Funding News

This year we are aiming to enrich the children’s education by focusing our spending on topical events and visitors. We hope that hands on activities, performances and speakers will inspire and fuel the children’s imaginations. We want to ensure that every child benefits from this so are offering funding to each year group for these activities. We have already kick-started the year with a hugely popular visit from the Owls and will keep you updated on future bookings.

The Grand Total!

We’ve had another amazing year at Great Meols Primary School!  The efforts of all our volunteers have been incredible, providing a wide range of social opportunities for pupils and families alike, as well as raising an outstanding total of over £13,000!  Each and every person who has volunteered in some way, can be very proud of the contribution that they have made to both the enjoyment of the various events and the money raised.

The money is again being used to fund extra-curricular activities such as the life education caravan, bug club, coaches for the Christmas panto trip and rewards and stickers used throughout the school.  We’ve also been able to fund a few new things this year, such as a first aid course for all year 5 pupils and the tile wall which is now in place in the main corridor.  Next term we have a spoken word artist coming to enhance the children’s engagement with poetry, which is very exciting!

We are busy planning events for the year ahead but are also really keen to get more people involved.  We would love to hear your ideas of social events and/or fundraisers. Please do grab one of us at the school gate or drop us a message if you would like to share ideas or get more involved.

Have a great summer!

Fantastic Summer Fair Fundraising

The summer fair is always a highlight of the year and this year’s was no exception. Thanks to all those who came along and joined in the jungle-themed fun and helped raise a phenomenal £4,257! That’s up over 25% on last year’s takings. This couldn’t have been achieved without your generous donations and support.  A big thank you to all those who were involved in the organisation and the many who helped out on the day – great job all round.

First Aid training for Year 5

After recent successful events such as the first ‘Double Bill’ movie night which raised a fabulous £567, we have been able to make a new commitment to annually fund basic first aid training for all year 5 children. This will take place within school in the summer term with the course provided by Mini First Aid. We couldn’t do any of this without the support of all the Great Meols families and friends, so a big thank-you to you all.

The Big Tile Art Project

This term we have been putting the money raised to good use funding the Big Tile art project during last month’s Arts Week. A team from The Potting Shed in Hoylake were on site every day for a week to help the children paint their nature-inspired designs on individual wall tiles. The tiles have now all gone to be fired and will soon return to create an impressive permanent wall display in the main school corridor. We can’t wait to see the finished work, judging by the individual tiles it will be amazing.  Thanks to Jeanette at the Potting Shed for working with us to make this possible.

Christmas Presents and Cards

Thanks very much to Claire Ward for overseeing this year’s Christmas card project and to Emma Hodgson, Lucy West and their team of parent elves for making the Christmas pop-up shop happen. We hope you  loved your presents and cards as much as the children enjoyed all the designing and shopping. Together these Christmas activities have raised a fantastic £1,800 for the school.

Christmas Bazaar 2018

Many thanks to everyone who came along to this year’s Christmas Bazaar, especially Father Christmas who flew in on his sleigh to say hello to the children. It was a lovely fun start to all the Christmas festivities and together we raised a marvellous £2,240. A big thank-you to all the people who contributed to its success, be it donating your time or your wine. It was an amazing effort by everyone.

Match Funding: Can you help?

Did you know that many big companies such as HSBC, Tesco and M&S offer a match funding scheme to their employees? Under these schemes, employers pledge a sum of money to an employee’s chosen charity based on the amount they have raised. In the past match funding has contributed an extra £2000 to our annual total, but our last parent using the scheme is leaving this year. She assures us that the scheme is a win-win for everyone involved, with the school benefiting from the funds and the charity work looked on favourably in annual appraisals. If you or your partner work for such a company why not find out if they offer the scheme, it really could make a big difference. Please get in touch for more details.