Every Parent and/or Carer is automatically a member of the Parents’ Association whilst their child/children attend QEGS.
The PA is keen to promote upcoming events and the school via our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/QEGSHorncastlePA/ and via our monthly electronic newsletter (from June 2019).
Sports Day (weather permitting) 1.15pm Monday 15 July 2019 on the school field
Christmas Fayre 7pm Friday 29 November 2019 in the Main Hall at school
Recycling Box - located in the main entrance. Please fill an envelope or carrier bag with the following items and put in the recycling box.
Jewellery - Gold, silver, costume jewellery and watches, even damaged items.
Old/New & Foreign/UK Banknotes and Coins - any currency UK or foreign of any age.
Gadgets - Sat navs, games consoles and games, tablets, video cameras and cameras, mobile phones, iPods and laptops.
We also have recycling stations throughout the school for students to recycle pens and other stationery.
Who are we?
The PA is made up of dedicated parents and staff who work together to raise funds that go to enhance our children’s already excellent education.
There are a number of fundraising and social events that run throughout the academic year. These include the 200 Club, Christmas Fayre, including a grand raffle and auction, a Dinner and Dance and Choir Fest.
We are always looking for new recruits and you will be made to feel extremely welcome. Being a committee member helps you to develop a personal link with your child’s school and you can be involved as much or as little as you can. You don’t have to attend every meeting or event and it is also possible for husbands and wives or partners to take it in turn to attend meetings. Alternately you can just choose to receive emails from the Chair and volunteer to help at events if you are unable to attend meetings due to other commitments. We are also very grateful for any donations of cakes, wine and raffle prizes to help with our fundraising endeavours.
Dinner and Dance (October 2018)
Why do we need a PA?
As a PA we support the school with the purchase of ‘the little (and sometimes big) extras’ that improve the lives of our students. For example, during this school year we have provided funding for, amongst other things:
Trophies for the Year 11 Sports Awards
MyMaths subscription, which enables all students and staff within school to have access to the online learning platform providing a resource which is used to set homework, help prepare and deliver lessons, provide revision material during the exam season and setting work for students who are absent from school on a long term basis.
Digimaps Subscription, which gives unlimited access to students and staff to online Ordnance Survey maps for project work, route planning for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme expeditions and the Challenge Awards.
Prizes for the student reward scheme, which recognises exceptional behaviour in school.
Activities to promote students’ wellbeing, including non-curriculum activities such as curling, yoga and ballroom dancing; a whole school picnic; the creation and maintenance of a school garden; and mindfulness activities.
‘Newspaper in a day’ project, in which students work with editors and reporters in order to produce a school newspaper.
Two Nikon DSLR Cameras for the Art Department, to support GCSE and A Level Photography students.
Y7 Book Buzz, which provides a free book to each new Y7 student, from a carefully selected range of titles, to encourage reading.
Five new microscopes and subscriptions to several science-based learning resources to be used by students and staff throughout the school.
Encyclopaedia Britannica subscription for the school library.
The PA gives parents and carers the opportunity to support the school in a really positive way, which benefits all our children. It also enables parents and carers to meet with each other and teachers in a social setting. Meetings happen a couple of times a term on a weekday evening and are held in the staff room at school. Dates for all meetings are communicated to those parents and carers on our mailing list, so if you would like to be included just let us know.
What do we do?
In the last year, we have raised around £10,000, with the vast majority of this coming from our annual Christmas Fayre and charity auction.
Christmas Fayre 2018
CHAIR: Karen Baker
VICE CHAIR: Katie Robertson-Bailey
TREASURER: Claire Welberry
SECRETARY: Role to be shared at meetings between members
STAFF: Heather Payne, Simon Furness, Lynda Divers