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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

Newsletter - December 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

19th December 2020 - 3rd January 2021 - Christmas Facebook Competition - Every holiday we hold a competition for all children to get involved in. With the added bonus that they could WIN a special prize. For this competition, Santa Claus has put his Christmas jumper and his special red outfit in the wash and has shrunk them. Santa desperately needs a new outfit. Can you help him out by designing one? Further details and rules for entering will be on our Facebook Page soon.

20th January - 7.30 pm - Bishops Down PSA Committee Meeting - The PSA Committee meetings are open to all parents, staff and teachers. We would love to see you there and hear any fundraising ideas that you may have. If you would like to attend then please email us on psa@bishops-down.kent.sch.uk and we will send out a meeting invitation.

25th January - 29th January - Bag 2 School Collection - In January, we will be running our annual Bag 2 School fundraiser. So if you are having a clear out over the Christmas holidays or after New Year then please save your good quality unwanted clothes, accessories, shoes, belts and handbags. We will be sending bags home with your children in mid-January and then you can drop these full bags back up to school after drop off on the week beginning Monday 25th January.

12th February - “Break the Rules” Day - On Friday, 12th February (the last day before half-term) we are inviting your child to break some rules. Rules to break include: wear school uniform; bring a healthy lunch or snack; have neat hair; no temporary tattoos; no nail varnish; no make-up; wear school shoes. Each rule that the children would like to break costs £1.00 and children can break up to four rules. Payment will be taken via School Gateway.

12th February - 21st February - Valentine’s Day Facebook Competition - Our February half-term Facebook competition will be centred around Valentine’s Day. Further details on how to enter will be on our Facebook page soon.

Other events to look forward to:

Virtual Easter Fair - Come to our Virtual Easter Fair (being run on Facebook) and grab yourself some wonderful Easter goodies.

Virtual Easter Raffle - After the success of our Big Christmas Raffle, we will be holding another raffle online. You could win one of the fantastic donations supplied by some fabulous local businesses. 

Personalised Easter Cards - Working with Arts Projects for School, you can purchase some wonderful Easter items designed by your child. Money from each item sold goes to Bishops Down PSA.

Children’s Sponsored Read - A brilliant way to encourage your child to read and to raise money for the school. We will produce sponsorship forms that will be sent home with the children. The children will then try to get sponsorship from family and friends - either being sponsored an amount per book they read or for the whole number of books that they plan on reading. Then over the Easter holidays, they will read as many books as they can.

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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