College slashes student fees
ONE of the Fraser Coast's top-performing schools has announced dramatic fee cuts for 2012, to support families, many of whom are still suffering hardships from difficult economic times.
The move will see student fees at Fraser Coast Anglican College decrease, with some slashed by a whopping 30 per cent.
Principal Tony Wood said the move was a way of giving back to a community which had been hit hard by the GFC and an employment sector in decline.
"We are very keen to be able to continually offer a quality education at a more affordable and more realistic cost to parents," Mr Wood said.
"The GFC impacted on us and in a way the floods and cyclones impacted on tourism and the construction industry in Harvey Bay and a lot of those people impacted are our (students') parents."
The huge reduction in fees comes after the Anglican Church Authority offered to upgrade the level of support it provided to the school.
Mr Wood agreed the association's move to upgrade its financial support was a reflection of the school's community standing.
"Their commitment in insuring that we have a high quality Anglican school in the area - the funding does enforce that standing," Mr Wood said.
Potentially almost 800 families could benefit from the cuts, with the school already having about 600 students enrolled for 2012.
Prep to Year 6 received the highest cuts, followed by those in Year 7 to Year 9, while senior students received still part of the benefits.
Mr Wood said he hoped past students who were forced to move schools due to their financial situation would return and welcomed any new additions.