School Donations Scheme and Attendance Policy


Adopted 17th June 2019

Reviewed April 2022

The next review date is April 2025


Policy Statement

Education and Training Act 2020 Part 3, Subpart 1, states that every person who is not an international student is entitled to free enrolment and free education at any State school during the period beginning on the person’s fifth birthday and ending on 1 January after the person’s 19th birthday. Therefore, the KingsGate School Board of Trustees has opted into the government's “School Donation Scheme”.



The school will receive a set amount from the MoE per student for that year.

The school may not seek donations within that year or any year they are part of the scheme.

The school is not able to ask parents for any donations, except for overnight camps.

The school can not ask students’ families for donations, unless the Minister gazettes an exemption.

The school can still receive unsolicited donations if anyone wants to give to the school or kura.

If families or any other organisations want to give a donation, donation tax credits can be claimed.

The Board can still require payment for items or services that are extra-curricula and not part of the core curriculum e.g. optional activities you wish your child to participate in such as sports or cultural activities. Parents/whānau may also be asked to pay for the cost of materials when they have agreed an item created as part of the technology curriculum can be taken home – e.g an item of clothing.

Attendance Dues

1. These are compulsory for students attending state integrated schools or kura, regardless of whether the school or kura opts in to the Donations Scheme.

2. Attendance dues are paid to the proprietor of a state integrated school or kura.

3. Payment can be enforced and GST is payable. Donation tax credits cannot be claimed.

4. State integrated schools and kura cannot increase the maximum level of attendance dues without the approval of the Minister of Education.

5. Attendance dues can lawfully be spent on the following items (Source: Section 30(3) of the Education and Training Act):

a. paying, in respect of the school or group of schools in respect of which it is received, for improvements to the State integrated school or schools’ buildings and associated facilities that are required by any integration agreement or integration agreements under clause 39(2)(c):

b. any capital works that may be required by the Minister under clause 39(2)(d):

c. meeting debts, mortgages, liens, or other charges associated with the land and the buildings that constitute the premises of the State integrated school or schools.

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