Clarification on Costs for School Camps

The 2019 Budget saw the Government announcement of a $150 per student allocation to be made available to decile 1-7 schools in lieu of asking for a donation for schools that opted into the scheme.

This quickly drew attention to the cost of school camps, which would prohibitively drain that allocation.

An exemption has now been made for any school that does enter the scheme, that will allow the school to ask for a donation toward the cost of camp. The donation can be for all the camp costs except any teacher release costs.

The Ministry of Education has advised that the summary guide that supports Circular 2018/01 - Payments by parents of students in schools will be updated in due course.

Note: no school can charge a fee for camp, or, exclude any students from camp if they do not pay any requested donation.