When the school was established, the Education Department gave it certain essential facilities. Ground was purchased, a building erected and basic furniture and equipment provided. In fact, the allocation was a generous one, but any additional equipment, the care and maintenance of the school grounds, including the ground staffs’ wages, machinery, computer facilities and support, sports equipment and library books must be provided by the school.
The past decade has seen further important and far-reaching changes in how schools are financed. The Education Department is now only responsible for the salaries of the approved staffing complement. Other expenses, including the salaries of more than a third of the professional and most of the support staff, must be met by the parents,. The introduction of compulsory school fees from 1 May 1992 has made the meeting of these expenses possible. In terms of the SA Schools Act (1996) one of the functions of the board of governors is to “determine, charge and enforce the payment of … school fees”. School fees are thus compulsory.
Parental Approval of the Budget
The school fee for each year is determined each November, when the budget for the following year is drawn up and approved by parents.
It is extremely important that all parents attend the budget approval meeting.
Prospective parents will be informed as soon as possible of the new fee.
Facilities for Fee Payment
School fees may be paid in one of the following ways:
- Annually in advance: A 5% discount will be given if paid in full by the end of February.
- Monthly in advance: Either over a ten- or twelve-month period.
- Quarterly in advance (by the date indicated on the account).
Cheques must be made payable to “Fish Hoek High School”.
Should a debit or cheque be returned unpaid, a R50 administrative fee will be charged.
For your convenience, the bursar’s office has credit card facilities.
Details may be obtained from the bursar at the school. Requests for payment in any other way must be made in writing.
Financial Assistance (Parent-funded Exeptions)
State financial assistance is no longer available. Provision is made for partial or total exemption from school fees under the “Norms and Standards” regulations of the SA Schools Act. The board of governors accepts that all the children of the community should be able to attend school if they meet the admission criteria. The board will apply the regulations faithfully and provision is made in the school’s budget for these fee exemptions. Please note however, that the loss of income due to the fee exemptions is borne by the fee-paying parents.
A copy of the application form for fee exemption can be obtained from the bursar during February if you need to apply for a reduction.
The school now relies upon fundraising to balance the budget. Please do support these efforts in every way you can.
The audited accounts of the school are available for perusal by any interested parent. An appointment to do so may be made with the bursar.
A pupil insurance policy is available from the main office during the first term. Parents are urged to consider this option to supplement their existing medical cover. Please contact the bursar for payment details.