West Horndon Primary School Parents` Association
The Parents’ Association was established in 1969 in order to assist in the provision of facilities at the school not normally provided by the Local Education Authority. It is registered charity number 310826. It has a management committee, which meets regularly and consists of parents, the head teacher and the deputy head teacher of the school. Membership is open to all parents in the school
The Parents’ Association organises various sporting, social and cultural events for the school pupils, throughout the year.
These events raise funds, which are used towards the purchase of equipment for the school or towards activities for the pupils at the school.
We hold a disco for the children each term, these continue to be successful and the funds generated from these go towards subsidising school trips and outings.
During 2005, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the Secretary, the Parents’ Association successfully obtained grants of £25,200, which has been used to purchase an outdoor classroom and play equipment, both on the field and in the playground. In January 2006 the Secretary also arranged for Sir Trevor Brooking CBE to visit the school and officially open the outdoor play equipment. This was a very exciting event for both the children and staff!
In June and December 2006 the PA organised two very successful Indulgence and shopping evenings. These raised significant funds and we were pleased to see many of the village residents and parents attending. With some of the monies raised at these events the PA has consulted with the pupils and have purchased a new supply of playground equipment and storage. The PA has also provided funding for the school’s Gardening Club so that new tools and a substantial amount of bark chip could be purchased for the development of an area in the school garden.
In April 2007 a party of parent volunteers gave up their time to empty and demolish an old shed on the school premises. It is hoped that the PA can work with the school to develop this space to provide a seating area for the children to use during break times.
In 2007 the previous secretary secured a grant for ICT equipment. The school chose to purchase a projector and sound system for the hall. This equipment has proved a great success benefiting all pupils in the school.
We have been collecting the Tesco’s Computer Vouchers for school and Sainsbury’s Active kids vouchers and are looking forward to the new equipment it will allow us to obtain.
Whilst the main aim of the Parents Association is to fundraise, we also wish to adopt a programme of activities to promote the involvement of parents. To continue the success of the Parents’ Association we would welcome more members with new ideas.