• Parent Payments 2021

    Heidelberg Primary School is looking forward to another great year of teaching and learning and would like to advise you of our parent payment arrangements for 2021.

    The Department of Education and Training(DET) provides funding to schools to cover the basic operating costs associated with the education of students.  This funding includes the provision of teaching staff, administration and the provision of facilities in connection with the instruction of the standard curriculum program.  However, the funding provided to schools is not sufficient for us to provide all the requisites and resources needed for our extensive program and projects.  The DET Parent Payment Policy outlines the way in which schools councils can request payments or voluntary  contributions under the following three categories:

    1. Essential Student Learning Items

    Parents and guardians are required to provide or pay the school to supply their child with items/activities to be used in the standard curriculum program.  Heidelberg Primary School makes every effort to keep the cost of items and activities to a minimum and affordable for all parents. Our school will source stationery, texts and specialist class supplies on behalf of the students, i.e. parents will not be asked to purchase stationery and texts separately. We believe bulk purchasing and delivery will represent considerable savings compared to each student purchasing items individually. If you elect to purchase your own stationery, please consult with the school so that your child has the right items. There may be some items or services you cannot purchase yourself.

    Further detail about Essential Education Items required for your child has been posted on the Compass Portal.

    2. Optional Items

    Optional Items are items and activities that enhance or broaden the schooling experience of students and are offered in addition to the standard curriculum. Heidelberg Primary School offers a range of optional activities/items which are provided on a user-pays basis. Although the activities such as camps, excursions, sports, music lessons form part of the curriculum, parents/guardians may choose whether their child accesses or participates. If you child does not participate in any optional activity, alternative arrangements can be made for your child.

    Parents will be provided information about these activities throughout the school year, via the Compass Portal.

    3. Voluntary Contributions

    School Council invites and encourages Parent Voluntary Contributions, which are essential to the provision of the quality programs and educational experiences we offer to all students at Heidelberg Primary School. Suggested voluntary contributions are:

    i) Grounds Maintenance – This contribution provides resources towards the upkeep and maintenance of our grounds. Currently, School Council employs gardeners/maintenance persons to ensure our grounds remain in good condition.

    ii) First Aid – School Council has recognised the increasing demands for first aid, increasing complex needs of students, and a focus towards ongoing health and safety promotion.  Our First Aid officer is available Monday to Friday, 9.30am- 3.00pm.

    iii) Library – Heidelberg Primary School students enjoy access to a well-resourced library, with a focus on ensuring that books, equipment, furniture, and other materials are available to remain up to date.  We have employed a Library Education Support staff member, who manages the program.

    Financial Support for Families

    Heidelberg Primary School understands that some families may experience financial difficulty and offers a range of support options, including:

    * The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

    * Second hand Uniform

    * State School’s Relief Fund (uniform)

    * Special payment arrangements

    * Community Support Funds accessed through other means.

    Payment Methods

    Parent payments can be made in full, or regular instalments, using one of the following options

    1. Online via Compass parent portal, accessed via COURSE CONFIRMATION.

    2. EFTpos at the office OR submit card details for manual entry

    3. Cash/cheque payments via school payment envelope

    4. Alternative payment arrangement, to be discussed with school


    For a confidential discussion about accessing these services, or if you would like to discuss alternative payment arrangements, please contact Samantha Thornton, Business Manager.  Ph: (03) 9457 2259 | Email: sam.thornton@education.vic.gov.au

    Further detail about DET policy can be obtained by clicking here and Parent Payment overview here

    Your support and action is requested in regard to this matter to ensure our school continues to offer a quality and equitable program for all students.