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Re: Contributions

Post by Fjgrogan » Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:54 pm

CHOBA members are not 'chosen'; I think it just encompasses all Old Blues. I guess it officially has no power to influence the running of the Foundation or the school itself, but I am sure it must make some difference if we all express our opinions?
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Re: Contributions

Post by ailurophile » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:04 pm

Atticus wrote:
Well, we have just had a 11% increase. That on a smaller income than last year. I honestly have no idea why the increase should be that large!
And in my experience, asking for an explanation won't get you very far either! I try every year...

Having said that, I would encourage you to write to Mrs Young and request some clarification of the figures. The school does seem to take parents (and our potential to be squeezed ever harder!) very much for granted; maybe if enough of us speak up and ask questions the 'powers that be' might at least begin to recognise that their decisions do have an impact on us!

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Post by ailurophile » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:18 pm

CHOBA members are not 'chosen'; I think it just encompasses all Old Blues. I guess it officially has no power to influence the running of the Foundation or the school itself, but I am sure it must make some difference if we all express our opinions?
Exactly the principle I was getting at in my last post Frances. Sadly, current parents do not have any official representative body such as CHOBA through which to express our opinions - in fact, I rather get the impression we are not expected to have any!

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Post by Mid A 15 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:51 pm

Fjgrogan wrote:CHOBA members are not 'chosen'; I think it just encompasses all Old Blues. I guess it officially has no power to influence the running of the Foundation or the school itself, but I am sure it must make some difference if we all express our opinions?
There is a CHOBA committee so I suppose the question posed earlier should be rephrased as has the CHOBA committee discussed such matters or does it consider them out of its remit (which would be understandable)?
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Re: Contributions

Post by J.R. » Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:54 pm

CHOBA release a news letter by e-mail each month to registered OB's. I would assume parents of pupils would be entitled as well.

If there are vacancies on the Committee, they are usually posted on there.
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Re: Contributions

Post by pinkhebe » Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:58 pm

18% increase here, and no increase in salary either

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Re: Contributions

Post by Volupturaptor » Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:16 pm

Argh! The waiting is horrible...

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Re: Contributions

Post by Volupturaptor » Mon Jun 18, 2012 7:47 pm

Well, the waiting is over at last. It's not good news, but at least I now know.

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Re: Contributions

Post by lippizaner » Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:44 am

When someone says they have an 18% increase on what they paid last year, is that up from say 18% to 36% of the fees, OR is it you were paying £5000 (which is about 18% of the fees) before and now you are paying 18% of the £5000 more, which is a lower increase than the first scenario? (£900 up as opposed to doubling up to £10,000)
Just to be clear, as it may happen to me next year.

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Post by pinkhebe » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:51 am

mine was an percentage increase of what I paid last year.

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Re: Contributions

Post by lippizaner » Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:45 am

Ah,
I was worried it was an extra percentage. Thanks.

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Re: Contributions

Post by SAS » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:35 am

We went from 9% to 16% but are being reassessed as we speak. Keeping our fingers crossed!

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Post by lippizaner » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:17 pm

Wow,
that is quite a big leap up - an extra 7% virtually doubles your previous payment I imagine. Oh dear, good luck on the reassessment.

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Post by J.R. » Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:09 pm

SAS wrote:We went from 9% to 16% but are being reassessed as we speak. Keeping our fingers crossed!

I'd keep more than just my fingers crossed, if I woz you !!
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Re: Contributions

Post by ailurophile » Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:09 pm

Not being funny, but why should getting an accurate assessment be a matter of keeping anything crossed? Isn't this something we should all be entitled to expect in return for the full and honest disclosure of financial details that we submit to the school each year. It is simply not good enough that the apparently random parental contribution figure we are sent each year has no context, and that there is no longer any meaningful frame of reference against which we can check it.

I wish you luck with your reassessment SAS - but if significant errors are being made, one has to wonder how many other families might also be affected but don't have the information or confidence to challenge this.

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