Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What is this card?
A. A Student Card, which will go on a lanyard that will be worn by all students.
Q. What is its purpose?
A. It is an identity card with security features and other benefits.
Q. How will it work?
A. At the beginning of each year, each student will be issued a new card. Students will be able to wear the card around their necks or keep it in a pocket but must have it with them at all times.
Q. Why do students need a new card each year?
A. Information will change yearly and, for security, contact details will need to be up to date (people can’t use an old card or stolen card to get onto the property).
Q. What details will be on the card?
A. Name, photo, school’s details (grade, house) and an individual barcode. Parents can ask to have emergency information included.
Q. How would you put money on the card?
A. You or the student can take the card to the accounts office and pay in money to have it put on the student’s card or you can do an electronic bank transfer.
One of the main reasons the ID card has been introduced is to reduce the risk associated with students having cash at school. Therefore, we urge you to use EFT wherever possible.
Electronic funds transfer: Deposit funds into the school’s bank account quoting the students 5 digit ID code (starting with 1)
If you have more than one student at the school, a single deposit can be made. However, you need send an email detailing how you wish the money to be split between each of your children’s cards.
This information should be emailed to:
Please give the student’s 5 digit ID code (starting with 1).
Q. Where will it work?
A. The tuck-shop, the coffee shop, to take books out of the library.
Q. Can anyone else use this card?
A. No, due to the individual barcode, student number and photo, students will be identified with their card.
Q. How much will it cost?
A. A levy of R25 of which R1 goes to Sammy’s pension. (Sammy has been selling ice cream at the school for over 40 years.)
Q. But surely that is not enough money for a pension?
A. Every time the card is swiped, 2c goes into the fund for Sammy, so it is possible to increase that amount if you want.
Q. If I would like to give more to Sammy, what can I do?
A. You can arrange with the school so that, every time your child swipes their card, your chosen amount will go to Sammy.
Q. What if students lose their card?
A. Students will go to the fees office and report their card missing, so that the card can be cancelled. And then the technical team will print out a new one for R25. Their balance will be transferred to the new card.
Q. Can the card be used anywhere else?
A. There are certain shops that students can go to and get a discount. (Applicable shops will be listed at a later stage.)
Q. Can students buy airtime with their card at school?
A. Yes students can, at the fees office.
Q. Will parents be able to monitor the spending with the student card?
A. Limitations on daily spending can be put in place. This can be changed at the start of each term.
Q. Can I get a statement of my child’s spending?
A. Yes, this can be done by contacting the office, or requesting a monthly statement via email.
You will recall that you are able to load an amount of money onto your child’s card. You are also able to put a daily limit on the card to control your child’s spending.