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Fee Information – 2021

Fees stated are on a per term basis.

Iona College operates under a four term year.

Disbursement Charge

Payable at the beginning of a student’s schooling at Iona.

It is refunded when the student leaves the College.


Day girl

Attendance Dues (includes GST)


Midday meal – linked to CPI (includes GST)


Medical room charge


Per term


Boarding school fees

Boarder (Weekly and Full)

Attendance Dues (includes GST)


Boarding charge (includes GST)


Medical room charge


Per term



Special Character donation (zero rated for GST purposes)


Building Works donation (zero rated for GST purposes)


Per term


Casual Charges



Overnight stay (dinner, bed & breakfast)


Boarding (more than seven nights consecutively) per night


* Attendance dues

Please note: The full year’s balance of attendance dues ($1,150.00) is charged at the beginning of the year rather than on a termly basis.

** Day girls’ midday meals

At Iona, the sharing of the midday meal around a table by day girls and boarders acts as a unifier and the dining room is a place of community. This event is also an important aspect in maintaining the Special Character of Iona and for this reason all day girls participate. In addition to the provision of a delicious and nutritious lunch with multiple choices, the cost of day girl lunches also provides for fresh fruit at morning tea and fresh baked biscuits, slices, cakes or fruit for afternoon tea and special events such as Christmas Dinner. All dietary requirements are catered for.

Please note, if you would prefer to provide your daughter with a packed lunch and afternoon tea from home, please contact the Principal in writing. It should be noted that all girls are required to consume their lunch in the dining room and that families who choose to opt out of the day girl lunch provision must do so in term blocks. Notification needs to be provided in advance of the school term so that this charge is not invoiced to the student’s account.

Special Character Donation

The Special Character contribution set and collected by the Proprietors is passed on to the Board of Trustees to enable them to provide additional service and enhancements (not provided by state schools) which directly benefit our students.

Our Special Character provides for:

  • Small class sizes which offer students a personalised education through the development of expertise, self-esteem and confidence. Iona employs teachers in excess of the entitlement provided by the Ministry of Education. This extra expense is funded entirely by the College.
  • The considerable ongoing maintenance costs which are not totally funded by the Operations Grant the College receives from the Government.
  • Worship each morning in St Martin’s, the College chapel, and ongoing pastoral care. The College promotes a culture of respect for self and others based on traditional Christian principles.
  • Maintaining and improving the College’s twenty‑seven acres of sports fields, grounds and beautiful gardens.

Building Works Contribution

The Building Works contribution is collected by the Proprietors and provides for:

  • The ongoing Earthquake Strengthening programme to upgrade the older school buildings so they comply with the safety standards of the current building code.
  • New facilities such as the recently completed state-of-the-art Information Resource Centre and Science Laboratory.

Donation Certificate

The Special Character and Building Works contributions are invoiced by and paid to the Proprietors every term. A receipt is provided on the invoice following the date paid. As the contributions qualify for an income tax rebate a Donation Certificate is provided to parents in April each year.

Payment of Fees

Fees are payable one term in advance to the College and should be paid on receipt of the invoice sent at the start of each term. The College Council is willing to consider reasonable requests for more flexible fee payment arrangements which might be helpful to some families.

It is the constant concern of the Iona College Council to minimise increases in costs while at the same time honouring their commitment to provide the highest quality of education.

Reduction for Sisters

Where one parent or guardian is paying for two or more sisters who are students at the same time, a discount of 5% will apply and will be deducted from the standard fee content (not disbursements, meals, medical charges and similar costs) at the time the account is rendered by the College.

Personal Disbursements

Parents will receive a monthly account for their daughter’s personal expenses, e.g. stationery/textbooks, admission charges for school trips, bus/taxi fares and drycleaning.


A doctor visits the school twice a week and charges for this service are:

  • Boarders – $30.00 flat fee at the beginning of each term.
  • Day girls – on a ‘per visit’ basis after each consultation.


Advice of notice of withdrawal from the College or discontinuance of co-curricular tuition is required in writing to the Principal one full term in advance of the effective date. One term’s Boarding fees are payable in lieu of one term’s notice being given.

Fee Increases

One term’s written notice will be given prior to any increase in fees.