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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!



Christmas is NOT cancelled
Christmas is NOT cancelled
Sarah Everson.
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Four festive initiatives have been launched!

Christmas Raffle
We have secured some fantastic prizes, not least a Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as the top prize in our raffle! Other prizes include: a family hamper worth over £280; a gin advent calendar; a food hamper worth over £100; £50-worth of Lego sponsored by Mansell McTaggart, and more. Tickets are £2each, and will be available until the raffle is drawn at 12pm on 29 November. To keep things as Covid-secure as possible, we are running the raffle and taking payments online here: tinyurl.com/XmasRaffle20.

Silent Auction
For the Silent Auction, lots include: a mixed case of wine; a personalised Christmas Eve box; golf vouchers for Horne Golf Club, Chartham Park and Holtye and a couple of lovely hampers. As with the raffle, the auction will be virtual, and is available here tinyurl.com/XmasAuction20 until 12pm on 28 November.

Online Christmas Market
With non-essential shops shut at the moment, Christmas shopping might have to be a virtual experience this year. Luckily, we have a wealth of reasonably priced gifts and decorations available across the six different departments right here in PTA Events. Go to Shop > Uniform and Merchandise and check it out! Last orders will be on 10 December. Products will be available for delivery to East Grinstead addresses for £2, or collection from school (selected dates and times at weekends only). 

Letters From Santa
Santa hasn't been able to arrange many grotto visits this year, so we are offering an opportunity for children to receive a personalised letter and gift from 'him' instead. Log on to PTA Events, provide us with responses to questions about your child, and Santa will send them a gift and a unique letter. There are three different letters available, to suit different age groups and ensure siblings have a totally different message from the man in red, all for £4 per child. Order by 30 November at tinyurl.com/SantaLetters20



Pumpkin Trail
Pumpkin Trail
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A fantastic turnout for our half term fundraiser

The Friends of Halsford Park pumpkin trail was open to families in East Grinstead from 26-31 October, and was a spooktastic success!

Despite the dreadful weather, 291 children, plus their mums, dads, grandparents and other carers followed the trail around 29 ghostly locations. All the houses were fantastically decorated by families from our school community.

We would like to thank all the householders who decorated, and everyone who took part. Between us we raised over £500!



Textile Recycling Bank
Textile Recycling Bank
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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.



Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile
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Please support us as your chosen charity

We would love every one of you to support the Friends of Halsford Park via Amazon Smile.
 
With Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday coming up, as well as Christmas approaching, it would be amazing if a slice of your spending could benefit the school.
 
It costs you nothing and is really easy to set up - especially now we have a handy tutorial to show you how! Click here



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.



PTA Meetings
PTA Meetings
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Join in and have your say

The Friends of Halsford Park AGM is being held on 3 October 2020. Once this is done and dusted, and we have our new 2020/21 committee, we will resume our monthly(ish) committee meetings, on the following dates:
8 October
12 November
3 December
7 January
4 February
4 March
6 May
10 June
8 July
For the foreseeable future, these meetings will be at 7:30 in the evening, and will be held virtually, on Zoom. If you would like joining details for any of these meetings, please email halsford.pta@gmail.com. All parents, carers and teachers with links to Halsford Park School are welcome to attend.



What’s on

Unfortunately we don’t have any future events planned at the moment.

Your Committee
  • Rebecca Ching Smith

    Rebecca Ching Smith
    (Chair)

    Co-Chair

  • Claire Winslade

    Claire Winslade
    (Chair)

    Co-Chair

  • Sally Cooper

    Sally Cooper
    (Vice Chair)

    Year Rep for Y2 & Storesperson

  • Emily Brooks

    Emily Brooks
    (Treasurer)

  • Lisa Harris

    Lisa Harris
    (Vice Treasurer)

  • Lucy Carey

    Lucy Carey
    (Class Rep)

    Year Rep for EY

  • Emi Collis

    Emi Collis
    (Class Rep)

    Year Rep for Y3 & Y6

  • Penny Duly

    Penny Duly
    (Class Rep)

    Year Rep for Y1

  • Sarah Everson

    Sarah Everson
    (Secretary)

  • Kizzy Stoner

    Kizzy Stoner
    (Class Rep)

    Year Rep for Y4 & Y5

  • Kate Fennell

    Kate Fennell
    (Fundraising)

    Grants

  • Emma Ewing

    Emma Ewing
    (Designer)

  • Brad Silby

    Brad Silby
    (Designer)

  • Jacquie Cullen

    Jacquie Cullen
    (Nearly New Uniform)

  • Jessica Courtney

    Jessica Courtney
    (Member)

Fundraising

Our fundraising efforts for 2020/21 are off to a good start! Please continue to support our PTA through these strange and challenging times.

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