Opening of the new Administration
Business partners KPMG and Edmund Hillary School have enjoyed a special partnership since 2007 when a 3 year memorandum of agreement was signed. Since then the partnership has continued to flourish with many mutual benefits for both parties. KPMG representatives are co-opted to the Board and provide expert financial advice while also supporting with long term financial planning and funding applications. The many networks that come with the partnership are invaluable for staff, children and whanau.
Trips and Celebrations
What a treat to have Easter Bunny Justine visit each class with her bags full of Easter goodies. An excited hum goes across the school when the kids know she has arrived.
KPMG staff choose from the kids wish list of presents and go out and buy presents. A lot of time and effort goes in to shopping, choosing and wrapping. It's not a day to be missed at Edmund Hillary School. The kids meet Santa in the hall.He gives out the sacks of presents and then it is back to the classroom with staff children and teachers to begin the present opening.
Joe Hanita KPMG chose our school as one of the places to be interviewed for the making of a video for a presentation at a Conference for Maori Accountants.
Since 2008 the school has been the fortunate to award a minimum of two $500 student scholarships.This began with a generous donation from Formica of $8,000 who had closed their business in the local area and decided Edmumd Hillary School would be a worthy recipient of funds left in a company bank account.The agreement was this sum would remain in perpetuity and interest allocated for student scholarships. KPMG then increased the amount and paid the scholarship for the first two years. Together we decided on criteria as follows;
- Commitment to achieving academic potential as encapsulated in the school motto "Be determined, Aim High" 50%
- Positive leadership and role model,10%
- Consistently demonstrates integrity and respect,10%
- Demonstrates care for people,10%
- Demonstrates care for Papatuanuku (Mother Earth),10%
- Shows civic responsibility, 10%
Over time it was decided to also award a scholarship for Citizenship using the following criteria;
In the last few years teachers and staff from KPMG have participated in a Golf Fundraiser at Royal Auckland Golf Club where the school is allocated a hole and and a combined staff effort goes into selling raffle tickets to golfers and chatting with them as they do their rounds. It is a great day finishing with celebrations in the club after 6pm. The proceeds are used for a short term project such as appliances for the new hall or a long term project such as resiting the school car park.