Dr. Dirk Wellham, Principal of Caloundra City School and former Australian Test Cricketer. Photo: Cade Mooney / Sunshine Coast Daily
Dr. Dirk Wellham, Principal of Caloundra City School and former Australian Test Cricketer. Photo: Cade Mooney / Sunshine Coast Daily Cade Mooney

'Bargain' private school fees available online

A SUNSHINE Coast private college believes discounting fees is the future of marketing for schools.

Queensland private schools are offering discounts of up to 50% on a new website called School Places in an effort to attract more enrolments in the competitive private education sector.

Caloundra City Private School is the only Coast school to join the initiative so far, by offering 25% off school fees for most year levels from Prep to Year 12.

"School Places website allows our school to promote to international, interstate and mobile Queensland families to search in one convenient location for an appropriate schools with specific available places," principal Dr Dirk Wellham said.

"The website facility allows any year's available places to be promoted and filled, particularly with last minute moves by families to our beautiful Sunshine Coast.

"While some of our years are fully enrolled for 2015, there are some where enrolment is presently available."

Dr Wellham expects enrolments to increase by 8%, bringing student numbers to 303.

Matthew Flinders Anglican College expects to match their 2014 enrolment of 1300 students next year.

But the school did not believe fee discounting was necessary to fill places at their college.

"We are in a very fortunate position as we have full enrolment with healthy waitlists and do not foresee any need to discount fees," a college spokesman said.

"We retain a scholarship that enables students who would otherwise not be able to come to Flinders to have an opportunity to study here.

"This model may fit other schools in challenging economic times, however, there appears no place for discounting at Flinders considering we are the school of choice for many families."

Sunshine Coast Grammar also confirmed they were not discounting fees.



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