Aranda Primary School is given a basic allocation of funds from the Department of Education and Training. This amount is based on the number of students enrolled and covers only some school expenses. The School therefore relies heavily on Voluntary Contributions to provide educational resources.
Voluntary Contributions - Departmental Statement
For many years, students have benefited from the additional resources provided through voluntary financial contributions from parents, carers and other citizens. These contributions have assisted the school to conduct additional programs and activities and purchase educational material.
The School Board has suggested the following contribution will directly support the educational programs by the school. This voluntary contribution may be made in full or in part or by instalments. (see list below)
Section 27 of the Educational Act 2004 however clearly states that
a) each contribution must be voluntary
b) a child is not to be refused benefits or services because the child's parents do not make a contribution
c) a child is not harassed for contributions
d) any record of contribution is confidential.
Schools may offer to facilitate some specific optional items, activities and services for which parents may be required to pay if they want their child to access them. There are included in Schedule One of the Department of Education and Training’s Statement on Requesting Financial Contributions from Parents, which can be found at http://www.education.act.gov.au/publications_and_policies/policy_a-z.
Board Voluntary Contributions
At the beginning of each school year the Board will ask you to consider making a voluntary contribution to enable it to continue its well-established role in making Aranda Primary School a vital, enriching and forward-looking educational environment for our children. The Board will present you with a rationale outlining suggested levels of contributions for that year.
Contributions may be made into two funds: a General Fund and a Library Fund, the latter being tax-deductible. Suggested contribution amounts are based on the number of children in your family and your taxable income (in effect the school benefits from your ability to claim a tax deduction for the contribution, with all families paying the same amount after tax).
When a building priority is identified by the Board, a Building Fund which is tax deductible can be contributed to by parents and members of the community. Pojects that have been supported by the Building Fund are the outdoor shade shed and new landscaping in the Courtyard of Time (the 5/6 courtyard).
All of these purchases rely upon the commitment and generosity of our parent community. Please support your Board when contributions are called for early in the year.
The P&C has funded many school resources including –
- the senior playground
- mathematics resources
- the Courtyard of Time
- a large amount of ICT equipment
- texts to support all curriculum areas
- significant additions to the library collection
- "Just 50 Words" writing competition
- the Thinking Carnival
- school landscaping
- student state representatives in various disciplines
The school has limited discretionary funds that are used to assist students attending camps and expensive excursions. This is made available by local service clubs. Parents who find that they need assistance from this fund should approach the Principal or Office Manager.
The school has benefited greatly from the generous support of members of the community making donations to the school of both goods, services and time and such contributions reinforce the partnerships on which our school is built. Please contact the Principal if you think your business could make a contribution.