Mountain Creek State High School operates a Student Resource Scheme (SRS) for years 7 to 12 to:
Minimise the costs to parents/guardians of providing textbooks and other learning resources for their child/ren, by securing discounts, through early payment and bulk ordering.
Ensure that an adequate bank of resources is available to guarantee a good quality education for all students.
This is a service offered by this school and is something that neither the school nor the executive principal is required to do. There are many schools that do not offer such a service and parents/guardians are forced to carry the full cost of purchasing all learning materials.
The SRS is organised by the school, but overseen by the school finance committee and has the support of the P & C Association. The finance committee is chaired by the principal and has parent and teacher representatives.
The scheme is a co-operative fund generated by the funds received from parents/caregivers. Through P & C endorsement, a textbook allowance is received by the school for year 7 - 10 students of $121 and for years 11 - 12 students of $262. An additional $375 per student (from 2015) is charged to parents/caregivers who wish to participant in the scheme.
The scheme does not provide any funds for the Parents’ and Citizens’ Association, is entirely voluntary and parents/guardians are under no obligation to join.
The SRS operates under the policies and guidelines of the Department of Education. A parent who does not wish to join the scheme is responsible for providing the student with the items that would otherwise have been provided to the student by the scheme as detailed on the year level requirements list and/or subject requirements list, to enable the student to engage with the curriculum.
Parents wishing to take advantage of the services provided by the SRS, pay the annual participation fee and sign the relevant form agreeing to the conditions therein. The SRS provides the entire package for the specified participation fee and is not available in part.
Benefits of joining the SRS
In addition to the textbook and resource allowance, parents/guardians wishing to take advantage of joining the SRS pay an annual fee (in 2017 this fee will be $375) and receive all services, materials and consumables not defined as instruction, administration and facilities for the education of the student at the school which include:
- Use of all prescribed textbooks/e-books for subjects, where applicable.
- Reproduced class materials which complement and/or substitute for textbooks.
- Student reference material through the resource centre (e.g. books; audio/DVD's; Clickview, Oliver, Reading Eggs).
Other student reference materials including e-learning resources and access to web site subscriptions (which would be costly if paid for on an individual basis but as a bulk registration through the school SRS the cost per student is reduced significantly):
Additional computer software purchased for use in class.
Photocopy costs (classroom materials and workbooks).
Minor equipment and consumable materials for subjects where the instruction is extended through providing practical learning experiences in excess of materials provided by school grants.
Student identification card.
Cost of transport for core curriculum related excursions and all planned transport - This cost is not always included in student resource schemes in other schools.
Text and Resource Allowance (TRA)
The Queensland Government provides a text and resource allowance for eligible students. With the approval of their Parents’ and Citizen’s Association, schools may be directly provided with this allowance. As such, Mountain Creek State High School Parents’ and Citizens’ Association has approved the direct payment of the TRA to our school.
All students are eligible for the text and resource allowance, excluding:
Students enrolled as full fee paying overseas students (FFOS).
Students enrolled in a Centre for Continuing Secondary Education (CCSE).
Students undertaking part time distance education from a non-state school accredited for distance education.
Students enrolled after the first Friday in August.
Any student transferring after the end of February from any Queensland secondary school (state or non-state) will be expected to carry a pro rata refund allowance from their departing school to their new school. Mountain Creek State High School will calculate the pro rata amount and advise parents/guardians of the payment amount due.
Yes, I wish to join the SRS
The subsidy for a student eligible for the TRA has been taken into consideration, and as such, has reduced the total amount that parents/guardians contribute to the 2017 SRS. The SRS represents excellent value and provides substantial savings to parents/guardians of students in all year levels. The average cost of textbooks is approximately $65.00 each, with some costing over $100.00. To this end, every effort has been made to contain costs to parents/guardians, whilst ensuring that an adequate bank of resources is available for student use.
Parents/guardians are asked to complete a Subject Selection form for their child/ren. Additionally, the SRS contract conditions (listed on the back page of this form) must be read, understood and agreed to, by way of signature in the "Yes, I wish to join the 2017 SRS" section.
The participation fee of $375 should be finalised before the first day of school in 2017. Anyone who joins the scheme but fails to pay the full fee may be excluded from the SRS.
Bpoint is now available via:
www.bpoint.com.au\payments\dete. Bpoint is a secure online payment system. A customer reference number and invoice number are required for Bpoint. This information is located on the school invoice and statement and can also be obtained through QParents.
Cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card are accepted at the student administration office Monday to Friday until 1:30pm.
Direct payment of fees, via the Internet may also be established. Parents/guardians are asked to contact student administration on (07) 5457 8308.
Centrepay is a free direct bill paying service available to parents/guardians who receive Centrelink payments, such as Family, Newstart and Abstudy. Centrepay can make direct payments to Mountain Creek State High School to pay for school fees. Should you wish to take advantage of this service, please contact student administration on (07) 5457 8308.
Anyone experiencing financial difficulties may take advantage of paying the SRS fee by instalments, (as outlined in the Subject Selection form), or are asked to contact student administration on (07) 5457 8308. Payment plans can be arranged by either contacting (07) 5457 8308 or emailing:
firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application.
An appointment can be made to see the business services manager to discuss any further alternative arrangements if necessary by phoning (07) 5457 8308.
No, I do not wish to join the SRS
Should parents/guardians choose not to join the SRS, the Subject Selection form is to be completed and the section "No, I do not wish to join the 2017 SRS" signed.
A parent who does not wish to join the scheme is responsible for providing the student with the items that would otherwise have been provided to the student by the scheme as detailed on the year level requirements list and/or subject requirements list, to enable the student to engage with the curriculum.
If eligible, the below Text and Resource Allowance (TRA) will be refunded to the parent/guardian:
- Year 8 student: $121
- Year 9 student: $121
- Year 10 student: $121
- Year 11 student: $262
- Year 12 student: $262
Additionally, Mountain Creek State High School will provide a comprehensive list of all textbooks and resources required to be purchased by parent/guardians, in lieu of joining the SRS. The year level requirements list and/or subject requirements list and component costing will also assist a parent to calculate and substantiate an entitlement for schoolkids bonus.
Non-participation families will then be invoiced for those materials that can only be supplied by the school eg. Photocopying, bus transport, art materials, and the textbook and resource allowance will be credited to the account.
User pays and subject fees
Some subjects require students to use materials to fulfil assessment requirements. For example, in Art, students produce paintings, in Design and Technology, students design and produce a number of workshop items. These projects become the personal property of students. The subject fee is for the costs of materials used in producing these items.
User pays are for external charges to the school, for example bus hire, admission costs, guest speakers and camp fees. Where a third party charges the school for the activity a user pay fee is charged to the parent/guardian. User pays are to be balanced for each activity and a refund must be given if the amount calculated for the refund is over $10 per student (as per school refund policy, endorsed by the P & C Association).
School 1 to 1 laptop program
This program is offered to years 11 and 12. There are currently two programs available - the "Stay at School" Option which does not attract a fee and the "Take Home" option which does charge an annual participation fee. Details on how to apply for the "Take Home" Program can be found at School 1 to 1 Laptop Program.
All user pay fees can be paid on either subject selection ECP (August Education Careers Planning day) or by 31 October, 2016 to finalise subject selection and classes for 2017.
Student resource scheme
SRS must be paid before the beginning of the school year.
Payment plans (approved by application or appointment with the school business services manager).