What the HSA talked about…

…at the AGM on Friday 9th October.

Andromeda classroom was packed for this year’s AGM, with a fantastic showing of both parents and staff.

The Annual Fun Run - every year, parents are brilliant about showing up and joining in.

The Annual Fun Run – every year, parents are brilliant about showing up and joining in.

Mr Scarborough introduced the meeting by talking about how important the HSA’s activities are to the school and – in particular – to the children, who love to see their families getting involved.

Last year was immensely successful, with more people involved and more money both spent and raised than ever before. Treasurer Liliana (mother of Yosef in Andromeda) presented the figures, and you can download the full accounts for the year here:

Tufnell Park School HSA – Accounts 2014-15

Communications Co-ordinator, Leonie (mother of Griff in Columba and Llewelyn in Ursa), introduced the HSA’s new Fundraising Fridays, which by popular demand are replacing the monthly cake sales. Teaching staff showed up in force to bid for a slot, and without enough Fridays to go round agreed to band together and run their fundraisers two or three classes at a time. Let’s see what lively fundraising activities they come up with: there’s a Halloween themed fundraiser on Friday 23 October. Follow this link for the final schedule for the year.

Last year's Music Learning Treat - rehearsing and recording a whole school CD - was pretty much unforgettable...

June’s Music Learning Treat – rehearsing and recording a whole school CD – was pretty much unforgettable…

Out-going co-Chair, Fiona (mother of Benedicta in Columba and Sidney in Andromeda), described the HSA’s successful Learning Treats programme, now in its third year. Columba class teacher and ICT co-ordinator, Elena del Pozo was on hand to bid for an Animation Learning Treat during Internet Safety Week in February 2016. If approved, this would culminate in a fundraising ICT fair and film-showing for all parents on Friday 12 February.

We're hoping for a lot more planting and growing in Spring 2016, if fundraising goes to plan.

We’re hoping for a lot more planting and growing in Spring 2016, if fundraising goes to plan.

An hour is very little time to encapsulate the HSA’s activities, but co-Chair Mags (mother of Mary in Columba) gave a brief tour of some of the plans that are under discussion: a major gardening/ harvesting/ cooking project; an International Literature/ Bingo fundraiser mash-up on World Book Day next March; and a Give & Gain day to brighten up and weather-proof the playground furniture. She also talked about how money was raised last year and how we spent it.

The meeting ended with the statutory business of voting in the HSA committee for the year:

  • Co-Chair Mags remains in position, and needs a fellow co-Chair to fill Fiona’s shoes.
  • Treasurer Liliana becomes co-Treasurer, with welcome help from new co-Treasurer Carolyne (mother of Emma in Draco and Luke in Cygnus).
  • We’re glad to retain Secretary Anna (mother of Freya in Draco and Evie in Cygnus)
  • Communications Co-ordinator Leonie also stays on, as does comms team member Clare (mother of Jack in Columba), with an appeal for increased support from any writers, bloggers, photographers and designers out there – please get in touch.
  • Tatiana (mother of Tilia in Orion) has stepped up as Resources manager and Queen of the HSA shed.

In addition, we are all grateful to Lou (mother of Frieda in Delphinus ) and Bev (mother of Jasmine in Orion) for volunteering to help make Winter Wonderland happen this year. We’re thinking about a theme – any ideas?

And we’re very, very keen to find a co-ordinator for all those fabulous new Fundraising Fridays – please let us know if you think you could help. It would involve getting in touch with teachers or clubs in advance to find out what they’re planning, and then spending a couple of hours on a Friday, once a month, helping make sure they’ve got what they need on the day.

The next committee meeting is on Tuesday 20th October (changed from Monday 19th October) at 8:30pm in the Tufnell Park Tavern, cafe section. All members (in other words, all parents and carers at the school!) are invited to join the committee there.