Finances and Annual Donation

Supporting the cost of your child(ren)’s education

In New Zealand, we are told we have a ‘free education system’. Whilst in theory that sounds amazing, in reality, schools rely significantly on families’ contributions to enable them to offer a rich and broad curriculum to students.

We acknowledge these contributions have an impact on your family’s finances and really appreciate your help in funding your children’s education.

In 2019 the government brought in a new scheme that gave Decile 1-7 schools the option of receiving an additional $150 per student from the government, provided the school did not ask whānau for any additional donations (apart from overnight camps). The government believes that Decile 8-10 schools are able to raise these funds from their local community. We are a Decile 8 school. Based on this, in 2020 our Board of Trustees decided to ask whānau for a flat donation of $150 per child, to cover all curriculum-based trips and activities e.g. winter sport, swimming lessons, gymnastics, etc. In addition to that, we also request that families contribute to the cost of overnight camps. These are typically held once every second year in Year 5/6 and annually in Year 7/8.

This means that we will ask the following of families:

  • Reimbursement for any purchases of stationery, uniform, Chch South Intermediate Technology charge, optional activities e.g. after school sports. (These are a charge and not a donation)
  • $150 donation per child (curriculum-based trips and activities)
  • Contribution towards overnight camps (usually between $150 and $190)

You can pay in full, in installments, or set up a regular automatic payment which would need to be:

Per Child   Annual total  
Weekly   $3.00 $156.00

or $6 per Y5-8 child if you want to pay for most of camp across the year

Fortnightly   $5.75 $149.50

or $10-$12 per Y5-8 child if you want to pay for most of camp across the year

Monthly   $12.50 $150.00

or $25 per Y5-8 child if you want to pay for most of camp across the year

To set up an automatic payment, please copy the school’s bank account number:
12-3148-0131641-00 into your internet banking and use your child’s name as the reference.
Please set up a separate payment for each child.

To see your current statement, log onto HERO and click on Finance

(Click here if you haven’t yet set up HERO on your phone, and download the app)

If you need more detailed information on how to log in, click here.

Budgeting for $150 per camp is a good guide. More detailed cost information will be sent out closer to the time of the camp.

We can only offer the rich and interesting curriculum options that we do with your financial contribution. Thank you all for continuing to support the education of our tamariki.

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Board of Trustees


Claiming back 33% of your School Donations and Contributions from the IRD

A reminder that via IRD you can claim back 33.33 cents for every dollar you donate to the school. This includes both school donations, and ‘contributions’ towards activities and camps. You can submit a receipt to IRD at any time within the past 3 tax years.

This means that right now, you can claim for:
  • 2018 tax year (ending 31 March 2019)
  • 2019 tax year (ending 31 March 2020)
  • 2020 tax year (ending 31 March 2021)

One of our parents did this recently – it took 20 mins of her time and $400 was deposited in her bank account a week later (4 years of donations for 2 children).

The steps are easy:

1. Email Rachel Higginson (accounts@beckenham.school.nz)  to request a tax receipt for your school donation and contributions for the previous tax years.
2. Go to the IRD Website and search ‘Submit a Donation Receipt’ and follow the steps.
3. Attach the receipts online and submit.
NB. You need to wait till after Mar 31 in any year to claim back that year’s donations.