108 days ago

Should schools stop asking parents for donations?

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from The Press

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.

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8 hours ago

Opawa Public Library

Andrea Lynch from Opawa Public Library

If you are wanting to know more about the library, the types of books we get in, the DVD's we get, etc., then check out our Face book page for more information. Our page is called Opawa Public Library Inc.

12 hours ago

Make your own outdoor ottoman

The Team from Resene ColorShop Ferrymead

Need somewhere to put your feet up when relaxing outside out can’t find anything to suit your place?

Why not create your own ottoman like this one made out of an old car tyre and paint it in a Resene colour to match your colour scheme.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene. Follow these easy step by step instructions to create your own.

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4 days ago

Looking for cleaning or babysitting jobs!!

Emerson from Sydenham

Hey there!!

I am in my final year of studying criminal justice at UC and I am looking for some cleaning jobs (one-off or casual/weekly) or babysitting or anything else anyone has available!
Can provide references if needed!

Thank you!
Emerson 😊