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INVESTING IN A NURTURING ENVIRONMENT
Dear fellow parents
On behalf of the PTA I want you to know that we have committed to fund a major investment in our school’s environment. We are going to help create a glorious garden, for our daughters and for the entire school community to enjoy for years to come.
The new garden will be developed over the summer and will be ready in time for the School’s Centenary celebrations in 2017. Plans have been developed by a local designer and can be viewed on the PTA website.
Why invest in the Centenary Garden?
Research has shown that environment positively affects students’ attitudes and their learning outcomes. Our Centenary Garden will be a nurturing, beautiful place which will enrich the lives of our daughters. It will complement the recent investments in new classrooms, changing rooms and other aspects of the school’s infrastructure. And in addition to enjoying the garden, students will be able to share responsibility for its maintenance.
How much will it cost?
The full cost of designing, building and planting will be approximately £180,000. This is a large sum, but we are very confident that we can raise the money, and that it will be worth the effort.
Where will the money come from?
The school will fund the Centenary Garden on the PTA’s behalf. We will pay back the money over a three-to-five year period, with funding from three sources:-
Philanthropic trusts. There are numerous Trusts which provide grants for projects that enrich the lives of students. The PTA will ‘bid’ for funding and we are confident of receiving significant donations
PTA events. The PTA has promised the school that 50% of the profits from our fundraising events – such as the Summer and Christmas Fairs and Quiz Night – will be allocated to the Centenary Garden Fund
Dedicated fundraising. We will be asking parents and friends of the school to donate to the Centenary Garden Fund. We will, for example, give families the chance to ‘sponsor a shrub’
Will other causes go unfunded?
Whilst raising money for the Centenary Garden, the PTA will continue to support investments and activities which enrich the school experience for our children. For example, the PTA has donated the profits from recent events towards replacing cookers, equipping the science labs, buying a laser-cutter, and supporting school departments in many other ways. We will continue to work with the leadership team and teaching staff to identify priorities and to fund equipment and materials which help all of our children to reach their potential.
And the school will continue its programme of facilities improvement. You will be pleased to hear that the school has just confirmed that external funding has been secured to refurbish C-block.
What happens next?
The PTA is organising an open evening for parents to review the plans and to launch the Centenary Garden Fund appeal. This will take place on Thursday 21st April at 7.00pm.
Please join us to share your thoughts, and to talk generally about how parents can further support the school in its Centenary year and beyond.
PTA Chair and Parent-Governor