Australian parents now forking out more than $42k a year to send their kids to fancy private schools complete with yoga studios, equestrian centres and heated pools
- Select Australian private schools will charge $42,000 annually in fees from 2022
- SCEGCS Darlinghurst in Sydney confirmed price hike in a recent letter to parents
- Other schools such as Geelong Grammar offer yoga and equestrian to students
- Books, laptops and school uniforms are not included as part of the huge fees
Some Australian parents are forking out more than $40,000 annually to send their children to fancy private schools – some of which feature on and off-campus yoga studios, equestrian centres and heated pools.
And many of those elite private schools are set to raise their fees next year amid rising costs.
SCECGS Darlinghurst, a private school girl’s school in Sydney’s glitzy Eastern Suburbs, confirmed it will be hiking its annual fees to $42,000 in 2022, following a recent board meeting.
It was decided extra counsellors were required at the private school – whose alumni include actor Claudia Karvan and PR maven Roxy Jacenko – due to a spike in anxiety rates among students following the Covid pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.
The fees for parents in Year 12 this year were $41,090.
In an email sent to parents, principal Jenny Allum and the school’s chair Peter Hicks said the pandemic meant there was additional equipment that needed to be purchased.
Extra cleaning costs and staff pay increases were also factored into the fee increases ahead of term one.
In an email to parents, SCECGS Darlinghurst in Sydney’s inner city confirmed school fees will be as much as $42,000 annually following a recent board meeting at the school
One of the reasons given for the fee increase at SCEGCS Darlinghurst was the introduction of counsellors for girls at the school struggling with anxiety stemming from life during Covid-19 in the Harbour City
SCECGS Darlinghurst have also pledged to offer ‘greater support’ for further mental health initiatives at the elite girls school
‘We also understand the added stress and anxiety levels being felt by many SCEGGS girls,’ the letter read.
‘The 2022 salary budget includes increased provisions for student services and counselling to assist SCEGGS girls navigate these difficult times, and more generally greater support for mental health initiatives.’
Other Sydney schools who will increase their fees next year include St Catherine’s, Waverley in the east (from $36,590 to $37,322) and Danebank in Hurstville in the city’s south (from $22,785 to $23,475), according to the Daily Telegraph.
The King’s School at North Parramatta, which charge just north of $38,284 a year, opted to not increase its fees in 2020 due to the pandemic.
They remain tight-lipped on their fee structure for 2021 and beyond.
The high fees help pay for incredible facilities that resemble ritzy country clubs more than a traditional school.
Co-educational Geelong Grammar School in Victoria charge a reported $42,500 for students across four terms – and the education experience comes with all the bells and whistles.
A 10-lane indoor swimming pool, dance and yoga studios and even a world-class equestrian centre for budding horse enthusiasts are some of the standout features for pupils.
Meanwhile, in the Sunshine State, Brisbane Grammar School offers access to over 30 different clubs, including aviation, for those looking to pursue a career in the skies after completing their studies.
Co-educational Geelong Grammar School in Victoria charge a reported $42,500 each year – with a multi lane heated indoor pool one of the features for students
Brisbane Grammar School offer an education experience of a lifetime, including aviation for budding pilots