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Welcome to the Bishops Down PSA (registered charity no:  1044070)

Welcome to the Bishops Down PSA. The Bishops Down PSA is the main charity that supports the school. All parents, teachers and staff of Bishops Down Primary and Nursery school become members of the PSA when they join the school. This means that we have a fabulous community that is able to raise money for the school through events and fundraising. 

With the appointment of new Co-Chairs (Kristy Adams and Lucy Howard), a Secretary (Clare Wetz) and a Vice Secretary/ Class Rep Coordinator (Liz Byrne) the Bishops Down PSA has been given a new lease of life. As a result, we all have a renewed passion and purpose for the PSA and are excited about raising vital funds for the school.

Newsletter - November 2020

How can you help?

There are many ways that you can contribute to the success of the Bishops Down PSA. These include supporting our events, buying raffle tickets or following our social media pages. Additionally, if you are a business who would like to collaborate with us, perhaps by supplying a prize for our raffle, then please do contact us on psa@bishops-down.kent.sch.uk - we would love to hear from you.

Over the next few months, we are planning to run many COVID-friendly and digital fundraising activities. These will hopefully mean that, once again, we can start to fundraise for the school. So please do keep an eye on this webpage, the PSA community Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/161121327250062), and the school and PSA newsletters for more information about future events and fundraising activities.

Future events

Christmas Hamper Raffle

We are now collecting donations for the Christmas hampers. This year all classes will be producing a hamper filled with all the colours of the rainbow and with the theme of “happiness”. Please bring donations into school by Friday, 27th November 2020. The donations need to be given to your child to take into class where they will place them in their class donation boxes. These gifts will then be quarantined and collected by the class reps before being assembled into a hamper. Please remember that we will be awarding a prize to the class with the most creative hamper.

Raffle tickets

We are thrilled to be able to tell you that raffle tickets for the Bishops Down Big Christmas Raffle are now on sale. This year, due to the Coronavirus, the raffle is being run online and you can buy your tickets by heading to this website:

https://raffall.com/142869/enter-raffle-to-win-bishops-down-christmas-raffle-hosted-by-bishops-down-school-psa

Tickets are on sale until midnight on Thursday, 10th December. The raffle draw will take place on Friday, 10th December and winners will be notified shortly afterwards. Please remember that by buying tickets you could be in with a chance of winning one of our fantastic Class Christmas hampers or our Hamper of Booze.

Sunday, 29th November to Sunday, 6th December - Our December Christmas Facebook Competition - Every month we hold a competition for all children to get involved in. With the added bonus that they could WIN a special prize. This month, Santa Claus has put his red outfit in the wash and it has shrunk. Santa desperately needs a new outfit. Can you help him out by designing one? Further details will be on our Facebook page soon. 

Friday, 11th December - Christmas Online Raffle - Buy raffle tickets and win some fantastic prizes. Tickets are now on sale and can be bought at:

https://raffall.com/142869/enter-raffle-to-win-bishops-down-christmas-raffle-hosted-by-bishops-down-school-psa

The raffle will be drawn on Friday, 11th December. The winner of the class hamper will also be chosen on that date.

Wednesday, 16th December - Crazy Christmas Jumper Day - For a donation of £1.00 you can wear your craziest Christmas jumper to school.

Other ways to help

There are also many other simple ways that you can raise much-needed funds for the Bishops Down PSA. These include:

Follow us on Social Media - We have created fundraising pages on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Bishops-Down-Primary-Nursery-School-PSA-Fundraising-115431227023348) and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bishopsdownschoolpsa/) . These will be used to promote fundraising events and to build our community. If you have a Facebook and/ or Instagram account then please go and give these pages a follow. 

Easyfundraising - It's simple to use and it's free. Since their launch in 2005, they've helped thousands of good causes raise money simply by shopping online. To take part follow these three easy steps:

  • Join - Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/bishopsdown/ to join and start raising money for your chosen cause.
  • Shop - There are nearly 3,000 retailers on board, so pick the one you want and start shopping.
  • Raise - After you’ve made your purchase, the retailer will make a donation to Bishops Down PSA at no extra cost to yourself. 

AmazonSmile - AmazonSmile is a program that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice. All you need to do to start raising funds for Bishops Down PSA is the following:

  • Join - Head to https://smile.amazon.co.uk and choose to support Bishops Down Primary School Parent Staff Association.
  • Shop - Shop on AmazonSmile to your heart’s content. 
  • Raise -  At no extra cost to yourself, a donation to Bishops Down PSA.

Thank You

Thanks to your help, the money raised through the PSA has had a massive impact on the resources Bishops Down Primary and Nursery School is able to offer their students. And it has enriched the experiences and opportunities available to all pupils.

In the past two years, we have contributed £20,000 to the school. This money has been used, among other things, to buy 30 iPads and their accessories. These are used alongside the desktop computers in the ICT suite and have been a great addition to the children’s learning. This is an amazing achievement and should be celebrated. So thank you for everything that you have done to help the PSA have such an impact on Bishops Down Primary and Nursery School. We really couldn’t do this without you. "

 

Introducing the New PSA Team (Nov 2020)

Kristy Adams - Co-Chair

"I'm a mum to two children, one who is at Bishops Down.  I am a Digital Creative Director working within the events, marketing and advertising sector.  I am passionate about building a fun, thriving PSA Community and making vital contributions to support our school and all of its pupils".

 

 

Lucy Howard - Co-Chair

"I'm mum to two children, who are both at Bishops Down and have been since Nursery.  Before having children, I had a career as a corporate and legacy fundariser at various charities and higher educational institutions including UCL and Cancer Research UK. I can't wait to start using my fundraiding skills again to help Bishops Down PSA raise important funds for the school".

 

James Shaw - Treasurer

"I'm dad to two daughters, currently in years 1 and 5, at Bishops Down.  Working for a local insurance broker, underwriting risks, the role of treasurer seemed the obvious position for me to contribute within the PSA.  I look forward to working with the newly formed committee and raise vital funds for the school".

 

 

Clare Wetz - Secretary

"I'm mum to two boys, the eldest of whom has attended Bishops Down since Reception and loves going to school!  I work full time for Arcadia Group as Senior Retail Operations Manager for Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Miss Selfridge and Outfit brands, managing all aspects of store operations and communciations between Head Office and stores. I'm really looking forward to getting involved with the PSA and helping raise well deserved funds to support the school".

 

Liz Byrne - Vice-Secretary and Class Rep Coordinator

"I'm mum to two boys at Bishops Down Primary School.  One is in year 5 and one has just started in Reception, so I have been part of the school community for a while!  I am a primary school teacher.  I love working with and helping others".

 

 

 

The Bishops Down PSA Committee has also been joined by some new volunteers and we would like to welcome them to the Committee.

The PSA Committee meetings are open to all parents and staff.  We would love to see you there and hear any fundraising ideas that you may have.  Our next meeting is to be held via Zoom on:

Wednesday, 20th January 2021 at 7.30pm

If you would like to attend then please email us on psa@bishops-down.kent.sch.uk and we will send you an invitation to the meeting.  Please also email us if you have any questions or fundraising ideas.

We look forward to working together to help bring vital funds to the school.

Warmest wishes

Bishops Down PSA Committee

 

 

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