…on Wednesday 15th October 2014.
Another action-packed – or rather, decision-packed – meeting on Wednesday night was attended by plenty of non-Committee HSA parents. The committee co-opted Mags, formerly in charge of HSA resources, as co-Chair. Becca (mother of Elsa in Andromeda and Rudy in Pegasus) takes Mags’ place as resources manager, so all places are now filled: thank you!
All parents and carers can come to any HSA Committee meeting: we publicize the date in advance and you just tell us you’re coming. The more, the better.
Two new dates this term: Children in Need on Friday 14th November (cake sale and dress-up day at the very least), and Winter Wonderland on Friday 12th December. The Winter Wonderland planning team are meeting at school on Friday 24th October at 2:30pm, and they’d love you to join them…
Louise (mother of Freya in Cygnus) volunteered to research and propose other dress-up/ charity days this school year, as it was decided to limit these to one per term.
The school’s impressive rendition of Romeo & Juliet at the Pleasance Theatre two days earlier was co-funded by the HSA, giving a great example of what the Learning Treats programme can do. We discussed possible Learning Treats to come: music, philosophy, history, art & design, natural science, food & nutrition… HSA Co-chairs Fiona and Mags will discuss these options with Mr Scarborough shortly and agree on the school’s priorities for the coming year.
We’re keen carry out a premises improvement project this Spring. Re-decorating projects were popular: the lobby, the toilets, the long corridor past the Juniors’ classrooms… We’d like the children to be centrally involved in design, possibly with a resident artist as a Learning Treat. A sub-committee is looking into what’s viable.
There followed a lively discussion about funding, which revealed possible new sources. John (father of Henry in Aquila and Huck in Cygnus) volunteered to follow this up. We’re always on the look-out for new partnerships, sponsorship and help in kind.
Finally, we are almost ready to present three costed options for a fantastic whole school trip this Christmas. Again, our co-Chairs will agree the final shortlist with Mr Scarborough, and all the children will vote. That’s coming very soon.