2019 School Donation Expenses

 
Dear Maraetai Beach School Families
 
The Board of Trustees has requested from all families a donation per child for the 2019 school year.  For those families who have made a donation, our sincere thanks.
 
The Board of Trustees reviewed the donation request policy and reduced the Donation requested for families of 3 or more children. Our intent is to gain a high level of uptake by all of our families whilst still keeping this an affordable cost. The donation request for 2019 has not increased since 2016.
 
Below is the donation structure:
1 Child - $215
2 Children - $395
3+ Children - $495
 
Maraetai Beach School is a Decile 10 school. As such, we receive the lowest possible level of funding from the Government to run our school.  The senior leadership team and Board of Trustees work extremely hard throughout the year to manage these funds and ensure that our students get the best possible education.  In addition to this, our teachers, support staff and PTA work tirelessly throughout the year fundraising to help provide the resources our children require.  However, Maraetai Beach School does rely on donations to ensure the schools’ finances and resources work in the best possible way and we can continue to deliver a quality education for every child. These donations form a vital part of the finance plan, included in our budget and resource allocations for the 2019 school year.
 
Receipts will be issued for all donations so that you can claim back the tax if you wish.
 
While we have a low level of funding allocated through the decile system, the political philosophy behind a decile ranked school is that the community augments the school funding through a collective capability. We are at the top end of the decile scale and therefore your donations are used to provide additional resources to help ensure all of our students have the opportunity to succeed and excel in school life.
 
Examples of where the school allocates your donation include (but are not limited to):

  • iPads, laptops, robotics and other class technology

  • Teacher aides and additional staffing not funded by the Ministry of Education, to assist all students including those with learning and support needs

  • Support and extension programmes not funded by the Ministry of Education

  • School property improvements and playground equipment

  • Maintenance and operation of our school pool

  • Professional development for our teachers so they can continue to help students obtain outstanding results in academic achievement that Maraetai Beach School delivers and our community expects

  • Art and cultural programmes

  • Sporting programmes and initiatives

  • Music programmes and resources

 
In order to provide the best possible opportunities for our children the Board sincerely hopes that they can rely on your continued support and payment of this donation.
 
 
Activity Cost
In addition to the donations outlined above, we have number of activities planned that ensure our children participate in special activities during the 2019 year. The activity cost is outlined overleaf and is linked specifically to year group activities.
 
The activity cost does not cover Year 7 and 8 technology or school camps.  Details of these costs will have been communicated to the year groups specifically.
 
These costs are compulsory and go towards covering the costs the school incurs by offering these activities.
 
 
Payment
Please make payment through the KINDO website (a link can be found under “School Shop” in the parent tab on our school website).  Receipts will be issued for all donations so that you can claim back the tax if you wish.
 
If you have any questions, or wish to discuss the payment options available, in confidence, please contact Tristan in the office or email tgilchrist@maraetaibeach.school.nz .
 
Any donation is gratefully accepted. Donations in excess of the requested donation amount are always welcomed. The attached form can be amended accordingly. We do appreciate your support of our school not only from a donation request, but in the many other ways you support us with school events and activities.
 
Once again thank you to those families who have already paid their donation and other school costs.
 
Thank you for your ongoing support


                                                                           

Craig Rooks                                                                 Mark Keenan
Chairperson, Board of Trustees                                   Principal, Maraetai Beach School
 

A Personal Tax Rebate may be claimed from the Inland Revenue Department for up to ⅓ of all donations made to state schools and other charitable organisations.  To claim the rebate you must keep your receipts and send them to the Inland Revenue Department with your claim form.  Each receipt must be for $5 or more.  Claims must be submitted to the Inland Revenue Department on an IR526 claim form (download from www.ird.govt.nz).
 

Activity Costs 2019
Trips / Events to be undertaken


Year 1 - 2        Visit to Buddhist Temple                                                         $20
                        Science Show – Nano Girls                                                    $8
                        Visit to Wesley Market                                                            $10
                        ASB Get Wise                                                                         Free
                        St Johns First Aid                                                                   Free
                       
Year 3 - 4        Science Show – Nano Girls                                                    $8
                        Visit to Wesley Market                                                            $10
                        ASB Get Wise                                                                         Free
                        St Johns First Aid                                                                   Free
 
Year 5 - 6        Science Show – Nano Girls                                                    $8
                        Science Display Board                                                           $10
                        Positive Puberty Plus                                                              $13
                        ASB Get Wise                                                                         Free
                        St Johns First Aid                                                                   Free
                       
Year 7 - 8        Vector Wero Water Safety                                                      $12
                        Science Lesson at Howick College                                        $15
                        Science Display Board                                                           $10
                        Visit to Tip Top Factory                                                           $20
                        Positive Puberty Plus                                                              $13
                        ASB Get Wise                                                                         Free
                        St Johns First Aid                                                                   Free
 
           

Education Outside The Classroom
 

Year 3 & 4       Y3 Outdoor experience & Sunshine Ranch                            $65
                        Y4 Sunshine Ranch Overnight Camp                                     $125
 
Year 5 & 6       Camp                                                                                        $240
 
Year 7 & 8       Camp                                                                                        $270
                        Technology                                                                               $100
 
These costs may be paid for in bulk, or as they occur, depending on your preference using Kindo.
 
Go to www.kindo.co.nz or click on the link through the school shop on our websitewww.maraetaibeach.school.nz

 

 
2019 Board of Trustees Election

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Elections for parents to join the school Board of Trustees are held every three years and are set down to take place this term. Maraetai Beach School has 5 parent representative positions to fill on the school board.
 
The Board of Trustees is involved in a Stewardship role and with the Principal sets the strategic direction for the school. The responsibilities of the board include:

  • Strategic Planning, Goal Setting and Review

  • Reporting on educational achievement

  • Health and Safety

  • Financial management

  • Property management

  • Ensuring that the high expectations that our community seek are maintained and delivered by the school year on year.

Being on the Board provides a fantastic opportunity to be involved and a part of your child's education at Maraetai Beach School. I encourage all Maraetai Beach School parents to consider this opportunity. The board meets once a month for 11 meetings each year (no meeting in January.) If you would like more information, or to find out more about how the Board operates and what's involved, please contact me  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Board Election Timeline

  • Nomination forms will be sent to all eligible voters next week.

  • Nominations close noon Friday 24th May 2019

  • Voting papers sent by Wednesday 29th May 2019

  • Poll closes at noon election day Friday 7th June 2019

  • Declare Election result Thursday 13th June 2019

  • Board takes office Friday 14th June 2019

 
Additionally, on Friday 3rd May, I will be available in the staffroom between 9 and 9.30am to talk to anyone wanting further details regarding being a board trustee.

Kind regards,

Mark Keenan
Principal
Maraetai Beach School
 

On the 11th March we hosted our annual Fun Run, which was a huge success.

Enjoy browsing through the gallery with images of this event click here.

At Maraetai Beach School, it is recognised that effective goal setting is a vital part of the teaching and learning process.

While goals can be utilised within and across all curriculum and extra-curricular areas, they have an extremely important role in directing learning, and reporting progress, in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.