School donation & subject costs
Each year in late January or early February, the school emails each family a statement requesting a parental donation to the school, and offering you the opportunity to pay for supplementary materials and equipment for your child’s subjects. Mount Albert Grammar School is a high achieving state funded school. The state funding that we receive covers only a basic education. As a result, we are reliant on parent contributions to help us provide the quality education our students deserve.
The school donation requested in 2019 is $420 per student. For a second child at MAGS, it is $155. The third child or more is free.
School donations are voluntary and may be tax deductible.
Parental provision of supplementary materials and equipment for specific subjects is also voluntary. Supplementary materials are additional to those a school is required to provide in the adequate delivery of the New Zealand Curriculum and NCEA. The purchase of supplementary materials is a major advantage for the student as these materials add value and enhance the teaching that is provided. Equipment costs are voluntary unless the student will take home the product the cost helps to fund. Equipment costs are subject to GST.
We appreciate families’ attention to this area of importance to the school. Please find at right details of our Finance Office opening hours and payment options.
Finance Office Hours and Payment Options
The Finance Office is open to parents from 8am-4pm each day. Hours for students to visit are:
8.00am – 8.45am
11.10am – 11.35am (interval)
12.30pm – 1.15pm (lunch time)
3.10pm – 4pm
Please note that queues to pay at the Finance Office are very long at the beginning of the year and we urge you to pay in one of the following ways:
- NEW & SCHOOL’S PREFERRED OPTION. Payments can now be made easily online via the Kamar Parent Portal (financial menu). There is a 1.5% payment provider cost for this option. No emails are required to confirm payment using this method as it goes directly on your child’s account. If you have forgotten your user name and password, please contact us for help.
- By direct credit to the Schools bank account 12 3029 0300684 00 (ASB Mt Albert) – you must include the student’s ID number (see top left of the statement) as a reference and an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
– Amount of deposit
– Date of deposit
– Name of student
– What the payment is for
- By cheque in the mail – please include your statement so that it is clear what the payment is for
- By credit card payment over the phone – please call outside the Finance Office hours for students as the office staff will be serving students and may not be able to answer the phone
- By cheque/eftpos/credit card in one lump sum at the Finance Office during opening hours
- Note with long queues this may result in your child being turned away if the bell goes for class as they need to attend class on time
- Alternatively you can make arrangement to pay by automatic payment. Please contact the Finance Office from Tuesday, 7 February, if you wish to arrange this and a payment schedule will be prepared for you so that you can pay all subject costs and the donation with fortnightly or monthly set payments. Note we will not set up weekly payments due to the additional administration cost.
We appreciate your support of the school to deliver the highest standards of education.