Latest: Marathon Final £17,000! Get into Spring.
Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone for last term’s amazing events and fundraising. We raised over £17,000 in the marathon and close to £6,000 from the fair, christmas trees, cards and tea towels – incredible.
Re-live the final marathon mile in this fun and touching video, thanks to the wonderful Victoria Hollingsworth.
So what’s new for the Spring Term ….
Dates for the diary
PTA meeting – Thursday 18th Jan, 8pm at school – everyone welcome.
Music night – date tbc
Quiz night – Friday 2nd March
School disco – Friday 23rd March
please do get in touch with us if you want to be involved in organising any of these events. firstname.lastname@example.org and check back at the events page for more details.
Yerbury is registered as part of easyfundraising.org.uk. It is an amazingly easy way of raising funds . All you need to do is register and when you make a purchase from some companies, a small amount is donated to the school. We have raised over £2,000 on this so far without anyone giving anything – so would be a great way to increase our fundraising efforts if lots more people could register. www.easyfundraising.org.uk.
Ground Floor Toilets
News on the ‘Bogs’ that you raised money for last year. Workmen have been in over the holidays and are in the final stages of finishing them off!
Updating you contact details – make sure that you let the office know if you have changed any of your contact details over the last year to ensure you get all the latest news and updates from the school.
Kick-start your ‘new year health regime’. Get singing, join the Yerbury Community Choir! The choir is open to everyone and all you need is the desire to sing and to attend rehearsals. We meet in the school hall on Mondays from 8-9.30pm during term time, and our first session is Monday, 8th of January. If you’re unsure, please feel free to pop in on a Monday and get a feeling for the group – we would love to welcome you! For more information email Wanda on email@example.com.
If you haven’t sponsored your child and you wish to, here is the link to the overall page http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/ym and your class rep will have sent you your year group link (available from the main page too)
At the beginning of November we challenged the children to run a marathon before Christmas to raise money for the school. It is being run over the course of the winter term as part of the ‘Daily Mile’, a national initiative introduced to promote the advantages of exercise from an early age. With the help of their class teachers, the children will run a bit of the marathon each day – with the aim of crossing the finish line, 26.2 miles later – before Christmas!
The sponsored marathon is to raise funds to support life-enriching extracurricular activities at Yerbury – in the first instance this will be our beloved arts activities such as music and dance which are under increasing pressure with the current budgetary cuts.
You can sponsor your child here http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/ym (each year group has their own page within the site) or by the sponsorship cards that the children should have brought home (this card will also be their log book of miles) – if eligible, please do remember to add ‘Gift-Aid’ as it means we can claim an extra 25% from your donation at no extra cost to yourselves.
The plan is for the whole school to do the final stretch of the marathon at one of our local parks when everyone can come and cheer them on. This will happen towards the end of term – more details to follow.
Grown-ups aren’t off the hook either… We’ll be planning some parent-led fundraising activities in the New Year – so start limbering up and watch this space for more info!
Mark & Laura
Co-chairs of the YPTA
A quick reminder about this Friday’s Quiz night and Auction of Promises (3 March, 19:30, Lower Hall). Entry is by pre-purchased ticket only (£12 each) and available in the playground.
If you can’t make it but would be interested in bidding in the Auction of Promises, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Auction of Promises will follow the Quiz. Some great promises already made, including:
– A hamper of new books to suit the age of your child
– Tickets to see Public Service Broadcasting
– Arsenal tickets
– Private singing lessons
– A floristry lesson
– Weekend tickets to Mad Cool Festival in Madrid
– A champagne dinner for two at Fredericks
– Dinner for two at Kitty Fisher in Mayfair
– A line drawing of your house
– BAFTA Members Private Cinema Screening
– Tickets to an exhibition of your choice at the British Museum and lunch with the Museum’s Chairman
– Tickets to the Judge Rinder show and lunch with the Judge himself
– A pair of Rupert Sanderson Summer Sandals
– a Ferian Tote Bag
The teachers have also promised: Several lots of babysitting; Ring the School Bell for a week; Apprentice in the School Office for a couple of lunchtimes; Computer games with Liam and Bob; Bake a cake with Sue; Football with Liam, Rob and others; Dress the Head teacher for a day (within reason!!); Popcorn & movie session for a whole class on the big screen in the Middle Hall; Pizza making with Natalie; and Face-Painting with Phaedra and Antonella.
2017’s fundraising focuses on the worthy and necessary … “Bogs and Books”! YPTA funds will primarily be spent on a library project to replenish books in classrooms and in the library as well as the long overdue overhaul of the Reception toilets.
Some tickets still remain – but selling fast.
See you there!
This year, at the Annual Yerbury Quiz (Friday 3 March), the YPTA will also be running the very popular “Auction of Promises”.
The Auction of Promises and Quiz Night has historically been a brilliant evening and is a fantastic way of raising money for the School.
Cassie’s recent email about the very real impact of budget cuts and what this means for our children (a 9.1% reduction in Yerbury’s annual budget means a hole of £192,000 – equivalent to 6 teachers!) makes our efforts as parents/carers to raise funds all the more important.
We are therefore making a direct plea to the legendary generosity of the Yerbury parents to make this year’s auction the biggest ever!
Are you able to donate something to the auction? Be it a promise of babysitting or to bake a cake, tickets to the football, a tour round a studio, dinner at a restaurant or a weekend in a holiday home – all offers would be very gratefully received.
If you would like to donate something / make a promise, please let Imogen Chopra and/or Chloé Cooper know (either in the playground or by email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org).
This school year, the funds that are raised by the YPTA will be spent on replenishing books in classrooms and in the library, and will also be put towards the long overdue overhaul of the Reception toilets!
Thank you so much to everyone who came down to the Music Night on Friday 3 Feb. We had many talented parents and friends play their music once again. It’s a shame we missed out on the picture taking to share here but we’ll fix that for next year!
We managed to raise £600 from the event which we were very pleased with and 100% of the proceeds will go to kitting out Yerbury’s music department. We have an additional £600 to add from last year, so together with this year’s takings we should be well on our way to helping Ben (our amazing head of music) with his wish list.
Ben has shared his initial ideas with us ….
January is upon us and as the grey of winter sets in, our homes, which were once a-twinkle with bright lights and ubiquitous glitter from children’s Christmas crafts, now seem exceptionally ordinary. As the shimmering evidence of such happy times now lie packed away into lofts and closets across England, we thought that 2017 could use a little sparkle. Could there be a better antidote to the after-Christmas-blehs than reminiscing about the 2016 Winter Fair? I think not. So drag out your #Elfie jumper (you know you want to), sniff something that smells like pine and let’s think back to a happier, more Christmassy time…
The gates to the Yerbury playground swung open wide, welcoming all who entered to a veritable Winter Wonderland. The mixture of angelic choir voices and the unmistakable honk of children playing recorders filled the air with Christmas music that was uniquely pleasing to the ears. A quick wander through the school yard meant discovering a cornucopia of baked goods, Christmas treats and festively themed games tucked away under tents and marquees. Volunteers furiously shoveled popcorn to meet the demands of their consumers while the “Rum Shack” offered flavored milkshakes, hot cups of tea and to warm the hearts of those over 18, an enthusiastic attempt at Winter Pimms. Pulsing with Christmas spirit, the Yerbury playground must have, surely, been visible from space.
Having sufficiently gorged on goodies, and after a quick trip to the raffle table to test our Christmas luck, the next step was a journey inside through Santa’s Grotto. Waiting in the queue was made easy thanks to Santa’s lovely elves and their skillfully told jokes made the time fly by! As we ascended the cozy and beautifully decorated stairs to meet the man himself, the excitement was palpable. Upon rounding the last corner, Santa emerged in his red-suited-big-white-bearded glory and oozed genuine Santa-y loveliness. The children were elated to receive a small gift bag from him and he obliged many-a-parent by posing for photos we will all treasure for a lifetime. At the end of the day, a sense of community and accomplishment was pervasive and for many, our Winter Fair set the ball rolling for another festive Christmas season.
Aaaaahhhhhh. That’s better, isn’t it? Let’s not let January and all its January-ness zap our spirits. As many times as you must, slap on a reindeer jumper and relive this wonderful day again and again until it’s next year and we do it all once more!
The proceeds of our efforts will be used towards replenishing book stocks at our school in order to create more opportunities for our children to explore and develop a love for reading. A giant thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Winter Fair such a massive success. The enthusiasm and support from our parents, carers and friends make these events not only amazing for our school but also enjoyable for the wider community!