Private schools weigh up hardship options

Two-thirds of private schools in Victoria are in deep financial stress (Bigstock)

Independent schools in Melbourne have backflipped on decisions to slash fees as thousands of students prepare for a return to remote learning. Source: Herald-Sun.

Many private campuses last term cut fees by 10 to 25 per cent when online learning started, but schools are now expected to focus on individual hardship cases instead.

Camberwell and Ivanhoe Grammar schools have sent out fee invoices without discounts for the last period of remote learning, but are giving parents more time to pay.

In a sign of the times, schools are asking parents to donate hot meals, lunch box items, gift cards and money to help those in financial stress.

Melbourne Grammar asked parents for money to help other parents, suggesting donations of up to $3000.

Mount Evelyn Christian School asked staff to donate cash, gift cards or food for families in need, while Trinity Grammar is co-ordinating donations for students, teachers and staff “faced with challenging times”.

Modelling from Independent Schools Victoria earlier in the year showed two-thirds of private schools were in deep financial stress.

Melbourne Grammar headmaster Philip Grutzner said fee statements were being withheld pending a review by the school council.

Catholic Education Melbourne executive director Jim Miles said fees were a matter for individual schools, and parents and carers facing financial hardship should discuss it with the school.

Most Catholic schools have offered hardship provisions rather than blanket discounts.

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Melbourne private schools backflipped on fee discounts (By Ashley Argoon, The Herald-Sun)

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