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Hinchley Wood

Primary School

    Hinchley Wood Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

    HWPSA

    What is the Parents Association?

    It is sometimes known as the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) or officially the Hinchley Wood Primary School Association (HWPSA).  We exist to raise money for the school to benefit the children, enhancing the provision that the school’s core budget provides.  We regularly talk to the Head Teacher, staff and you, the parents, to find out what the school really needs. 

     

    What do you do, exactly?

    We raise money through events and social gatherings, for the school.  These include Summer and Christmas Fairs, Fireworks Night and Children’s Discos to mention just a few!  But if you have any other fund-raising ideas – then let us know!  You can either email us, come along to one of our meetings, or just chat to one of our committee members in the play ground and they can pass on your ideas.

     

    How do I join?

    It’s easy, because by being a parent of a child at the school, you are already a member!  It would be great to have you on the committee, or just come along to one of our meetings.  There is no pressure to take on the running of any specific event, just turning up and giving us a helping hand is great.  Don’t fancy yourself as an event organiser? Not to worry - we need all sorts of other input too, such as copywriting, designing programmes and advertising material, stuffing envelopes, delivering leaflets, BBQ cooking and bean counting!  It’s a great way to get involved and meet other parents too.

     

    What happens at the meetings?

    These usually take place in a local pub, and we try to support local businesses in all our events and fundraising.  So, over a glass or two of your favourite tipple, we discuss the next big events, and how the money raised should be spent.  We need more parents involved so the HWPSA can keep up the good work that it has done so far – so come along, and have a drink on us!  (See the weekly emails for the dates of the next meeting).

     

    How much money do you raise?

    Some events, such as the Fireworks night are hugely popular, so they bring in lots of money (over £3k at the last event!).  At the meetings, we decide how to spend it!  So if you enjoy spending other people’s money…. Your HWPSA needs you!  We liaise with Mrs. Collins, who gives us her and the teachers’ wish list, but we also feedback what parents feel the school needs. 

     

    What type of things has the money been spent on?

    All sorts of things!  From musical instruments and cooking equipment, to part-funding the widening of the school gate.  We also contributed to Woody’s after school club building, the astro-turf, new school computers, library books, sports equipment and kit, benches and water fountains in the play ground….. the list goes on and on!  But if you have any suggestions of what you think your money should be spent on to help your child in your school…. Then please get in touch!

     

    How do you keep us informed of events and where the money goes?

    Good question!  We have a notice board on the wall just as you turn right when you come in the school gates.   Here, we put up posters of up and coming events as well as info of what has recently been purchased.  We also send out a weekly email with dates for your diary and other info.  But just in case you miss any of this, our Class Reps Co-ordinator holds regular meetings with, you guessed it… your child’s class reps, to let them know of events and where your help may be needed.

     

    Please get in touch - We look forward to meeting you.  hwpsassoc@gmail.com

     

    1. 200717 HWPSA infographic
    2. HWPSA AGM Agenda - 27th Sept 2017