The Parents Association needs you! New members and volunteers wanted

Just two of our parent helpers working hard at the recent Spring Fair

Bolingbroke’s Parents Association (PA) is on a recruitment drive, and is looking to fill various roles as well as sign up more energetic and enthusiastic volunteers.

The PA plays a vitally important role in the school, and has raised an impressive £55,000 in much needed funds in the past two years, which have contributed towards musical instruments, lighting, a 3D printer, the annual Hegarty maths subscription, text books, laboratory equipment, sporting kit including tennis table tables, SEN needs, and the school minibus.

However, some of the existing PA committee members who have been in their positions for a number of years have decided to step back and let others breathe some new life into the PA with fresh ideas and initiatives. Four new committee members are required to support existing members, with the intention of taking on the role for 2019/2020.

Feral Addicott who currently sits on the PA committee  and is in charge of social events and fundraising

The PA is currently headed up by Stan Faure, while the treasurer is Joy Akyeampong. 

Ruth Buckle currently takes care of communications, while Fereal Addicott takes responsibility for social events and fundraising. 

Mrs Addicott is one of those who will be stepping down from her role in July this year, and the PA is now looking for a replacement to fill her shoes. She started volunteering in September 2017 and says she has personally gained a great deal out of her involvement.

“It helps you to feel more connected with the school, which is often more difficult in the secondary school years compared to primary, and feeling part of a community of resourceful and generous parents who are passionate about making the school a rewarding place for teachers, pupils and parents/carers,” she said.

The PA is also on the lookout for a resourceful individual who can spare around two to four hours a week to take over the corporate sponsorship role. This involves connecting with businesses in the local community and further afield and drumming up sponsorship or support in other ways such as provision of various educational resources and initiatives. Mrs Addicott said the ideal person – or persons, as it would be good for two people to share the role – would have a desire to contribute time, energy and fresh ideas.

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Some more hard working parent volunteers making the Spring Fair go with a swing!

In addition to recruiting for these specific positions, the PA is also very interested in hearing from anyone who would be interested in volunteering on a more ad hoc basis to help out with fundraising, corporate sponsorship, communication and treasury. As a volunteer you might be involved in approaching local business for donations and fundraising support, helping to tidy up the garden, serving teas and coffees at parent events or donating time and goods for events.

“The buzz of community spirit that you are immersed in through volunteering is a reward in itself,” said Mrs Addictott, “ as well as the differences you can make, no matter how small to the secondary school experience for pupils, teachers and parents and carers.

Taking the money at the entrance to the Spring Fair

Some of the key events organised by the PA include the year seven cheese and wine night, the family fun run, the hugely popular parent quiz night, year 7/8 disco, the parent vinyl night and Christmas function the Spring Fair which raises thousands each year, and the parent end of year function.

So if anyone can spare some time to help, please get in touch with the Chair, Stan Faure on stanfaure@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!