Copley School Association
The Copley School Association (CSA) is a group of parents and teachers who volunteer their time to support the school by raising funds to pay for extras for the children.
All parents / carers of children at Copley are automatically members of CSA, and are warmly invited to attend meetings or support at events to help raise as much money as possible to support children in school. Don’t panic though – there’s no obligation to take part, it’s just that it’s always easier to run events and raise vital funds if more people are able to give their time to help. Many hands make light work!
2016 - 2017 was a hugely successful year for fundraising, with events including a Mother’s Day Shop, Bingo Evening, Sponsored Matchbox Cram, Father's Day Craft Event, Summer Fair, Purple Voucher Book, Coppers for Copley, Christmas Cards and the Christmas Fair.
To read the Treasurer's Report for 2016-2017, which details how much was raised and how this has been spent on the children in school, please click here.
Click here to read the minutes of the September 2016 meeting
Click here to read the minutes of the October 2016 meeting
Click here to read the minutes of the November 2016 meeting
Click here to read the minutes of the January 2017 meeting
Click here to read the minutes of the March 2017 meeting
Click here to read the minutes of the April 2017 meeting
Click here to read the minutes of the May 2017 meeting
Click here to read the minutes of the June 2017 meeting
Upcoming meetings 6:45pm in school are shared below:
Wednesday 25th October at 6.45pm - AGM Meeting
Whilst our established events work well and raise us money, we’re always looking out for new events so if you have any ideas, please do share them with us. We try to offer a range of events – some large like our Fairs, and smaller events too like the Beetle Drive.
It’s great to be able to support the school in this way and provide the children with resources that they might otherwise not have access to. It’s hard work though and we can only do it with your support.
SO: do see if you can help us with any of the following:
1) Do you have any ideas we can use to fundraise?
2) Can you attend meetings and support the development of our fundraising programme?
3) Can you help by donating raffle prizes?
4) Can you help at events by ‘manning’ a stall?
We are all busy people and there’s every chance that you might not be able to help us at all. If you can support us by helping at events but can’t get to meetings, that’s fine. If you can attend meetings but can’t help at events – no worries. We’re grateful for any input you are able to give us.
So go on – take the plunge and help us to raise even more money to make our children’s learning experiences at this young age even more exciting, helping them to create treasured memories that will last a lifetime.
Contact: School Office on 01302 856445 or email us at: email@example.com
Do you know a company that would be willing to matchfund our Christmas or Summer Fair? Many companies and organisations are interested in charitable giving through matchfunding - do you work for one that could help us?
A letter about matchfunding and a list of businesses who support this is available by clicking here.
CSA News and Events 2017-2018
Young Shakespeare Company
On Monday 2nd October children in Year 5 and 6 enjoyed a performance and workshop session of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ led by the Young Shakespeare Company. This provided children with a very engaging experience of Shakespeare. Thank you to the CSA who contributed to the costs.
CSA News and Events 2016-2017
When offered the choice of a CSA Beetle Drive or Bingo Evening, children voted for a Bingo Evening. Games were played very competitively and with great concentration in order to win prizes for a line and a full house.
Well done to pupils who created beautiful and creative Christmas card designs. These were professionally printed ready for families to send at Christmas time.
Purple Voucher Book Scheme
Thank you to everyone who supported the Purple Voucher Scheme this year - a great way to save money and support our school at the same time!
Contribution towards the costs of the Young Shakespeare Company Visit
Thank you to the CSA for helping to part fund the cost of the Young Shakespeare Company visit. This gives our pupils in Years 5 and 6 the opportunity every year to watch, and get involved in, an immersive performance of a Shakespeare play.
Coppers for Copley
Each class was given the challenge of filling their class jar with coppers. Once the jar is full, children can count the money and it will be doubled by the CSA! Children may then choose something to buy for their class. This project encourages the value of saving, so is a very worthwhile project.
Our Christmas Fair was very busy and we greatly value the support of parents/carers, relatives, friends of the school and our local community business links for making the event such a success. Many stalls and activities were organised including face painting, nail art, tombola, a raffle, cakes and refreshments, hot dogs, Christmas crafts, silent auction, Christmas sand art, games such as racing reindeer, 'guess the name', 'higher or lower', chocolate tombola and even, fitting us in during his busy schedule, Father Christmas in his grotto. We raised an amazing £1330!
CSA Support for House Leader Christmas Competitions
The CSA kindly funded prizes for the House Leader Christmas Competitions:
Hodgkin – Design a Christmas Bauble
Einstein – Guess the Name of the Reindeer
Hawking - Design a Christmas Hat
Darwin – Reindeer Treasure Hunt
The House leaders did a great job organising competitions for their House members and the winners were delighted with their prizes.
Sponsored Matchbox Cram and Design Competition
Children were invited to enter this fun half term competition. Children were asked to cram as many items as they could into a matchbox. There were chocolate prizes for the highest total in each class and a £10 gift voucher for the overall winner. There was an additional prize for the child with the best decorated top face of the matchbox. We raised just over £700, so thank you so much for your great generosity. This will greatly support CSA fund raising as we save to buy ipads for the children.
If you have ever wondered how many items can be crammed in a matchbox, we now know the answer lies with our overall winner Jenny M, who crammed in an amazing 162 items!
Featured below, are the winning designs for the 'best decorated matchbox category'.
Mother's Day Shop
Thank you to everyone for the lovely gifts you so generously donated for our Mother's Day Shop. We are also grateful to our local Tesco and Morrison's for their kind donations.
The children had so much fun choosing their gift - they thoroughly enjoyed browsing and making their selection! Each gift was then wrapped by CSA members and the children wrote their gift label, so they were all prepared for Mother's Day.
Thank you to all the CSA members who supported this enjoyable event. This event made a profit of £225 which will go towards our fund raising for ipads; thank you for your support.
CSA Support for House Leader Easter Competitions
The CSA kindly funded prizes for the House Leader Easter Competitions:
Hodgkin – Guess the Name of the Bunny (the winning name was chosen by Harvey, and the bunny's name is Harry!)
Einstein – Easter Chocolate Brand Hunt
Hawking - Easter Egg Hunt
Darwin – Design an Easter Egg Competition
Well done to our super-organised House leaders, who enjoyed planning and leading Easter competitions for all the children to enter. The children were all very keen to take part and, thanks to the CSA, we had many prizes to award.
Bags2School collections are organised through the year. Old clothing etc. is weighed by the company and funds are raised by the CSA. It is a great way to recycle unwanted items and to raise funds to benefit the children.
Father's Day Craft Event
Our Father's Day craft event was well attended. Children chose a card template and envelope to decorate at home and made either a key ring or a coaster from craft kits.
Our Summer Fair was a great success with many stalls including tombola, children's chocolate tombola, crafts, raffle, face painting, refreshments, silent auction and the list goes on! Well done to our Year 6 designers and entrepreneurs – the children designed and led their own games and made an amazing £473.70!
Thank you again to all our CSA members who worked so hard to plan and lead such an enjoyable event. Altogether we raised £1500!
'Coppers for Copley' Match Funding
After all their saving of coppers, the children in each class had the fun of choosing what to spend their money on. This was matched by the CSA so the children had twice as much to spend. Children chose a varirty of fun activities, including the hire of a bouncy castle and an afternoon of face painting and bun decorating (followed by tasting!) in Year 3 and hiring a bouncy slide with an ice lolly treat to end the afternoon in Year 5.
Other Highlights from Previous CSA News and Events
Investment in Reading Books
Thank you so much to CSA members and all our parent/carer community for the support you give us. The CSA contributed an amazing £2000 towards our £8000 investment in new reading books. This has had a significant impact on children's interest and enthusiasm in reading.
Investment in ICT
We have made significant investment in ICT with new sets of laptops. We are very grateful as the CSA purchased three new lockable laptop trolleys so the laptops can be charged and stored securely.
Investment in iPads
We are very grateful to members of the CSA who purchased a new set of iPads for the children to use as a result of their fund raising efforts. We are also very grateful to one of our parents who made a very generous contribution towards the cost of our iPads.
CSA Beetle Drive
Our Beetle Drive was a fun family evening of fast paced games! Prizes were given for the highest scores, the lowest score and also for the most creatively drawn beetles. Thank you for your support at this event.