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High decile schools short of operating funds

Sep 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

A DECILE nine school in one of Wellington’s inner suburbs has to fundraise to pay for resources like reading and spelling kits, and maths resources.

Each year teachers at Ridgway School in southern Brooklyn draw up a wish list and the school’s fundraising committee organise events to pay for them.

Ridgway School is a state school and receives most of its funding from the Ministry of Education, but it is a high decile school so there is an annual shortfall in the budget as high as $8000 and that has to be made up from other sources.

They have held food fiestas, sausage sizzles and galas to buy what organising committee member Jane Park calls “things we can’t afford, but that will help our kids be more awesome than they already are.”

The committee is organising several movie nights at the Penthouse Theatre in Brooklyn.

Tickets to the event cost $20, which includes a glass of wine and pre-theatre nibbles.

Ms Park (left) says they are looking to do the next James Bond film in December, as well as the Halloween roller disco on October 28 for the kids, an event that started last year and is sponsored by Jane Park Harcourts.

Children come dressed up and bring their skateboards or rollerskates, but not bikes.

Wheels can be hired at the Kilbirnie recreation centre.

There will also be “lolly scrambles, races, prizes for best dressed, [and a] hot RadioActive DJ spins some groovy tunes,” she says.

Any children are welcome to come to the event, and tickets are available from October 10 at the Ridgway school office.

Socio-economic decile band rating explained

All schools in NZ have been split equally into ten deciles which reflect the family situation and socio-economic backgrounds of the students.

A decile one school has the highest proportion of students from low socio-economic backgrounds, and a ten the lowest.

The decile rating does not refer to the quality of education provided and is used by the Ministry of Education to allocate funding.

The lower the school’s decile rating the more funding allocated to it by the Ministry of Education, meaning parents of students at higher decile schools are expected to give more in fees and donations.

Decile ratings are worked out using the following factors: household income, occupation, household crowding, educational qualifications and income support.

This information is taken from the five yearly census.

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