all levels Reception - Year 7. The charge covers printed and electronic material, stationery items, equipment, curriculum supplies, ICT and Resource Centre materials and resources that are related to the educational programs provided to students.
The school fees for 2014 are $280 per student for 4 terms.
Camps, excursions, incursions and swimming instruction fees are invoiced throughout the year and must be paid for before students can attend. Additional costs are also incurred by students wishing to be involved with choir, band, or extra curricular activities such as the School Musical or SAPSASA.
Payments can be made by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card in the front office from 8.30am daily. American Express cards are not accepted by schools. Please make cheques payable to Highbury Primary School. The Materials and Services Charge can be paid in full, or by instalments once arrangements have been made with the Principal or Nominee.
Application forms for School Card are available from the school or from www.decd.sa.gov.au
Provision of the Centerlink Customer Reference Number for the primary cardholder will enable verification of eligibility unless your personal circumstances have changed or you are self employed. Approval for school card is dependent on family income from the previous financial year. School card funding must be applied for each school year.
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