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The Rivers Secondary College, Lismore High Campus

The Rivers Secondary College, Lismore High Campus

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Financial contributions and assistance

There are some costs associated with going to school that you may find it helpful to plan and budget for.

Costs to consider include:

  • uniforms

  • school books and equipment

  • excursions

  • co-curricular activities.

Voluntary school contributions

Like all NSW public schools, we can request contributions to enhance our educational and sporting programs including elective subjects. School contributions help provide additional educational resources for the benefit of students. Payment is voluntary.

For more information, visit the Voluntary School Contribution policy.

Financial assistance

If you are unable to pay school contributions because of financial hardship, you may be eligible for assistance from the school.

Our principal will ensure no student or family suffers any discrimination or embarrassment over the inability to pay school contributions.

Financial Matters and Fees


As a public school students are not charged tuition fees for the delivery of the mandatory curriculum.

Fees are charged where students have chosen elective subjects; these are subjects which are not mandatory. The fees for the elective subjects are used to purchase materials or equipment necessary to undertake the subject. Where a student has not paid their subject fees, they may be allowed to participate in the lesson but will not be able to consume the product in the case of food based subjects or keep the item for manufacturing subjects.

Students, who have not paid their fees at the commencement of the subject, can be withdrawn to allow a student, who can pay the fees, to replace them in that subject.

In the case of Higher School Certificate (HSC) subjects, where a project may be involved, it is the responsibility of the student that they have sufficient funds to complete it. The school takes no responsibility for students who have not accounted for the funds for their project. Many of the project-based subjects in the HSC allow the student to be flexible in what they create and the student retains the project work.

Where students have failed to pay fees to the school, they may be excluded from optional school events. An example of this is the Year 12 formal, where, if school fees have not been paid, students will not be allowed to attend until they have been cleared.

It is not the aim of the school to disadvantage students in anyway. However, payment of fees is crucial. If you are unable to pay subject fees because of financial hardship, please contact our School Administration Manager (Mrs Andrina Bennett) so we can arrange terms of payment or other financial support.

Payment of Accounts

The Administration office is where all payments are received for excursions, contributions etc. Payments can be made during the hours of 8.30am and 3.30pm.

Money for school contributions, excursions etc., is collected by the Administration office before school, at recess and at lunchtime.

A closing date for payment of money for various events is set 48 hours prior to the event, unless specified earlier on the permission note. After this date no further payments are accepted and students will not be able to attend the excursion or event. It is important that students develop responsibility for making sure that they have paid on time (and also returned their permission note).

Arrangements can be made to ‘pay-off’ monies, and there are usually payment plans developed for the major excursions. These payments need to be finalised 48 hours prior to the event.

Families will be invoiced for fees mid Term1 and these can then be paid at the front office.

School Contribution

Our school community supports the school through the School Contribution. The School Contribution is a voluntary payment made to the school. The voluntary contribution is used to purchase resources for the use of students in the school.

School Contribution Fee

Senior $50.00 (11 & 12)

Junior $40.00 (7 to 10)