SCHOOL FEES & DONATIONS
A FREE EDUCATION?
In New Zealand education is referred to as “free”. But like us, you will know that this isn’t the case. Many things that we consider fundamental to your child’s education are not funded by the government.
NEW ZEALAND SCHOOLS ARE NOT FUNDED EQUALLY
Maungawhau School is classified as a Decile 10 school. This means that we get less funding per student than lower decile schools.
All schools receive a bulk operating grant based on their number of students. They then receive extra ‘decile’ funding. The table below compares the funding for a decile 1 school as if it was the same size as Maungawhau School.
This shows that Maungawhau School receives over $600,000 less in extra decile funding than a decile 1 school of the same size. This funding is provided to schools on the government’s assumption that lower decile schools face extra challenges to support their students learning and that parents in poorer communities cannot contribute as much to their children’s education.
Rightly or wrongly, this funding model means that Maungawhau School relies on parental support such as the voluntary donation.
You may be able to claim 1/3rdof your school donation back from the Inland Revenue Department of NZ. Check this out at www.ird.govt.nz.
We need your donation to continue providing the high quality of education that we provide at Maungawhau School. We hope you will support us in this effort. Any contribution that you can make will be gratefully received.
If you have any questions or comments regarding this letter, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the board chair on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extracurricular activities refer to an activity that is not a part of the delivery of the core curriculum at school but is provided to our students to enrich and enhance their learning experience.
Families will be informed in advance of any such activity and the cost for their child to participate. Some examples are school trips, visiting drama groups, senior school camp, mathletics and reading eggs online programmes, sport team zone competitions, netball and flippaball. By signing a permission form or making the requested payment, you are giving permission for your child to participate in the extracurricular activity. It is acceptable for the school to exclude a child should a parent choose non participation. Equally it is acceptable for the school to include a child if the cost to provide an alternative arrangement is high. If there is genuine hardship in paying for any of the extracurricular activities, please come and have a confidential and sensitive discussion with Karen or Shelley in the school office.
Mathletics and Reading Eggs – the school is able to get student licences for these valuable online learning programmes at a heavily discounted price. Children will be provided a logon and password once a parent has opted for their child to join these online programmes by making the requested payment noted in the schedule.
Please note that last payments at reduced rate were due on 31st March so these prices are no longer available.
All requests for money are put in writing to you. Children should not have money at school except to pay for extracurricular activities such as sport zone events.
All payments can be made online with Kindo or at the school office.
No more scrabbling about for change or trying to remember where you filed the last school notice. No more payment mix-ups.
Kindo takes care of all your school and club payments plus more…
- Pay for a range of product and services, for all your children, on the one site with one payment
- No need for your children to carry cash
- Keep track of purchases with our order and payment history
- No more paper permission slips, they’re all online!
- Purchases can be made 24/7, from anywhere
We also accept payments via telephone, internet, or banking direct into our bank account. Please clearly label payments with the child’s name and reason for payment eg. donation, activity fee, out of school care.
Maungawhau School, ASB Three Kings (12-3067-0197120-00)
Remember you are able to claim a tax rebate on school fees of up to 33% of this donation. Visit the IRD website at http://www.ird.govt.nz/income-tax-individual/tax-credits/dch-taxcredits/ or click here to download an IR526 rebate form.