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Grant Funding Success
Grant Funding Success
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A HUGE boost to our playground fundraising!

The PTA are delighted to announce that Southover Manor Trust have awarded us a grant of £14,800 towards our playground improvement project!

This grant will go a long way to help us realise our plans for phase 1 of the project, to improve the 'mud patch' opposite the Elemental Arena with a weatherproof surface and seating.



Outdoor Learning Area Equipment
Outdoor Learning Area Equipment
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If you go down in the woods today...

We always strive to keep the outdoor learning areas stocked with engaging equipment for the children to use during their sessions outside the classroom.

Over recent months, we have added toadstool tables and stools (upcycled from cable reels), water walls and scales, and a set of mud kitchens.

Thanks to the Smith and Courtney families for their dedication and ingenuity, all the volunteers who have helped out with making and installing, to Jewson for the donation of materials for the kitchens, and the monetary donation from The Star, Lingfield, that made it all possible.



Gardening Progress
Gardening Progress
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The PTA have been busy over the Easter holidays

Gardening parties have been busy working in the polytunnel and on the outdoor learning garden areas. Flower beds have been dug ready for planting, and bark chip has been laid on weed-suppressing membrane to form pathways. 

A big 'thank you' to RH Madgwick & Sons, local tree surgeons, for supplying the wood chip.

 



Playground Improvements
Playground Improvements
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Check out the details of this year's fundraising focus

Following the installation of the Elemental Arena stage area, we hope to continue our playground improvements project with three more phases of work to the KS2 and KS1 playgrounds, as time and funds allow.

Details can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/PlaygroundImprovementPlan



New Stage Area is Unveiled
New Stage Area is Unveiled
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Introducing the Elemental Arena!

Following our success in securing grants from East Grinstead Memorial Estate and East Grinstead Lions, we have funded the installation of a new stage area adjacent to the KS2 playground.

Built by Halsford Park parent, Dean Wickenden, over the school holidays, the stage has now been officially named 'The Elemental Arena' as the result of a vote among the pupils.

The stage is the first phase of what we hope will be a series of playground improvements over the coming months, and is available for use by the children during lesson time and at play.

 



Grant Funding Success
Grant Funding Success
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£5,000 for laptops!

We are delighted to announce that the Friends of Halsford Park have received a grant of £5,000, from the Sussex Community Foundation, towards provision of laptops for the school. This is an amazing boost at a time when laptops for home learning as well as in class (where sharing of equipment is not always possible at the moment) are more in demand than ever.

This grant comes hot on the heels of another grant, for £942.83, that was awarded by the Argus Appeal Fund to spend on SEN equipment.



Co-op Community Fund
Co-op Community Fund
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Help raise funds for the PTA when you shop at Co-op

We're very excited that The Friends of Halsford Park have been chosen to be one of the Co-op's Local Community Fund charities, and we're looking forward to working closely with them over the next year.  We're raising money to hopefully provide some amazing playground refurbishments at school and we're lucky enough to be a part of this scheme until October 2021. We are linked to their Crawley Down store so if you're a customer there you'll hopefully get to see our posters up in store soon!
 
If you're not already a Co-op member please consider joining as every time you spend money in a Co-op store we get a percentage of your spend towards our charity, and joining only costs £1!  Becoming a member not only helps us but it helps you too as you get lots of membership rewards.
 
If you're already a member, you can select us using this link to our cause profile page https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/45993. Members from across the UK can nominate us as their charity of choice too using this link or by calling Co-op customer services who will happily update this for you.
 
The more people we can get to nominate us, the more money the school can receive so please spread the word (and the link above!) and we'll keep you updated with how the fundraising is going!



Textile Recycling Bank
Textile Recycling Bank
Sarah Everson.
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Now available for donations!

We have taken delivery of a textile recycling bank, which will be permanently available for donations of unwanted but reusable clothing and accessories.

The following items are accepted:

  • Reusable clothing
  • Accessories bags, belts, hats and paired gloves
  • Paired shoes
  • Bed linen sheets and duvet covers
  • Towels
  • Sleeping bags

Please do not donate any of the following: 

  • Clothing with a school or work logo
  • Damaged or stained items
  • Unpaired shoes or gloves
  • Cushion covers, blankets or curtains
  • Toys

The recycling bank will be located under the bikesheds, next to the driveway. When bringing donations, please still follow the school's one way system and observe social distancing. If the bank is full, please take your items back home, and contact us as soon as possible so we can arrange for it to be emptied.

We will receive 30p/kilo towards our fundraising for all acceptable items that are donated.



Introducing Our New Committee
Introducing Our New Committee
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Our new team has been voted in for 2020/21

This evening, we had our first ever virtual AGM, on Zoom. We said a fond farewell to our outgoing Committee members, and can now officially unveil our shiny new Committee for 2020/21:
 
Co-Chairs - Rebecca Smith and Claire Winslade
Vice Chair - Sally Cooper
Treasurer - Emily Brooks
Vice-Treasurer - Lisa Harris
Secretary - Sarah Everson
Y1 Year Rep - Penny Duly
Y2 Year Rep - Sally Cooper
Y3 Year Rep - Emi Daniels
Y4 Year Rep - Kizzy Lei Stoner
Y5 Year Rep - Kizzy Lei Stoner
Y6 Year Rep - Emi Daniels
Grants Fundraiser - Kate Fennell
Secondhand Uniform Co-ordinator - Jacquie Cullen
Designers - Emma Ewing and Brad Silby
Committee Member - Jessica Courtney
 
We continue to be supported on the PTA by Mrs Spencer, Miss Loftus, Miss Myles, Mrs Gibbons and Mrs Lucas.



What’s on

Circus Skills Workshop
12:00 - 15:00
Halsford Park School

Party at the Park
12:00 - 16:00
Halsford Park School

Kids Magic Show
12:15 - 15:45
Halsford Park School

AGM
16:00 - 16:30

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Fundraising

As the school year draws to a close, our fundraising total looks very healthy. Thank you to all our supporters.

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