What the HSA Committee talked about…

…on Friday 6th May 2016.

Most important of all, the committee voted in a new Co-Chair.  Emilie, mother of Ellie in Cygnus, joins the team just in time to seize the reins from Co-Chair Mags as she goes into labour.  At last she’ll be able to concentrate on that new baby without worrying about the Summer Fair: thank you, Emilie, for saving the day. Please, let’s all help Emilie as much as we possibly can.

Cowboys & cowgirls - get down to the Tavern on Wednesday night!

Cowboys & cowgirls – get down to the Tavern on Wednesday night!

Speaking of the Summer Fair, the next planning meeting is on Wednesday 18th May at 8:15pm, Tufnell Park Tavern. Come along and sign up to shoot those tin cans or lasso that bronco – whatever it happens to be. The importance of large numbers of volunteers  – that’s YOU – cannot be overestimated at this stage.

Learning Treats was a big agenda item. Teachers’ ideas for curriculum enhancement have come flooding in, so with a healthy bank balance in front of us the committee approved £900 for Shakespeare in Schools (requested by Ms Khan, Year 6) and £500 for a poet/ wordsmith for Black History Week in October (requested by Ms Heery, assistant head). We were intrigued by the promise of a whole school maths/ puzzles workshop, proposed by Mr Shuttleworth (Year 5), and have asked for more information about that. Other treats on the table for the next school year are a musical composition treat, and emotional intelligence workshop and something, something, something to engage the children in recycling. Keep thinking…

The Juniors will get some cheery tables a bit like this.

The Juniors will get some cheery tables a bit like this.

Other expenditure that was approved included £800 for colourful new picnic tables for the Juniors’ playground… and petty cash for flowering plants around the Learning Mentor’s chill-out shed.

Speaking of plants… Santander-funded gardening with Tom continues all around the grounds and seems to be gradually gathering impact on the whole school community. Our vegetables from Family Farm Day are growing well and are augmented weekly by fresh planting involving each class in turn.  If your child hasn’t had a go yet, they will.