Support for Families
Under current legislation, our college provides free instruction in the standard curriculum program (ie. eight key learning areas), and charges for goods and services used in the course of instruction only, known as the ‘Essential Items List’.
The Essential Items List provides a range of essential education items, including stationery and resources, which will be used in the course of instruction for your child. There may also be additional costs for some extra-curricular activities, participation in sporting teams, electives and VET courses.Please refer to the Parent Payments Policy for more information
The college offers payment plans for families experiencing financial difficulties. Please contact our Business Manager on 8312 0200 if you wish to discuss a payment plan.
Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities for their children.
School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works and sports teach teamwork, discipline and leadership. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund ensures that every student will have the opportunity to join their classmates for these important, educational and fun activities.
If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or you are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible. The allowance of $225 per secondary school student is paid to the college for each year of eligibility, to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions or sporting activities for the benefit of your child.
To apply, complete the application form and take it to one of our campus offices with your concession details.Download the CSEF Application Form
State Schools Relief
State Schools Relief is a charitable organisation which assists eligible families with the costs of uniform and school shoes.
Applications for assistance from State Schools Relief are made by the college on behalf of the family. Please contact your child’s Co-ordinator at the Junior Campus on 9363 1155 or the Senior Campus on 8312 0200 for assistance.
Sustainable School Shop
The Sustainable School Shop website is available to families to buy and sell second hand uniforms and textbooks, as well as other school items such as scientific calculators, sporting goods and musical instruments.
The system is simple and easy to use, with preloaded booklists and uniform lists making buying and selling easy. If you don’t have a computer, internet access or an email address, please call the Sustainable School Shop for assistance.
Registration is easy and searching is free. Items can be listed for sale from as little as $1.50 per ad.
All enquiries should be directed to the Sustainable School Shop on 1300 683 337 or help is also available through ‘Contact Us’ on their website.View the Sustainable School Shop Brochure
VUSC is a school member of Parenting Ideas which was founded by Michael Grose, author of nine parenting books and parenting educator to over 1500 Australian schools.
Parenting Ideas features up-to-date research, timely advice and inspiration, providing parenting strategies on everything from sibling rivalry, teen health and creating resilience in kids, for children of all ages.
For more information or to become a parent member, visit www.parentingideasclub.com.au.
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