Please read summarised letter from our Board
Mairangi Bay School continues to provide education of a high standard for our children. The Education Review Office has, in its latest report, commended our school as a high performing provider and one that continues to get better.
You might not be aware that every year there is a significant funding shortfall between money provided by the Ministry of Education and what is required to deliver our excellent educational program. Mairangi Bay School is a decile 10 school, which means our school receives the minimum amount of government funding to operate. A low decile school could receive around $1,000 per student more than we do from the Ministry of Education. The government’s reasoning is that schools in decile 10 areas have a greater ability to get donations and fundraising support from their communities than lower decile schools.
The school relies on additional monetary support from the families within our area. These additional funds ensure that the Board of Trustees can deliver on its legislative requirement of ensuring all students have the best support possible and to receive additional academic, musical, environmental, cultural and sporting activities within the school.
Donation: The Board has worked hard to maintain the School donation at its current level. The recommended donation to maintain our current programmes is $250 for 2021. Furthermore the School Donation is tax deductible. It helps if the school receive donations early so we can buy the resources we need straight away and have children benefit immediately. Further donations and contributions are most welcomed and appreciated if you feel inclined to additional support.
Activity cost: This is to cover direct costs including transportation and entry fees for school trips, experts and performers who visit the school to contribute to learning programmes. What this money pays for term by term will be included in the team newsletter sent each term.
Swimming Tuition cost: Mairangi Bay School has a joint venture arrangement with local swimming facilities. Trained instructors provide small group instruction to all students. This is a win-win arrangement because high quality swimming instruction programmes are delivered and parents do not need to pay for swimming instruction after school.
Yearbook: A colourful record of the year’s school events/life and printed by specialist printing company. It is packed full of photos showing children throughout the school engaged in a variety of activities. Always a popular keepsake; a book that your children will look back on in the years ahead. Reserve your copy now for a December delivery.
Extra learning opportunities for Year 5&6 students:
Camp: Camp cost is calculated after a detailed examination of all the expenses including transport, food and instructors. The budget is made available to parents. Parents of Year 5 & 6 students were sent a notice about this at the end of last year. Please advise us, in confidence, if hardship makes this contribution difficult.
Garden-to-table: This programme has proved to be successful and welcomed by students and families. The cost covers consumable items. Instruction costs are covered by the school.
Puberty Programme: A highly recommended programme which was very well received in 2019. It is delivered by experts designed to prepare our students for the changes at puberty. ( Nest Consulting: https://www.nestconsulting.nz/school-programmes/positive-puberty-plus/). Should you want to, you are able to opt your child out of this programme.
How to make your contribution to the costs:
$250 donation per student plus the other contributions as per the school statement
Early arrangement of your payment helps us with planning of cash flow and is greatly appreciated.
If you have challenges in making the donation and contributions, please contact Holly Fang, in confidence, to discuss alternative options: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 021 851 660
Donation and Contributions can be made either:
- direct from your online bank to ASB 12-3042-0320436-00 with your child’s name in the reference fields;
- in person at the office between 8.30am and 3.15pm by EFTPOS, Visa or MasterCard are all acceptable It is encouraged to use EFTPOS as this saves the school paying additional charges to the bank); or
- by cheque sent to the office in an envelope with the invoice.
We appreciate the support you give in assisting us to deliver a learning programme that must be regarded as value for money and one of the best in the country. It is the extra effort that you make that protects the special character and atmosphere of your school.
PS Remember to claim School Donations on your Tax Return.