The parent association The role of the parent association is to raise money to help the school provide materials, resources and facilities for the benefit of everyone who uses the school and assist in building a community of parents and teachers. The parent association is made up of a group of parents who meet regularly to discuss fundraising initiatives and organise events, and is supported by a team of parent-volunteers who give their time to help out at some of these events. Each class at school has class representatives who help drive fundraising initiatives.
What we do Last academic year we raised just over £10,000 which will go directly to enhancing the surroundings and experiences of our children at the school.
We have been able to fund some fantastic projects with the money raised including:
- Over £8,000 fitting out our fantastic new school library.
- Under £800 for anti-bullying and viking experiences in the classroom.
- We fund the maintenance of the AstroTurf each year which costs around £700 and enables our highly competitive sports teams to practice all year round. The school does not have the budget for this.
- Every year we also fund parent mail; an effective system which the school uses to communicate with all parents on a diverse range of matters. We also fund leaver’s books given to each child as they leave year 6. This is a lovely memory of their time at the school.
- And much more!
How You Can Help The more we raise, the more our children gain. Remember this is your parent association (every parent is a member), raising funds for the children of the school, to support their education and school life in a variety of exciting and inspiring ways.
Please come along to a parent association meeting and give your support.
Our next meeting is our AGM on Wednesday 13 September at 8:30pm in the Ferryboat pub, Whitchurch on Thames.
Corporate matching Does your employer run a corporate matching policy? Please enquire as any money raised which can be matched by an employer helps increase total funds raised per event.
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Gift Aid We are also registered to receive donations via Gift Aid. If you are too busy to contribute in other ways, you may prefer just make a donation via the Parent's Association, and in addition to your gift we will be able to claim money back from HMRC, boosting our income. Higher rate taxpayer's will be able to claim additional tax relief on this, so that everyone benefits. We are sure that you will continue to support us generously and we hope that you enjoy the calendar of events we have prepared for you in 2015/16. We thank parents for their support in the past and look forward to this continuing in the future.