Were Carers of our Grandkid 13yr old &4 .So much has changed since I raised our daughter .High school just one of many things .We be been inundated with cost ,$36 just for t shirt ! Public highschool costs heap ,I pads to use for school special clothes for P.E &it gies in .Won’t let her miss out but we on pension & we struggling ,how do others cope ? Books list $65 to be paid by 5 December ,ahh it’s piling up!

Posted by deborah_osborne, 30th November 2014

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  • Schools do assist if you are having difficulties in meeting costs – always good to talk to them about financial hardship. Schools do not usually make you pay for ipads? I would check this out with them.


  • Oh I am so not looking forward to this myself! I think you are amazing for raising your grandkids x


  • this story is good


  • Got another surprise ,$65 for books ,not covered by school card ,free book list .Ahh joy of being a Carer .


  • yeah it does get more expensive and they always need to buy more things


  • Thanks for ideas ,we do get centerlink $90pw ,she’s fully grown girl &eats !Will try second hand shop ,but High school in next town might try get them hold items ,all can do is try .We love her living with us ,just shock how much education us for newbies at high school.


  • Have you talked to Centrelink? You may be eligible for assistance. Also the Smith Family runs programs specifically to help kids with school costs.

    • Good idea to contact the Smith Family if you are finding it difficult to cover and meet costs.


  • Have you spoken to the school and told them your struggling with the costs I’m sure they would be able to help you out.
    I’m guessing you already get money from Centrelink for having your grandkids living with you ?


  • If you or any of your friends are on eBay or Facebook, there should be a few school uniforms and textbooks for sale on your local community pages at the moment. Check local op shops too. Most schools also have second hand uniform sales at the start of the year.
    Have you been to centrelink to see if you are eligible for any additional benefits?

    • Great practical advice! I often buy secondhand uniforms.


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