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


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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