The Parents’ Association is a registered charity whose purpose is to provide the vital link between parents and the school, and to support the School with provision of resources to create the optimum environment for learning. We do this by continuing to host regular fund raising activities for the school community and by supporting the major events in the school calendar.
The events organised throughout the year by the Committee have included quiz nights, fashion shows guest speaker evenings. More recently we have hosted our first, yet very successful pamper/beauty evening, where attendees were given taster beauty sessions with local businesses such as The Body Shop, were able to purchase beauty products and stalls including candles; jewellery made and sold by our own pupils in the enterprise scheme.
Discos for years 7; 8 are held throughout the year in conjunction with the boys from Bishop Vesey.
Volunteers attend school events to assist with refreshments etc.
Suggestions for future events would be welcomed.
If you are joining the school in year 7 you will be invited to an evening that we host in September each year for the year 7 girls and their families to get to know each other. This is a great chance to meet your daughter’s new friends and their families over a glass of wine and a finger buffet which is a rarity once they are at senior school when you no longer meet parents at the school gate.
In the past we have donated money towards the cost of refurbishing science labs and the Sixth Form Common Room, donated towards a new mini-bus, helped to equip the Library and funded a new sound system for the Hall. We have also helped to provide many smaller items such as science, sports, gym and geography equipment, digital cameras, headphones, microphones and display boards. We continue to raise funds to go towards the building of a new gym which is estimated to cost over a million pounds. We have already purchased two new treadmills for the current gym.
We also purchase ‘Love to shop’ vouchers for the presentation evenings and have subsidised entry into the Great Midlands Fun Run.
How Can You Help?
The Parents’ Association Committee is made up of parents and guardians of existing pupils. The Head Teacher, Mrs Maggie Shackleton, is our Honorary President. We meet every four to six weeks, with each meeting starting at 8pm and lasting about one hour. Our AGM takes place during the first term. Dates of all of our meetings are posted below (as soon as confirmed) and operate informally. A copy of the minutes following each meeting is forwarded to all members who have requested this information via e-mail or internal school post. All ideas are welcome!
We need as many parents as possible to get involved. It does not matter if you have no previous experience of being in a Parents’ Association. We welcome all new volunteers. If you have been involved with the running of a Parents’ Association, please let us know: we will be able to learn from you!
You can just register to be a volunteer to assist at events or join the committee which is regularly attended by at least a dozen people so you will not get roped into absolutely everything or have to have a committee post to be able to attend – We promise !!
For further information about joining us please contact our chair Ian Coxon via e-mail. Please explain in what capacity you would like to be involved, ie. assistance at events or joining the committee.
Meeting / Event Dates
18th June 2013 - Committee Meeting, 7.30pm room C2 (entry via the door near the dining hall). We always need new members, so why not come and help?
5th July 2013 - Disco
If you shop online, you can help the school raise much-needed funds for equipment extra resources for the girls. Many websites will donate a percentage of your purchase, at no cost to yourself! It's really quick and easy to do. Visit the above website and click on the 'How it works' tab for more information.
We've already raised over £1500 - can you help?
150 CLUB – Want to Win Cash?
The Parents’ Association runs a ‘150 Club’ which makes an important contribution towards fundraising for various projects and equipment throughout the school. The ‘150 Club’ was introduced to provide an easy and immediate means for parents to lend their support, particularly for those parents who would like to help but are unable to attend the functions of the Parents’ Association.
The ‘150 Club’ runs from September to July each year and shares for a full year are sold at £10.00 each. Your number is entered into the prize draws as follows:-
- October - 2 x £40.00
- December - 2 x £40.00
- February - 2 x £40.00
- April - 2 x £40.00
- June - 1 x £150.00
Subscriptions are made by Standing Order on 1st September each year and may be cancelled in any year prior to that date of that year.
If you feel you would like to be involved to help fund those ‘extras’ for the school and the students, please return the Bankers Order Form in an envelope marked ‘150 Club’ to the school office. You may be lucky and win back your subscription and more.
Thank you for your support.