How To Make a Payment
Payments can be made either through the cashier office at school or via internet banking:
Account number: 12-3011-0160054-03
Please use the student ID number as reference so the payment can be coded correctly. If paying via internet, please allow 3-5 days for the payment to be processed.
** Workbook payments: these may by paid for either at Paper Plus in Howick or with the school cashier. Payment is accepted by cash, cheque or credit card.
The Cashier office is open during school hours, from 8.30am - 3.15pm. Students may make payments before school or during interval and lunch time.
Parents are also welcome to pop in to make payments during the day. The cashier office is located in the front office. Please note: the cashier is not available between 12 - 12.30pm.
Like all schools in the country, Howick College finds it necessary to request payment for some subject materials, and for activities which may be subject based or extra-curricular.
This is because the level of government funding does not enable education to be 'free' nor for us to meet the expectations we and our community have for the quality of educational opportunities. Parents, therefore, may be asked during the year for the following payments. Statements for each student, showing what has been paid for, will be issued twice a term.
In most core subjects there are no or very low fees. In specialist subjects, particularly in the senior school, it is necessary to pay for some equipment or materials that the students use and keep.
Some subjects use workbooks inconjunction with textbooks. Where textbooks remain the property of the school and are not charged for, workbooks incur a fee as they are include work and study notes that are filled in by the students. These workbooks are not part of the stationery pack that is purchased through Paper Plus.
Payments for workbooks can be made at Paper Plus, Howick or at the school cashiers office.
** Payment for workbooks cannot be made to the school account via the internet. Cash, cheque or credit card at the school only or via Paper Plus, Howick.
Many subjects offer field trips and camps and charges are made for transport, accommodation and entrance fees. In most cases students/parents may elect not to participate but obviously participation is an enrichment experience that enhances learning.
Co- and extra-curricular activities:
There are a huge variety of such activities in sporting and cultural areas which students are encouraged to participate in. Most have costs such as team registration, uniforms etc which the school cannot fully meet from other funding sources and therefore 'user pays' prevails (just as in the world beyond school where there are no free memberships of sporting clubs for example).
Voluntary Donation: Suggested amount - One child: $300 / Two or more children: $550.
We invite parents to pay the voluntary college donation which is applied to supplement the funding available from the government Operations Grant and income from sources such as international fee-paying students. If preferred, donation payments may be paid in instalments to suit. This donation is tax-deductible
This funding is applied to:
- sporting and musical equipment
- funding of library resources beyond what otherwise would be possible
- purchase and maintenance of ICT equipment (for which, unlike many other countries, there is minimal government funding and on which we spend in excess of $300,000 every year)
- employing extra Guidance Counsellors, and
- operating our Health Centre which, with its facilities and registered nurse manager is more like a local medical centre than a school 'sick bay.'
We trust that this note explains the critical importance of the fees, charges, and voluntary donation, and we look forward to your support so that we may continue to provide the best possible opportunities for your sons and daughters.