BOARD OF TRUSTEES NEWSLETTER
30th July 2012
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Welcome back to Term 3. We hope you enjoyed the recent school holidays. It is great to welcome Mrs. S back to school and we know everyone is pleased she is feeling better.
Voluntary Donation Request from Bishop Patrick Dunn
Back in May, the school sent out a letter from Bishop Patrick Dunn, in regards to the $100 donation being sought from our Marist Primary community. The Board wanted to provide some clarification and re-iterate the intent of this donation. Please enable us to re-cap the key points from the Bishop’s letter.
· Marist Primary is an ‘integrated’ school and doesn’t receive the same level of financial support that state schools receive, for the ongoing development of schools.
· Historically, the Catholic Community has contributed dollars voluntarily in support of the Bishop as proprietor, in the establishment and development of our Catholic schools.
· The Bishop has advised our Marist Community that he is currently seeking a voluntary donation of $100 per Marist family, “for the purpose of assisting me with the ongoing capital development of your school.”
· Marist Primary has been appointed as the donation collection agent for the Bishop.
So what does this mean? While at this point, there is no agreed or approved master building plan to develop our school, there is acknowledgement the Bishop and Catholic Schools Office would like to see Marist Primary grow, with a roll closer to 350 children vs. the current 300. All parties acknowledge this growth cannot happen without further development of the school. Your voluntary donation to Marist, as the agent for the Bishop, sends a message of support that says you too believe in the success of our school and in the desire to see it grow and expand. When that development will happen, no one is sure. But what we can do as a school community, via the donation, is send this as a signal of support to the Bishop.
Donations are still being accepted. Here are the details you need to know if you wish to make a donation.
· Contributions collected on behalf of the Proprietor are raised in terms of section 37 (1) of the Private Schools' Conditional Integration Act 1975.
· Please make sure cheques are made out to 'RCB Auckland Capital Works a/c Marist Mt Albert'. A stamp is available at reception.
· Donations will be received and receipted by Eileen Hathaway at the school office. Please retain your receipt for tax purposes.
Marist College Construction Update
Here is the an excerpt from the latest information on building progress, as reported in the Marist College Colin Block Replacement and New Gymnasium newsletter from 8 July 2012.
“Since our last newsletter, the building has progressed well with all the floors being poured and the timber framing being erected, which has allowed the service trade to begin their first fix. The Colin Block roof has been completed and the new building has been connected to the existing building. …The Gym structural roof is nearing completion and we are working on getting the floor poured and making the Gym watertight.”
A special thanks to the PTFA for their recent investments into a new BBQ and games for the Middle School syndicate. We appreciate our school community’s support of PTFA fundraising initiatives and acknowledge the PTFA for the good work they do on behalf of our school community.
On behalf of the Marist Board of Trustees,
Annie Jacob, Acting Chair