Bablake Parents' Association is an established committee that meets informally twice each term.
One of its main roles is to organise and carry out fundraising events which directly benefit Bablake Senior and Junior Schools and pupils; for example money raised provides extra sporting and craft equipment to improve facilities. The Parents' Association also helps to strengthen the school community.
The Parents' Association AGM is held in October every year.
The Parents' Association has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Parents are automatically entitled to become members and there is no fee! We are always looking for new members or just an extra pair of hands to help out at our events. If you would like more information about the committee or would like to join, please contact us via the school office.
Support for the School
As a group, the PA is committed to organising events such as the Shells disco held in June each year to welcome new pupils to the school before they start in September. It is also involved in the Shells Activity Morning held at the beginning of the Autumn Term. The PA organises the OBNO (outgrown but not outworn) uniform sale, held annually to enable parents to purchase good quality second-hand items of uniform and sports equipment. The PA also supports a number of events such as Open Mornings/ Evenings and International Evening.
Support for Students
Each year the PA allocates a small donation to help fund gap year students planning to carry out worthwhile work during their time out of education. U6th pupils are invited to apply for this award.
In order to help raise funds, the PA runs a 200 club where parents, families and friends are invited to purchase a number at a cost of £10 each year. The numbers are then entered into 10 monthly draws from September to June where a first prize of £40 and a second prize of £20 are drawn. At the end of the school year, an extra draw takes place for a prize of £200.
The Parents' Association's biggest event is the Christmas Fair. Preparations for this start at the beginning of the academic year, there are a wide variety stalls and activities for all the family and it is a most popular event. We pride ourselves on its success, for it is an enjoyable occasion which raises a significant sum of money. The 2016 Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 26th November. This year the main raffle prize is an iPad mini! Raffle tickets will be on sale at school and the deadline to return raffle tickets is by Friday 25th November 2016.
Other events are held including social activities such as an annual ball and a theatre evening.
Recently, the Parents' Association has helped to pay for:
- Funding for Languages and Classics Clubs.
- A full set of African drums!
- Funding for Duke of Edinburgh equipment.
- The Junior School Pavilion.
- Picnic tables.
- Table-tennis tables.
- Digital information screens.
- A mini concert grand piano.
- A donation to aid the annual Bablake Edinburgh Fringe production.
- A donation towards support of our partner school, Harrismith in South Africa.
- Funding for Gap Year students.
Chairperson: Samantha Hutchinson-Hayes
Parent Governor: Randhir Auluck
Treasurer: Phillip Bowser
Secretary: Jo Rouse