SCHOOL DONATIONS 2021
Commencing in 2020, the Ministry of Education offered decile 1-7 schools the chance to opt into its new donation scheme. This scheme provides a school with an annual $150 payment per student, in return for the school not invoicing whānau for school donations, or to contribute to trips forming part of the curriculum.
After careful consideration and consultation with our community, the Board of Trustees has chosen to accept the offer to participate in the donation scheme for 2021. The Board considers that this best serves our whānau and our school, relieving any financial pressure whānau may have previously felt by donation invoices issued by the school.
Given the events of 2020, and the impact of COVID, the Board of Trustees has extended the donation scheme for 2021 as well.
The Board of Trustees will continue to monitor the expenditure that the school is required to cover from the payment to help in our decision as to whether to opt in in future years.
What this means
As we have opted in to the donations scheme, we will not be asking whānau for donations in 2021. This means that we will not be sending out the donation invoices that you have received in past years. We will also not be asking whānau for contributions to day trips that form part of our school’s curriculum, for example, the cost of transport to the Auckland Museum. Further information about what field trips are covered under the government scheme can be found on the Ministry’s website here.
Impact of COVID 19
With the impact of COVID 19, the school experienced an $18,000 deficit in 2020 compared to a budget prediction of an $11,000 surplus. The board is also expecting an operating budget deficit of $35,000 in 2021. To mitigate the potential impacts a deficit budget might have on the learning of our students, we are asking parents to consider contributing to the “Friends of Newton Central School Support Fund”.
While Newton Central School will not ask for any donations, we are still able to accept any donations that whānau may wish to contribute. Should any whānau wish to make a donation, this can be made directly to our school bank account:
Newton Central School Board of Trustees
Account Number: 12 -3012 -0751358 -00
Any school donations will continue to be tax deductible and we will issue receipts for any donations received. If you wish to make a donation and receive a receipt, please complete the reference fields when making your payment:
Particulars: (who the payment is from): Your Name: First Name Initial and Full Surname
Code: Child/children’s Name: First Name Initial/(s) and Full Surname.
(If more than 1 child after the Surname add x2 x3 x4)
Please note that without this information provided, the school cannot issue a receipt for you to claim a tax rebate.