Hi neighbours - it was introduced to reduce the "significant financial pressure" on Kiwi families, but so far only about one in four eligible schools have signed up to the Government scheme to replace voluntary donations.
Under the draft Education Amendment Bill, decile 1-7 state and state-integrated schools can opt to receive a payment of $150 per student, per year if they agree not to ask parents or caregivers for donations.
But as of last week, with just over a month to go until boards of trustees need to register, only 471 out of 1749 schools had told the Ministry of Education that they intend to sign up to the initiative.
In Canterbury, Shirley Boys' High School has rejected the discretionary grants, with headmaster John Laurenson saying its co-curriculum programme "would have to cease" if it took up the Government's offer.
Nominations are now open for this year's Resene Colour Your Community! Apply now for up to $1000 worth of paints, wood stains and products to spruce up an area in your 'hood.
You can submit a nomination on behalf of your organisation, business, or for your own community project - whether that is paint of product new mural for your community hall, a graffiti clean up or refresh of a local playground.
We’ll also be selecting five winning entries plus asking members to vote in the People’s Choice Award!
We are a small group of people around NZ that have been diagnosed with various eye conditions that have caused / are causing varying degrees of vision loss.
As a FB group - www.facebook.com... we are looking to set up regular catchups around the country with others over a coffee etc for the purpose of sharing experiences hints and tips and providing support.
In time, we also will be working towards offering advocacy, training and coaching to assist people to come to terms with their vision loss and develop a new way of living. If you have, or know if anyone who has vision loss, please join us.
Reach out, look out, help out AND speak out!