What the HSA Committee talked about…

…on Tuesday 21st April 2015

BIG DECISIONS were made at the Tufnell Park Tavern on Tuesday night: namely, the theme of this year’s Summer Fair. It’s Carnival! Think music, neon feathers, games and parades, fiesta, madness and perhaps a hint of Rio in anticipation of summers to come… Put the date in your diary: Saturday 11th July.

Time to get out the feathers again: the theme of this year's Summer Fair is Carnival.

Get out the feathers: the theme of this year’s Summer Fair is Carnival.

Thanks very much indeed to everyone who gave up their Tuesday evening to help plan. We need lots more help to make the dreams real, so please watch out for further meetings and sign up your support. Got an idea for a stall you’d like to run? Happy to help out on one of the rides? Make instruments and headdresses with the kids? Can you juggle? Please let us know! And we can never, ever, ever, ever have too many face-painters – particularly not at Carnival time.

News of other HSA projects this term:

Yay, Fun Run! Help us make it happen this year.

Yay, Fun Run! Help us make it happen this year.

The Children’s Fun Run needs a parent to lead it: come on, you sporting dads and mums! The last Thursday and Friday in June are pencilled for the event, which has always been fantastic for whole-school participation and an exciting physical challenge for the kids, as well as the HSA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Whoever steps forward will have plenty of support from people who’ve done it before, but it can’t happen without someone to lead and co-ordinate. Contact the HSA for more details of what’s involved.

All hands to the paintbrushes on Friday 15th May, Give & Gain Day. The business volunteers who signed up to our project have had to pull out so we’re still looking for a partner, but whatever happens we’ll go ahead with parent power. Check whether your own employer allows “community days”: if so, they may be willing to release you (and some of your colleagues!) for a fully-paid day to help make our lobby and long corridor beautiful. If it’s impossible for you to take a week day off, perhaps you could come and help prep for Give & Gain Day on the weekend before the 15th. That’s Saturday 9th May: please come along, as we’ve a lot of wall to rub down! The designs themselves are to be revealed at assembly on Tuesday 28th April, and parents/carers are very much invited.

Watch the PACT folders, too, for requests for parents and carers to accompany the Whole School Fun Trip to the Sobell Leisure Centre on Monday 18th May. And there’s also a second Give & Gain project on Friday 19th June, involving a team of volunteers from Thames Water’s Inspection Division in building a den for our nursery.

Finally, the HSA urgently needs a new SECRETARY. It’s a really good way of getting involved in an important role without being overwhelmed by responsibility. You need to manage our email list and messages, schedule monthly meetings, send out agendas and take minutes – plus occasional related jobs, such as sending “thank you” notes to the many people and local businesses who help us. You do need to be able to come to the meetings. Please get in touch if you’d like to know more.