PSA

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Welcome to the Kerr Mackie Parents and Staff Association! The PSA exists for two main purposes:

  • to raise money to support school projects;
  • to stage regular events that provide opportunities for parents/carers, staff and pupils to socialise and forge new friendships, thus enriching primary school life and promoting a sense of inclusion within the school community.

For more information about the PSA see:

  1. Recent events
  2. Planned events
  3. Ongoing fundraising projects
  4. How the money is spent
  5. How to get involved
  6. How to get in touch


1. Recent Events/Fundraisers

Over the last 15 months (from October 2012) PSA events have included:

  • Halloween Bake Sale 2012, complete with spooky cafe
  • Winter Fair 2012 (profit £1,465)
  • Spring Arts & Crafts Fair/Mother's Day Coffee Morning (March 2013)
  • 2 children's film nights ("Ice age 4 Continental Drift" and "101 Dalmations")
  • Roundhay Inter-Primary Schools Fun Run (June 2013)
  • Summer Fair 2013 (profit over £2,200), which included the Great Kerr Mackie Bake-Off
  • Leavers' Disco 2013
  • Halloween Disco 2013 (Years 4-6)
  • Kerr Mackie Teatowels (bearing the children's self-portraits)
  • Winter Fair 2013 (combined Autumn term profit over £2,000)

All of these events were not only a great success but were also hugely enjoyable and raised valuable funds for our school.


2. Planned events

We are hoping to hold further exciting events and activities over the course of 2014 and the PSA needs your help to make them happen! Here are just some of the events in the planning for this year:

  • Winter Fair
  • Year 6 leavers disco

The possibilities are endless! The PSA is always looking for fresh ideas so that it can continue to evolve. Any contribution, whether helping with the organising and running of events, making donations, or simply sharing ideas and opinions, will always be welcomed and appreciated. Please see below for tips on how to get involved.

3. Ongoing fundraising projects

There are a few ongoing fundraising projects that are supported by the PSA. These are currently:

  • Bag2School - funds are raised through clothing and textiles recycling. Collections are made twice a year and the school receives 50p per kg collected. The Autumn 2013 collection raised £140.
  • EASY FUNDRAISING - Every time you shop online you can raise money for our school. Please visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk, click on "support a good cause" and search for Kerr Mackie Primary PSA. Then just follow the simple steps to sign up and start shopping using the links to over 2,000 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, M&S, Argos, Next and many more. Every time you shop this way you will be earning a donation to the school at no additional cost to yourself.  This is an easy way to raise extra funds for the school to support projects such as refurbishment of the Parents' Room and the installation of a new cooking area for the children to use. Therefore, the PSA would like to encourage as many people as possible to sign up! There really is no downside so please check out the website and register today!! Don't forget to log into the Easy Fundraising website every time you shop and watch the £££'s accumulate!
  • MATCH FUNDING - There are hundreds of organisations in the UK offering their employees the chance to boost their fundraising efforts by "matching" the money they raise for their chosen charity (in this case, Kerr Mackie Primary School Parent and Staff Association, Registered Chairy No. 1060424).  Some organisations match fund on a pound-for-pound basis, others may stipulate what they are prepared to give.  The PSA would like to explore this fantastic and easy way of raising additional funds for our school.  As a first step, please check whether your employer operates a match giving scheme and, if they do, please do let us know - it will cost you nothing and provides an excellent opportunity to maximise the PSA's fundraising efforts.  There is no definitive list of match funders but some examples of companies that participate in this scheme can be found online at MoneySavingExpert.com and include Asda, Barclays, Debenhams, HSBC, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's, Stagecoach, Tesco... the list goes on.
     

4. How the money is being spent

Thanks to everyone'€™s generosity and support, the PSA has been able to raise a huge amount of money over the years to subsidise school projects. Here are just some of the ways in which the school has benefited from PSA fundraising in recent years:

  • 2 trim trails in the grassed areas by the school gates

  • Fencing around the Nursery and Reception outdoor areas

  • Football barriers for the playground

  • Upgrading of the wildlife area and pond

  • Year group allotments

  • Polytunnel

  • iPads for the classrooms (enhancing the pupils' learning in a variety of ways, including through film making and animation
  • "Mathletics" computer programme for key stages 1 and 2
  • Refurbishment of the Parents€™ Room to include an improved kitchen area and children's cooking facilities and cooking/baking equipment

 

5. How to get involved

There are lots of different ways you can become involved or simply find out what the PSA is doing. Check out the PSA News section of the school website every now and again and keep an eye on the PSA noticeboards at the school gates and by the main office.

Attend a meeting! These are usually held once or twice per term and the dates and times are advertised in the school newsletters and on the year group noticeboards outside the cloakrooms. Also look out for occasional reminders and late notices advertised on a white board just inside the school gates! Please do come along and share ideas - everyone is welcome and the meetings are very informal. Whether you wish to participate or simply observe, we are always happy to see new faces.

To become more actively involved, please attend PSA events throughout the year with your family and friends and support the various ongoing fundraising activities such as those mentioned above. Perhaps you might wish to become a PSA representative for your child'€™s year group (please see below) and help to spread the word about PSA activities?

Could you bake a cake, run a stall, sell raffle tickets, design a poster, help with lifting and carrying and moving furniture?! If so, we need you! The more volunteers the better. This will help ensure the variety, regularity and success of future events. Similarly, if you have any areas of particular expertise (eg gardening, computers, sport, art, craft, etc.), that you think may be useful, please do get in touch!

6. How to get in touch

You can contact the PSA by any of the following means:

  • By leaving a message at the school office
  • By attending a meeting
  • By posting suggestions or comments in the Suggestions Box outside the school reception
  • By word of mouth! Chatting in the playground is possibly the easiest, friendliest and most effective means of communication.

Thank you for taking the time to read the PSA section of our school website; you are now already halfway to becoming involved! We hope you have found it useful and we look forward to your continued support for our children and our school.