Spring Term Update
We hope the children are enjoying the new play equipment in the KS2 playground. Thank you all again for your generous support which has made this possible!
We have a few upcoming events to re-start our fundraising for the spring and summer months:
• Friday 26th March – HSA non uniform day. To see us into the Easter holidays, let’s wear something yellow or anything in bright, spring colours! £2 per child
• Class challenge – Sponsored mile-a-thon! Over the Easter holidays we will be running a sponsored milea-thon, with individual and class prizes for the greatest number of miles covered! Look out for full details on Classlist.
• Be an Eager Easter Bunny and spot the eggs hidden in our Easter trail! Full details to follow next week!
We are also very pleased to announce a new initiative with Allied Cycles Ltd, a local company founded in 2011 which specialises in the full range of bike services. Allied Cycles will generously donate to the HSA £5 for every adult’s bike service and £2 for every child’s bike service. If you would like to book a service, please contact Kevin Moxham on 01582 768827 and quote code MAN1. Please see the flyer attached to this newsletter for the full list of services available.
Finally, please do remember to sign up to EasyFundraising for all your online shopping. The school receives money when you shop online, at no extra cost to you!
Now that thoughts are turning to Christmas shopping and Black Friday deals, please do remember to sign up to EasyFundraising for all your online shopping: www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/manland The school receives money when you shop online, at no extra cost to you!
Festival in the Field
Festival in the field will take place on Saturday 3rd July 2021.
Save the Dates!
AGM: As with our other meetings, the AGM is open to all parents, so if you have any questions about our activities, ideas for the year ahead or would just find out more about what we do, please do come along!
October Half term – Eager Entrepreneurs: Deadline extended to Friday 20 November! There is still time to come up with a money making scheme for the HSA! There is also no limit on the number of activities you can do, so if you have more than one idea, go for it! There are prizes to be won! There will be two individual prizes for the most inventive scheme (infants and juniors). Also, for the class that makes the most money collectively, there will be a class prize of a non-uniform day and an extra 15 minutes playtime!
November/ December – Wine Tasting Evenings We are pleased to announce that, in collaboration with MUST Wines in Harpenden, we will be hosting three virtual wine tasting evenings in November/December. Whilst we are unable to hold our usual class drinks this will be a great opportunity for us to chat, sample some lovely wines and raise money for the school while doing so! Watch out for full details on Classlist shortly.
Tickets are still available for our Wine Tasting Evenings, hosted by MUST Wines, on Thurs 19 November, Thurs 26 November and Thurs 3 December. It is also open to friends and family of Manland Parents so feel free to extend the invitation! MUST Wines are also able to ship UK wide for an additional £9.99 on top of the ticket price. Tickets can be bought via the event page on Classlist.
Lockdown Activities Over the next few weekends we will be putting on virtual bingo games for each class and an outdoor walking trail – details on Classlist to follow shortly!
Christmas is Coming…Christmas Trees Harpenden Academy are selling their fabulous Christmas trees again this year! Please follow the link below to pre order yours for collection or Delivery from 4th Dec. https://www.foha.co.uk/fohashop/p/christmastrees Please remember to click on Manland primary when choosing your school as every tree ordered will raise £10 for our school. These trees are amazing quality – fresh Nordmann Fir all grown locally and cut in early December, they come in 3 different sizes and will last all throughout the Christmas period!
Manland Christmas Extravaganza! In place of our traditional Christmas Bazaar, this year will we be holding the Manland Christmas Extravaganza – a four day festival of Christmas fun! This will begin with class parties on Friday 11th December, to be followed by a variety of virtual activities over the weekend of 12th/13th, and culminating in Christmas Jumper Day on Monday 14th. Please save this date in your diary – further details to follow.
Donations Week This year we will be holding an alternative donations week, beginning next week. We would still be very grateful for any donations of bagged / individually wrapped sweets (nut free), for the Class Bubble Christmas Parties on 11 Dec. There will be a plastic crate in the playground at drop off every morning next week. In place of donations of cuddly toys, prizes and gifts, we will be kindly asking for voluntary cash donations via Classlist. There will be no set amount. In the spirit of Christmas and in view of the hardships faced by so many at this time, we will be splitting all donations with the Crisis Christmas Appeal.
Raffle Prizes We will still be holding our usual Christmas Raffle, and so are making our usual call for raffle prizes! We would be grateful for any donations of prizes, large or small. So, if you know of any businesses that are able to help, have anything unwanted at home that would make a suitable prize, or are just willing to buy an extra gift this year, please do let us know!
School Funding Schemes Affinity Water To encourage households in the local area to save water, Affinity Water have launched the GetWaterFit scheme at https://www.getwaterfit.co.uk/#/, Households can sign up online for a water saving questionnaire/kit and elect a school/charity – for every 50,000 litres saved by signatories collectively Affinity Water will donate £1000 to the school PTA. Further details to follow on Classlist but please do join – good for the planet and for our school!
A big thank you to everybody for your support for our non-uniform day. The children looked lovely in their colourful clothes! We raised £405 which is a fantastic sum that will go towards renovating the outdoor play area. Just a reminder of our remaining upcoming events for this half term:
Time has flown by and it is already half term! Thank you all for your support – our fundraising has got off to a flying start with a running total of just over £700 raised since the start of the academic year, and we have exciting events to look forward to after the half term break.
Word in a Word – Winners! A huge well done and thank you to everybody who took part in our Word in a Word competition. It was clear that you put a lot of time and effort into your entries and we received very impressive word lists! The longest word list contained just under 400 words, and we had many long words of 10 letters and above. You all did brilliantly, and together raised £242 for the school, which will go towards renovations to the play area, so thank you all very much!
The overall winners are: Key Stage 1 William H (Saturn) – Most number of words and also longest word MICROPHONES (11 letters) Lily C (Saturn)
Runner up for most number of words Key Stage 2 James H (Pegasus) – Most number of words Sachin P (Mercury) – Longest word SPORADICALLY (12 letters).
Sachin was also close runner up for number of words. Our winners will be awarded the word games “Word Bandit” and “Lex-GO”.
House Colour T-Shirts – We are pleased to announce we have made £80 from the sale of house colour T-shirts, so thank you all for your support.
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.
Please see below for a list of fundraising events happening during the academic year 2019-2020:
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 email@example.com.
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
Please feel free to suggest future events and ideas for fundraising by contacting your HSA rep.
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 listed below.
- School Uniform Order Form (129KB)
Committee – contact via Classlist or firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Reps – contact via Classlist or email@example.com