Supporting the vision
Independent Schools in Queensland
On average, the State recurrent funding support for Non-State schools has fallen considerably behind the annual cost increases faced by schools, notably teacher salary increases. As a result, parents have had to increase their contributions through the payment of higher fees and school communities have had to explore sources of other private income.
On the national scene, the Average Government School Recurrent Cost (AGSRC) figures for 2013 were $10,411 ($10,057 in 2012) for primary school students and $13,032 ($12,445 in 2012) for secondary students.
Income and Expenditure
Salaries and Costs
Staff salaries rose by 2.7% in 2013 which equated to an increased cost of approximately $440,000 including on-costs such as superannuation and long service leave provisions. Approximately 64.4% of the School’s recurrent budget was spent on staff salaries and associated costs in 2013. The School is committed to continuing to provide a high standard of teaching and learning, and quality teachers come at a cost. Staffing costs were one of the most significant factors in the increase in School fees for 2013. In 2013, the Commonwealth increased its funding by an average of 4.1% in recognition of increasing education costs; however State funding decreased by 5.7%. In addition to staffing and other recurrent costs, the School has funded new capital works projects and serviced capital project loans.
The School’s recurrent income in 2013 was derived from a number of sources, namely Tuition Fees, Commonwealth Grants (Recurrent), State Grants (Recurrent), Capital Grants & Donations and Sundry Income. Expenses are categorised as Salaries & Associated-Costs, Teaching Expenses, Administration & Maintenance, Depreciation and Interest. The following graphs indicate the percentage breakdown of income and expenditure:
Campus Development and Building Projects
In 2013, a number of campus development plans and initiatives were put in place.
Other internally funded capital projects include:
- New walkway roofing in Senior School;
- Replacement of music building air-conditioning units;
- Air-conditioning of the Chapel of St Paul; and
- Continued roll-out of the laptop program, now in its second cycle.
External sustainment funds for ICT infrastructure were provided by the Commonwealth Government for the ongoing network infrastructure to support the 1:1 laptop program which has been running in Years 7-12 since 2009. The ICT network infrastructure supported 1750 computers in the School in 2013 and along with upgraded wireless technology, enabled students to access the internet across the School campus. The 650Mb/sec internet speeds have improved the rate of digital information transfer. It is important to note that the ICT levy paid by parents in 2013 has not funded the laptop hardware, but rather the supporting element of the machines. Approximately 180 laptops are being recycled from the current laptop cohorts to the Year 5 and 6 levels in the Junior School at the start of 2014.
IT Infrastructure capacity has been increased at the school in preparation for the implementation of a Learning Management System (LMS). Extra host server capacity has been established with a 6 host VMWare infrastructure, redundant core switch and high speed redundant firewall units. Extra NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices have been purchased and deployed in several key buildings across the school grounds as part of the DR (Disaster Recovery) capacity of the School.
During 2013 the School continued to fundraise through three main channels, our Building, Scholarship and Library Funds. The following chart indicates the structure of the current types of funds for donations which can be made by the community which include those with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status:
Dr Andrè van Zyl
Executive Director of Business