Finance and fees
CURRENT YEAR FEES AND PAYMENTS
When determining our fees, we take account of the Ministry of Education's guidelines around the items and activities for which state schools are permitted to charge.
We ask that families pay for items such as:
PAYMENT OF FEES
Wherever known, fees are charged at the start of each year although student subject changes and other circumstances may result in fees being added later in the year.
Fees can be paid by direct payment to our bank account, over the counter in cash or EFTPOS/credit card at the School Office or by regular automatic payment.
Our bank details can be found on each invoice that we send to you.
As a Decile 10 school, the amount of money provided to WHS by the Government is much less than many other schools receive. Whilst we are fortunate to have the Branches Trust and WHS Foundation as other sources of financial support, we also rely heavily on donations to supplement these central funds.
Donations are voluntary and can be made in any amount. We are grateful if parents will consider supporting the school in this way.
Our suggested donation is approximately $150 each year for families with one student at WHS. For families with two students at school we suggest a total donation of $230 each year, and for three or more students from the family at school we ask for a donation of $275 per year. However, donations of any amount are appreciated.
Donations above these levels are of course always welcome.
This is an entirely voluntary payment and is tax-deductible for donors. Please contact our finance team if you would like to obtain a receipt for your donation for tax purposes.
Our aim is always to keep fees as low as possible, but the costs of items such as equipment, food and fuel mean that we sometimes need to increase these costs from year to year.
Families are responsible for providing stationery items for student use.
OfficeMax provides a service to WHS that includes:
All orders placed through OfficeMax also earn rewards for the school.
To place your order, go online here and search for Wakatipu High School.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT
We understand that on occasion, families may need assistance in meeting the costs of various aspects of school life.
WHS operates the Awhi Fund, named for the Maori word for 'help'. This fund is designed to assist families cover the costs of almost any aspect of school life, such as uniform items, camps and trips.
The Awhi Fund is supported by the WHS Foundation.
If you would like to get more information about Awhi, please contact our Guidance Counsellor to arrange a confidential meeting.