RNZ: When did school fundraising get so fancy?

This piece, from August 2015, was published on RNZ. 

Whatever happened to the humble sausage sizzle?

One of New Zealand’s most elite state high schools, Auckland Grammar, has recently released a cookbook, entitled A Taste of Grammar.

The book features recipes from current and former teachers and members of staff and their families, curated by old boy and “culinary visionary” Anthony Hoy Fong. The cost? A hefty $45 for the standard cookbook, going up to a whopping $110 for the “limited edition” hardback, which the school says is more of a presentation piece.


Decile 10 boys’ school Wellington College is also shooting for wealthy parents’ stomachs, with the sale of “Vintage 150”-branded Te Mata wine to celebrate its upcoming anniversary. The price? $150 for a six-bottle case, or $280 for 12 bottles.

Quirky fundraising is not limited to high-end, big-city schools. Timaru’s Mountainview High School raised eyebrows last month when it called in a local psychic, Berry Newman, to perform in the decile 6 school’s auditorium to raise money for an educational trip to Europe for classics and history students.

These are just the tip of the iceberg so far as inventive school fundraising efforts go. Muck-in jumble sales and Saturday school galas have been replaced by glamorous luxury events like parents’ “fizz and quiz” charity auctions or balls.

The rest of the article is available here.

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