Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Parents Face Bill of $2954

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Parents Face Bill of $2954

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Byline: Leah White leah.white@northernstar.com.au

FOR Cumbalum resident Tiffany Hawkins, sending her four kids to school this semester has been a costly lesson in school expenses.

This year her youngest Kirsty, 5, will be going to school for the first time, joining older brothers Nicholas, 6, Scott, 10, and Michael, 12, at Emmanuel Anglican College in Ballina.

"It would be close to two grand or more including drink bottles and lunch boxes, let alone the stationery and new uniforms," she said.

"So it's certainly something we plan for.

"My husband (jokingly) complains. He says he'll never be able to retire."

Ms Hawkins said school fees were the biggest cost. "My eldest is starting high school this year and that's a huge jump in fees, and along with that comes extracurriculars as they get older."

She said some parents who sent their children to a private school worked two jobs to be able to afford it.

"People talk about it and budget for it and look at where they can cut spending elsewhere to pay for the kids' school," Ms Hawkins said. …

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