As you know, St. Oliver’s Parents’ Association sets out to support our school and raise money each year for the purpose of providing an additional source of funding for our school and educational activities. The per child funding from the Government is still below what it used to be and therefore the need for and impact of the money raised by parents is greater than ever before.
Last year, the money raised helped to:
- upgrade the school yard
- cover the cost of some extracurricular activities
- greatly reduce the cost of swim lessons
- subsidize school trips
- buy treats for pupils throughout the year- Halloween, Christmas, even Ice-Lollipops
- buy extra English books for guided reading throughout the school
- buy Literacy Learning Games for Infants to 2nd class
- subsidize the purchasing of extra special needs teaching equipment
- upgrade some ICT equipment
- buses to sporting, music and other educational events
- subsidise Lego Workshop
- subsidise Guest Speakers and Anti-Bullying Workshops
- help with Catering for Communion, Confirmation, Parent Evenings
Fund raising is not always easy, but aside from the money it has a hugely beneficial side-effect of bringing the community together. We are sure that everyone who took part in the various events enjoyed themselves along the way too. Just think about the enjoyment had by all at the Christmas Concert, The Cake Sales, The Murder Mystery Night, The Summer Song Concert, The Summer Fair with Football for All- what Super Duper Events- Not to mention the recent Painting of the Front of the School- it was great fun and much appreciated- cheering up parents, pupils, staff and the building itself!
As we set out again this year, be absolutely certain that all of the money will go towards helping to improve the overall school experience for our children. Of course, we have a choice. We can decide not to fund raise. But, if we as parents don’t do it, then there is no-one else who will, and so we forego all of the extras.
Your continued support, both in volunteering to help at the various events and in financial terms (and we always try to give something back – raffles, entertainment, stale cakes ;-), is very important and much appreciated. We try to spread the load throughout the year and we try to be inventive. Of course, the more support we can get, the less times we will have to ask for it!
Please continue to support us in whatever way that you can. We always need volunteers, and we always need people to show up and give a little time, effort and support. Ultimately, whatever we put in as parents we hope to get back out again with happy and engaged children, with positive and lasting memories of primary school.
Just look at our wonderful school -St Oliver’s and the fabulous learning opportunity constantly afforded to all our children- check out the website and see all the fantastic work going on inside and outside the school. A lot of that is up to us in helping support teachers and pupils in their teaching and learning with the right resources.
Best wishes and thanks in anticipation,