The Westville Boys’ High School Educational Trust
The Natal Provincial Administration provided the original buildings the School occupies and was responsible for the laying out of the sports fields. However, from 1983 the maintenance of the grounds and all other facilities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, etc. was borne by the School. The School Fee escalated during the Model C era to include all these day-to-day running costs as well as the cost of additional full-time and part-time staff salaries. Running costs include printing costs, stationery, upkeep of grounds, chemicals, transport, audio-visual equipment, computers, media centre requirements, library books and sports equipment. The School Fee is stretched to the limit to cover these needs.
In view of the above and to ensure the development of the School Campus, the Westville Boys’ High Educational Trust was formed in 1984 to undertake a mammoth fund-raising campaign with a target of raising R350 000, a substantial amount of money at that time. Within 18 weeks, following an appeal to present and past parents, past pupils and selected philanthropic trusts in South Africa, the target was not only reached but also substantially surpassed.
While the day-to-day running costs of the School are covered by the School Fee, the development of the campus and technological facilities have to be provided by the Educational Trust. Although contribution is voluntary, all parents are expected to invest in the present and future success of the School by contributing an amount per pupil per annum to the Westville Boys’ Educational Trust.
The six Trustees allocate the Educational Trust funds to items of a capital nature, based on the needs of the School.
The Educational Trust is recognised by the South African Revenue Service and in terms of Section 18 (a) of the Income Tax Act, all donations to the Educational Trust are tax deductible subject to the provisions of the Act. Audited Financial Statements are prepared every year and tax certificates are issued in March.
Past and current parents have, through the Educational Trust, provided many facilities utilised on a daily basis by the boys of WBHS. These include:
- Computer facilities
- Tom Stokes Auditorium
- Media centre
- Multi-purpose centre
- Commons change rooms
- Various security measures
- School buses
- Refurbishment of the science, biology, art, geography and TD departments
At current value the investment in these projects would be in the region of R10M. This shows the support that we have enjoyed from the parents and friends of this fine school.
Frequently asked questions concerning the Educational Trust include:
[acc_item title=”What is the Westville Boys’ High School Educational Trust?”]In essence, the Trust is responsible for the Physical Infrastructure of the School. The above are just some of the projects the Educational Trust has been able to do, thanks to Parent and Donor contributions over the last 25 years.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”What am I paying School Fees for?”]School fees cover the operating expenses, but to provide your sons with facilities to make the operation possible, the Trust was set up to deal with the ‘bricks and mortar’ of Westville Boys’ High School. The Government does not provide for any capital improvement.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”How does the Educational Trust work?”]The Educational Trust contribution amount is selected from the options of R500, R850, R1,000 or R2,000 or an amount you wish to contribute. One of the benefits of it being a Trust is that it is a tax deductible contribution. There are optional ways of making this payment ‘ many parents pay a lump sum in February to get an early tax benefit, others chose to pay by debit order over a period of 10 months.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”But isn’t it voluntary?”]Yes, it is voluntary. This allows us to issue tax certificates to enable you to get a refund on your tax. Parents are still expected to support the Trust since their sons benefit from the many projects provided by the Trust at Westville Boys’ High School. The range of options allows for families of different means to donate according to their disposable income.[/acc_item]