About the HSA
When your child joins Manland you will automatically become a member of Manland’s HSA (Home & School Association). The HSA organise various fundraising events to provide money for the school to buy much needed additional items and resources that would otherwise not be covered by the school’s own budget. In addition to this, the events build a strong community and social network between the staff, parents, carers and the children.
We are called the HSA not a PTA because until 1985, the children from the Harpenden Branch of the National Children’s Home, attended Manland Primary School. ‘Parent’ was replaced by the more inclusive ‘home’ and swapping ‘teacher’ for ‘school’ completed an alternative to PTA.
The HSA is a registered charity and even has a constitution. Under the constitution, the HSA has four officers: a chair and vice chair, a treasurer and a secretary. The chair and treasurer are answerable to the Charity Commission. The committee also includes HSA year group representatives that build relationships with other parents and carers.
We communicate via an app called Classlist – Our virtual schoolgate. We organise all our events, share our news & ask for volunteers for events via this app.
How we raise money
One of our main fundraising events is the Festival on the Field, held jointly with Sir John Lawes School. This tribute band concert event started in 2012 and was hugely successful. We were the proud winners of the regional final and the national final for “Best Fund Raising Achievement” and raised £1,500 in prize money. This event is run every other year and gets bigger every time!
We have other family fund raising events including a Christmas Bazaar & a Summer Fete. For parents and carers, we run quizzes & comedy nights. For the children, we hold 2 discos each year, movie nights, sponsored strolls/readathons and many other popular events.
The HSA is also behind a number of fund raising activities that are not related to events. These include “Phil the Bag” jumble collection, Christmas Cards for Schools and selling House T-Shirts, to name a few.
What do we spend it on?
In 2015/16 the HSA funded:
- 2 classroom teaching walls (£24k)
- New Early years playground equipment (£1.5k)
In 2016/17 the HSA funded:
- Another classroom teaching wall (£12k)
- Improvements to the library (£7.5k)
- Early Years play & learn area (£3k)
In 2017/18 the HSA funded:
- A range of new IT equipment (£16k)
- New school noticeboard
- School Piano
- Carpet area for year 1 classroom
2018 so far:
Funds are being raised for the new Infant school playgrounds equipment. (Target £16k) and for a new sensory room. (Target £5k)
How you can get involved
We always welcome volunteers and love to hear new ideas for fundraising. Some parents and carers may also have access to fundraising or sponsorship opportunities through their own business, employer or other contacts and these can prove to be invaluable. Please direct all fundraising enquiries to Esther Hathorn via Classlist or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hold Committee meetings once a half term. Anyone keen to get involved on a more regular basis and/or take on any of our current vacancies is most welcome. Again, please contact Esther Hathorn as above.
There is also a “mydonate” page, where individuals can raise funds for the school through sponsored events independently of the HSA https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/manlandhsa
One of the easiest ways to raise funds is “easyfundingraising” if you shop online. This is a website which has links to a comprehensive range of online retailers, including many high-street names. If you shop online and access the retailers’ sites by clicking on the links on the “easyfundraising” website, the school gets a percentage of the purchase price whilst you pay exactly the same price as if you had shopped directly with the same retailer. Registering is free and easy at: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/manlandschoolhsa
The HSA holds stocks of the school jacket (a reversible waterproof fleece), jute bags in two styles, beanie hat and sunhats. An order form is at the top of the page. Please feel free to suggest future events and ideas for fundraising by contacting your HSA rep.
Committee – contact via Classlist or email@example.com
Class Reps – contact via Classlist or firstname.lastname@example.org