Information will be going home over the next week about the 2018 Essential Education Items (also know as School Fees), please read this information carefully. Almost all of the costs associated with educating the wonderful children at Drysdale Primary are met by grants from the government through the Department of Education and Training. Schools have a small additional charge to cover the costs of materials that the children actually take possession of e.g. exercise books and other stationery, as well as covering the cost of items such as software licences, specialist resources and materials. This letter also contains information about how parents can spread the annual cost ($200 per student) across the full year. It is essential that parents pay this charge. If the school was to pay these costs for all of the students in the school from the grants provided by the government, this would reduce the number of teachers we could employ resulting in increased class sizes.