The Archbishop Holgate’s School Association (AHSA) is a group of staff and parents whose aim is to raise funds to put back into the school, supporting the events and activities that make a difference to our students.
In previous years we focused our fundraising on larger projects such as renovations for the School Chapel but once this was complete we chose to give smaller donations but to more groups. In the last two years we have given funds to the Craft Club to enable them to buy much needed supplies and to our EAL department. Funds given to the Duke of Edinburgh Team and bought additional kit to reduce the financial implications to parents of their child undertaken the programme. Money was donated to cover the start up costs of a new Practical Coding Club and Games Group along with buying Kindles for our visually impaired students. We have also bought equipment and resources for Drama Club, Rookie Lifeguards, Ultimate Frisbee Group, Allotment Club and supported the Mental Health Wellbeing room.
The School Association has been solely responsible for the provision of all the food that is available at our wonderful Breakfast Club; this has enabled students to be given nutritional choices to last them throughout the day. Money donated has also purchase a microwave allowing hot food to be added to the menu. Our aim is to be able to continue this vital support for many years to come.
In addition to fundraising we also act as a support at school events. This maybe by providing tea and coffee at Open Evenings, to running a bar and refreshments at the School Show, School Play and Summer Concert. In November 2018 we held our first Christmas Fayre which was such a success that we ran it again in November. Over the two years this wonderful community event has raised in excess of £5000; the money has been used to create our ‘Unity Fund’. The aim of this is to fund small gifts of kindness to those most in need.
Our Committee meets approximately six times a year to feedback updates on the school’s strategic direction, develop fundraising ideas and decide on fund allocations, as well as creating a point of contact between parents, businesses and the school. We were also used as a focus group to trial the new school app. We have been fortunate in benefitting from charitable donations from Aviva through their matched fundraising scheme which has allowed us to increase our charitable donations considerably. We always welcome new members; details of meeting dates are published in the weekly school newsletter.
Our biggest commitment is to maintain our school minibuses. We are very fortunate to have two now and they are used regularly. In addition to frequent PE department trips to sporting events they are also used for a variety of outings by our Work Skills students, Business Studies visits, Student Open Days and Work Placements as well as transporting students to competitions for different subjects and extracurricular clubs. The AHSA help to support this vital asset by running the 200 Club; the profit from which goes straight back into covering the costs of running and maintaining the minibuses. Being able to provide this support means that there are no transportation costs for these events, a huge benefit to all involved.
The school association also runs the “200 Club“. The fund is overseen by the School Association (AHSA). Members pay £12 a year, in September, and all contributions received are divided into 12 monthly amounts. Every month, a selection of winners share 50% of the month’s takings – so the more members we have the larger the prize!
If you wish to go join the 200 Club or would like any more information on the School Association please contact reception or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Thank you for your support – and good luck in the draw!
Mrs K Robinson