The ACT Department of Education provides the bulk of finance required to operate the school - in general this includes the buildings and facilities and provides for basic requirements. This amount needs to be augmented if our children are to receive the quality education which is their right.
Voluntary contributions are an important part of the school's budget and your contribution enables our children to learn in the richest possible environment. Voluntary Contributions are spent in consultation with the School Board, following suggestions from parents to purchase items such as books, playground equipment and physical education equipment.
We hope that those who are able will make their contribution to the school.
Voluntary Contributions Departmental Statement
"For many years students have benefited from the additional financial resources provided through voluntary financial contributions from parents, carer and other citizens. These contributions have assisted the school to conduct additional programs and activities and purchase educational materials.
The School Board has suggested that the following contributions will directly support the educational programs provided by the school. This voluntary contribution may be made in full, in part or by instalments.
Section 27 of the Education Act 2004 however clearly states that:
- each contribution must be voluntary
- a child is not to be refused benefits or services because the child's parents do not make a contribution
- a child is not harassed for contributions
- any record of contributions is confidential".
Payments can be made to the front office by cash, cheque, Visa or MasterCard credit cards, or online payment.
Fresh Tastes at Chapman Primary School
The Fresh Tastes program is about creating a healthy food and drink culture throughout every part of school life. Schools are supported to do this through the delivery of six action areas: Healthy Food and Drink Guidelines, Classroom Learning, Food for Sale, Growing Food, Cooking Food and Food from Home.
ACT Smart Schools provide Horticultural Services to schools. We have had a Horticulturalist visit who provided specialised advice on creating special gardens, garden design to reduce energy and water consumption, plant selection, maintaining gardens, keeping chickens, composting and worm farms and creating habitats to increase biodiversity.
We have a fabulous Sunlight Centre that supports Classroom Learning and the Growing of Food. We have a strong community link with Global Worming with a large Worm Farm. We are the host farm for several schools in our network.
The Sunlight Centre is the name of Chapman’s school garden. It is looked after by our Year 3 Gardening Guru’s. Each Wednesday they meet in the Sunlight Centre where they water the plants, weed the garden beds, clean/sort tools and harvest any fresh produce that is ready to eat. The produce grown in the garden is then sold to parents, carers and the wider Chapman community at our fortnightly assemblies. The money raised helps to buy more plants for the garden.
You can keep updated about Fresh Tastes, the Sunlight Centre and our Worm Farm through Facebook, Assemblies and the Communicator.