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Xin Jin Shan Chinese Language and Culture School
Dear teachers, students and parents,
I would like to talk about two important topics today.
The first one is the selection of outstanding students of the year.
As usual in Term 4, all the classes expect early-learning and prep classes would select students for the awards such as Student of The Year, Outstanding Student and Best Progress Award and the students to be awarded would be approved by the school and receive relevant awards. The Student of the Year receivers would be given gold medals, the Outstanding Student receivers would be given silver medals and the Best Progress Award receivers would be presented certificates and the awarded name lists would be presented on the school’s website.
The purpose of presenting awards to well-performed students is to present our acknowledgements and appreciation for their excellent performance and hard work and encourage other students to work harder and encourage their motivation in Chinese language and culture learning.
The class teachers would conduct the selection of outstanding students based on school’s relevant policies and in general in each class 10% students could be given Student of the Year award, 15%-20% for Outstanding Student award and 15%-20% for Best Progress award. Students who have received prizes in international writing competitions could obtain gold and silver medals automatically with no quota limit (First Prize receivers would be given gold medals and Second Prize and Third Prize receivers would be given silver medals. The awards would not be duplicated. Students who are entitled to different awards would be given the highest awards).
The second important topic is 2024 enrolment.
Recently, many parents have approached us enquiring for 2024 enrolments. I would like to let you know the 2024 Admission Guide is under discussion and will be finalized soon. I would like to inform you some changes and improvements for 2024 enrolment.
First, there will be two improvements in the process of students’ registration. The first one is student number. Currently parents are expected to put “campus code + student name” in the reference when making the payment. It is very likely there will be students with same name on the same campus and it brings us great difficulty confirming students’ payments. Therefore, from 2024 enrolment, each student will be given a student number (class teachers will inform parents the student numbers of their children) and parents are expected to put “student number + student name” in the reference when making payment to avoid duplicated student information in our database and the student numbers will stay with them until they graduate from XJS.
Another improvement is that parents could revise students’ enrolment information based on the information filled online last year through their email, double checking whether certain information needs to be updated such as mainstream school names from primary school to secondary school, etc. After checking or updating all the information (no one except for students’ parents could get access to the information), parents are expected to upload 2024 payment receipt to complete 2024 enrolment process.
Second, the change of payment price. Recently, some representatives of Chinese language schools in Victoria have a conversation together and have talked about the same dilemma the community language schools are facing now: the first dilemma is the burden of increased classroom rental costs, office rental costs and bills, paper and photocopying costs which has brought great pressure in our administration costs.
The second dilemma is that community language schools are expected to pay wages and superannuation based on modern awards and there will be weekend penalty pay for staff working on weekends as well. Moreover, from 1 July 2023, some community language schools have raised the pay rate according to the government requirements. The human resources costs have increased quite a lot.
The third dilemma is that DET’s requirements on community language schools in the areas of curriculum and campus safety have raised a lot and many of them are up to the same standards of mainstream schools and community language schools have to hire more admin staff and more registered teachers to cope with DET’s expectations. However, in the last six years, the DET funding for community language schools have not changed a bit, which makes community language schools financially strapped. Therefore, to cope with the daily operation of the school, we have to raise the payment price for 2024 (please read the 2024 Admission Guide later for detail when it is available).
Nevertheless, we would keep on providing the following payment benefits: 1. early-bird discount, 25% off each term’s tuition fee by 22 Dec 2023; 2. 25% off each term’s tuition fee for children of alumnus; 3. 50% off each term’s tuition fee for the third child of a family and the children of current teachers.
We have made some improvements in the payment. The current twice-a-year registration fees would be changed into once-a-year registration fees no matter the payment is made for full year or half year.
The refund policy will also be improved. The registration fees are non-refundable as usual. However, the current policy of “the tuition fees of the semester is not refundable after the third week of the semester and $20 admin fees would be deducted” will be changed like this: tuition fees are term-based and refund can be requested within the first three weeks of each term; if paid with early-bird discount, students are no longer entitled to the discount if refund is requested, and the tuition fees for the weeks taken and registration fee would be deducted based on full prices; there will be no admin fees to be deducted.
For 2024 enrolment, the payment benefits (including early-bird, children of alumnus, teachers and the third child of a family) could apply to every single student and our improvements in payment and refund policy (especially the ways of refund calculation) present our consideration for parents. I believe they would understand these changes.
In the end, we would keep on providing high quality Chinese language learning lessons. Let’s work together to encourage the Chinese virtue of attaching importance to education and culture inheritance in Australia.
For the detail of 2024 enrolment, we will give separate notices to you soon. Let’s see you on campus on weekend.
Kevin Hu, Principal
Xin Jin Shan Chinese Language and Culture School is a DET-accredited Child Safe community language school. If you have any concern and suggestions regarding the school’s child safe policy, please feel free to visit https://xjs.vic.edu.au/child-safety/ or call us at 9888 1688 or email us at [email protected].