Tēnā koutou katoa. I'll start with a massive thank you to the parents and caregivers…
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Whānau,
This is an email we hoped we’d never have to write.
For many years, our school has benefitted from plentiful resources, very well-maintained facilities, and enough teachers and teacher aides to enable smaller class sizes and an excellent environment for our children to thrive in.
This year, we have a $110,000 shortfall in the money the school has received from donations. That represents around 40% of our families choosing not to pay a donation. We know that donations are optional, and that parents have a choice on if and how much they choose to pay. We remain grateful for every cent donated – especially given how tough things have been for many recently – especially compounded by Covid-19. To put this into perspective, the shortfall is approximately equal to 1 full-time teacher and around 40% of our resources like books and art supplies.
Simply put, a significant chunk of the school’s funding to support our fabulous resourcing and to maintain smaller class sizes comes from your donations. In total, the money we receive from the Ministry of Education doesn’t cover the staffing and resourcing we all benefit from and have become accustomed to over the years. There isn’t anything else we can realistically scale back on in our fixed costs (things like keeping the lights on, paying core salaries, keeping toilets flushing and heaters working). Yes, we’ve had recent grants provided by the government, but with very strict criteria about when and how that money could be spent – believe us… we’d choose to spend that on teachers and resources over buildings every day if we physically could.
In recent times, the Board of Trustees have been fortunate enough to use uncommitted funds in the bank when we’ve had a shortfall, so that we could continue to offer these additional programmes and resources (like sports, and music, and ESOL, and Eureka, and reading recovery, and STEAM, and topping up funding for teacher aides for children with special needs, and much much more) as we believe that maintaining these standards and programmes is a really important part of what makes our school special. It’s not sustainable for us to continue to use board uncommitted funds every year – and this year, the shortfall is far larger than we are able to cover without harming the long-term security of our school’s finances.
Sadly, as many families have not paid any school donation, there comes a consequence that all of us must bear. The management team at CPDS will now need to review staffing levels for 2021 as well as heavily cutting back on all curriculum related spending on resources.
If you haven’t yet paid your donation and you have the means to do so, we urge you to donate whatever you can to help us reduce this shortfall and keep staffing and resourcing levels as close to their current levels as possible. This school is special because of the extra things we can do for the children. Without your donations, we fear that we’ll lose our sparkle, and that is not something we ever want to happen.
Thank you for reading this. Thank you for your continued support of the school. Thank you for funding an environment where your children can thrive. Thank you for your donation.
Board of Trustees
Nick Mackeson-Smith (Board Chair)
Andrew Bason (Deputy Chair)
Sarah Sutcliffe (Treasurer)
Janine Irvine (Principal)
Nick Mackeson-Smith（ 董事会会长 ）
Andrew Bason（董事会副会长 ）
Sarah Sutcliffe（ 财务主管 ）
Janine Irvine（ 校长 ）