Thank you for your quick response to the survey I put out last week. There have been over 90 responses and some excellent feedback. I have looked closely at the responses and with the BOT, have made some decisions.
Firstly, I have below the results from the survey to give you an idea of the general thinking around camps:
While we can no longer charge camp fees as a compulsory payment, we can request that you strongly consider contributing as much towards the full amount as possible. This will allow overnight camps to continue. We also understand the full amount will not be possible for some. We do have some funds from the Government Donations Scheme set aside to ensure all students are able to take part and these we will readily use.
The full amount for BOTH camps is now $240. This is partly subsidised by the donations scheme. For those who have already paid the full amount, THANK YOU, the difference will remain as a credit on your account.
I am working with staff on a clear, concise camp plan that will be ready as soon as possible (likely this term) to enable budgeting and clarity going forward. Judging by your responses and staff feeling, camps in the future will likely:
- Follow a two year cycle, one over-nighter followed by a less expensive, possibly local experience the following year at no/low cost to parents
- Still be arranged in Y5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13 cohorts.
- Y6, Y10, and Y13 will have graduation experiences as they graduate to the next area of the school. The school will look to subsidise these.
As mentioned, a proper plan will follow along with information regarding Y6 and Y10 Graduation plans later in T4.
Thank you again for your valuable & timely feedback.