Spring Newsletter and the Great Camp Book Swap

We would like to say hello and ‘please help us’ to all our parents and carers! Having just assumed our new roles in the PA we are hoping to follow the success of the great teams before us, and get to know more of you as we plan and run events throughout the year. We hope you can bear with us while we settle in!

Following on from World Book Day throughout the month of March 2014 we’d love you to join us in the Great Camp Book Swap. We’d like to invite you to arrange a get together with friends and family, or your book club (if you have one) anytime during March with each person attending bringing a £2.50 donation to join in, and five books each to swap. Pile all your books on the table and each choose five ‘new’ ones. Have a great evening, you each get five new reads for only 50p each, and the PA gets to make some money too! How about getting the kids to join in by bringing 5 books and 50p to a book-related play date? It’s also great way to get Aunts and Uncles, Nans and Grandads, and other friends who are not so local to join in the fun with their own events to raise some valuable funds. The class who raises the most money will win a prize for the class, with winners to be announced in April. Good luck!

Please download a copy of the newsletter and complete the attached sheet and return to the school office with your donations by 31st March 2014.

Please put the following dates in your diary, for events we have planned so far for this term (also available on our Dates for the Diary page):

28 March – Wear Your Own Clothes Day
1 April – Mothers Day Event (Women Only Event) – 2pm onward in the school canteen
25 April – Cinema Night
10 May – Quiz Night
23 May – Wear You Own Clothes Day
14 June – Summer Fair
26 June – Wear Your Own Clothes Day
17 July – Year End Parties

Please do make yourselves known if you are able to volunteer your services for any help of any kind for anything! Initially we would really appreciate hearing from anyone who knows anyone who does nails, hair, beauty products, jewellery, henna tattoos etc that would like to have a stall at the Mother’s Day Event. All other ideas and suggestions are always welcome. Also anyone who would bake cakes, serve tea and coffee, man stalls, or help set up and tidy up after would be very warmly welcomed!
Full details will be sent out in due course.

Best wishes, Richard and Denise (Thomas D’s Mum and Dad – Year 2)

Download a copy with form- First newsletter of Spring Term 14

Christmas Fair Countdown!

Christmas Tree

Put the date in your diary (30th November) and start telling all your family and friends.  Your child will bring home a fair poster soon.  Can you encourage them to colour it in and then display it somewhere to help spread the word?

Download the Christmas Fair Countdown newsletter

Download the Christmas Fair poster (full version and colour-in version!)


Annual General Meeting – 14th October

I just wanted to let you know that the date of the PA AGM has changed to Monday 14th October at 7.30pm. As you know, Caroline, Karen and myself are not standing for re-election, but as yet, no-one has shown any interest in taking over our roles. It would be a great shame for all our children if the PA did not continue, so please do have a serious think whether you could be part of the committee team and ask us if you would like further information about what it involves. To run the PA needs a named Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, but having been a small team of 3 this year, we feel that the PA would definitely work best with more people on board so that the workload can be shared out a bit more. If you are not keen to take on one of the named roles, perhaps you could volunteer to be part of a bigger group or to take responsibility for one area of the PA for eg the cinema nights or the cafes.

Have a think!

Best wishes

Summer Fair Countdown – Sat 15th June!


It’s now less than 5 weeks to go until the Camp School Summer Fair, which this year will have a very traditional British feel, with our Keep Calm and Come to the Fair theme!

Our fingers are crossed for great weather and we plan to have an array of stalls and activities including Band Camp, face painting, wooden games arcade, bric-a-brac, bouncy castle, gladiator joust, homemade cake stall, adults and kids tombolas, a fantastic raffle, cafe, Pimms and strawberries, the wine game, and much, much more!

The Summer Fair is a key fundraising event for the PA, and helps to subsidise school trips, birthday books and Christmas presents for every child in the school and so much more.  We would love your help and there are so many ways to get involved and you can find out how in the Summer fair newsletter 2013.

The fair will go ahead regardless of the weather!! If it’s dry it will all be outside on the school field, and if wet we will be inside.  We look forward to seeing you at the fair! 

Helen, Caroline and Karen

Camp School PA Away Day

summerThe Camp School PA Away Day will be on Sunday 7th July this year instead of 18th May, as previously advised. For those who have not come along before, the Away Day is a day trip organised by the PA and the coach is subsidised to keep costs as low as possible. Everyone is welcome, all family members, young and old!

This year the Away Day will be to Wicksteed Park (nr Kettering). Keep an eye out for the letter going out with the book bags before half term which will have a booking form attached. Please complete and return to the office to book your space on the coach. The letter will give full details: however here is a summary of the costs:

Coach spaces: £2 per adult and £1 per child

Tickets for the Park itself can be bought in two ways:

Single tickets @ £0.85 each – most rides are 1-2 tickets per person – we will bulk-buy these in advance, so please give an idea of how many you will need – you can buy more at the Park on the Day but will cost £1.10 each

Day Wristbands (unlimited turns on all rides at Park):
£17 per child aged 16 and under
£13 per adult
Note: children under 90cm (i.e. toddlers) are free and do not need tickets

There is also a large playground at the park which is free of charge.

Friday Cinema Night and PA planning meetings

Hello! I hope that everyone had a lovely Easter break.

I just wanted to remind you that this Friday is our kid’s cinema night. If your child is booked on, please remember that they are welcome to bring a cushion to school with them to make the film more comfy. It’s best if this comes with them to school in a name plastic bag. We will have an interval during the film when we will provide them with a drink and a snack. Please collect your child from the hall at 5.30. You my have to bare with us during this, as we will need to tick each child off as they leave with their parent or carer. I just want to also say thank you to those parents who have offered to lend a hand with this event on Friday – it is much appreciated.

Also I wanted to let you the dates of the Summer Term PA planning meetings. These are:

Monday 29th April at 7pm and Friday 3rd May at 9.30am.

We hope that lots of you will be able to attend one of these. This is set to be a busy term on the PA front and we will need a lot of support to pull it all off!

Happy New Year to you all!

Happy New Year to you all!

Hopefully you are all back into the swing of things after Christmas and all the snow! We wanted to write to tell you about a few things that are happening this term.

  1. Autumn term funds raised and spending
    Thank you to all those who got involved in PA activities last term whether on the organising, or the spending money, front. We raised over £3000 through the Camp café, the greeting cards project and the Christmas Fair and, as you know, this directly benefits all of our children. Spending last term included completely replacing the chairs in the dining room which had been in use for about 25 years, paying for a professional company to come into to perform a pantomime to the children, and treats at Christmas including crackers and chocolate bars at the Christmas lunch and a teacher’s present for each child. We always ask the teachers for ideas of what the PA funds should be spent on, but we’d be pleased to hear your views too!
  2. Class Reps
    A big thank-you to the current team of class reps who are doing a fantastic job. If anyone is interested in becoming a class rep, please do let us know as we did say we would rotate this on a termly basis.
  3. Camp café
    This term Reception will be hosting a café on Thursday 7th February. Please come along and buy a cake in a great cause. It doesn’t just have to be reception parents making/bringing cakes. All offerings will be gratefully received.
  4. Regular unwanted gifts or new items.
    As you know, we are keen to get our hands on any new items, which could be suitable for prizes at the school fairs. We thought it would be a good idea to have regular collection weeks. The first one will be w/c 25th February. Look out for the collection point by the PA shed and start digging out any unwanted Christmas presents. Remember this collection will only be for new items as storing loads of bric-a-brac won’t be possible.
  5. Calling all Mums!
    We will be holding a Mother’s Day event Friday 8th March, from 1.45pm in the dining room. This will take the form of a coffee afternoon, and we hope that people will be happy to bring and share a yummy treat. We are hoping to have a few stall offering pampering treatments, or products. If anyone is interested in offering their services/products, please let us know. You just have to pay £5 per table and then you can sell your wares. This is a great way to promote your own businesses
  6. Quiz Night
    Our very popular annual quiz night is planned for Saturday 23rd March this year. However, we are currently missing a vital element – a Quiz Master! If you feel that you, or a team of you, could fill this role, please let us know. The quiz has always been a really great evening and it would be a shame if it couldn’t go ahead.
  7. Ink Cartridge Recycling
    Please, please can you bring in your old ink cartridges (collection box by school office) as we can recycle these for money. We have already made £50 and it’s such an easy way to make a few pennies.

Many thanks!

Helen, Caroline and Karen

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