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Student Resource Scheme and Textbook Allowance

Under the Education (General Provisions) Act (EGPA) and Department of Training (DET) policies and after consultation with our P&C, Red Hill Special School operates a whole of school Textbook & Resource Scheme. Due to the specialised needs of our environment, a lot of our resources are expensive and/or specialist items not readily available to the general public. This scheme is to ensure that all students have the necessary resources for their education, and to save parents/caregivers the need to shop for basic school resources.  It also provides bulk purchase advantages and a uniformity of resources.
We are also aiming to reduce the amount of payments made to the school and have combined all fees into the scheme.  Once the Student Resource Scheme (SRS)contribution has been paid, the only payment parents/carers will be required to make will be for horse riding, gym, TAFE fees and culminating unit activities/excursions (i.e. camp).  These culminating excursions are limited to one per semester.
The resources provided to the students under the scheme include items such as:
·       Class course packs including stationery, texta’s, scrapbooks, pencils, glue sticks, folders;
·       Specialised ICT resources including specialised software & licences, apps for devices;
·       USB  for sharing multimedia;
·       Student ID Card;
·       Specialised resources including RHSS Communication Book;
·       Individual communication items;
·       Music therapy;
·       Specialised equipment use including repairs, modifications and purchases;
·       Specialised Hydrotherapy resources;
·       Enhanced HRE resources;
·       Enhanced Library resources;
·       Specialised Physical Education resources and Gross/Fine Motor skills;
·       Senior Phase of Learning activities & resources;
·       Specialised Life Skills resources including cooking & art supplies.
The cost to participate in the Textbook& Resources Scheme for 2017 is:
·       ECDP& Playgroup - $25.00 per year
·       Pre-Prep               - $50.00 per year
·       Early Years           - $250.00 per year
·       Middle School       - $250.00 per year
·       Junior Secondary  - $250.00 per year (less Textbook Allowance cheque Students aged 12 at 1st Jan 2017  - $123
·       Senior School        - $350.00 per year (less Textbook Allowance cheque Students aged 15 at 1st Jan 2017 - $266)
Education Queensland pays a Textbook Allowance for students aged 13 years and older. The allowance is paid directly to the school and is used to offset the Student Resource Scheme (see page14). The Textbook Allowance covers the cost of classroom consumables, some transport and some registration costs at vocational education, etc. A full breakdown is provided to parents/carers annually and is published on the school website. You can choose not to participate in this Textbook Allowance Scheme and can request that the school pay you the allowance.  However, in this case you will be required to provide and/or pay for the resources and equipment listed for your child for that year. The value of the resources and equipment is always greater than the Textbook and Resource Allowance.