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School Donation

Each year the Board of Trustees writes to parents outlining the need for Paparangi School to ask our parents for a donation. Despite our growing school roll and the increased funding that this growth provides, there is still a shortfall between the funding provided by the Ministry of Education and the budget required for running our school.

We are awaiting notification from the MOE about new proposed funding arrangements for school donations in line with the government’s election promise about school fees and donations but in the meantime here is information about donation requests for 2018.

Your school donations are used to help bridge the funding gap, and are vitally important to help provide valuable resources and enhance our learning environment. You would have seen or heard about some of the improvements that have been completed over the past few years, for example the upgrade of Rooms 6-8, the new library, extra reading recovery and additional learning support in classes provided by teacher aides. This year donations will contribute to hall improvements, ipads and chromebooks and additional learning support.

Last year the Board of Trustees approved a new donation structure to make sure that donations, while voluntary, are still affordable and at a fair cost for every family. The donation structure changed from previous years where the school requested a set amount per child.

For 2018 we are asking the same again, for a $130 donation from families with one child. If you have more than one child attending Paparangi School the donation is one
amount of $200. There are a number of different ways that you can make your school donation. For example:

  • A single full payment of $130 per child or $200 per family (available on Kindo in 2018)
  • A payment per term of $32.50 per child or $50 per family (available on Kindo in 2018)
  • Fortnightly, weekly or monthly payments (can be arranged with the School office)
  • Some workplaces also offer ‘Workplace Giving’ where you can arrange for the school donation payment to be deducted automatically from your wages or salary, with your workplace calculating all the tax allowances as well.

It is important to remember that school donations are a voluntary, tax-deductible payment and you can claim 33.3% of this payment back in your tax return. The following link provides all the information you need to ensure that you are claiming the correct amount of tax credits: http://www.ird.govt.nz/income-tax-individual/tax-credits/dch-taxcredits/

A core function of the Board is to constantly monitor and track the planned budget against the actual and take any necessary corrective action to address shortfalls. If a serious shortfall is identified, then we may need to address this with various cost controls, both on a long and short term basis.

This could include:

  • Asking the Home and School Committee to undertake more fundraising and to provide a larger amount of funding
  • Reducing the number of hours available to programmes such as Reading Recovery or learning support services
  • Implementation of programmes such as ‘Bring Your Own Device’ to offset the number of Chromebooks and other technology items the school itself purchases
  • Adding equipment, such as tennis balls and tissues to school stationery lists
  • Reducing the scope of improvements that are planned for the various play/outdoor areas
  • Halting planned improvements to the school hall (a building which receives no funding from the Ministry of Education as it is deemed a ‘non-essential building’).
  • The Board believes that by making the change to the donation structure last year all families have an affordable and fair opportunity to donate and thanks school families for their continued support.