We had another busy year with lots of fabulous events. Each year we work incredibly hard to organise activities and events for our whole Greystones community and we believe this helps to make Greystones the happy, friendly and sociable school it is.
Our events have another important cause – money. We all know that schools struggle with budgets, and the money we raise goes to enhancing the resources within our school.
This year, we set ourselves an additional challenge. During a Y5 concert last summer the heavens opened and parents saw Mr Jennings running with buckets to catch the drips. One of our HSA team was there and became the driving force behind Raise the Roof.
The initial survey of the School roof has estimated that the priority repairs to the skylights on the Greystones building roof will alone need £30,000 to repair. The remaining necessary repairs will probably require a further £100,000. Whilst these are daunting figures, this work is vital to make our School watertight – any support (financial or practical) you can offer is much appreciated.
In October we held our first Pub Quiz of the year, compered by Nigel Brooke-Smith, we put our grey cells to the test adding £210.25 to our coffers at the same time.
Also in October, we supported the School Open Day, celebrating our fantastic new facilities, and our history too. We welcomed pupils and parents both past and present to look around the School, and follow our HSA trail to find just some of the resources we have funded over the years. From donations and the café we raised £292.76 for our Raise the Roof campaign.
2016 saw the return of our Christmas Fair. Along with the Summer Fair, this is one of the highlights of the HSA year. We were welcomed into school by a wonderful brass quartet who played Christmas tunes for all. Father Christmas set up his magical grotto and left his reindeer on the (leaky) roof. The Secret Shop was a huge hit once again, along with the Photo Booth which took some fantastically creative photos. The Café and Bake Sale got into the festive swing, and we were all treated to a Flash Mob from the choir. Our Christmas Fair saw an amazing £3,425.89 going towards the HSA.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Christmas cards and once again we saw some wonderfully creative designs which we’re sure delighted family and friends. Your fantastic cards raised £536.69.
Our tea towels make brilliant presents, or keepsakes. Every child drew a self-portrait, and these were printed on tea towels for different year groups. And the teachers weren’t left out – there were some great pictures of them! All in all this made £951.03 for the HSA.
Just before we broke up for the Christmas holidays everybody showed us their groovy moves at our Discos, and struck some striking poses in the Photo Booth. Massive thanks to Chris Chappell and Chris Howett for their unstinting support of our Discos. Loud, hot, dramatic, our discos are full of fun and this time raised £970.38!
In February we had a family film night, showing Big Hero 6. Our film nights are great for all the family, and generated £233.82.
We also held another Pub Quiz, raising a further £211.25!
Back by popular demand was Race Night at the Banner Cross pub in March. This is a really fun evening with plenty of cheering and a very busy tote! Another £861 for HSA.
The whole school got involved in Enterprise Week, where we gave each class £50 and asked them to double their money. Not only does Enterprise Week help our children to learn about the world of business, money and enterprise, it enhances great social skills around communication, influencing, team working, as well as creativity and resourcefulness. The children absolutely loved it and there was an amazing buzz around the school. But it was definitely worth it - £1,958.76 was raised. Each class kept their original £50 stake and their profit and they are using it to buy resources for next year’s class!
Throughout the year we have been lucky enough to receive £15,177.39 in donations to support our great cause. £10,000 of this went straight to School for resources (see below).
Our final event before the Summer was our Summer Fair. We were back at School this year with all the building work finished, and the sun shone for us! The playground was full of crafts, games, stalls, face painting, and even a vintage Chevrolet truck. Not forgetting Livvy’s Ice Cream van selling flavours created by two of our Greystones pupils! The Dining Room was a hive of activity with a café and bake sale, on top of a fabulous BBQ. In just 3 hours we raised a massively impressive £3,502.42.
Your support has enhanced the community of Greystones School. It has also raised an amazing £28,809.98 for HSA - all for our children!
In addition to our regular events, this year saw the addition of Raise the Roof activities. This started with the aim of parents and teachers running the Sheffield Half Marathon. Everyone got behind the runners and they raised an incredible £7,572.63 from sponsorship.
But the events didn’t stop there! The children wanted to get involved too, so the week before the Sheffield Half Marathon, Greystones was alive with all year groups taking part in a Fun Run and Pasta Party. Another incredible amount raised - £3,441.42!
Our Family concert, Music, Magic and Mayhem, was also in aid of Raise the Roof. Not only was this a truly magical evening, it raised an enchanting £475!
Other events for Raise the Roof have included a biscuit sale, a sporty dress down day, and our fantastic Raise the Roof T-shirts. We’ve also received a number of donations for Raise the Roof. All together, these have raised £2843.16!
All the money raised is working hard for our School! Over the year we’ve:
- Supported the School’s anti-bullying leaflet (£573)
- Funded the Foundation wet weather gear (£1,000)
- Paid for Geography, History and ICT resources (£4,500)
- Funded books and storage (£4,500)
- Paid for the KS1 Climbing Frame (£14,513)
- Funded the Enterprise Week prize (£324)
- Donated Enterprise Week funds straight back to the classes (£950)
- Funding additional climbing holds in the Junior playground (£1000)
We couldn’t have done all of this without your support. We’d also like to thank all the businesses who have supported us through the year:
|Sainsbury’s Banner Cross||Tesco||Barbour|
|Caroline Duke – Temple Spa||Heavenly Body||The Greystones Pub|
|The Banner Cross Pub||Haus|| P&A Jewellery|
|Kenwood Hall Hotel||Ann Golding||Counter Context|
|Pat O’Brien Butchers||ASAP||Red's True BBQ|
|Ella's Cafe||White Stuff|||